May 30, 2013

Reflection of an old boat

The old boat was doing it's duty to pull lumber on the lakes and canals in Southeast Norway from 1903 to 1920. Her name was SS "Thor".

After the active duty she has been used by private owners right up until today. Sometimes they changed her motor from steam to diesel.

The capture from her anchor place right by the Halden Canal presents an idyllic setting in a weather like here.

May 24, 2013

Vårflom / springflood 2013, Norway w/VIDEO

There is a big spring flood going on in our contry these days.

Here a photo from 1 of the 3 Hyderoelectric Power Plants in Askim, Norway - a bit Southeast of Oslo. The power plant captured here is Solbergfoss where all the 4 flood ports open.

Below a spectacular video from 2 of the power plants: Vamma and Solbergfoss.

May 21, 2013

Power in motion

The snow is melting up in the mountains and the rivers are filled with the water - being led out to the coast by the huge river as this one the biggest of them all (in Norway): Glomma.

This photo from tonight is shot just some few kilometers from my home at "The Solbergfoss Hydro electric powerplant" where they have opened one of the floodgates for a mighty sight....

The Power Plant was build already in 1913.

May 15, 2013

Bon Voyage

A container ship as it leaves the deep sea harbour in the small village Port-Vendres in the South of France, close to the Spanish border. Port-Vendres means something like the Port of Commerce and is an important Mediterranian harbour for this part of France.

Originally it was used as a harbour for the neighboor village Collioure where there was a big Royal Castle for the kings of Mallorca.

The first settlers can be traced back to the time of the Foenics who came to rest here after crossing the Mediterranian in ancient times.

May 10, 2013

The semaphore station at Cape Bear, South of France

It is spring in South of France. It is flowers, birds and smells as you walk the cliffs along Cote Vermeille and passes this Semaphore station at Cap Bear with officers on duty 24/7.

The Cap Béar semaphore built in 1861, belongs to the French National Navy and is used to control the sea traffic and to establish weather forecasts.

May 9, 2013

Rygge church by the Oslofjord, Norway

Spring photo of this old stone church not far from the Oslofjord in Norway SouthEast.

Build around 1170. Restored in 1967.

May 5, 2013

A grey day in South of France

The last days of April in South of France was windy, cold and with lots of rain - not what you was expecting coming down from the even colder North of Europe.

The photo from the shores of Lac du Raho a little bit south of Perpignan in Languedoc-Rousillon - France.