Saturday, February 02, 2008

Down Memory Lane

I have been playing with my new scanner again. This time I have used some slides that goes back to the winter of 1975/1976. At that time we lived in a small village called Hattfjelldal, in the county of Nordland in Northern Norway. There lived slightly more than 1600 people in the whole municipality - today the population has shrunk beneath 1500. The village is bordering on Sweden, which of course led to a lot of shopping on the other side of the border.

The municipality has got its name from this mountain top, called "Hatten" (the Hat) which is 1128 m high. I never made it up there.


The river Vefsna runs through a large part of the area. Here I have caught it before it froze completely over.


One of the most noteworthy things about the area at this time of the year was the climate. While we were there we had between -30 and -40 degrees C for weeks on end. -15 was considered mild and usually coincided with snowfall. And snow we had - around 3 m at the centre of the village and 4 m several other places. It made driving somewhat special...


Since this is south of the Arctic circle, there was never a period without sun. A combination of sunset and fog from the river before it froze over led to some spectacular effects.

31 comments:

detroit dog said...

This bottom photo is a beauty.

I like to read what you say about the country, the towns, the people -- all of the non-photo stuff.

And I like "the hat."

Oswegan said...

Cool vista.

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~Os

Kerri said...

Wow! Fantastic shots! Isn't it great to travel down "memory lane"?

Lara said...

nice views! and I have to agree with the other readers, you are quite a ory teller...

imac said...

Hi Rune, you have some super shots there.great stuff.

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dot said...

What beautiful views! I can't imagine living in such a place.

Nabeel said...

wow .. what a snow covered road. the cars must slip a lot .. were you driving too when you took this photo?

Alan said...

Beautiful. That scanner does a great job. Glad you can survive the cold - not for me!

Lilli & Nevada said...

This is so neat that you can take your scanner and do slides of yrs ago. I love the one with the creek and the snow. but there all very nice

GAWO said...

Så glade vi blooggere kan være for at du gikk til innkjøp av scanner. Det er moro å se bildene fra "gamle dager" og lese historien som følger med. Minus 40 høres skrekkelig kaldt ut!!
Kanskje det er grunnen til at du kom sørover igjen :-)

ArneA said...

Great photos Rune. I just have to get a scanner

Lara said...

ps: I mean STory teller... I'm having keyboard issues lately :)

oldmanlincoln said...

I think it takes a special kind of person to live in cold climates. I don't think I could ever do it. I just about froze to death in Mickey Mouse (Army) boots and Army Parkas while stationed in Sapporo, Japan in 1953. It was colder than cold there most of the time but I was astonished to see some natives walking around in bare feet on Japanese wooden gates.

I like your photography of the region where you lives. It looks lonely and cold and lonely and colder.

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david mcmahon said...

The third and fourth shots are amazing.

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Sharon said...

These are beautiful pictures. Your new printer is a wonderful thing! who would of thought that they were fromthe 70s?

Lynda Lehmann said...

A fantastically gorgeous place to have lived, Runee! I would love to live in such a pristine place, if I could learn to cope with such bitter cold!

I'm glad you're having fun with your scanner. I think mine is obsolete for Windows Vista, which I now have. :(

Annie said...

That country is so magnificent, so different from mine that I thrill to see it here in your photos. It really calls to me. Perhaps I should plan a trip sometime. I do love the drama of winter and it looks like this might be a very dramatic place to visit in the coldest season.

Ida said...

Good and cold memories. ;)
Nice photos Rune.
Keep on playing. :)

Isadora said...

These photos are simply spectacular! I really envy you all of the snow :)

Casdok said...

Beautiful shots. :)

KOSTAS said...

Splendid part for wintry interruptions, amazing the photographs, very good output your news scanner, and your comment marvellous, most excellent the post.
Congratulation Runne!

K M F said...

cool..

Jeni said...

Loved the photos and descriptions. One pic - the river before it froze over -actually kind of looks like some scenery around where I live in Pennsylvania.

Yolanda said...

I love these shots. So cool.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. I'm glad you brought them back from your archives.

photowannabe said...

Beautiful sights of your country. I like the mixture of fog and snow in the last one. Sometimes trips down memory lane are the best types of trips.

Dick said...

The last picture is amazing, I like the other ones too.
Brrrrrrrrrr.

Dragonstar said...

I love that last photo! But they are all so good. I like learning about other people's lives.

Suzi-k said...

how gorgeous! But yes, I think I am tending to romanticise it a bit, the reality of opening a front door covered with 3m of snow, and calling -15 deg warm! mmmm maybe not!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

blogs like yours make the world seem so small - i have just found out what it is like to live near the arctic circle. i am kind of glad that i live in the mediterranean now!

plus 7 gives you rain? i suppose it doesn't freeze fast enough. we could do with some rain in hania - it is the one thing i miss most about autumn this year