Forest of my childhood

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Last weekend I went to the countryside, to my parents place where I grew up. It’s always nice to be there, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s so much more quiet there. I was visiting a friend of mine, an uncle and spending a some time with my parents. I grew up close the the forest, it’s just a minute away from our house.

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Winter wonderland

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I’ve been neglecting this blog for a very long time. I started this blogpost A YEAR AGO and I forgot to post it. That’s how things have been… I had planned to post some other photos from a photo walk a week ago. But since I hadn’t posted the photos below, I’ll post them later.

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5 AM day two

210714- 010 dip 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.

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5 AM

200714- 171My 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.

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Summer polas

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I have some more polas to share. These are taken at Lierfoss, where I grew up.

The three last polas are of my newphews. We, my sister and her familiy and I, were at Lierfoss one sunday barbequeing and having a lovely day. It was sunny and very warm. Emil, the oldest newphew, showed me how to ride a bike and more important; how to use the brakes on the bike–he had just learned how to do it. Great memories.

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More polas–winterstyle

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Yesterday I bought myself a multifunctional printer from Epson–it’s the Epson XP-750. I needed one so I can scan my polas. Last night I set it up, and it worked just fine. I’m happy that I finally got one, I’ve been thinking about buying one for years.

I scanned the polas I’ve taken, but not shared with you. It ain’t many. Today was a bit disappointing, because I thought I had two frames left, but I had miscalculated–there were no frames left and I don’t have another set of polas. Sigh. I have to buy some more soon! Photographing with my pola cam is quite addictive.

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Harvesting

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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Bits and bobs from my uncles farm

030813- 313sA while ago I visted my uncles farm. He’s 76 years old, but I sometimes see him as less than 70. Too me he’s always been a ‘young’ man. It’s strange to think that’s he’s slowly getting 80. He is holding up quite well, working a lot in my opinion. Things are not as it used to be though and he needs help on his farm.  So when I visited his farm a month ago or so, I was there to help him out (my parents too) with a patch of overgrown grass. We worked a lot. In addition to work I took some photos around the farm. I always bring my camera, where every I go. You never know when something great turns up that you need to photograph.

Here are a few photos from that day. Enjoy.

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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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Fun times at my uncles farm

120712- 042sLast thursday I went home to my parents place. I’m in the middle of vacation / was the end of my sick-leave, so I had time to go home. My nephews were gonna be there for a few days as well and I had planned to visit some friends.

My two nephews love tractors and since my dad had a few jobs to do at my uncles farm, we decided to bring them so they could ride the tractor with him. I had to bring my camera of course to take some pictures of the two having fun. It’s these little moments that I cheris and have to document. It will be something they can look back on when they’re grown old.

Yesterday evening, when I started to edit these  photos, I decided to sit out on my balcony. Since I live in an apartment and had been away all day, it was so warm inside it was warmer inside than outside. I almost melted away! Phew! 22.30 I had to go inside because some nasty, huge flying bugs visits my balcony when twilight comes.

When I looked through my photos I instantly knew these had to be monochrome photos. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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