My uncles farm

I’ve just come home from Aker Foto; the store that are developing my photos. They are great. I send them online and can pick them up the day after. They are not the cheapest one in town, but the best in my opinion.

Today I picked up five photos I’m giving to mum for her birthday. I’ve also picked up six photos I’m sending my aunt. She has asked for photos from the place she grew up. My uncle still lives on the farm they all grew up.

So I got six square photos for my aunt.

To the left is my uncles field.

I’m here standing on the road above. The white house is part of my uncles house. The rest of the buildings is where he keeps his tractors etc.

Road through my uncles propery.

Further up that road.

The property seen from the other side.

A nearly dried up creek dividing two fields.

I’m gonna send them to my aunt tomorrow hopefully. I’m curious what she will think about them. I tell her she will have to decide which one she will put up on the wall. Maybe a few? Maybe all? It’s up to her.

Summer diptych

This is photo number 7. A week has passed and I’m enjoying this summer project very much! It’s a lot of fun.

Today I wasn’t very inspired. I didn’t really have any ideas and didn’t know where to go to find inspiration either. Looking at my flowery skirt, I thought why not take a photo of this pretty skirt? Instantly my brain started to work/spinn and I found out I needed to do a diptych. I took on some old stone bracelets, fetched my camera and went out on the balcony. After I few shots I realised needed grass under my feet. I put on some shoes, fetched my keys and went outside.

After I’d taken a lot of shots, I picked some flowers. I bought two tiny green vases on IKEA a while ago. I wanted to fill one of them with flowers. I would love to show you a photo of them, but I will have to wait. I got an idea for tomorrows shot which includes the vase and the flowers. Another diptych.

When I had processed the photos and made the diptych I see Shanon tweet this: WordsToShootBy is new today! “Body” was the theme: WordsToShootBy Great contributions. I shot my legs in the car.

The concept is to make a triptych and I did a diptych, but we both had a body theme. Funny coincidence. I bet I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I love the concept WordsToShootBy is all about!

I would love to be a part of something like that, but for now I just have to make my own diptyches and admire what they do. It’s not so bad either!

Summer at the countryside

I’ve spend half of yesterday and today at my parents house. Next week isn’t going to be so great weather-wise, so I thought ‘why spend two lovely summer days in the city, when you can spend it at the countryside?’ I knew there would be opportuneties to take a lot of photos, walk in the grass barefoot, get a tan, eat icecream, BBQ and say hello to my lovely cat Samson. It wasn’t just opportuneties, in fact all those things happened. And it was great. I’ve had a lovely one and a half day out in the sun.

Top five list is:

  • todays BBQ. Ate some somely meat (juicy pork) and lots of cauliflowers. Nom, nom, nom.
  • sitting out in the sun, reading the Backstreets (Springsteen fan mag) while listening to  Human Touch (Springsteen album).
  • todays photowalk at my uncles property taking photos that I’m going to give one of my aunts. The sun was shining and I listend to the entire Tunnel of Love album (Springsteen album that too) on my phone.
  • my fave football team scored 3 goals in four mintues at the end of todays game; acutally in the 4 minutes they had added after the 90 mins where over! The match ended up in a tie. 3 – 3 against Molde, away-match. The match was on the TV while we ate, so I glanced on the screen from my position out on the terrace once in a while. At 3-2, there were 1 minute left and dad said it was no chance they would make it. Half a minute later, they got a corner and scored. I yelled GOOOOAAAALLLLL and raised my hands in the middle of the conversation we had. Mum almost jumped out of the seat! She didn’t see that coming. Funny!
  • the little chat I had with Chantie on msn earlier today. It was sweet.

Something on a bad note:

  • I got bitten by TWO ants yesterday. It stung alot for a little while, until I got some ‘miracle product’ on my kneee and thigh.

I have got a lot of new photos and I’ll give you some of the most summery shots here. Some will also be posted on my flickr account.

Fields of gold. Lovely buttercups.When the buttercups have arrived, you know it’s summer. This ended up as the ‘official photo of today’; photo 6 out of 90.

Cotton candy clouds. Sometimes I wish I could live upon a cloud. Clouds are so pretty (when they are not ash-clouds that is!). I think this is pretty much sooc, except the crop I did.

Pretty red leafs against the blue sky. The leafs are glowing. This is taken on my uncles property. I didn’t get a chance to speak to him, because he was celebrating his sisters (my aunt) birthday and was not at home. Too bad, I would’ve loved to chat with him for a while.

Some pretty flowers I saw when I came to Lillestrøm yesterday to meet my parents. Not sure what they are called, maybe someone can help me out with that? I was laying in the grass, near the central station, taking photos of these flowers. I wonder what people thought when they saw me?

I have lots of more photos to show, but I’ll stop for now. My back is iching so badly I think I have to go take a shower to cool down. And then I better go to bed. Even though I got vacation, I have to get up early tomorrow. I’m going back to Oslo and I’m gonna ride with my parents. We’ll leave at 06.30!   

I’m so looking forward to not go to work tomorrow. I haven’t really decided what to do with the day yet, but I’m sure I’ll find things to do. I think I have a to-do list somewhere. One thing I know I’m gonna do, is to go take my 7th photo in the summer project!

Photoproject – day three

Today has be just as warm as yesterday. The sun is shining and the sky is blue. A shame that I had to work an hour extra, when the weather was so wonderful. But it was the only option. The last days have been very hectic. There has been so much to do; especially since I’ve got vacation next week and have to finish a lot of things before that time!

There were several times I wish I could put myself on a bike, like the one pictured about, and ride away in the sunny weather. Ah! What a bliss that would’ve been. Only one more day now. Only one!

The last hour I worked I had to calm myself down (try to reduce my level of annoyance, haha) with some music by Springsteen. I made myself a playlist on Spotify which contained calm songs like Blood Brother, Secret Garden, Streets of Philladelphia, My Hometown and Jungleland.

It made me happy to think about the camera I had in my purse. Taking photos always makes me happy.

Here are a few other shots I got on my trip home.

Yummy light and bokeh. I love sunlight. This was just a snapshot of the hedge next to the bike I photograhped .

Another diptych. A swing and a bench. I would like to sit on both right now. Be skyhigh with the swing or read in the latest number of the Backstreets (Springsteen fan mag)

Some more flowers in a pot. I never get tired of them. Beautiful flower and matching blue pot!

Flower power

Day two of my photoproject is soon over. It was lovely to leave the office a few mintues past 16.00, after a stressfull day at the office, knowing I was going on the hunt for todays shot.

I walked in the same area as yesterday; Kampen. It’s a lovely area east in Oslo with lots of wodden buildings in lovely colors.  I can walk through that area and take the bus home, a few stops away from the start/end stop where usually take the bus from.

It was a bit windy today, but still quite warm. The sun was shining and it was lovely to walk around hunting down things to photograh. The flower photo above is todays ‘official’ photo.

I also ended up with some other shots.

More flowers. I love daisies. A huge  pot with flowers brightens up a entrence and is most welcome in my eyes. I saw quite a few pots like this and I took a shot of almost everyone!

Lots of yummy white bokeh. I can see this photo in a diptych; with either a blue shot or a green one. Don’t think I have anything that matches yet, but I’ll keep it in mind.

Here is one of the colorful buildings I was talking about. I really like the lines in this one. And the pink color! I’m not a huge fan of pink, but this is cool.

Even though I’m just at day two, I’m really enjoying this photo project. It’s fun and I like that it’s a bit easier than my last one. Summer is a wide theme and I can do so much. And I’ve said tomyself that if I run out of ideas on the summer theme, I can always change it. I can skip any theme and just shoot whatever I want.

But for now, I’m sticking to summer!

Summer in the city

Things were a bit stressfull at the office today. I had to work an hour extra to finish all the things I needed to get done. Phew! It was really lovely to go out in the sun and walk around take some photos for my summer project.

I guess I walked for half an hour all together. Not that much, but better than nothing. The sun was shining and it was quite warm.

This is the first photo in my summer project. I started with a diptych. I’ve called it summer in the city. The pedestrian crossing represents the city and the bench and the sunlight represents the summer.

I really love spending the summer in the countryside, but it’s not so bad spending summer days in the city either. Right now I’m happy I can leave my balcony door open all evening without it being cold in my apartment. I even opened it this morning to get fresh air in. It was lovely!

The city also has flowers. Can you survive without flowers? I think not.

I was put on a big test today. As I walked home I came to this grocerystore. Outside they had a commercial-thingy saying they had icecream on sale. My fave icecream. 10 in a box for only 17 NOK. That is so ridicuoulsly cheap. But I’m on a little icecream / chocolate break right now. So what else could I do than walk away? Let me tell you,  It was hard. Very hard.

Well. I’m here and I’m not dead. So I can survive without icecream! But to take care of my urge for something sweet, I’m gonna eat some banana & milk. Chop up half of a banana, put it in a bowl, add milk and some sugar.

Eat!

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