October 23, 2016

After the summer season - burning some debris at the mountain cottage. Valdres. Norway

After the summer we are up at our mountain place and cleaning up i.e. burning some debris from trees and plants. At the photo is the Madam in full swing. After starting this (rather large) fire it burned for 3 days.

October offered some really fine days for outdoor activities.  To the left in the photo our small guest house.

October 13, 2016

October night at the cottage with a touch of Northern Light. Valdres. Norway

I have this mountain cottage in the Southern part of Norway. App. 1000km South of the Polar Circle.
It is very rare that we have the Northern light at this place and in fact this was the first time for many years that we happend to be at the cottage when we also could see the Northern light.

My camera position is a bit to the NorthWest and mostly the green color tells us that we are in the outskirt to register the special Northern light.

For those with interest for the tech: Camera is Lumix GX7 with a 20 mm pancavke lens (1.7). Shutter is 15sec. F-stop 5.6. ISO 800.

Northern light - Auroroa Borealis. Valdres. Norway

Situated some 1000km South of the Polar Circle it is a rare occasion to spot the Northern light - Aurora borealis.

We was up there in our mountain cottage when we could see the green light at the sky to the north.
So for once it was very fun to just step out of the cootage, setting up the camera and tripod in the dark night and try out some photos.

For any one interested I used my Lumix GX7 with a 20mm pancake lens. Manual setting for sharpness.  F. 15 seconds and A 5.6. ISO 1600

Maybe not the most dramatic patterns - but good enough so far South.

Autumn in the mountain. Valdres. Norway

We have this week had some fantastic days up in the mountains here in the South Part of Norway.

Above a small summit - a crossing point for many paths crisscrossing this large mountain plateau in the small valley Tisleidalen. BTW this point is only some 30 minutes walk from our cottage up here.

Have a fine weekend.

October 5, 2016

A glimse of Oslo, Norway - from the Ekeberg Hill

Ekeberg Hill one of the first places to be populated in Oslo - already just after the last ice age when the sea level was app. 200m higher than today.

At this photo we look down to the new apartment buildings at Sorenga - right beside the new Opera (situated behind the green vegetation to the right). The big ship in the back is the ferry daily departing for Copenhagen.

Some more from WIKI:
Ekeberg is a neighborhood in the city of Oslo, Norway. The painting "The Scream" by Edvard Munch is painted from Utsikten ("the view"), a part of Ekeberg.

In the area are a number of old Iron Age grave mounds and Bronze Age ritual sites. This establish the area of Ekeberg as one of the oldest inhabited places around Oslo. During the Middle Ages, the farm of Ekeberg belonged to Hovedøya Abbey. The area was later taken by the crown.

From 1760, the farm of Ekeberg was run by an appointed owner, and his relatives owned the farm thereafter. In the area, a number of small homesteads under the main farm was erected the following century. The first suburban settlement came around 1900, and the early suburb was raised in the years prior to 1935. Many of the early houses are still present in the area. Ekeberg belonged to Oslo from 1947.

Autumn afternoon by the lake Vannsjo in Moss. Norway

Tranquilly afternoon in October by the shores of the lake Vannsjo in Moss, Norway.

Some more from the net:
Vansjø is a lake in the municipalities of Moss, Råde, Rygge, Våler in Østfold county, Norway. The lake is fed by the river Hobølelva. The lake has an area of 36.9 km² and an estimated coastline of about 250 km. Wikipedia

September 29, 2016

Mamma Moose and her Siblings. Valdres, Norway

I often claims that we have visit from many bypassing wild forest animals at our mountain cottage. As the other day Mamma Moose bypassed with her 2 siblings. A bit away app. 200m from our terracce so I had to crop the 300mm lens shot in half (in a way faking a 600mm).

Anyway it is always a pleasure to have these big animals in the neighboorhood. 
The mamma to the left with a 1 year old calf. With the other calf to the right. Regard his mini antlers.

September 25, 2016

September saturday in Oslo, Norway

A fine day where the main street Karl Johans gate is crowded with people. 
In the far back: The royal castle.

August 30, 2016

Have a look at my view in Valdres, Norway

I have a cottage up in the central lower mountains in Valdres, Norway.  And from the terrasse I can sit down and enjoy the view I have to the little lake a bit away.  Surrounded by trees and the green nature now in the summer time.

With some distance to other neighbours and urbanized areas it is a pleasure to enjoy the sounds of the nature.
The wind, the birds and some bypassing sheep's and cows - even moose, deer's and a seldom time a bear can be spotted.
For sure a good place to stay some days and weeks within the year.