What I Hated the Least Today 45/365: Nature


Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

19 thoughts

  1. Washers and dryers are so decadent. Graduating from laundramats, to wringer washer and clothesline, up to a bona fide washer and dryer not at a friend’s house, not down the hall, but right inside my own house, I give gratitude to the dryer. I could be on the river smashing my clothes with rocks. I am glad I am not. Great photos, great story.


    1. I congratulate myself for my good luck anytime my eyes rest on my washing machine combined with dryer. I have a huge appreciation for things that make ordinary tasks easier. My grandmother did actually do her laundry under a water pump…


  2. Very colourful area πŸ™‚ You don’t have any idea what they were really meant for? Back home, every apartment building [at least USED to] have some type of arrangement for big carpets. You hung them over the rod, rolled them up so that you could beat them. http://www.muller.se/angela/archives/pics/mattmupp.jpg
    Perhaps this is something similar …

    Walking, just for the sake of it, has never been my thing. Strange really — nobody could be less goal oriented than I. The surroundings there look quite lovely!


    1. Of course! I’m so dumb, I forgot that the poles were meant for carpets. I knew it, but it’s so long since I saw anyone using it for carpets that I quite forgot. I saw some people using the poles for laundry lines.

      The surroundings here aren’t that nice, but I edited the picture to make it look nicer πŸ˜‰ Also, I didn’t take any closeups of all the rubbish that was on each step.


        1. Most people have wall-to-wall carpeting here too, and also everyone has a vacuum now, so I’m not sure what the point of the suicide poles is. It’s curious that no one attempted to steal them and sell them as scrap metal yet – which I’d quite approve of – maybe they’re too deep rooted.


  3. That first photo is just beautiful – I can almost smell the crisp air and the contrast of colours is gorgeous. Nice place to take your camera walking! Did it like it there ?


    1. Haha, yes, my camera enjoyed itself more than I did πŸ˜‰ The photos actually turned out very bleak, but I added some vibrancy and saturation in post-processing, so it looks much more enticing than the real thing. I have to admit that it was an okay walk though. I’m inclined to do it again πŸ™‚

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      1. Could you post the original too? I would love to see how different they are – especially because I am absolutely clueless when it comes to the editing of photos πŸ™‚


        1. The original photo should be here:

          Editing photos take some practice but ultimately, it’s not very difficult. Many editing apps have a smart autoedit option, when you just press a button and your photo is automatically adjusted to look better…


  4. πŸ™‚ haha it seems I am the antithesis of you. Thank you for introducing me to Emerson’s Transparent eyeball! In the city I can reside and live a peaceful existence but in nature my chest and heart expand beyond explanation. Everywhere I walk I take my camera (for a walk), although more often than not it is now my phone (chosen specifically for its camera). Post-processing is something that I enjoy doing too; thank goodness for digital for opening up this possibility to rank amateurs like me πŸ™‚ Thank you for your posts…I have been on a semi-self imposed hiatus and have only recently returned. I find myself quite frequently with a wry smile of my face as I read your posts and they are inspiring me to gently rejoin the wordpress community. Cheers


    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment! It very much made my day πŸ™‚

      My pleasure to introduce you to the transparent eyeball – I get the idea, but I find the metaphor hilarious. While I prefer the city, I must admit, begrudgingly, that it felt quite peaceful to walk in natural surroundings. And the city was still safely behind my back…

      I’m a mediocre to bad photographer, but I usually manage to fix a lot in post-processing. I have a good camera on my phone too – though it picked the phone for its long-lasting battery rather than its camera – and I’ve grown quite seasoned in using Snapseed for editing camera pictures. It can do great things and make a bad and boring photo look interesting.

      And, of course, welcome back to blogging, the WordPress community is the best, I daresay, and it will be good to have you around πŸ™‚


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