Sunday, September 21, 2014

Goodbye Blogger - Welcome WordPress

I have been using Blogger as host for my blog Visual Natural since 2006. It has been an interesting experience, but also one that has added some grey hairs to the very many I already have. Blogger is very flexible when it comes to design, but it also likes to decide many things for you which you rather would decide for yourself. For instance, they “auto-enhance” and change the photos you upload whether you like it or not. And I don’t. The feature can’t be turned off unless you join their less than successful Facebook-clone called Google+. Which I have no intention of doing.

So now I am on WordPress - With a new and sharp pencil and a blank sheet ready to go. And I hope many of you will drop by - you are all very welcome.

Have a nice week!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Fringe Benefits

Edinburgh is the city of festivals, and in August there are several of them. One of the largest is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Fringe). The events on offer are almost unlimited. We arrived at the tail end, but still found lots of interesting things to to.

You can for instance take a daytime walking-tour of both the Old Town and the New Town and learn quite a lot in the process.

Or you can take a night-time literary pub tour in the same areas, guided by two professional (and very entertaining) professional actors.

This of course involves visiting some local pubs ...

If you want something a wee bit different, you can enjoy Scottish folk music in a small, but packed cellar salon bar.

And there is always whisky-tasting - guided by those who know how (The photo is NOT from where the tasting was located). Somehow i forgot to take any there.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Just Flying Around

Things have been a bit quiet on this blog for a while, but there are reasons. One of them is that we have followed the guy in the photo above and taken to the wings.

We have had the opportunity to look at an ancient volcano - and almost stopped in our tracks by a new one.

We have seen some traditional red phone booths - almost a rarity in these days of the mobile phone.

The city were we stayed is famous for its castle, and as you can see it used to be heavily armed. 

The country is in the middle of a vibrant discussion that is to be settled by a referendum shortly.

By now you should know where we have been. The locals are extremely friendly to visitors, and even have Day Care Centres that take good care of husbands tired of shopping - and the wives too.

Have nice week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

While it is still summer ...

We have had an exceptionally fine summer, and sun, water and small children have been a very large part of it. Let us enjoy it now and remember it in winter.

Have a nice week-end!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Tall Ships on Parade

I promised some more photos from The Tall Ships Races in Bergen 2014. Here they are leaving in amid thunder and rain - the first rain for a very long time. Heading the fleet is Bergen's own "Statsraad Lehmkuhl".

 Here is "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" accompanied by the Dutch "Gulden Leeuw".

"Statsraad Lehmkuhl" in lone splendour.

"Gulden Leeuw" got some technical problems and had to return to port. It is passed by a Dutch colleague.

The Danish full rigged ship ship "Georg Stage".

The Norwegian full rigged ship "Sørlandet"

The Norwegian full rigged ship "Christian Radich" and a Swedish rwo-masted vessel.

 And finally three ships that all had got their sails up and making a colourful exit.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

And then it was all over

The Tall Ships Races 2014 in Bergen is over. "Kruzenshtern" and all the others left amid thunder and rain - maybe as a payment for the 30+ C we have had.

PS I have some hundred other photos from this event that I have to go through. Maybe I will post one or two some day

Friday, July 25, 2014

Singing in the Shrouds

The crew had manned the rails for a bit of singing when "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" entered the harbour. She is the Norwegian Queen of the Seas.

Here she is full-size

 "Christian Radich" from Oslo is making ready for mooring.

Something small - something large. The passenger ferry "Beffen" has been crossing the harbour for a century.

Not all the ships were that tall...

Some didn't even have masts.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tall Ships Races 2014 - in Bergen

Bergen is one of the host cities for Tall Ships Races 2014. Our part of the arrangement is officially starting tomorrow, but this morning I spotted the Russian four masted bark "Kruzenshtern" coming in through a bit of lifting morning fog. It is the largest of the participating ships.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Evening Chat

Nothing like being neighbourly on a hot evening - from the village of Kalives, Crete.

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I'm just back from a trip to Kalives on the Greek island of Crete. Excellent place to stay if you prefer the sound of rolling waves to discos.

Friday, June 06, 2014


We are all animals, and we are all able to show a bit of tenderness - if we want to.

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Friday, May 30, 2014


Some friends of mine wanted a 60*90 print of this photo on the wall. I felt of course proud, so I thought it might be published in a slightly smaller version here.

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Friday, May 23, 2014


If grandson and granddad can't go to the zoo, the zoo will come to them.
Have a nice Week-End!

Monday, April 21, 2014


One of the family's absolute youngest generation was expected to our modest summer cottage for a stay of some days. That led to a search for suitable items for a boy aged 20 months. And what could be better that his uncle's old cars? Even grandfathers got some nostalgic feelings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Three Red Doors

Some time ago, I mentioned the use of odd or even sets of objects in photography. Here is an example with three red doors or perhaps they might be called windows? The one to the left is for those who still want to pay their bills via letters (giro transfers) and not through electronic systems. The one in the middle is an ATM  for those who want cash in their pockets, but what is the one to the right? A narrow entrance/exit for those stripped of their money? Or maybe the architect liked to use an odd set of objects in his composition too.

However it may be, I liked the colours, the light and the shadows - and the three red "doors".

Friday, March 21, 2014

Framed Dolk

"Dolk" is the pseudonym for Norway's most famous street artist. His real  identity is unknown, but he has admitted to coming from Bergen. According to Wikipedia, his motives are often pop-cultural references put into a humoristic or critical context. His works can be seen on walls in many cities around the world, such as Bergen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Oslo, Lisbon, Stockholm, London, Prague and Melbourne. His main inspiration in art is said to be the British artist "Banksy".

He has lately moved into galleries and also done several commission works.

The work above is one of his most famous and is called "Spray". Wikipedia has this to say ablout it: 

"The work "Spray" is a twist on the iconic picture taken by Eddie Adams during the Vietnam War where general Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executes the Vietcong prisoner of war Nguyễn Văn Lém with a head shot. Dolk have changed the head with a flower, and the revolver with a spray bottle. In Bergen city this work was preserved in 2009 by the local government by framing it in protective glass."

Here you can see for yourself how this piece of street art looks through a bit of "protective armour". Personally, I feel that some of the original purpose is gone.

He has his own WEB-site at

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Geometrical Shapes

Modern architecture is very fond of geometrical shapes in its design. This is from a fairly new judiciary building in Bergen where angles and lines are heavily used both in the building itself and in the decoration. One might feel that the whole thing is a bit square ...

But, of course, one can add a bit of human element oneself.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Behind Bars

I stumbled across this little, locked hole-in-the-wall in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. However, I found no key to let him out.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Four Wet Rocks

It is often said that a composition in a photo should contain an odd set of objects, so I ought to have removed one. Somehow I felt that the authorities in Füssen, Germany wouldn't have cared for that. I could of course have used Photoshop to remove one, but I didn't like that. So here it is, for what it is worth.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Shadows of a Summer

When it is winter, we long for summer
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sunny Afternoon

Winter in Western Norway

Friday, February 07, 2014

Two Ducks

Tell the birds it's winter!

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Street Art in Monochrome

The art itself was very colourful, but the window "begged" for monochrome.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

January in Bergen

We have had a somewhat special winter here: Almost no snow, a mixture of rain and wind, or sun and no wind. And from time to time a magical, low light. So it is tempting to post a postcard :-)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Light and Lines 2

A January without snow, but the low light makes for other possibilities in photography.

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Friday, January 17, 2014


Nothing much left.
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Friday, January 10, 2014

Autumn Afternoon in Aberdeen

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Christmas is over

Last Sunday many families "officially" ended their Christmas celebration with a large, neighbourhood bonfire. This bonfire was in Arendal.