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.

 

Spring / summer polaroids

Here are some polaroids taken this spring / summer. The three first are from the Botanical Garden (inside and outside). The two next is from a bike trip I had back in May. The two last is from the street where I live. More polas to come soon.

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Tertitten – old steam locomotives and railways

080913- 060sA few weeks ago I went on a trip to Sørumsand with my sister and her family and my parents. At Sørumsand they have a museums train going. They have an old steam locomotive there. Over a hundred years ago, they made a railway between Sørumsand and Skulerud, two small places in Norway. The railway was 57 km long and was called Tertitten. The railway was open until 1960, when it closed for good.

The railway passed my parents house. The place where I grew up, Lierfoss, had a trainstop. My great grandfather was the head of the station on Lierfoss – Lierfoss Station. If you were going to Oslo, you needed to take the train, if you didn’t have a car. And in the early 1900 not many had cars.

A year after the railway closed, they started the work with presserve the railway for posterity.  Most of the railway was removed to make space for regular roads where cars could drive. Today only a small part of the railway is operative.

During the summer, the railroad is open and you can take a trip with one of the steam locomotives. Every sunday you can drive the 3,2 km (and back again)  that is operative. On their way back, they stop at a station for twenty minutes, so you can buy something to eat. They serve waffles, icecream, coffee, soda etc.

So as I said in the beginning, I went to Sørumsand to ride with this train. It was a fun trip. I love to experience things from the past. When I do things like that, I dream about the old times and try to imagine how things where back then. It’s at times like that, I wish I could enter a time machine and go back in time.

I couldn’t take this trip without bringing my camera. I knew there would be some awesome things to photgraph. Here are some of the photos I took. I hope you’ll like them.

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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

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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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Hazy black & white lines and more

I was out on a photo trip a while ago. Only half of the photos I took were processed and posted here. Now I finally got around to process the second half. Since I loved the hazy black and white look my previous photos, I decided to give these the same treatment.

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Im off to Krakow this saturday with my co-workers. Hopefully I will be able to take some photos while I’m there. Maybe my next post will show lots of lovely photos from Krakow?

Stay tuned!

The return of a ghost

I said in my last post that I hoped I slowly would blog more often. That didn’t work out as I planned. What happened? Work exploded in my face so to say. From working two or three hours overtime a year, I had two weeks where I worked two – three hours of overtime each day! I even worked six hours last sunday. That has happened once before the elleven years I’ve worked with this company. When I’ve come home from work, I’ve been so tired that all I managed to do was to make dinner and watch a little bit of TV. For some working around the clock is normal and enjoyable, but I know now that it’s certainly not for me. There are people that has it like this all the time and think it’s ok. I don’t. I love my job, but not that much.

In addition to working my ass off, I had two days of Springsteen mania going on. Springsteen and the E Street band kicked off their second leg of the Wrecking Ball tour in Oslo. Two concerts. For those who know me, knows that I’m a huge Springsteen fan. I went to both conerts and had a blast both times. I got to hear songs I’ve never heard live before (like Better Days, Leaf of Faith, Downbound Train, Saving up) and that is always fun! Two nights of rock ‘n roll, took it’s toll on me.

I’m slowly getting back to where I was three weeks ago. Energy is regained and head can once again be filled with something else than just work.

I did manage to get on a photowalk a eight days ago, but I haven’t had time to process them. I looked at them shortly earlier today, but it was too much to go through. So instead I dug out my wide-angle lens that I haven’t used in a long time and took some photos from the balcony and a few haning out the window of my kitchen & bedroom.

While thinking of blogging, I listened to Springsteen and he sang about ‘the edge of town’. That made me want to post some black and white photos. For a long time now, I’ve been wondering how to get my photos a ‘hazy black and white’ look. It turned out not to be as difficult as I had thought. A few adjustments while post processing them and voilá. I got the result I was looking for.

I really want to do more black and white stuff. Maybe that’s gonna be the goal for May?

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The croft

Last saturday I went home to where I grew up, to visit a friend. The weather was really nice, so I took the opportunity to photograph some too. Dad took me to this place, a piece of land that my uncle ownes. My parents have been working there; tiding up, cut donw trees and bushes.  Long time ago, like 50 years, this was a croft. Many people has live there. My grandfather had a farm and needed help to run it. The people he hired lived on that croft. Apart from working on my uncles farm for at least 8 hours a day, they had to work when they came home too — just to take care of the croft. It was hard life.

Dad told me all this when we were there. He is a great storyteller and know so much about all sorts of stuff. He always has a story to tell when we visit places. I like to listen to those.

These photos might now be so special to you, but to me they carry something extra since there’s a story behind them I can relate to.

Enjoy!

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Winter scenes from a bus

The weather the day I left my friend in Elverum was absoutely wonderful. It was cold though, – 24 C when I got up at 08.30. Brrr. It was real sunny when I went on the bus. I knew beautiful landscapes would fly by as the bus set its destination towards Oslo. The beautiful scenery passing by, I couldn’t let that pass without photographing. Even though I was on a bus and it’s not always easy to photograph when you’re on the move. When I entered the bus, I tried to find a seat with a clean window. I also wanted to avoide the windows with stickers on it too.

The two hour long busride started great, with sun and blue skyes. It wasn’t one cloud in sight and it was oh so beautiful. As we came nearer Oslo, the clouds rolled in. You can see that on the very last photograph. It was all grey and almost foggy outside then.

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I have more winter photographes to show you all. Yesterday I was out photographing again. When the sun is up and the sky is blue, it’s hard to sit inside and watch the beautiful weather. You’ll see those photos later this week. I still need to post process them and it’s quite a lot to go through. I hope you won’t get tired of all my wintery shots. You’ll see something else, like in March or something, when the snow is gone ;)

 

 

A cold and sunny winter day

So as I told you in my previous post, I visited a friend last weekend. She texted me the day before I was coming telling me to bring some warm pants, so we could be outside. That was a very good idea, because it was cold outside. It is always much colder where she lives than in Oslo. It is also much more snow. Here most of the snow rained away two weeks ago. We did get some new snow, but it’s not that much. In Elverum, there were quite some snow as you will see on the photographes.

It was really sunny on saturday. It gave me the perfect light to work with while I was photographing outside.

Bjørg brought out her kicklsled (seen on the top photographes). You can read more about it here, if you want to know more about it. Seeing a kicksled brought back so many memories. I used to have one when I was a kid. You can walk pretty fast with it and downhill it goes very fast! I always had fun with the kicksled. There was no time for me to use the kicksled on saturday, I was too busy photographing.

I really hope there will be more days like the one I had on saturday.

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