Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monastery in the rain


The picture shows part of the ruins of what was once Lyse Abbey, south of Bergen. Wikipedia has this to say:

Lyse Abbey or Saint Mary's Abbey, Lyse (Lyse Mariakloster in Norwegian) is a now-ruined Cistercian monastery in Os in the county of Hordaland in south-western Norway. The name "Lyse" is derived from the Lysefjorden, "the fjord of light", on which the building stood.
Lyse Abbey was founded in 1146 by Sigurd, Bishop of Bergen, on farmland that he owned, as the Christianisation of Norway was nearing completion.[1] The first monks were brought from Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, England.
There is not much left of it today, but it is treated as a National Monument.




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Friday, August 28, 2009

Bench of the week (23)


Today we are back in the centre of Bergen. We are at a square called Torgalmenningen. It is the main square in the city and is often called "The heart of Bergen". Most of it was built in the 20s and 30s after a great fire destroyed a large part of of this area in 1916. During the the last decade or so much of this square has received a much needed renovation. New benches were of course included.




The benches are made of granite and wood with some supporting steel structures



They are back to back, and there are quite many of them




And they are being used...


My own interest in benches were initiated by the sites published by PERBS and Kerri and the site published by Malyss. Also, others have shown an interest in the subject, so I have started to take photos of benches when I "stumble" across one and post them on Fridays.

It is not a "proper" meme, but if anyone else would like to join me in publishing benches on Fridays (or any other day for that matter), they are of course welcome to do so. I have therefore not made a blog roll, but visits to my former posts (see archives in the sidebar), to the previous mentioned sites and to Gerald's site Ackworth Born, Gone West (he keeps a small tab of benches he finds on his way) might be profitable.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

F is For Finding Blues

I have been tagged. Now, I usually don't care too much about that kind of thing, but since it was my French blog-Friend Malyss who gave me this task I just couldn't say no. And it also gave me an opportunity For Finding Fs For this week's ABC Wednesday. The task was as Follows:

To choose seven pictures with blue colour, and choose seven people to tag.
I must admit that I'll only do the First half and hope that Malyss will Forgive me For not doing the second half.

As you can see above, I have started with a simple blue Flower that I Found late one evening in my own lawn (For the occasion renamed Field). The Flower is in England called Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), but the Scots call it Blue bell - as we do (Blåklokke)

The blue sky is From outside Kristiansand - about as Far to the south as one can come in Norway. For good measure I have included a gull (or at least 99% of one). This one is called Fiskemåse in large parts of Norway.

In Norway we have Fjords. And on the Fjords there are boats - among them blue ones...

I have Few posts without something From Bergen. This is the Funicular cable car Fløibanen on the way up to Mount Fløyen. And the car is of course blue.

Malyss is very Fond of benches and has shown a blue one herself. I didn't think I could Find one, but I managed the job and here it is.

I didn't think I could Find a blue cat either...

Malyss loves the Mediterranean, and with good reason. I don't have any digital pictures From the south of France to show her, but I hope this photo of a peaceful Greek Fisherman waiting patiently For the Fish to bite here by the blue sea and under the blue sky will do.



Today's post is an entry in the FIFTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Flaky paint

Taking life easy - watching paint peel off




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Friday, August 21, 2009

Bench of the week (22)

This week's bench is of the very simple kind. It is as simple as they come - and this one came from IKEA at least twenty years ago. But it is sturdy and I have enlivened it with a branch of yellow broom for the occasion.

And why did I do that? Because it is ours. It is the one we have at our summer cottage. It is where we can sit and contemplate Life, The Universe and Everything. And forget the weed.

I'm into a period of reduced blogging, but if you have a comment, or another bench to show me, please leave a greeting below and I'll come by sooner (or later).

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Closed down

This was once a shop. Toftøy in Øygarden, outside Bergen.



This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at The Monochrome Weekly









PS For various reasons I will reduce my blogging activity for a little while, but not my photography...

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bench of the week (21)

I'm still at Lindås Skulemuseum, the museum I visited last week. This time we''ll have a look at another kind of bench that I found outside in the school-yard. It has obviously been outside for a while and has acquired the patina of time.

A further study reveals that it is probably part of a school-bench, but that it is missing the desk. However - it is not placed as such benches usually are...

It is placed in front of what used to be the outside toilet of the school (the school was closed in 1961). Maybe it was a kind or waiting-bench for children in need?

My own interest in benches stems from the site published by PERBS and Kerri and the site published by Malyss. Also, others have shown an interest in the subject, so I have started to take photos of benches when I "stumble" across one and post them on Fridays.

It is not a "proper" meme, but if anyone else would like to join me in publishing benches on Fridays, they are of course welcome to do so. In fact, so many have posted them and graced me with messages that I feel almost embarrassed :-) So, if you do it - give me a hint and I'll come visiting - summer permitting :-)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Making more of a sunset

When the last rays of the setting sun disappears over the ridge, one feels that even 100 photos were not enough. But there are ways to get more. Today we are so used to utilise the camera's zoom that we have forgotten the most important zoom of all - the feet. So use the feet and move higher up.

And one may get a second chance at that sunset and from another location with another foreground too. To me, very often, the foreground makes the picture.

Then use the feet again and move a little closer to get the rest of those golden rays.

But one may still find subjects. Turn around and look. That golden glow and the twilight can together make wonders of the most common items.

At least, that is how I feel.


PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

D is for Davit in ABC Wednesday

Wikipedia says it like this:

A davit, (dā'vət, dă'vət), is a structure, usually made of steel, which is used to lower things over an edge of a long drop off such as lowering a maintenance trapeze down a building or launching a lifeboat over the side of a ship.
As you can see, they come in different sizes for different ships...





Today's post is an entry in the FIFTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Monochrome sunset


Someone might say that this is the same shot that I posted a couple of days ago: It is not.

The location was the same
The camera was the same (Canon 40D)
The photographer was the same (me)
The shot was NOT the same.
It was a RAW-file treated in Photoshop CS3, as well I could, to show its best in monochrome. The digital darkroom.


This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at The Monochrome Weekly

Friday, August 07, 2009

Bench of the week (20)

This week we are back in Lindås, north of Bergen, at a small place called Vassel. The bench is as simple and natural as it can be - plain timber along the foundation of this old house. Just the place so sit and enjoy the late night Northern atmosphere. I have shown the view from here before.

There are indeed two of these benches

And it is not an ordinary house either. It was once a a schoolhouse, built in 1886 in the traditional style of the area. It served its purpose for many years, but was closed down some time in the 60's. Later, a few local enthusiasts started a campaign to preserve the school as a museum. They collected relevant furniture, equipment and teaching material, and they tried to recreate a late 19th Century school as far as possible. It became Lindås Skulemuseum. Then it was given to the local authorities for future care.

However, as it is all to plain to see, the local authorities has not been very good at this and I must admit that I do not have high hopes for the future with the present political leadership in this area. Not all people see the worth of history.

Which is a pity, since my grandfather was once a teacher here.

My own interest in benches stems from the site published by PERBS and Kerri and the site published by Malyss. Also, others have shown an interest in the subject, so I have started to take photos of benches when I "stumble" across one and post them on Fridays. It is not a "proper" meme, but if anyone else would like to join me in publishing benches on Fridays, they are of course welcome to do so. Give me a hint and I'll come visiting - summer permitting :-)

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Northern Summer Sky - in the Evening

Øygarden, west of Bergen and close by the North Sea, late Tuesday evening.



PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.



Tuesday, August 04, 2009

C is for Catamaran in ABC Wednesday

Wikipedia defines Catamaran thus:

A catamaran (from Tamil kattumaram[1]) is a type of multihulled boat or ship consisting of two hulls, or vakas, joined by some structure, the most basic being a frame, formed of akas. Catamarans can be sail- or engine-powered.
This one is obviously engine-powered. It has an aluminium hull, is called "Tranen", and belongs to the company "Tide-Sjø". It is in passenger traffic between Bergen and the southern parts of the county of Hordaland.



Today's post is an entry in the FIFTH round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Tired of tourism

Last seen heading for the mountains.



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Sunday, August 02, 2009

"American" Iris in a Norwegian Late-night show

The result of a bulb given to a cousin of mine by his niece in New York State. Species unknown.
(And an attempt to test the limits of my camera - ISO 32oo late in the evening)




PS The Today's flowers meme was founded by LUIZ SANTILLI JR. . Please visit and enjoy.

A light in the fog

Kristiansand, Norway, March 2009




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