I always fall for fall

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It’ a bit strange that I’ve been so hooked on black and white photography l lately. I’m quite a color person, weather it comes to dressing myself (I own pants that are yellow, red, orange, blue, green, purple and black and I have 6 different colored Converse shoes) or interiour (my kitchen cabinets are RED, I have a yellow wall in the livingroom, a blue wall in my bedroom and the inside of my front door is bright green).

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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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The beach

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Last year I went to the Netherlands again visiting my friend Chantal. Visiting her have become a yearly thing. The weather was so nice, we decided to bike to the beach again. Chantal lives in Alkmaar, 45 minutes north of Amsterdam. As the year before we decided to go to beach at Egmond aan Zee, it’s only a 30 minutes bike ride away.

As you can see it was sunny day, with a clear blue sky and it was warm. The sand was hot, too hot to walk barefoot in and it was the right amount of wind to cool you down a bit and play with kites.

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This sky is on fire!

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Throwback to that day in october last year when the sky was so dramatic your jaw dropped and your eyes were big as dinner plates. It was magical and spectacular. I think the photos speaks for them selves. No edits done to the photos (other than the square onesI took with my phone and edited a bit before I posted them on Instagram).

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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.

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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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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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My uncles farm and surrounding areas

I spent part of last weekend at my parents house. One of my goals for the sunday was to photograph a lot at my uncles farm. You see, the last years I’ve given my uncle a photo calendar for Christmas. He’s been enjoying it so much, I thought I had to do it again this year. The weather cast wasn’t promising, it would be grey and probably rain quite a lot that day. The only time I might see some sun, was early in the morning. Sunday morning, at 7.30 the alarm went off. It was impossible to jump out of bed imideately, I stayed in bed for about twenty mintues before I dragged myself up. I got dressed, found my photo gear and went outside. There wasn’t any sun outside, but it the clouds were light and there wasn’t any rain.

I stayed outside for over an hour, lurking around my uncles farm and places nearby. There was little traffic on those normally trafficed roads. I could even stand in the middle of the road photographing.

Later that day, when I looked at all my photos, I found one photo that would look good as a book cover. I recently made a book with my best photos from 2011 and I was very satisfied with it. You can say I’m kind of hooked on photo books. So… an idea popped up in my head. Why not make him a book with photos? The book would have to contain photos of his farm and surrounding areas. That is pictures that would interest him. I am not sure if I will have enough photos to make a whole book though. I think I would need at least  photos, if less the book would be too thin.

I’m going to go through my archive to see if I can find some suitable old photos. I hope I will have enough to make a decent book, because I know my uncle would appreciate it.

Here is a collection of the photos I took on sunday.

The sea, source of all life

While being in the Netherlands for my week vacation, I visited the zoo in Amsterdam. The city zoo was big. A part of the zoo was aquarium. I love aquariums. Walking around there, watching all the fishes and sea creature, is so calming. It is also very interesting to see all the different colors/patterns the fishes got. It’s rather amazing.

I wish that I someday will have a fish tank build in a wall in my livingroom. I know that’s probably not going to happen, at least not where I live now. Keeping a fish tank, is a lot of work. But it would be awesome. I would put a chair in front of the tank, sit down, watch the fish swim around and just let my thoughts wander off. It would be totally zen!

Photographing inside the aquarium was hard. The fish doesn’t stand still, the constantly swim around, so I got a lot of blurry photos. Still I managed to gather a handfull of photos that turned out ok.

Enjoy the colorful fishes and sea life.


The fish above is called a clownfish. The name quite fitting. Just look at all the different patterns and colors. It’s amazing that the nature has given us such a fish. I wonder why only half of the body is dotted and the rest looks like a ‘normal’ fish. The fish underneeth, is a lionfish. It got a rather amazing pattern too, don’t you think? The lionfish is big and not like a small goldfish.

Above: A pretty stripy fish. Lovely colors. Underneeth: NEMO! I found Nemo :) Seeing that fish now, makes me wanna see Finding Nemo again. We also saw Dory at the aquarium, but I didn’t get a decent photo.

There will come more photos from the zoo later. I have tons of photos, but they need to be processed first. I might divide it into two posts, because I took photos of nearly every animal inside the zoo. It would be a overload to post all at once! Stay tuned!

Out in the forrest, in the middle of Oslo

On sunday we had a real summer day. The first one in weeks. This summer has rained away and yesterdays sun and warm weather was more than welcome. I knew it wouldn’t last long, it would probably be over today, and it was. So I thought I’d make the most of it. It is already the 20th of August and the summer is almost over. Where has it been, really? Not here at least.

I’ve been wanting to visit Maridalen for a long time now. It’s been on my to do-list for a very long time, but I’ve never had the chance to do so. Either the weather has sucked, like it has most of the summer, or other things  has gotten in the way. Last night when I was editing the photos from the trip, I realised it was 3 months, on the day, since I talked about it for the first time. When I think about it, it’s a real shame it’s only three months since I first thought about going there. I’ve been living in this city for about ten years and I’ve never been in Maridalen. I know for sure, it’s not gonna go ten years until I visit it again. When the fall sets in, I’m def. going back to soak in all the beautiful colors the fall brings.

So me and a friend took tram number 12 to the end-station, Kjelsås. From there we walked for a short while to get to one end of Maridalen. The lake, Maridalsvannet, is the lake that provides the citisen of Oslo with water. So there was a few restrictions we saw printed on a board: 1) no bathing in the water 2) stay at least 50 meters away from the water 3) no fishing. We were walking on the north side of the lake and it was impossible to get close the water anyway, we were divided from the lake by train tracks. The tracks run alongside the lake. I’ve never taken the train that way, but I’m quite sure it’s a lovely route, looking at the lake while driving by. Seeing the train tracks made me think of the old movie Stand By Me (with River Pheonix, Kiefer Sutherland etc). A great 80’s movie, if you ask me.

We had brought lunch, so after walking for quite some time, we found a spot where we could sit down and snack. I have to say that buns / bread tastes so much better out in the woods after a long walk. At home a bun with cheese taste OK, but after a long walk out in the forrest, it tastes great! I’d brought a bottle with water, but since it was so hot I drank most of it before we sat down. I needed more water, so I filled it up with some fresh water from a stream. Not much beats fresh water from a stream.

I might have mentioned this before, but Oslo contains mostly forrest. The middel of Oslo is located in the forrest and almost only the part close to the fjord is buildings, houses etc. This is one thing I love so much about this city. Within 20 from my apartment, I can be out in the forrest. I could pack a backpack, bring my tent and go camping for the weekend.

As everytime I’m out on a trip like this, I bring my camera. When I came home I had over 200 new photos. It took some time to sort them out and find the good ones, but I’ve finished and here is quite a few photos from yesterday. It was hard to pick the best, so I ended up with 30!

Doesn’t the forrest look inviting?

 

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