Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!


The photo was shot at the recent Winter Solstice. I will let it symbolize a hope for a Peaceful and Happy New Year to one and all.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Season's Greetings!


To all my Blogging Friends and to all who may pass by this Blog: 


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mother and Child


I have a feeling that both photo and title fit the season.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Glimpses of Winter


Winter has come to the fjords.


And to the harbour (and if you wonder about the sign, it says "Mooring forbidden - passenger traffic only").


In the fields you might spot a frozen straw - or perhaps a swan?


And with the snow you might prefer to use a tunnel.

Have a nice week!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Still Touring London


London is an international city. People from all over the world come to London. These have obviously come from Hollywood.


There are lots of things to do. For instance you can visit Madame Tussauds and look at some of the Live models.


If you are on a Bargain Hunt, you can visit places like this and for instance get a yellow bicycle,


or a couple of hundred old sewing machines.


But whatever you do, don't try to climb the wall of the Russian Embassy - even an old leaf can't get over.


And there is always a friendly pub where you can relax when your legs get too tired.

Have a nice Week-End!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

On Tour


Despite the name of the blog, we do occasionally get outside the borders of Norway. The photo above shows us going in for landing in a fairly large city; a city which among other things has a well-known river.


It is also known for its many nice parks where one can go for a stroll at sunset together with many of the locals (and of the tourists).


There are many grand buildings, and it is fun to take a photo from another angle than most people do.


There are several famous churches and cathedrals. Unfortunately I was not allowed to take photos inside, so I took one outside.


Famous people are all over the place. However, I had some difficulty communicating with this brilliant physicist.


And there is always shopping ...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Eggs



You may have seen these eggs dotting the countryside in autumn. They may look like they were made by some incredibly large bird, but they were in fact made by tractors and contain grass. That is why we in Norway call them "Tractor eggs". I havn't a clue as to what they are called in English.

They are a popular subject among photographers as they lend themselves to a lot of creativity. One can play around with the colours around them,


or move closer in and convert it all to monochrome.

Have a nice Week-end!

Friday, November 09, 2012

58 Degrees North


My last post was from the far north of Norway. This one is from a comparable far south part of our country - The town of Arendal. The difference might give an indication of how long our little country is. From time to time we spend some days here and these photos were shot last Monday.



All photos are also from a small island called Hisøy which lies very close to the town centre, but you don't have to swim: You can take the small passenger ferry Kolbjørn across. It takes five minutes. An ideal solution. 


You can wander among small, well-kept, white houses. You might even meet one of the local inhabitants.


The local population takes pride in maintaining their houses (many go back at least to the 18th century) as nice as possible. Here it is an old fire station that is being rehabilitated.

And you never get a chance to forget that you are very close to the sea.

Have a nice Week-end!

Friday, November 02, 2012

70 Degrees North

Norway is more than my local area. Some of the most beautiful and special sights can be found in the far north. In this case on the north-eastern coast where M/S Polarlys is sailing into a mixture of clouds and The Midnight Sun.

Shot in the summer of 2011 an hour before midnight.

Have a nice Week-End!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Reflection of a Dream

Have you ever looked into a quiet running river and felt that you were watching a dream go by?

BTW - I found this one on the same photo-shoot as the ones below.

Have a nice week-end!

Friday, October 19, 2012

October Photoshoot

 A couple of days ago a friend and I went for photoshoot in a valley an hours drive east of Bergen. The fairly low sun and the very nice  weather made for great opportunities. Here are three of the photos I got:

An island in the autumn sun :-)

 A small waterfall (probably much reduced due to nearby hydroelectric power stations)

And of course the compulsory mirror-like lake.

Have a nice week-end!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October in Hardanger

Norway has the longest coastline in the world. That is of course due to all the fjords. Most tourists visit them in the summer, but in many ways they are better, more colourful, more changing, more exciting, in for instance October.

These examples are from one of the most beautiful areas in Norway, Hardanger. The fjord is called Sørfjorden (an arm of Hardangerfjorden). Here you can watch showers in the distance touched with bit of setting sun in the evening,

 and wake up to lifting clouds and golden sunshine on snowcapped mountains in the morning.

Not to mention a fjord that could be used as a mirror; with a bit of modern art in the foreground.

Have a nice week!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Autumn City

We have had a period of exceptionally fine autumn weather, though now it seems to have come to an end. This was shot last Sunday, not so very far from the town centre.

PS Have a nice week-end!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Autumn Post

Autumn and all its colours have reached Norway too. Regular visitors to this blog may have seen this chestnut tree before, since I seem to take photos of it every autumn. BTW, chestnuts may have to be put on the endangered species list since the local authorities in Bergen prefer cutting down 200 years old chestnuts to maintaining old school buildings. Even US Bloggers have commented on them.

Friday, September 14, 2012

On Three Wheels ...

Here is another veteran MC, from the same event as the one below. No, it is not me (I can't even drive one!), but I just accidentally came upon these guys. BTW - the title of this post is in honour of a blogging and photography friend of mine who is an MC enthusiast with her own blog called On TWO Wheels. Well worth a visit.

PS Have a nice weekend!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Wrooom!!!

From a veteran MC-event - obviously still ready to deliver!

Have nice week-end!


Friday, August 31, 2012

3 - 4 - 5 - THINK!

For those who didn't know: Think was a Norwegian company that produced electric cars from 1991 until 2011 when if filed for bankruptcy. Now it has become something of a collector's item.
In case you wonder were 1 and 2 are: My car is on 1 and I'm on 2 :-), and the whole parking lot is a ferry terminal.

PS Have a nice week-end!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Covered up


The outer part of Strandgaten was the first street in Bergen which was reserved for pedestrians and small shops only (1971). It has had its ups and downs and looks a bit worse for wear here and there. Let's hope that it gets over this downturn too.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Iberian Snail

These Iberian snails are "all over the place" in Norwegian gardens - even climb the walls. However - in monochrome it looks just like an ordinary black snail :-)

Have a nice week-end!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Into the Woods

Woods have a charm of their own. A bit dark and spooky, but it is also a place to sit down and contemplate nature's sights and sounds.

PS Have nice Week-End!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Wooden Boats Festival

Do you care for heights? If not, don't try to do what these young Russians are doing - managing the top sail on the foremast of the Russian frigate Shtandart, a replica of a man-of-war from 1703. If you think this is not so high - look below ...

If you look closely, you will see someone at the top.
BTW, the naval ship moored beside Shtanart is KNM Hitra, a famous (at least in Norway) veteran from WW2. And it was of course made of wood.

And why all this emphasizing on wood? Because each year, a festival for wooden boats only takes place in Risør, a small idyllic town on the southern coast of Norway.

And not only sailing vessels - wooden boats of all sizes and shapes are welcome. And so were we - even without a boat.

Friday, July 27, 2012

What most tourists don't see in Bergen

Few tourists venture more that a few meters from the main tourist trail in Bergen. That is a pity - since they will miss scenes like this: Ten minutes leisurely walk from "Bryggen" lies streets of well-kept, white wooden houses from the 18th and 19th century. And with nice little people too.

PS Have a nice week-end and an even nicer summer!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

What tourists do in Bergen

Of course they take photos ...

Even more photos ...

They have a rest ...

And they discuss. Can't you hear him: " I dig that guy!"