December 31, 2008

Happy New Year - HD video

A wish for a Happy New Year to all visitors.
Be welcome to enjoy this winter and snow photo-video in HD from Norway:

October 22, 2008

Planet Earth - Ocean

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Some selected photos after a night with gale, rain and hale it seemed a good idea to visit he islands archipelago Hvaler in the outer Oslofjord, Norway for some photos along the coast there.

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There are 328,000,000 cubic miles of seawater on earth, covering approximately 71 percent of earth's surface.

By volume, the ocean makes up 99 percent of the planet's living space- the largest space in our universe known to be inhabited by living organisms.

October 9, 2008

Faroe Islands - Færøyene - selected photos

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With only 1,5 day at disposal it is limited how much of these 18 islands making up the Faroe Islands in the middle of the North Atlantic you can experience. I could cover just 2 islands: Streymoy and a little part of Eysturoy. Still I think yhis is the best I could do in the short time. The travel was to last 2 more days but was shortened as the ferry line Smyril was either delayed or shortened by disposal sue to the weather situation.

The Faroe islands – Færøyene is a most special place to visit, and also including the ferry travel as I did from Bergen, Norway and out there was part of the experience.

For a complete photo set of >130 photos , just click here >>

October 6, 2008

Autnum along route 50 - Norway

Route 50 crossing the mountain between Oslo and Bergen.
Some autnum photos from September.

Bergen at the west coast of Norway

Some selected photos from a short September visit to Bergen at the west coast of Norway.

Here, history and long-standing traditions are as important as the city's vibrant cultural life. The Hanseatic legacy goes hand-in-hand with the status of European City of Culture (2000), both of which are reflected in the cityscape. In the global scheme of things, Bergen is a truly unique city. The main reason for this is its wonderful location and world-famous surroundings: the seven great mountains and the fjords go towards creating an international and yet completely idiosyncratic atmosphere.

August 31, 2008

Gudstjeneste i Landsbykirken

Sokneprest Erling Nevland i Spydeberg Kirke

Gudstjeneste med dåp, innsettelse av sokneprest og presentasjon av kantor. Søndag 31. august i Spydeberg kirke.
Fotosett med 27 bilder - klikk her >>

August 25, 2008

In the land of the Cathars

In the land of the Cathars you will find many beatiful landscapes and villages. As in the photo above from the Limoux region.
You are also invited to see my photo set with more photos of this region and also some selected photos from the Cathar towns: Mirepoix and Foix.

August 15, 2008

Canal Midi by Castelnaudary

The small village Castelnaudary in Languedoc - South of France is perfect for a boat trip along the beatiful Canal Midi.
The Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mers (Occitan: Canal de las Doas Mars / Canal del Miègjorn) is a 240 km long canal in the south of France, le Midi. The canal connects the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterranean. The canal runs from the city of Toulouse down to the Mediterranean port of Sète (which was founded to serve as the eastern terminus of the Canal.)The original purpose of the Canal du Midi was to be a shortcut between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, avoiding the long sea voyage around hostile Spain, Barbary pirates, and a trip that in the 17th century required a full month of sailing. The strategic value of this is obvious and it had been discussed for centuries, in particular when King Francis I brought Leonardo da Vinci to France in 1516 and commissioned a survey of a route from the Garonne at Toulouse to the Aude at Carcassonne.

August 2, 2008

Summer in Värmland, Sweden

Värmland in in the SouthWest of Sweden have many lakes, rivers and canals
- very popular in the Summer time for boats, canoes and many leisure activties.
In this photoset some impressions from a boat trip from the regional center Årjäng to the canal and sluices in Gustavsfors and back.

July 22, 2008

Summer in Valdres, Norway

Old house at the FolkeMuseum in Fagernes, Valdres.Some selected 30+ photos from the county Valdres in Oppland, Norway. Inclusive some landscape photos from the small valley Tisleidalen.

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Typical landscape in Jotunheimen, Oppland

July 10, 2008

In the world of Salvador Dali

A short visit to "The world of Salvador Dali".
Starting with a photo of Perpignan where he in 1963 declared the station to be "The center of the Universe", continuing to his museum in Figueres. Informative note and a link to "The Center of the Universe" in the intro.
Pls. visit the photo set with some 20 photos at Flickr >>

Print on paper, canvas or framed version is also available here>>

July 7, 2008

Collioure - Spring variation

April and May - a bit off season in the small village Collioure in the south of France, not far from the Spanish border. Just by the shores of the Mediterannien.
Cameras: Olympus E-410 or (when mentioned) Nokia Mobile phone N95 8GB).

June 15, 2008

Cathar Castle: Usson

Upstream from Axat in the Aude Gorge, carved out of the foothills of the the high Pyrenees, is the little known castle of Usson. It dates from the eleventh century (perhaps earlier) and during the Cathar period marked the eastern boundary of the territories of the Counts of Foix. In the twelfth century this was the capital of the Donezan region. Before the Défilé was cut through the mountains to link Quillan to Axat, this was an inaccessible outpost providing succour for faidits and other persecuted Cathars.

May 30, 2008

3 places to visit in South of France

May 2008 and some few visits in the region Languedoc-Rousillon. Including:
Eus - on the list amongst the most beautiful villages of France
Ille-sur-Tet - the natural organ pipes of sand stone cliffs
Leucate - walks along the cliffs of Leucate
Enjoy 47 photos from those inviting places at my Flickr Set
- just klick here >>

April 25, 2008

Nimes & Around

A small photo collection from a meeting with some friends from TrekEarth in Nimes, France, April 2008.
The photo above from the famous aquaduct - Pont de Gard.
Klick the photo for a Flickr Photo Set..

March 12, 2008

Photos at National Geographics website

Screenshot from the website of National Geographic
A chance for beeing published in NG is near zero for the most of us. A bit easier then to be included at their website where a photo editor makes a pick of 12 photos daily. I had the pleasure to be included in February and March and must say that I feel most comfortable amongst the other photos selected at these days.
You have btw only 1 chance each month to suggest a photo.
Klick the photo above for my entries at NG's website..

March 7, 2008

Collioure - Seasons. A photo Video

Daily life in Collioure

My Photo-Video: Collioure - Seasons is made from a selection of more than 60 photographs from Collioure in all seasons over the last 2-3 years. A different, and hopeful, interesting way to present this village in the South of France. In a little less than 9 minutes you will experience some moments typical of this place. A good way to enjoy this Photo-Video could be by sitting down with a glass of good wine...

Collioure is found on the Languedoc-Rousillon coast, just north of the border with Spain.
Historically a fishing village, Collioure attracted many artists in the early 20th century including Matisse and Derain, and was central to the fauvist movement in art. Picasso as well as Salvador Dali also passed some time in the town.
The town now is a pleasant place to stop if you are exploring this coastline, with a couple of small beaches, and the mountains accessible behind the town.
There are two particular sights in the town. The church, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, sits almost in the harbour and its belltower previously acted as the lighthouse. The second sight is the castle that dominates the town, the Royal Castle, once occupied by the templars.
It is the region between these two monuments that will most interest you, with cobbled streets to explore, pretty pastel-painted houses, and palm trees lining the seafront.

February 21, 2008

Camp Joffre - your detention Camp in South of France

Camp Joffre, internment camp in Rivesaltes from 1938 - 1970.
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Rivesaltes, situated on a rail route and 40 km from the Spanish border, was considered a strategic position. Five km from Rivesaltes, the army occupied 612 hectares between Rivesaltes and Salses, to construct a camp, which was originally intended as a military base.

Three years later, it became the Camp Joffre In 1939, at the start of WW2, the camp became a military transit base and in 1940 a refuge for Spanish refugees fleeing the Franco dictatorship.

After the signing of the armistice, France was split into two and the « zone libre » in which the Pyrenees-Orientales was included, came under the administration of the Vichy government. It was at this point that the sad and sinister history of the camp Joffre began to unfold. Gradually, the camp became a place of internment for families of gypsies, Jews and Spanish refugees. With a capacity of 8000, it was not long before the camp was overcrowded, families were separated, and conditions deteriorated enormously.
In 1942, under German pressure, the camp became a ‘Centre national de rassemblement des Israélites’ - a ‘sorting centre’ for Jews who were then sent on to the death camps such as Auschwitz, via Drancy. Two thousand five hundred and fifty one Jews are recorded as having been deported from Rivesaltes - four hundred of them were children.
In 1942, when the Germans occupied the ‘zone libre’ they closed the camp.

When the south of France was liberated in 1944, Rivesaltes was reopened until 1948 for collaborators and traitors, and in 1945 housed German soldiers and prisoners of war.

In 1962, the camp at Rivesaltes once again became a ghetto; this time for the hundreds of thousands of Algerians or ‘harkis’ who left Algeria at the time of the battle for its independence from France. Many of these families did not leave the camp until its closure in the late sixties.

For the whole photo serie: Go to flickr>>

OR: See the photo-video>>