The Norwegian wilderness

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I went on a mountain trip with my good friend Bjørg this weekend. I took the friday off and went to Bjørg on thursday evening. She had to work that day, but had a home-office. Right after her husband came home at 16.15, we left for Trysil. Trysil is a municipality east in Norway, that borders to Sweden. It’s over two and a half hour drive north-east from Oslo. We borrowed a lovely cabin , which was lovely. It had everything we needed; comfy beds, a kitchen and livingroom in one and a bathroom with a shower and a sauna. There was also free internet and a tv there, but neither of that worked while we were there. We were a bit annoyed at first, but it didn’t take long before we forgot about it. We had music on my phone (Spotify) with portable speakers and board games, so we had all we needed.

Both days we cooked some awesome dishes. First evening with had a beef with creamy potatoes and mushrooms and the second day we had a lovely stew with rice and white bread. The stew contained beef, vegetables and mushrooms and was so, so good. Since we were away for a weekend, we allowed us to indulged in lovely food. Our ‘desert’ was chips and chocolate.

The weather wasn’t great. Saturday morning started with heavy raining, but that didn’t stop us–we were determined to go out in the wilderness. We had been recommended a place to start our walk, but after a little forth and back, we ended up going someplace else. I’m not sorry about that, because we ended up some place lovely. It rained a little bit when we got out of the car, but we were lucky–it didn’t rain for too long.

With us on the trip, we had lovely food (bread with eggs, cheese and ham), chocolate, biscuits and water to drink. I also brought my camera with me. To my BIG disappointment, I had almost no battery left. I charged it before I left home on thursday and I only used it a little bit before saturday. I think I might have forgotten to turn it off and must have caused the battery to be almost dead. So I only got a few photos with my Canon, the rest of my photos was made with my phone. This proofs I need an extra battery for my camera I can bring, so this won’t happen again.

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Norwegians are quite reserved. You hardly see people who doesn’t know each other, talk to each other. If you sit on the subway and some stranger starts talking to you, lots of people will wonder why on earth they are talking to you. When people get out in the wilderness (forrest, mountains etc), they totally change personality. People always greets other people they meet along the way and they even engage in conversations. This weekend, I’ve never greeted that many strangers in such a short timespan before.

I wonder why it is like this. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, but I can’t say I’ve come to any conclution.

Whatever the reason is, I enjoy greeting people when I’m out in the wilderness. It puts me in a good mood. We’re sort of one big happy family.

I hope to go on trip like this sometime soon.


5 AM day two

After being out at 5 AM yesterday photographing and seeing that lovely morning light in my photos, I wanted to do it again–but this time, walking a little bit to photograph other things. So I set the alarm for 04.35. Five minutes before the alarm went off, I woke up all by myself. My head was not with me, still sleeping. When I peeked through the curtains and didn’t see any sun, I instantly thought it was cloudy and I didn’t want to photograph if there wasn’t any beautiful light outside.  So I rolled over and fell back to sleep.

Almost half an hour later I woke up again, now seeing sunrays through the curtains. I jumped out of bed, peeked out of the window and saw a beautiful morning on its way. Quickly I got dressed, fetched my camera and headwd out. This time I left my parents property and walked towards the sun. Because it’s monday, the traffic was heavier than yesterday. Not everyone has vacation. Some still have to work. There was many that stared at me this morning–almost everyone who passed me in a car,  I guess they’ve never seen someone out this early to photograph before. Heh!

I spend about an hour photographing and then I feel it’s time to get home. I’m still not fully awake and I could need some more sleep. Back home I undress and crawl under the duvet, thinking it had been a lovely morning and well worth the early rise.

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5 AM

My three-week vacation started on friday. After spending yesterday at a pool with my sister and her family and having dinner at their place, I went home to my parents place. They are on holiday (in Nice, France) and I needed to take care of Samson (our cat) for a few days. My uncle did it until I came home. I woke up twice last night. First at 04.00 because Samson was sitting outside my bedroom door screaming–he wanted to get out. After letting him out, I went back to bed and fell asleep instantly. Almost an hour later I woke up again. I have a mild form of restless legs syndrome. It is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations. Mostly it occurs in my legs, but sometimes my arms is affected. That happened yesterday. To make it go away, I need to focus my brain on other things than the restless arms. Doing things with your arms helps.

While being up, I saw the sun rise–it was beautiful. So I decided to take some photos of the sunrise, now that I was up and couldn’t sleep. I was too tired to get dressed, and I had planned to go to bed again, so I just put on my late grandfathers bathrobe and went out. It was so lovely outside–quiet and quite warm even though it was only 5 AM in the morning.

Samson was already outside and he joined me for a short while, before he disappeared somewhere.

Getting up really early to photograph is something I think I will repeat, not just when I can’t sleep. The light is beautiful in the early, early morning–especially when the sun is rising.

I hope you’ll enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed photogprahing.

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These photos are taken with my brand new 35mm lense. I bought it a month ago, because I was hired to photograph a friends wedding. Initially I bought a new standard zoom lense (18-250mm) since the one I owned had some issues and was very unstable. When buying that I overheard a convo at the photostore about this new 35mm lense from Sigma–it was supposed to be very good. After a few days and a lot of reading online about the lense and other similar lenses, I went and bought that too. So in less than I week, I had almost spend my entire tax-refund. I paid 10.300 for both lenses. Eeek! I better put them to use, to justify such big purchases in such short time.

If anyone thinks about buying this 35mm lense, but aren’t quite sure, I got two words for you: DO IT!


050913- 291stWhen I was home a few weeks ago, I went to visit my uncle to see how the harvesting was going. My  dad was there, because he helps out a lot. Dad does most of the harvesting, because my uncle is old and not comfortable doing it. I brought my camera because I wanted to capture these moments. 80 years ahead some will maybe look at these photos and say ‘that’s how we did it back in the days’. I also took photos so I can compile a new calendar for my uncle when the new years arrive. The last years I’ve made him a calendar with photos from his farm or things/places nearby. He loves them and therefore I keep doing it. It’s a nice Christmas gift. Last year he got a whole book with photographs. I won’t be doing that this year –  a calendar will do.

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The magic forrest

050913- 237Last time I was home I went to the forres to pick berries. This time it was time to pick cranberries. I’m no fan of cranberries, but I do love to pick berries and just be out in the forrest. I have no problem picking berries for others to eat. My best friend Linda she loves cranberries, but she isn’t able to be out in the forrest to pick them this year. That gave me an idea. I wanted to surprise her with a box full of cranberries. Linda wasn’t home that day because she was visiting one of her aunts. My plan was to pick a box of berries, put that in a plastic bag along with a written card and hang it on her door handle for her to see when she came home from her aunt. Nothing’s like coming home to a surprise by the door. Late that evening I reccived a very happy text message from her telling me she was very happy to have reccived the box with cranberries. Doing things like that feels great, doesn’t it? I love to make others happy!

Being in the forrest is magical. I love, love, love the forrest. It’s something about it, something special. Every time I go to the forrest I bring my camera. I won’t miss the opportunety to catch the light coming between the trees or the the sparkling water that the sun creates when it hits the pond  / lake.

One thing I’ve noticed when I’m out in the forrest. It happens here in Norway at least. People that doesn’t know each other greets each other with either just a ‘hello’ or they even stop to chat for a while. This might be normal in other parts of the world, but we Norwegians we never really talk to the one we sit next to on the bus, or the man in front of us in the queue at the supermarket. If a stranger starts to talk to you, you look strangly at the other person. Forringers tend to see us as a bit cold. Out in the forrest that is not true!

When I’m downtown Oslo, I almost never talk to strangers or greet them, but when I’m in the forrest and someone is coming I always smile and say hi. This happened on this forrest trip too. We met two women with dogs. They past us as we were sitting down with our heads deep down in the heather. The slowed down when they saw us. I heard them because of the dogs and looked up, then greeted them. One of the greeted me back saying something. I didn’t hear what she was saying, because we were a bit far from each others, but I just replied we were out picking cranberries. She smiled and they walked on.

Of course we didn’t just pick berries, we also had a couple of breaks drinking coffee / water and eating crackers and chocolate. A little rest is nice.

We came home with lots of cranberries. Way more than I thought the two of us would be able to bring home. I also came home with some photos I would like to share with you.

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Along the riverside

250513- 305sGoing through my archive, I sometimes find photo gems, a couple of photos I’ve turned down that I now find worth editing and  blog or put up on Flickr. Not often do I find a whole set of photos that has been untouched. Earlier this week I did just that. I found a folder with photos I’ve hardly looked at. It made me happy.

These photos are taken late in May, when my friend Ellen and I went on a small photowalk. Ellen wanted to show me this path a friend had shown her once. I was eager to go, because she did tell me about it and it sounded like a great opportunity to bring my camara. We walked on a traile alongside the river. It was really beautiful. I love these hidden places around the city. Being there you didn’t really feel like you were in the city, but rather someplace on the countryside.

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A berry good time in the forrest


Last weekend when I was at Lierfoss, I went to the forrest to pick berries with my parents. We try to do that every year. Normally we walk through the forrest close to our home.  It starts only a few  hundred meters from the house. This year we wanted to try some place else. We decided to try my uncles forrest, which is located a 5 minute drive away from us.

This year we wanted to pick blueberries. When we had parked the car and started walking we saw some bushes with wild raspberries. We also spotted some on our way into the forrest.  So we decided to pick some raspberries on our way back.

Little did we know that we would find cloudberries in that forrest as well. That made us all happy, esp. dad. He loves cloudberries.

I had to bring my camera on this forrest trip. I love being in the forrest and photographing it. What I didn’t like was all the bites I got from ants and mosqitos. An ant bit me in my foot and it hurt so, so bad. I don’t think I’ve been bitten by an ant where it has hurt as bad as that did. Yesterday morning I counted all my bites and I found 12! They itch, some more than others. I have three on my right hand that is very annoying.

Oh well, enough about the bites and back to the photos. Here they are:

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A walk in Hyde Park

070613- 362textOn our last day in London, we had to be out of the apartment hotel at 11.00. Since there were no reception, there wasn’t any place to store our suitcases – we had to bring them with us. Walking around with our suitcases wasn’t very practical, so we decided to do something easy. We went to Hyde Park to spend our last hours in London there.

Hyde Park is a huge and pretty park. I wish the weather would’ve been a bit better so we could’ve enjoyed it even more than we did. If we had more time and hadn’t our suitcases with us, we would’ve rented a boat and taken a trip on the (artificial) lake (the Serpentine).

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The croft pt. II

Last weekend I was back at Lierfoss. This time to visit a friend and just relax at the countryside. My sister and her family came too, which was nice. We spent most of sunday together, eating good food, playing and being outside making a snowman.

I had some time to get out my camera too this weekend. I went back to the croft. My parents are spending a lot of time there, cutting down unwanted trees and bushes. It takes a lot of time. Dad went there with my uncles tractor and I drove my mum there. Mum wanted me to help out, but I said I couldn’t. I had more important things to do, I needed to photograph.

The weather wasn’t as good as last time I was there photographing, it was a bit more foggy, but I still managed to capture some of the beauty of that place.


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Wintery Lierfoss

Here are some more photos from my winter walk a few weeks ago. These photos are taken around Lierfoss, where I grew up. The sun was shining and the weather was gorgeous. I love winter days like that! I hope it will be more winter days like that in the near future.

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