Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How we escaped "Berit"

I'm not talking about my wife, but about a storm/powerful low-pressure area that hit the coast of Norway this week-end and killing several people and causing a lot of material damage at the same time. Luckily we had booked a tour to our neighbour in the west - Scotland. So all we saw of "Berit" while crossing the North Sea was these clouds .

That made it possible for us to study gulls on a roof in the afternoon light in Aberdeen,

or watching a Christmas shopper on her way home.

Scotland is much more than Aberdeen - for instance this scenery with a light house shot through a train window on our way to Dundee.

The Christmas shopping was in full swing in Dundee's shopping centres. Someone had even left their shoes in their hurry ...

But the most decorative photo subject I found in Dundee this time, was this magnificent and famous ship, The RRS Discovery.

Friday, November 25, 2011

After the Rain

Rainy weather is associated with autumn, but it has its own charm. If you look for it.

PS A nice week-end to all who passes by this blog :-)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Broken Bunker

It is actually not a bunker, but more of the inside of the experimental ocean wave power station ("Bølgekraftverket") shown in my former post. Power indeed.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Broken Reality

This is not a picture from a war-zone, but shows the remains of two experimental ocean wave power stations ("Bølgekraftverket") that were set up around 1985 in Øygarden, outside Bergen. They were destroyed by the waves after just a few years. The ocean is not to be trifled with.

It is calm here, but the waves broke this bridge and threw part of it a long way off and left the rest "off line".

PS A nice week-end to all who passes by this blog :-)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Inversion

This morning the view towards the entrance of Bergen harbour looked like this. The ugly, purple, smoke-like structure you see in the background is due to a phenomenon called inversion. According to Wikipedia this is:

"In meteorology, an inversion is a deviation from the normal change of an atmospheric property with altitude. It almost always refers to a temperature inversion, i.e. an increase in temperature with height, or to the layer (inversion layer) within which such an increase occurs.[1]

An inversion can lead to pollution such as smog being trapped close to the ground, with possible adverse effects on health. An inversion can also suppress convection by acting as a "cap". If this cap is broken for any of several reasons, convection of any moisture present can then erupt into violent thunderstorms. Temperature inversion can notoriously result in freezing rain in cold climates."

The pollutants causing the smog? Industrial emissions, emmisons from ships, burning of firewood and traffic, traffic, traffic ...

And is anything being done about it? So far very little that has had any effect ...

PS And despite the rather grim background, I wish a nice week-end to all who passes by this blog :-)

Friday, November 04, 2011

Autumn Colours

During the last weeks we have had a couple of periods with "hot" and fine weather. Consequently a friend of mine and I decided to see if we could find some of those autumn colours that have been missing this year.

And we found some - in this kind of light even power lines become a photographic subject.

One tree still had its leaves - one had lost them. But with this kind of light ...

And of course we found a waterfall - Hesjedalsfossen (about 70m high). Much beloved by photographers in this area.

PS A nice week-end to all who passes by this blog :-)