Monday, October 12, 2009
photo by Kari Leo: Metsän emäntä
This amazing photo by Kari Leo won Finland's nature photo of the year. My cousin, Ari, who lives in Finland, sent me the link to this photo. What a beautiful photo! It really captures the sense of having a sanctuary in the woods...with an unexpected visitor coming to join you for coffee! The contest attracted 9000 entries, and I'm sure the other photos were great, too. Kari Leo's winning photo of a Siberian Jay coming for coffee in the backwoods won him 5000 euros. On the ESS Finnish newspaper site, it says that the judges especially liked how the photo captured the backlight coming through the dusky woods. The light exposes the wings and tail of the descending bird like an xray. The judges also said the photo highlights the cultural heritage of nature, and through that allows the viewer to return to his or her own memories of this legacy. The photo is called "Metsän emäntä." There is really no translation into English that will do it justice. While some might translate it as Forest Mistress or Forest Mrs. in fact the word "emanta" does not translate across gender without knowing the historical context of the word. Emanta is more like the female director, manager, or overseer of all matters in the domicile. So, this Siberian jay is an impressive visitor dropping by!