Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Remnants Of May 9 Victory Day In Riga, Latvia

Latvia has a large Russian minority population and it still comes out to commemorate Victory Day, May 9, the day the Russians defeated the Nazis in WWII. Of course, like Lithuania, Estonia and other Eastern Europe countries, it also marks the beginning of Soviet occupation that lasted 45+ years. It's a touchy subject.

Riga has a Victory Park, dominated by Soviet Socialist sculptures. A natural place for remembrance.


Solemn details, a sea of flowers, images of lost family members, military hardware.

Flowers in front of the other sculpture.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Spring Finally Arrives In Lithuania

Good things come to those who wait, and wait, and wait in Northern Europe. For us, spring is a fickle guest, showing up late and briefly. A week or so into May, skies cleared, temps rose and nature woke up.

Flowering fields.


And cherry trees. Sunlight reaching into the forest.

Even sad sites like Paneriai still see the greening of the season.


Animals emerge. OK, sometimes animals are just a gas station bathroom mural.

Bright blooms, drifting clouds and flying bugs, signs of a changed season.