The crisp colors of the winter and the afternoon sun gives a nice contrast to the red summerhouse in the back and to the red boathouse in front. No people present this day in February - but come back in the summer to these very popular islands in the outer part of the Oslofjord - just some 15 minutes from the nearest town Fredrikstad.
In total there is something like 3500 inhabitants at the Hvaler Archipeago out here where the Oslofjord and sailing in to Oslo begins.
There are some few whole year fishermen scattered around the isles. The house showed here is on a very small community called Pappershavn. The house is placed in a sheltered place, covered from the weather in the North Sea and Skagerak.
The Archipelago is a most popular place for summer residents - while in January the photog is mostly alone visiting some selected places in the small villages and harbours around.
This afternoon I decided to spend in the small fishing harbour Utgårdskilen app. 1,5hrs. drive from my home.
Out here at the archipelago Hvaler there is in the winter only some few inhabitants - while in the summer there is people all over to enjoy the sea and the beautiful coastal landscape.
Still in the winter there is some 10-12 fishing sjarks operating out from the harbour in Utgårdskilen. small boats with one or two men aboard . 50% of their catch is made by trawling for shrimps, the rest of their catch is made up of various fishes from this outer part of the Oslofjord.
This afternoon I could spot 3 sjarks coming in after a day out at the fishing banks. They was returning around 4PM - just before sunset that is at 4:30PM this time of the year.