Flowerpower: planting on my balcony

When spring arrives, one of the things I’m looking forward to is to plant flowers on my balcony. It is always fun to do that. I don’t have green hands in particular, but still I love it. What I do have, on the other hand, is green pants and suitable to use when planting.

I decided not to put flowers in my flower boxes hanging outside the balcony. Instead I bought a new zink bucket and borrowed a small zink bucket from my mum. In addition I have two small flower pots that I bought at IKEA last year. All in all, enough flowers for me.

When I was done with the flowers I remembered I had to take out my furniture as well. I had totally forgotten! When I came down in the basement to find the furniture, I got a surprise. I had also forgotten that I’d bought new furniture last year – they were not brown and old anymore, but white and new. That made me really happy.

I was really satisfied when the furniture was out on the balcony, the table cloth was laid out and the flower pots where set in place.

Of course I wanted to document the planting. I love flowers and I love photographing, so it was only natural.

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Back in bizz: more bikes!

Oh boy! It’s been a long time since I blogged. Way too long! I am not surprised, because my blogging is like a yo-yo. Sometimes I blog a lot and then there are periods where I hardly blog at all. I put my lack of blogging on my ‘being-uninspred’ account this time. I hope I can, with this post, slowly come back and blog more regularly again.

Quite often I feel like I’ve captured what there is to capture of Oslo. I know that’s not true, because there are still parts of Oslo I haven’t photographed. There are still things to see that my eyes haven’t catched yet. Knowing this, still I’ve felt a bit uninspired. One of the reason is that there isn’t anything new and grandiose to photograph. It’s the same old things. There isn’t any Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate, Brookly Bridge, La Familia Sagrada, Spanish Steps etc in Oslo.

What I seek is something new, something spectacular to photograph.

I think that will change this summer! Last fall I had a ten years anniversary at my office. That resulted in a 5000 NOK gift certificate from a travel agency that needed to be used within a year from mid September. I could’ve spend all of it on one trip somewhere far away, but I chose to do it differently. In stead I’ve spent it on two trips:

  • The Netherlands: 6 days trip to Holland visiting my friend and going see Springsteen! Woot! Will spend a few days in Alkmaar where Chantal lives and then a few days in Nijmegen.
  • 4 days trip to London with my friend Bjørg. We will stay in a apartment hotel in Notting Hill. It’s been like 12 years or so since I was in London last time. It will be great visiting London again!

In addition to that I’m going on a 3 day trip to Stockholm to see a band called Gyllne Tider with my friend Linda and a bunch of other people. Chantal is also coming to Norway and then we’re going to go to Gothenburg and spend some days there.

I migth go to Krakow in a months with some people from my office. It’s not decided yet, we will decide tomorrow. I’ve never been to Poland and Krakow. If we go, it will be very interesting!

So I think I will have lots of opportuneties to photograph new stuff this summer. I’m so looking forward to it.

Well, I’m none of those places right now. I’m in Oslo. To get my inspiration back, I turned to what I love – bikes! Bikes always makes me smile and cheer me up. Seeing an beautiful, old bike makes me giddy. No kidding!

So here they are, today’s bikes. Enjoy!

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Flower Power

We’re almost half through May. The nights are not cold anymore and it’s time to plant. My plastic flower boxes were not in a good shape. I hadn’t taken good enough care of them. After a short inspection a little more than a week ago, I found out I needed new ones if I wanted to plant anything this year. I thought they would cost a lot and I wasn’t sure if I would put money in flower boxes and flowers this year.

Last weekend when I saw my friend Linda and shared my thoughts, she told me I NEEDED to have flowers on my balcony. “You are going to spend time on your balcony, yes?” Before I got the chance to answer she continued: “You need flowers”. And when thinking about it, I realised that I do need flowers. What would my balcony be without flowers? Boring! Last sunday I went to the garden center with Linda and I bought two flower boxes. It didn’t cost much at all to my big surprise. No flowers were bought.

When I left wor today, I went downtown. There is a square downtown where they sell lots of flowers. They have all kinds of flowers and I wanted to fill my boxes. It was very hard to pick what to buy.  Very, I tell you. I love so many types of flowers. I walked around for quite some time before managed to decide on what to buy. One of the seller, a female, she asked me twice if I was ready to pay.

I bought a pack with ten lobelias (picture above). I always buy them. They are pretty and good to fill up the boxes with.

This is a new flower to me. Never had it before. It’s English Pelargonia. Tiny flowers. Oh, so pretty. And the colors are awesome.

Dianthus. One of my favourite flowers. Pretty!

Empty plastic flower pots on top my outdoor table.

Dirty hands. That’s what you get when planting.

Flowes need water. This is my watering can from IKEA. It’s an elephant and the trunk pours out water.

This is how it turned out.You see the flower boxes from both sides. Pretty flowers. Im happy with my work and can’t wait to spend hot summer days on my balcony. It’s not big (almost 6 m2), but it works great for my purpose; breakfasts in the sun, reading in my chair and tanning.

The one, last thing I need now is a flower on my table. I think I will go for violas. I love, love, love violas!

I think pictures

I stole the title of  this blog post from a flickr friends blog. But it fits me so very well. I really think pictures. Where ever I go, I look for things to photograph. Not even on purpose every time. I do it without thinking. When I see something worth framing in pixels, I make a mental note of it, or write it down in my notebook if it’s in my bag. Later I return to photograph it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

On my way home from work today, I had to hop of the buss a few stops before I normally do. I had seen a tree in full bloom earlier this week. It looked gorgeous and I knew I had to stop and photograph it. I had also seen the roof of some buildings that I thought would be great to photograph. The tree was as beautiful as it looked from the bus. The roof toops photo I had in mind, didn’t work out.

In my notebook I still have one more place I need to go to photograph. That is also a  place seen when I’ve been travelling in Oslo by buss. It’s been on my list for months now. Still haven’t found time to go there. Soon, very soon!

A flickr friend just bought a new camera, a Canon 7D. When I found out, I instantly got a little bit  jelous and a thought popped up in my mind: should I buy a new camera? I had to check out the spesifications for the 7D. On Canon’s site I found  the spesification. In addition I checked out the best Norwegian online store that sells photo equipments, to see the price. Reading about the camera, they said something that instantly got me hooked. The camera witch is made based upon feedback from 5000 photographers. That must be a good base for making a new camera.

The camera I have now, I’ve had since the end of 2006. That’s 4 years and 4 months. It’s nothing wrong with my camera. It works fine. But seeing / hearing about other great cameras, lit a spark inside me. I could have something better than I have now. A faster camera with higher ISO, HD filming, 19 AF pointgs etc. It all sounds great. The price is high, but not unafordable. The body costs 11995 NOK (ca. 1510 euro). I could buy it with the tax refund I’m getting in June. But that would leave me with no new couch, which was on the top my my list.

Do I really need a new camera? The one I got still works fine. It takes lovely photos and I’m very satisfied with it. If I need one is not the only thing I have to take into concideration. The fact that I also want other types of camera as well, must not be forgotten. For ages now, I’ve really wanted a Polaroid camera; one of the old ones with instant film. I would also like to get a Diana; it looks like a fun camera to use. Other equipments are on my wishlist as well; a fisheye lens and a photo printer.

As you can see, I want a lot! Now I just have to decide what to prioritize what to spend money on. I think I’m gonna browse online market places for old cameras!

Looking at my flickr account, trying to find out when I got my DSLR camera, I had a look at my old photos. Looking at them, I must say (without sounding very cocky or high on myself) I have grown as a photographer. I don’t say I’m fantastic, only that I’m better than I once was. It’s fun to see the growth. If I grow as much as I have done the last four years, the four next, then things will be sweet.

To end this post, here are some photos of (blooming) trees /plants. Spring is definitely here.

First spring photowalk

I’ve had my first ‘spring photo walk’ today. It wasn’t a long one, but it was oh so great! It’s been a while since I’ve picked up the camera and it felt so good walking around taking photos of this and that. As usual, the people that just can’t understand what you are photographing and start to stare, popped up. Good lord, sometimes I wonder if they’ve ever seen a digital camera before?! Ok, it might look at bit odd that I’m standing photographing a brick wall  up close, but what’s up with that intense staring? Sometimes I feel like yelling at them ‘what the heck are you staring at, mind your own business moron!’ But, of course, I never do.

Anyway, apart from the staring people, it was a nice walk. I ended up with quite some photos. And here are some:

I love snow. But it’s nice to see the green grass, the sun and the relatively warm weather  too. This heartshaped snow caught my attention.

Lovely window with plants inside.

Stones. Light and shadow.

Sticker for a Norwegian band I’ve never heard about.

Not just another brick on the wall. That dark brown brick stood out and it screamed ‘photograph me!’. So I just had to…

Another wall that also wanted to be photographed. You can’t say no to such a great wall. All the yummy bokeh I can create. Ahhh!

Manhole lid with the number 40 on it. I wonder what 40 stands for. Lots of details and sunlight! And a nice  pattern. I got a few versions of this.

The remains of last year bask in this years sun. Lovely sunlight!

Old berries.

All the bokeh you could possible need. And a branch pointing straight at you. Maybe not the most sophisitcated or interesting photo, but I love all the bokeh and the light!

And a photo of myself at the end. A typical one, where a mirror is involved. I kind of like those, if you already haven’t noticed.

I have already planned a bigger phototrip. Well, I can’t take credit for it. It was my friend Ellen who asked me today if we could do another walk. It will happen on the 16th I think. Hopefully I will be able to take a few mini-trips before that.

Stay tuned. But don’t hold your breath!

Did someone say spring?

I do believe that spring really is on its way.

  1. It was 8 degrees outside today.
  2. The sun was shining.
  3. It hasn’t snowed anything this week!
  4. Green stuff in the interior stores.

I went downtown after work today. I needed to buy some emtpy cd’s and I was gonna stop by Gina Tricot and see if they had that demin dress I bought in bigger size.  I got the cd’s but they didn’t have the dress-size I wanted. So I have to return the supercool dress and buy something else. I really don’t want to, but with the dress on it was harder to breath than normal.

I walked around town with my new cool red retro  sun-glasses! It wasn’t that much sun outside, but they are so cool I had to wear them. Oh god, now I turn into one of those who wear glasses just to be cool¨, not because it’s sunny outside. Didn’t wanna become one of them! Because it’s stupid to wear your sunglasses if it’s not sunny!

Well, while heading to the tram, I walked by Åhlens. In the store front I spotted a lot of easter eggs and some cool green bowls. I had to go inside! I walked around loooking for the green bowls. As soon as I saw them on the table I thought to myself that those would be a great subject to photograph. I knew I had to have two, to get a good picture of it. Given that I don’t really need a bowl, since I have lots already, it was really stupid to buy two just because of a possible photograph. Standing there, I figured out I could give one away to someone. So that’s my plan. And I know exactly who to give a cool green bowl. I’m sure the person knows that I’m talking about her ;)


These bowls are just great, right? They makes me think of green apples! And of course spring. And home made vegetable soup!


I also bought a pack of napkins. That is certainly nothing I need, I go lots of it in one of my drawers in the livingroom. But they were so nice and spring / summer ish that I just had to buy them. And to be frank, it is a while since I’ve just gone and bought something just because I’ve needed it. These last months I’ve been like ‘do I really need it? no! ok, then I put it back’. It’s quite scary how good I’ve become to say no! hah! But today I allowed myself to spend a little money.



If you got some time left and want to check out some new music, I can highly recommend the swedish singer Lykke Li. Ah. She’s great! I got five songs from her latest album and they are great.

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