I did not use the sunny 16-rule today, but the blue sky and the fact it is the 16th of april today made the headline. This was the first real taste of spring. The bees were out to gather the nectar from the first spring flowers and the lynx strolled past my trail camera. A nice day to take out the camera and look for subjects to photograph.
Tussilago flowers in UV. This might be what the bees see when they look for nectar.
The bees find them in between patches of snow.
Another spring flower.
Snow and straw.
The ghost of the night. A lynx passing my trail camera, captured in infrared.
This is probably the last time I am able to track it on snow this spring.
Waiting for spring
One always hope for transition into spring, but winter is resilient. There is nothing to do about it other than try to go with the flow. That mean skiing. When ever there is fresh snow there is opportunities for some fun (going downhill) after a strenuous climb. Since the fun comes last, its always what you remember. I am that simple minded.
First sign of spring.
No signs of green yet.
One must come up to get down.
Preparing for the ride down.
Going for the big descent. (Infrared 830nm)
There is nothing like fresh snow and a bright sun of april. (Infrared 830nm)
All winter I have noticed a number of lynx track where I live. Already, this autumn I saw several tracks in the mud along trails where that the animals use. My neighbor had an observation and my wife belive our dog chased one earlier, so there has been signs of solid population this whole last year. To verify the hunch, I had to rely on fresh snow. And sure enough, every time we had fresh snow there was signs of the elusive animal. I have used camera traps all winter but every time the cat came, it always used another trail or circled my camera. Other people have found fresh kills and got pictures of the cats, but I have not been successful. This last month the lynx have had their mating month and their travel rate increase significantly. I have also noted that their main prey, the roedeer, have spent a lot of their time on the fields where they normally would not be during daylight hours. This is to me a clear indication that the lynx is near by. The dogs are also very aware of the tracks and they always check out the scent. A few days ago they were very eager to follow a track, and even if it was no snow they had no problem picking it up. They took me to a freshly killed hare, which the lynx had eaten partially and buried the rest for later. I moved my camera trap to the location, only 200 m from my house and left it for a couple of days. Later the same evening the cat returned and collected the remains of the prey. Unfortunately I messed up the flash settings (always check your settings!) and the pictures was grossly overexposed. But I got a picture and I will continue to try to catch the perfect moment. Thats the thrill of it!
One for the history books
This weekend was one for the history books. My history book at least. Cold nights, perfect skiing conditions and calm weather is something that tick my boxes. Even the midday sun start to project some heat is not negative. The aurora also gave a unexpected show. Luckily I went outside to take a leak at the right moment and got 15 min of some action. Frantically chasing a foreground that did not require a skiing trip into the dark. I was medium satisfied with the result but maximum satisfied with what I saw. During this solar cycle minimum I did not expect this kind of activity and was unfortunately not prepared. Aurora photography is an area where the full frame camera is excellent. But the m4/3 sensor did the job to some degree. Anyway, this weekend was for the history books!
These marshes are a pain to cross, but not today.
2,5 sec and ISO 6400, OMD EM1 miii gives this result. I missed my Nikon Z6 and 14-24.
Behind my back this "lady in the sky" blew stars all over the sky.
-15 degrees celsius and no wind in the morning. Ready for a trip out!
A well earned brake in the sunshine.
The highest peaks have to wait to another day.
After pulling one us uphill, this is "Djangos" idea of a break.
The great white
The mountains keep calling me this time of year. The temperatures is much more pleasant now, than a month ago and skiing conditions tend to be better. The snow has setteled more and even if there is snowfalls you dont have to wade knee deep thru the snow. There is also more animals on the move. The grouse tracks dots the snow and the wolverine is constantly on the move looking for a carcase or an easy meal. The dogs find the scent interesting and their barks tells me it is not long ago it crossed this area. With the speed it is able to maintain it probably has covered some distance already. The dogs soon come to the same conclusion and return so we can get back to our planned course. We will be back another day!
Why does the sun always shine on the distant mountains?
Ok. I´ll wait for you to catch up.
Yet again the sun choose another spot to shine, than were we are going.
Ski in, ski out!
When everything is covered in white, the weather is calm and the sun begins to warm, there is no reason to stay inside. The snow covered mountains, hills and forest is screaming to be littered with turns made by skiers. Living in a rural community have it´s perks. One of them is to ski from your door step to the nearest peak. It´s not the wildest of terrains, but it provides a natural adrenalin rush using the trees as slalom poles to find an optimal route as you go. Without crashing in to them of course. The climb provides good exercise as well.
Ski wherever you want!
But first you have to get there.
The youngsters keep a good pace uphill.
The older ones lag behind.
Reaching the starting point rewards us with a view of the higher peaks.
Skins off and getting ready for the ride down.
Too much fun to stop and take pictures on the way down.
Not every day comes with blue skies. That is no excuse not go skiing.
The return of the sun!
Even though the last few days has been cold, we finally got the sun back! Yea! It actually makes a difference from the shade we have had the last two months and the house feels warmer than ever. Our solar cells produce some electrisity after I had removed the snow covering them. In the end of february we are able to have some real outtput from them if the sun decide to shine like it has done for a long time now. I choose to be an optimist.
In between the snow showers.
-20 degrees celsius and the dog is waiting for his morning stroll.
A moose track has to be checked out!
The sun has climed above the mountain at last!
The roedeer tries to stay well fed. No reason to disturb them in this cold weather.
The magic golden hour.
Today I went to check out the cabin. This time of year it is not used very much. The days are too short and too cold. In the middle of the day the temperature reached -19 degrees celsius and inside it was only a couple degrees warmer. No mice has used the premises while we have been gone. A couple of beer bottles had uncapped themselves without the mice taking advantage of that. Too bad for them! The only sign of life was a handful of grouses that lifted when I came and a lonely wolverine that had crossed the lake where it usually crosses. The wolverine is not spoiled with visitors this time of year.
It is always a question when the lake freezes over. It provide a safe passage to our cabin and this year it seems like we might be able to skate there. It is very seldom these kind of conditions occur, but hopefully the cold might last so we are able to try. There are still a few open areas, but a few more days take care of that. If it starts to snow we might have to go by ski or snowmobile. The ice has another nice feature. It provides an abstract canvas where one can paint with light. All you have to do is to provide a frame. The Sami people also take advantage of the nice winter conditions to separate and slaughter their animals. I bet they enjoy the low winter sun and calm and cold conditions we now have. I now I do!
The lake is over 100m deep and it takes a long time to freeze over.
The ice pattern suggest a fast freeze.
A few scattered clouds show their reflection in the "steel" ice.
The reindeer sounds are calming and perfect background music on a cold winter day.
There is no rush when your office look like this.
Happy new year!
One might think that people was able to follow a few precautions regarding Covid. One of them, avoid Christmas gatherings that involve close contact with other unrelated people. But no. During the Christmas holiday people in my community has fraternized more than ever before and we had 15% of all covid cases in the country yesterday. With 0,4% of all the inhabitants! Thats a pretty grim record! Vaccine is just around the corner and people start to relax only to see restrictions inflicted on everybody. Long live the selfishness! Fortunately there is still a possibility to enjoy the great outdoors if one keep proper distance to others. The weather is making this a pleasant opportunity. Sudden stratospheric warming is upon us and has displaced the polar vortex for the time being. It has made the short days sunny, cold and completely wind still. The light is beautiful with shades of blue, orange and purple. I feel lucky to be able to enjoy it, if I stay healthy..
To the west.
To the east.
Was that a bark? Listening to the dog trying to get the hare out from his daytime hiding.
My brother in laws Dunker hound pup is following the faint scent trail from the hare.
In these conditions the hare leaves almost no scent.
Sorry guys I give up! Trying to find a warm spot to rest.
Its better to enjoy the sun.
The sun is setting for another cold night and we return home.
An old saying tells about the warm weather that usually comes in the days before christmas, "kakkerlinna". Because of all the baking, cocking and heating of washing water, the weather turns unusually mild. Today it swooped across my region with temperatures exceeding ten degrees celsius and strong southerly winds. It is hard to imagine a white christmas in such a weather, but I keep my fingers crossed for sharp turn in wind directions and colder weather.
The pale desember dawn paint the forest bleak blue where the light takes hold. Where light dont enter nothingness prevail.
Light seem to be important for everyone this year. Even if I would like to se the stars without too much light pollution, I also need to have a lit christmas tree. It seems like the dog is enjoying it too.
Nothing is as crisp, sharp and clear as an november afternoon.
Trapped in the ice.
I guess some frogs got trapped in the ice as the lake froze over. At least they seem happy about it.
Finally some snow
After waiting for the snow to arrive, it finally did. November have so far been extremely warm with double digit temperatures almost every day. Compared with last november, this november has been on average eight degrees celsius warmer. Even warmer than May. Something has gone seriously bonkers. The spruce trees now look like they should, this time of year.
Taking a beer can photo
1. Pop a beer can open. Drink the fluids and evaluate if the can is suited for the task. Often it is not so you have to thru a whole lot of cans.
2. When you have decided to use a can, make the opening big enough so you can put the photographic paper inside.
3. Make a hole in the can with a pin. The hole has to be in the center of the can.
4. Roll up the 5x7 inch photographic paper and put it in the can.
5. Use duct tape to make the can waterproof and free from light leaks. The pinhole has to be covered as well.
6. Sleep off the intoxication.
7. Bring the can to a scenic place, guesstimate the view from the pinhole, and fix it to a static object.
8. Remove the duct tape and start the exposure. Try to remember where you put it.
9. Leave it for some months.
10. Return, put duct tape on the pinhole. Bring it home for drying and scanning. Enjoy the mediocre result and remember all the good beer.
Today it was no need for long johns. 23 degrees celsius and warm wind saved the crops this year. After a month of rain it was time to get to work. A couple of days with these temperatures and wind turns is like winning the lottery for the farmers.
The hunting season has started already, but the moose hunt start in a few days. The moose is clearly the king of the woods, so every creature show their respect. As this young marten does.
Since we all are encouraged to spend our holiday at home this year, it might become a bit crowded at times.
In the end of June I had to go to Sweden to pick up our new dog. Django, an eight weeks old Wachtelhund pup. Since corona restrictions are in place, it meant that I had to quarantine for ten days afterwards. That was not a problem since spending time with the pup after the transition to a new home is essential for bonding and teaching the pup «the laws of the land». Since we had to put down our oldest dog because of cancer we were anxious to see how Nix reacted to a new pup. That turned out great. Since Nix is only two years old he enjoy playing, chasing and catching Django. Even though they are different kind of dogs with slightly different behaviors and signals, they enjoy each others company. A pup between 8-12 weeks is always a handful. Either they are switch on, or off and their teeth is how they explore their surroundings. Teaching them to use them with care is important.
Jan, the breeder, Blixtra (mother) and Django. Then 900 km home.
Flat out on the floor after hours of driving.
The new home.
Getting to know the territory.
And the "laws of the land"
Just kidding! Want to play.
Exploring new things and braeking in my new crib.
They also grow and eat like there is no tomorrow so they are to train using food as an enhancer. Dogs don’t need to taught any kind of behavior. They come preinstalled with the ability to sit, lay down, bark, track etcetera. Their behavior has to be shaped and commands added to their preinstalled skills. They follow simple principles; «I will do what I gain from». By enhancing positive behavior and ignoring negative behavior you will eventually get more of the positive than the negative and you have created an individual that wants to cooperate. Hopefully I will be able to follow my own principles in the moths to come.
You better watch out!
A moment to break out the old Polaroid.
Flowers, insects and other critters.
I try to keep our fields a heaven for insects and other critters. It is not easy because it require no fertilizer or pesticides and cutting the grass once or twice a year. The grass has to be cut at the right time, after the seeds has developed to maintain the natural flora and insect fauna. Of course the invasive plants also manage to drop their seeds so they have to be manually weeded out. Grazing the fields is managed by wildlife, roe deer, hare and moose, but to a lesser degree if we have had sheep or cows. Other than that flowering fields provide a nice palett of colors at least some of the year. Trees and bushes have to be cut to prevent the fields to become forest. Some times I think the easy way would be to let the trees dominate the landscape and forget about it, but I think I like honey too much:-)
Bumblebees in all sizees and shapes.
The wind makes the colors mix together.
Lots of insect food provided.
Be careful photographing insect. Try to avoid getting stung!
Thats not my normal upper lip size.
While we browse the internet, the roe deer browse the field.
A sign? Todays corona-display.
Summer passes all too quickly, especially if spring is late. This year has been well like that. We have already passed mid summer with long nights and early sunrises. It should be a law against sleeping them away, but if the days are hot staying up all night is not an option. This June has been incredible hot with several days of 30 degrees celsius.
When it is like that everything else has to wait. Taking pictures is quite easy, but going thru them on the computer is a drag. These things have to wait until a rainy day. Procrastination is an art form I have perfected for a long time and I have no regrets doing leisure activities when we have summer weather like this. Especially after the «lockdown» spring. I am glad all the restrictions have led to such great result with regards to saved lives and that we have a general agreement among our politicians about the measures taken to fight the corona-virus. Some countries are not that lucky and seem to be run by raving lunatics. I guess it is true «that the people deserve their politicians».
The shade is the only sensible place to stay.
Or close to the water.
Or in the water.
As long as you dont mind whats below the surface.
Picking flowers is also recommended
Or just wandreing the fields at night.
And meeting the night creatures and watching the sun rise.
Time to smell the flowers, cut the grass, do some repairs, dry the fire wood, go fishing, build a hen house, train the dog, pick up a new pup, grade my students, etc, etc, etc. And maybe do some photography..
Pentacost is a classic weekend for outdoor activities. An old saying says "late easter, late spring" and pentacost comes 40 days after easter and is a good measure for this saying. Last year it snowed all thru pentacost weekend, but luckily not this year. Mother nature had saved some for us and not even a few days with a "heat wave" could do something about it. Even if the temperature reached 20 degrees celsius the nights brought frost. That tend to make the snow last. It was certainly possible to ski, but we chose to embrace summer and walked on the snow that was hard packed and up to a meter in depth. The ice on the lake that has been worse than bad this winter chose to last until june this year, but we broke thru with the boat. Swimming temperatures was cold, to bitterly cold but that did not stop my son to try. With two degrees celsius in the water i did not have high hope for fishing but the river gave me one of it´s golden nuggets. 2,5 kg is not bad for a brown trout. The migratory birds had ice instead of gravel along the banks on to which they sat waiting patiently for summer to arrive. The grouse had layed her eggs under the branches of spruce trees that had some exposed vegetation. All in all this was a weekend for the history books and we almost didnt want to go inside the cabin, afraid we might miss a ray of sun or other marvelous sights or sounds.
Removing the snow with force.
Doing summer activities.
And ice bading..
Common Sandpiper on ice.
Looking for a gravel beach. No where to be found.
Going fishing with high hopes.
This one was worth the wait.
Gold and blue.
Summer meets winter during target shooting.
Enjoying the calmness of the lake.
And some fresh fish from the river.
Grilling hot dogs on a fire.
And regretting that we didnt bring the skies.
The snow is also good for walking.
Watching the kestrel watching me.
Enjoying the last rays of sun on a night that doesnt go dark.
Enjoying a cup of coffe and a crossword puzzle as the sun rise.
Why the two females traveled together I dont know. They didnt even seem to like each other. It looked to me as the were looking for a tree to take a nap in. But I guess their behaviour could be explained by the fact that they are listeneing to insects crawling and gnawing behind the bark of the trees they visit. A few cautious knocks with their beaks and then complete silence with closed eyes. My guess is that they listen for bugs.
The Black woodpeckers are interesting to follow thru the woods. They have a menageri of sounds and postures and they go to bed the moment the sun disc slips under the horizon. And when they enter their night roost they let the whole world know. I could stand in the kitchen and still hear their kly-kly
sound when the enter their hole. I guess they are afraid of the dark.
Yesterday and today was seasons apart. If you go 300 meters above sea level one can ski and enjoy winter for still some time. If you go to the fiord you could (if you are tough enough) go for a swim. Thats just what I did. Yesterday involved great skiing and today I kayakked in the fiord and hunted for insects with my macro lens. With all the snow left in the mountain I fear we have quite a flood waiting happen but so far all the water seem to have evaporated in to the thin air. Lets hope it continues like that.
Best skiing in the world? 21th of may.
Green fields in the valley, Meråker.
Winter has brought in some plastic debris. Straight from the farmers field.
Perfect camoflage against the beach. Arctosa cinera.
Hugging in the age of corona. Endromis versicolora
Since its snowing outside I got to much time on my hands (or just prioritize wrong), I decided to make a time blend out of 8 pictures taken from the same spot at different times. Because of Murphys law, the animals dont show up while the light is good. That is just how things are. Nothing one can do about it except making a time blend. Since I totally suck at Photoshop the result look like a five year old made a collage. The point is that I had fun making it.
The Hare I
The last few days it has been snowing and that makes life hard. Especially when you are dressed in white as a camoflage against the snow. If you have changed into your summer coat snow is not welcome. It makes you stand out.
This image contain of two images taken from the same point two hours apart.
In it for the long haul
Spring might be unpredictable with cold nights and snow showers. Even if the birds has layed their eggs, roedeer and moose preparing for their calving there might be cold for many days ahead. The good thing is that they are adapted to this kind of climate and that the sprouts are nutritious. The protein/cellulose ratio is favourable for their offspring. Those who relay on insects as their protein source has the worst conditions. They have to search longer for every meal and burn fat in colder temperatures. Unless we get plenty of snow their is nothing to worry about yet. When the sun gets out it melts the snow in a blink of an eye.
Sprinkling the air with white.
The cow moose enjoy a few green sprouts.
The household Robin looking for a easy meal.
The local tawny owl has to endure ringing as a part of a reaserch project.
This is a young female that probably has layed her first 3 eggs. I expect to so a lot more of her and her spouse and chicks since they occupy a nest box less than a hundered meters from my house. They are very secretive since they are almost exclusively nocturnal. But the the short nights in the next months provide them with little protection from my camera. I hope..
I feel blessed to have everything I need within walking distance from my home. I don´t need to go abroad to explore, just have to put on my shoes. Around every bend on every path there are knew things to see, smell and hear. With the camera on my shoulder the sky is the limit. Not every scene is spectacular or fantastic, but I dont need that. I dont need to make everything great again, but I sometimes need to see it with fresh eyes. The camera helps me do that.
I dont need to "docter" my pictures make everything perfect. Many times I take whatever comes out of the camera, but I need to experiment with different perspectives and sometimes different spectrums to see what the world would look like if...
Walking help me do that.
The planes may stay parked if it was up to me.
I try to follow other paths in life.
That might to lead to hidden homes.
That nature is taking back.
Once useful, now neglected.
Takes me further.
To new meetings.
And new views.
Past trees, thru forest.
Until I find a place to spend the night.
Watch the sunset and the moon.
Finally it seems like spring has arrived. After many days with cold weather and snow it looks like the sun has granted us an extended period of appearance. Flower are starting to pop up and the frogs are beginning their battle to spread their genes. Like underwater wrestlers they fight for the best on top of the female and once they get their grip on her they will not let go. They try to time their spawning to the snowmelt, so their eggs dont risk to be left on dry land. This year there is no risk for a drought. The snow hundred meters up is between 1,5m to 2m deep and it will maintain a steady source of water for at least a month.
These to pictures is taken the same day, less than a kilometer apart.
What to do when you are not allowed to travel?
We live in an ant hill. Something is bound to go wrong. This time it is a virus and not the black woodpecker seen here wrecking an ant hill.
When it looks like this outside it is a sin to stay indoors.
Going uphill to get to go down.
And down we go!
The sea is also an alternative.
Stopping for lunch.
Only a few meters separate spring from winter.
The signs are clear.
No reason to stay inside.
Spending time together
Isolation means spending time together and not socialize with others. After a while one should expect going on each others nerves, but it actually is quite nice. Not having to take the kids to their sports activities, helping out with their homework and playing silly games to fill the days. The luxury of reading a book uninterrupted for hours at a time. I understand I am lucky to feel this way. Some might experience this as a difficult period of their life and I am not able grasp the magnitude of their struggle. It is not easy for those who stand alone but the better we are, the shorter the period is going to be.
Standing alone is not easy.
Spending time with the kids is a (mixed?) blessing.
Scourged earth-Year zero.
Since the 12. Of march life has continued one day at a time. The world as I know it has been mostly home, with a few exceptions. The kids no longer have to go to school and I teach from home. My wife still goes to work every day to see to her patients.
There is something in the air..
Every day the news brings the latest death toll from around the world and it is heartbreaking to read. We are fighting an invisible enemy, but the cure is simple and easy. Stay at home if you can. Don’t visit and refuse visitors. Still this message seem to be a hard learned lesson. I still hear and see people socialize. Even if it doesn’t kill you it might kill someone you love.
Even the roedeer knows the consept of social distancing.
If you have to go out, go for a hike and enjoy nature and keep distance to other people. This easy if you live in a rural community, but harder if you live in an urban area. All of us has to go out for food and medicine once in a while, but be careful, use gloves, wash your hands and keep distance. If we are disciplined and keep up this behavior for a couple of months, we might be able to relax the restrictions.
Enjoying nature is the best cure.
And a great arena for excercise.
Everyone miss their family, friends, job and everyday routines. It will be plenty of time for that ones we have this situation under control. The economy is of course taking a hit until everything is up and running again and there is no doubt that we have hard times ahead. The world economy has taken such blows before and recovered. Let’s hope the recovery this time will close the gap between those who have everything and those who have nothing. Don’t let the ones with the greatest financial muscles be the ones who benefit from this misery and don’t let the planet suffer more than it has done until this thing came along. Be patient and stay safe!
Empty classrooms at my school.
Get plenty of fresh air,
In times of trouble one have to dig in and make the most of what you can do. Daily life is taking a hit after the corona outbreak and social interactions is not the most tempting activity. Last week I had to go by plane to the capital, Oslo because of work. We visited the parliament and got a tour from one of the elected members. Hearing them debating what actions need to be enforced brought everything a bit into perspective. I have to say I did not feel to well standing in queue at the airport, in shops, restaurants etc. One is very aware if people is coughing or show signs of not being well. I have to admit I left a store where I heard some people speak Italian. I have nothing against Italians, but I will do my part to avoid spreading the virus to vulnerable people. Since I am at risk myself I do hope other people take the same precautions.
As a teacher I am always in contact with a lot people at work and the best one can do is try to avoid to close contact and wash hands regularly. And hope for the best. Keeping fingers crossed and wishing everybody the best of luck!
It is tempting to just stay at the cabin, miles away from others, but life has to go on.
At the parliament.
The students got to play "Demo". How our democracy work.
The elected prime minister.
The dog dont mind staying at the cabin.
Today we had a cold morning. One of the few this winter. A naked Sorbus tree stretch towards the cold sky to get some warmth from the rising sun. IR 850nm capture.
After a few months of nothing but grey sky, rain, ice it nice to have few days off to enjoy the outdoors in any way possible. A luck would have it, there was even a few days of sun which gave a few doses with vitamin D. Even if the snow is pretty scarce around the house one could get plenty of it if 200 m above sea level and up.
Its not an orange, but the sun seen thru a solar filter. No sunspots.
An obligatory fire while eating lunch.
Good to get some extra pull.
Little snow in the valley, but lots above the tree line.
But nice skiing conditions.
Spring is a few days away for these trees.
Most of the days this winter holiday we had weather conditions that gave us the opportunity to go skiing. This time of year and until the end of April has the best skiing conditions where I live. There is also a lot more birds to see and it seem like they are preparing for spring already. The way they sing has the tune of spring.
Magpies on a grey day.
Heavy, wet and in excess. Yesterday and today we had more of it than we usually get in a month. Trees and branches breaks and wading thru the forest fills your collar and neck with snow. Nothing can keep it out. I was looking for a roe deer with a broken foot to decide weather to put it out of it’s misery or not. Roe deer like the thickets and with the deep snow one have to flush them on close range to see how they are doing.
Carrying a gun, camera, and a leashed dog makes the experience quite invigorating. Even my boxers was wet. On the flip side I got some pictures and the fox or lynx get an easy meal if they stumble upon the roe deer. I’ve seen tracks around the house the last few days so I’d better bring my camera. Luckily my Olympus gear tolarate being soaked!
After a long dark month we finally got some sunshine. It feels good after grey overcast days with rain and wind. Spending some quality time with the camera is like therapy for the creative part of the brain. It sure could use some exercise.
The first few clicks is uncertain and fumbling. The images are head on. No composition, not considering the light and the results are pretty boring. Then you start to notice the direction of the light, the quality and color. Your mind start looking for subjects and you start trying out different ideas. «Not bad. If I try to bend my knees, this might be something». Then, «click» and the picture is there. A few minutes of collaboration between the brain, the eye and the index finger and you got the image!
When you get home, you load the results on to the computer. After the initial joy of getting the picture, you start to find flaws in your great master plan and you have curated the crop down to a few measly files. You try to salvage the sinking ship by butchering the files in Lightroom and Photoshop. Then it starts to dawn on you. You are not Goods gift to the photography community…
A cup of coffee later you tell yourself to get a grip! You spent a few hours outside in the sun, got some exercise and forgot about everything else for a while. That`s shutter therapy and a lot more rewarding than spending an hour on a therapist couch.
Until next time. Hope you get out and get some shutter therapy!
Once again the snow has disappeared and I am sitting in a green forest. No snow to reflect the little light we have during the short days of January. A month that have been the mildest that I have ever experienced. The temperatures have fluctuated between 5-10 degrees Celsius when it normally should have been the negative figures. The Blue jay and the squirel have nothing to fear because they don´t change into a white coat, but the hare seems aqward in its white coat against the all the green. Hopefully it will start snowing again..
Happy new year!
Last year ended with fireworks and today it started with heavenly fireworks. Let´s hope this is good predictions for the year to come!
To snow or not to snow, that is the question!
As daylight begins to fade I try to use every opportunity to get outside while there is still light. Around winter solstice the amount of light depends on the snow cover. Fresh fallen snow reflects light perfectly, while melted snow reflects poorly. It is not easy to get the best of it when it changes between rain and snow every other day. The weather has gone bipolar.
The snow conditions make hiking a strenuous activity. Too loose to use skies and snow shoes, but too deep to wade. I’m wading thru it anyway. The next day it is almost gone and rubber boots is the only solution. Hopefully it will stabilize soon and become winter wonderland. The only gift I want for Christmas.
Where I work
Everyother day the creek gets noisy.
And here we go again.
Just wait until the snow settle and start showeling again.
It is great to find an open cabin for lunch.
Even an eleven year old newspaper is interesting.
Some days it is best to stay inside.
Others are best spent outside,
The moose don´t mind the weather. Trying to soak up the last of the sun.
The last fourteen days has shown signs of winter. Before that I went for a short trip to Rome in Italy to experience a short breath of summer, so the transition was quite abrupt. Even if we have little snow yet freezing temperatures have prevailed and ice and frost dominate the landscape. With the cold and short days we get lots of «good light». With the sun low in the sky, the dusk and dawn with its blue, orange and magenta light is lovely for photography. If one only didn’t have to go to and from work during the best light…
Out to make pictures or making dinner? After work, dinner always win. One can always take pictures from the kitchen window..
Snow trying to cover up the few colors left.
A dash of color.
Even cloudy days is nice. It gives the landscape a monochromatic look where shape and textures is most important. Clear blue skies is boring for the photographer but one can always hope some clouds or fog will form to make the landscape more interesting.
Eveneing on the lake. Soon to be ice.
A little log fire.
A cold morning in the beginning of november.
This time of year is also a good time to be all alone and wander thru the forests with only a dog and a gun as to keep you company. Sometimes one gets lucky and get to bring something home for dinner. The primal need of bringing home something to eat is fulfilled. At the core of things we are only one of the forests creatures who is out looking for something to eat.
The Siberian jay is looking for a handout.
The wolverine has obviously dropped his snuff box.
Running in frozen waves.
September, the fungus month
After a lot of rain lately, conditions turned for the better. Today it was warm and sunny and the fungus responded like fungus do. Rapid growth to spread their spores while conditions are favourable. On a small patch of unfertilized pasture land (100x100m) with a forest margin I started to pick all the species I could find. After a short while I was up to 30 species and if I had looked more closely I would probably have found 10 more. Some were edible, but most of them were poisionous. They made up a pretty diverse pile of mushrooms, both in color and shape. Some of these mushrooms are endangered species with a very specific ecological niche. Unfertilized pasture land is quite scarce in my area as most of agricultural activity is focused on high yield on easily managed land. Keeping these patches grazed and open is essential to maintain a high biological diversity. They also represent the colors of autumn and in my opinion, very pleasing to the eye.
Lots of rain today made the creek outside our house swell up. The sun broke thru the steel grey skies for a brief moment and I could`nt resist the sparkling water.
Into the dark
Thanks to the unknown divers who posed for me today. They gave me a cool picture from the not so crystal clear waters in the fiord.
To the mountain!
Me and a friend took a couple of days in the mountain to check if the arctic foxes had breed in some dens we knew the locations of. Unfortunately they didn’t breed this summer but I have heard that are breeding in some of the other dens. The weather cleared while we were out and we had the first real taste of summer.
Ready for take off!
Cooling off after a few steep hills.
Ahh.. The fresh mountain air!
Typical den area for the artic fox.
The weather cleared, way for the mosquitos..
The mountain lakes release carbon to the air.
The Dotterel male tend the chicks hidden in the grass in front of him.
Snow bunting with Daddy long legs. The mountain was crawling with them when the sun came out. Quite a protein source.
Let’s make honey!
We have had busy bees this summer. My wife and her father is busy tending the the bees and I try to give them something to eat and make honey from (read; tending the meadows). Even if the weather was beyond cold and rainy in June and the first half of July, the bees obviously found something to eat because the yield this year was great. No they are off to the coast to bring home honey from the heather which blossom later in the summer.
Typical summer weather...
A wide variety of flowers.
Other insect thrives as well.
Going old style.
The landscape where the bees roam. IR shot.
Ascension day is a public holiday here in Norway and we took the opportunity to go to our cabin, even though the weather reports all pointed to a second coming of winter. The report was right. Nothing revealed the fact that it was the the last days of may. Long johns, mittens, cap and rubber boots were absolutely required. The snow fell like it was Christmas and the migratory birds was quiet as mouse. No insects in sight for the insectivores but sunflower seeds was provided for those who could eat them. Some of the species that turned up at the feeding station has never been seen there before.
Greenshank in the snow.
Redshank searching for food.
In spite of the weather we took a few trips but tried to stay below the tree line. The same strategy was adopted by the reindeer with the two-three week old calves. No insects were bugging them, but the wolverine lurked in the shadows and the golden eagle in the sky.
Fresh wolverine tracks. A scent to follow.
Reindeer with calves.
Enjoying the weather.
Praying for better weather.
Chocolate, hot drinks and a warming campfire keeps the spirit up and today, on the first of June the sun once again dominated the sky and started clearing the snow away. Once again, the birds sang, insects buzzed and even a bat climbed down from the cabin wall and enjoyed some sun and the double digit temperatures. I guess this was the last snow before September.
I am really impressed with my camera gear. Even if the Olympus cameras gets soaked for hours, fogged up and worn outside the clothing, they just work. They are truely indestructable and always ready for action. Thank you Olympus!
1. of june and signs of hope.
Goldeen eagle patrolling the sky.
A Northern bat is always a good sign of warmer weather.
A last sip of the ice cold, clear water before going home.
I thought it was fitting to photograph my local hazel grouse thru the bird cherry. The strong scent from the tree accompanied with the characteristic whistle of the grouse.
The end of April was incredible warm and everything responded accordingly. Insects, plants, flowers just bursted out in joy. Of course, non of this can last indefinitely so this weekend everything relapsed into white again. Nature is too resilient to be harmed by such an event and in a few days everything is back on track again.
Birches spread their pollen.
Dust, forest fire smog and pollen made the air unhealthy but gave som nice sunsets.
Wild bees made the best out of the warm days.
Plenty of pollen to be collected.
Back to scratch.
The snow provide some moisture to the dry soil.
The moose dont care as long as there is fresh food.
Tomorrow our oldest son will celebrate his confirmation. I managed to catch him in a moment in between dressing the tables and arranging flowers. The interior of the community house where we are hosting the party proved to be the perfect surroundings.
Easter holiday is almost over and what a treat for the body and soul! The weather has been unbelievable with cold, starry nights and warm sunny days. In the mountain winter is almost over and the lowlands brings flowers, butterflies and frogs lekking.
The cabin, lit by the moon and the aurora. Not so much from the aurora..
Make love, not war!
Higher up the mammals are preparing for breeding. The lynx and wolverine patrol the calving grounds for the reindeer and the Sami herders do their best to guard their animals. The birds pair up and start their courtship.
Wolverine tracks. I wish I had been up a bit earlier that morning.
Those eyes. Nothing beats the great grey.
We do our best to soak up the sun, enjoy skiing, ice fishing and other leisure activities. It sure is a wonderful time of year!
Fun and tasty.
The flight of the eagle.
No problem sleeping after spending the days outside.
The tell tale signs of spring is starting to show. Flowers blooming in the garden and the bees are exiting their hives. The paths are free from snow and ice and the roedeer doesnt have to dig thru deep snow to get to the green stuff. I even saw the salix buds popping open. They are all inn for a surprise as I am shure that winter will be upon us a few more times in the next couple of months.
Honey season are a still few months away..
Boating season is definately not here yet!
I was hoping to do a lot of skiing this holiday, but I guess I have to settle with trips by foot. The weather is constantly changing and I guess we could kiss winter as we know it goodbye. Everything I have read, studied and experienced points to one conclusion. By average, winter is gone. Shure, we could have a few weeks with coldspells, cold days and record levels of snow, but nothing permanent. Thats weather, not climate. What happens when the ground stops freezing in winter and we have rain and melting snow for days? As you can see from the panorama picture, my community is built on mostly clay. When will we have our first landslide due to running water? Two days ago one woman died after being buried in a landslide. Their house was´nt even in a risk zone. I want winter back...
Houses and farms built on old marine clay
Rivers of gold or destruction?
Last tuesday I was driving on frozen ground.
Finally managed to get to the cabin this weekend and it was in dire need of a visit. The wood-burning stove did a hell of a job getting the frost out of the log walls and after a few hours we eventually could take off our jackets and hats. I was hoping to do some photography but the wind made it too unpleasant to fiddle with the gear so I settled with drilling a few holes in the ice. The trout was quite hungry so I managed to trick a few to take my bait. Out of the water the fish immidiately froze before I got them cleaned so there was no problems keeping them fresh. Short days, cold weather are excellent excuses to cut the skiing short and to spend long hours indoors with a cup of coffe and a good book. In search of inspiration, Sebastiao Salgado make perfect sense.
Me, myself and I catching trout.
Books and coffe. The ultimate way to start the day.
I am the first one to admit that I have become lazy when it comes to bringing my camera along when the weather is not great. The first part of January the weather was rather absurd. Rain and and mild winds prevailed with little or no sun breaking thru the massive cloud cover. This being the period of least daylight, it is needless to say that without light ,no photos. Fortunately the last part has been better. Plenty of snow and colder temperatures brings out the best of winter. Skiing, hunting and photography becomes pleasurable activities. Even the birds shows up on my feeding site and that gives some opportunities for some wildlife shots. We also had relatively clear skies during the lunar eclipse on the 21. Of January. That gave us quite a show which we won’t be able to experience in many years.
Telemark skiers in powder.
Yellowhammers brings a dash of color into all the white.
And a pleasant meal for the Sparrowhawk.
Fullmoon and spruce forest.
The Ford and the lunar eclipse on the morning of 21. of january.
In between the christmas gatherings, this holiday is a nice opportunity to get some fresh air and to skiing. This year the only skiing possible is water skiing, which I am not particulary fond of. Another option was to take a stroll along the river where buckets of rain had caused the ice to break up. If I was to drink gin and tonic I know where to find the ice cubes, but I am more of a beer guy so I let them continue their journey towards the fiord.
Winter is cancelled?
We are far from normal temperatures so far in november. It has been at least 5 degrees warmer than normal. Call me crazy, but I think wearing wool underwear, gloves and a cap should have been mandatory in the second half of november. If you try a crazy stunt like that now, you probably would melt like the glaciers do these days. On the pluss side, we have some good light now and then. The few hours of low sunlight combined with fog may give some pictures worthy keeping. The grey and dull light on overcast days might also give some interesting opportunities. Every kind of light has its own charm.
A few calm and relatively clear evenings always trigger the urge to capture the night sky. It is always fascinating to watch the milky way, the aurora and the trillions of sparkling stars overhead. Capturing the beauty of it all is another story. A sturdy tripod is needed and finding the perfect focus is essential. Light pollution from the artificial lighting of the city is also frustrating at times. Every cloud looks like a giant fire in the sky.
Wondering why people cant switch off the lights at night? Not really:-)
Some light brightens the 16 hours of darkness.
Our galaxy, the milky way and the neighbour galaxy, andromeda in the lower part of the picture.
Capella, the third brightest star on the northern celestial sky.
All the pictures shown are single exposures. No dark frames or stretching or deep sky stacking involved. Those things are for the pros with to much time on their hands.
First signs of winter
Winter is upon us again. Even if we have had a couple of visits earlier it seems like it’s for real this time. A few more inches of snow and we might have to take out the snowshoes or the skis. The first snow is a nice way of checking the local wildlife. The are reluctant to leave their tracks in the beginning, but soon the snow will be littered with tracks. The dogs find them even if they try to hide in the trees.
Some of the animals try to skip winter, like the bats. One of them had chosen a pretty exposed site for hibernation. Next to my cabin door, behind a foldable table. I donated a pice of my sleeping mat as an extra layer of insulation before closing letting down the table again. Hopefully it will be out again next spring to help me chase the mosquitos.
Until next time, be sure to enjoy the dark long nights.
Hunting and photography.
Hunting season is the most active time of the year. The dog need to be trained for every possible situation and the pup just need to be out to get used to all the sights and sounds of the forest. It also need to build the confidence to leave me for extended periods of time in search of game. The weather has made a turn for the worse and already we have had some periods with snow with intermittent rain. It makes spending the days in the forest a bit more challenging when it comes to photography. The gear has to be 100% waterproof both in the backpack and outside the backpack. The camera and lenses also have to be light enough to being carried with a gun, ammo, extra clothes, food and water. The image quality also have to be top notch. The only gear that I trust completely in this respect is Olympus. I have used it for several years and it has never failed me no matter what torture I put it thru. It is said about camera gear that the best camera one can have is the one you are packing. Every time I leave my camera at home I get disappointed of what I can get out of my phone. The pictures below there are some snapshots from last days hunting. At one occasion I had to leave my camera behind to track down a wounded moose. I had to use my iPhone to take a picture of Krutt after he had found it, but the phone images never leave me satisfied. So even if I bring my phone everywhere I go it will never replace my Olympus m4/3-gear as a portable, high quality, durable camera system.
The iPhone picture.
Plenty of good advice, but no help..
"Floating" moose. Rubber boots make excellent water containers..
Big bull or small trailer?
"Lit de parade"
Rain and sun
It doesn’t matter of you return empty handed and wet after such a display of brilliant light. The downpour lastet only for five minutes but left me dripping wet and the afternoon hunting trip was cut short. The dog enjoyed the opportunity to run free and search for birds and I got my picture.
There’s a starman waiting in the sky.
He’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds.
Barking up the wrong tree
When hunting capercaillie and black grouse with the Norrbottenspets that is something you don’t want the dog to do. The dogs main purpose is flush the bird off the ground where it is feeding and to bark up the right tree to show the hunter where the bird is. The hunter has to find where the bird is perched and position him or herself, without flushing the bird or other birds perched nearby. Then the hunter has to deliver a perfect shoot to bag the bird. It is not always easy because of all the branches and twigs. The whole operation has to be performed in slow motion and with stealth and may take an hour or more. It goes without saying that this is successful in only a fraction of the attempts. The wast forested areas in Jamtland, Sweden is just the right place for this kind of hunting. This weekend I went with a few friends to see if my 5 months old pup had the genetic disposition to do what he was meant to. The conclusion is that I have nothing to worry about. When Nix took in the faint scent molecules from the birds, his instincts kicked in like a preprogrammed computer.
The swedish countryside. Houses without people.
Beautiful, crisp, cold mornings.
And dark mysterious evenings.
Black grouse chicks feeding berries.
Nix with his first birds. A moment to remember.
An experienced team bags a couple of capercaillies during a day of hunting.
Hell of a summer
As I actually live in Hell it should not come as a surprise that it´s hot, but the last few days it has been exceptional. Around 30 degrees celsius and no less than that during the nights. And what a night to watch the blood moon appear from the haze towards the south east. Due to the forest fires in our neighbour country, Sweden, and the hot and moist air it wasnt quite what I expected, but quite a sight anyway. Just standing on a mountain top around midnight in 30 degrees celsius is more rare than a lunar eclipse. The evening before I was photographing bats so I decided to incorporate on of them into a composite (I will always inform if any of my photographs have been digitally altered) with the moon to make it more interesting. The weather also give ample opportunities for swimming in the fiord so I included a portrait taken at Steinvikholm castle of my niese. Hope you all have a fine summer!
A couple that decided to have a romantic evening under the blood moon.
Tired and want to go home.
A bit of a bang
If it had not been for the occasional downpours after the small thunderstorms in the afternoons it would have been bone dry this summer. The moose seem to enjoy the green pastures that comes after the rain and hopefully they will gain some weight (and meat) to this years moose hunt.
Bumblebee and fireweed
Who is watching who?
Sometimes you get the feeling that there might be something more than just a simple creature you are watching. You even start to feel that you are interfering their day. Of course this is just a jellyfish, how can I bother it? Is it just floating around aimlessly? And why is it smiling at me?Does it know something I dont?
It´s a dirty job, but somebody got to do it.
Being a ranger involves a lot of fresh air and varied tasks. Looking after vast areas of roadless terrain means long hikes in all kind of weather. But he is never alone. Some has followers on Instagram, Twitter etc. Ivar definately have the most followers. Mosquitos, No-see-ums, flies, horse flies and thousands of other bugs and insects follow him every step of the way while talking to hikers, checking signs, picking thrash and looking for signs of birds and animals. He never complaints cause it´s in his job description to endure what most of us is try to avoid during summer. I think he consider himself lucky to have such job. He is a natural for the job. He has deep concern for what he has been set to look after and it is a privilege to get to go with him on one of his rounds.
A decent dinner before the hike consist of reindeer meat, potatoes and carrot. It will fuel you, every step of the way.
Down river and in to the marshes. The canoe and it´s crew.
The omnipresent helium ballon. This time from a pirate party.
Leftovers from the pirate party?
A beach without beachgoers. Maybe the 7 degree celsius water spooked them?
Yesterday I picked up a puppy and brought it home. His name is Nix and he is a Nordic spitz (Norrbottenspets) by breed. It is easy to forget just how much your life is turned in to a state of emergency when you get this critter in the house. Every carpet and a rug has to go, all the electrical cords has to be secured and shoes have to live inside the closet. If you put something on the floor, consider it lost and gone. When you try to relax, the pup wants to play (or pee) so you are better off standing the whole time rather than trying to sit down. Dont forget about the nights. Trying to fall asleep while the pup cries out for his mother and siblings is not so easy either. Pups are obviously cute for a reason. They have to be, for you to tolerate such a behaviour. So why do we do it over and over again? Because they give you unconditional love and a reason to get outside no matter how bad the weather is. Your blood pressure drops every time you pet them, their noses can be trained to track down anyting, they are loyal and happy to see you no matter what. They know how you are feeling even before you know yourself. So this little fellow is going to be a hunting companion for many years to come and hopefully worth every minute of work that goes into making him a pleasant dog. He has the potential and the rest is up to me.
In a small dark lake not far from me, this beauty start to emerge from the mud. Under normal conditions this would not have happened until the beginning of July but when all this sunlight penetrate the dark lake, the buds respond and stretch agains the surface.
Not long ago it was winter and the conditions did not invite for any ground work unless one was prepared for it. Ice crystals or ice patterns can be pretty convincing when it comes to sticking ones nose in to the cold stuff, but mostly photography is peformed standing upright. Now the conditions are much better for crawling thru the mud and grass looking for tiny creatures and plants at macro level. Changes always make me look back at what has been and the other day we had 24 degrees celsius and I was sweating. That made scroll thru the library to colder to se if I could recreate the feeling from when it was too cold. Thats when I found this picture.
I remembered how cold I was and concluded that every time of the year has its own charm. So its time to get out from behind the window and lay low, even if the subjects is the same as every year..
A bit of everything.
The frogs have a hard time as the water level in the pond drop due to absense of rain. The grey heron can pick them like cherries these days. Good for the heron, tough luck for the frogs. The cycle of life keep spinning.
The liverwort could also need some rain as his kind is quite scarce. The forest floor is bone dry and only few plants show some spots of green. A real shower would certainly speed thing up a bit. I am not worried. I have yet to see a dry summer in these parts of the world...
March is history once again and April with spring flowers, snow melt and migratory birds are upon us. Not that I have seen any of those signs yet, but things might happen quickly now. Skiing has been excellent for a long period and temperatures have barely reached 0 degrees celsius yet. The daylight hours have exceeded the hours of darkness and these days it is a treat to get out for a few hours with the camera. I wish I could do it every day, but I have to settle with a few hours now and then. Easter gave good opportunities to spend time outdoors and collect some everlasting impressions and hopefully create some good memories for the kids. They even show some some interest in nature photography. What more could I ask for!
Winter wonderland in Tydal.
My gardener is pruning the trees.
Frozen forest 1.
Frozen forest 2.
Moonlit cabin at "Stilla".
February brings longer days and photo opportunities outside work hours. The last month has been dry and windy and we have had plenty of blue skies, but the cold weather isn’t exactly pleasant for the photographer. The afternoon light bring some warmth, especially in a visual sense. One might wonder how the 5 gram firecrest manage to keep warm on a diet of hibernating insects? There have to be a lot of crevasses and cracks in the bark of the trees, to check out, to fill its stomach and to keep the metabolism going thru the nights. Other critters, like the roe deer has much easier conditions with shallow snow and easy access to food. What we all have in common is the notion that spring is only a couple of months away.
Crossbills make my neck hurt and are incredible difficult to photograph. When all the action takes place in the center and at the top of conifers it´s easy to understand that being at the base of the tree is not the right vantage point. Take in consideration that everything has to be exposed against a bright sky and that the branches covers the birds most of the time, it might be frustrating. For this species, the Parrot crossbill, I dont have any good pictures so I made an effort to get a few. Wheter they are any good is another matter, but I rarely see them so here they are.
Both pictures are male birds and they are more flamboyant than the greenish female. These birds might breed any time of the year as their main food source, pine cone seeds, might be available all year around.
It´s not for me, but for the dipper, -15 degrees celsius and strong winds are not enough to make him choose a more land based way of living.
January can be a treat, sometimes
January goes by real fast and sometimes even the weather can be a real treat. Even if most of the days of january are most comfortably spent inside without having to cope with all the struggles of the elements, some days can be inviting. And ones your outside everything is forgotten. The snow is like a silk lining, covering all the small valleys and the dripping wet marshes. It´s even possible to walk on water these days. But, taking the camera out of the bag is easier said than done. After putting the camera into my backpack and getting my fingers to work again, two moose crossed the lake in front of me, but I settled on enjoying the view rather than taking a picture. A few degrees warmer and I would have acted differently. Maybe in february?
Freezing our asses of, but the fish don´t mind. They can be quite arrogant at times.
Wildlife is scarce and only the birds can be counted when it comes to photography. Getting close enough is always a challenge when deep snow covers the ground. Coping with skis and ski poles has it´s effect on handling a camera.
A new light year
Today I was out to try to bring some closure to a year who started out with a lot of photography and ended with something of a creativ drought. This is someting to expect from time to time. Periods where photography comes in second, third or even fourth. But suddenly there is something that inspire you and make you go thru any ordeal to get the picture. Hopefully there will be lot of things to discover next year as well and some projects that makes you go the extra mile, but for now I will settle with these three pictures. Have a great new (light) year!
I want to wish everybody a happy and peaceful christmas. I wish I could give everybody a fresh sprinkle of white, the greatest gift I know, and the only thing I wished for this year.
Just a tree
and a whole lot of nothing..
The winterscape is a volatile thing. Before you know it, the wind brushes the snow off the trees and makes you long for the soft and fluffy feeling you just had. It is almost blasfemi to go through it and disturb such a perfect harmony. It is a wonderful thing to be able to freeze such a moment and make the feeling last.
From dusk to dawn
This time of year there is still a few hours of daylight, but the transition periods between light and darkness dominates. As long as I am able to be outdoors and take pictures during these blue and golden hours I am satisfied. Yesterday I found myself outside of a coral of a steaming and grunting mass of reindeer. The herders were moving the animals from the autumn to the winter feeding grounds and take the opportunity to put their mark on the calves ears. It was quite a special scene and I almost forgot to take pictures. When I finally started taking some, my fingers was too cold to operate the camera. Luckily, the best ones are stored in my mind.
I am rich! The light from the head lamp reveals thousands of diamonds sparkling in the grass, the trees and from every surface around me. As diamonds often do, these too, fade when touched by humans. They better be left where they are, for the enjoyment of the next passerby.
A sign of frozen inland. They have come to brighten up our dark and short days.
The great outdoors
Long hikes in boggy terrain. Log fires that make you cough and your eyes run like wild rivers. Coffe that taste like something that you drain from an engine. Going to bed at nine o´clock because you are so beat and because the heat from the wood stove makes you drowsy. Sounds like a lot of fun? But it is! Strangely, you feel like you are doing the things nature intended you to do and what you were built for.
A new season is about to start and hopefully the snow will make winter bright and cold like it should be. Not dark and rainy like I fear it would be. Snow is what makes the dark season bearable and what our kids deserve to play in.
Make winter white again!
In the meantime we can enjoy the transition..
If hunting was a religion, I would definitely call my self a religious person. The act of killing to provide food for one self is something one should do with the utmost respect for life. The moose have lived a full life in total freedom until death comes swiftly and with the least amount of pain and suffering. The dead moose, now called food, have to be treated in the right manner to become a healthy meal for the hunter and his or her family.
Death can come in many forms for the average moose. Many moose get hit by cars and cause death and injuries for those involved. I have had some close calls myself, but so far I have been able to avoid hitting half a ton of bone and muscle. Some starve to death, some fall thru the ice and drown, some fall of cliffs and some might even end getting cilled by bears and wolf. It´s not a pretty picture. Most likely it will be shot during hunting season and end up on a dinner table somewhere.
During the process of getting that food it keeps the hunter active and healthy. Long hikes, heavy hauls and lots of fresh air is the ultimate medication for coping with the modern way of life. No gym could provide such a combination of activities.
They also care about nature. The campfire provides a perfect arena to discuss the changes in weather, bird populations, and forest management between years. Also to catch up on the latest gossip and to repeat old stories the everyone has heard before. Social media never gets this social.
A hunting day is never over until all that food is taken care of. Skinning and butchering the moose is hard work and everyone has to take their turn with the knife.
Dogs play a big role during the hunt. They track tirelessly all day long and get their reward when the moose are shot. A well trained dog can be the difference between an unsuccessfull and a perfect day.
If you think these images was a bit blurry and out of focus, remember that I am first and foremost, a hunter...
Spawning season brings out the most vibrant colors nature can offer. The red belly and the contrasting white fins of the arctic char are truly remarkable. A couple of nets helps us pick a few of the jewels from the lake before we leave them alone to carry their genes to their offspring.
The overnight wait offers ample opportunities to enjoy the night sky and the crisp, clear air of late september.
Who could sail without a wind?
I know I could´nt. That doesnt mean you cant try. Certainly not on an evening like this.
Ice and rock.This week I went with a group of students to hike the highest mountain in Norway, Galdhøpiggen. Galdhøpiggen is situated in Jotunheimen, a highland plateau in the central part of the country. Galdhøpiggen is one of the many peaks reaching well over 2000 m above sea level. It is a fairly easy climb once you pass the glacier, Styggbreen, with it´s many crevases hidden under the snow. Friday, when we reached the summit at 2469 m, was a nice day weatherwise. The temperature was just a few degrees below zero and almost no wind made it a memorable achivement for all the students. It´s wonderful experience to see all the happy faces when they reach the summit. Hopefully, next years trip will be equally successful. And to those of you that havent done this trip, I would highly recommend you do it.
The guide checking for crevasses
Towards the summit.
Towards the ultimate prize, dinner a rest, before going home.
The last photo of my 365 days, photographing my dayli life. Not every one of the photos falls within the genre of "nature photography", but that is effectivly obstructed by my professional life and my obligations as a father and husband. I am looking forward to spending more time on getting each photo perfect instead of chasing photo oportunities "on the clock" and sharing the result with you in my blog. I will still share photos regularly, but maybe on a weekly basis and perhaps bring in some more text. Hope you keep checking in to view my pictures.
The last photo in this series is named, "A birthday well spent"
Day 365: 14.10, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 400, f6,3, 1/100 sec.
Waiting for the nix, but he seem be absent this morning...
Day 364: 06.45, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 400, f6,3, 1/10 sec.
The transition between summer and autumn.
Day 363: 20.24, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 400, f5,6, 1/50 sec.
Someone just love to ride their tractor...
Day 362: 19.22, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100 f4, ISO 400, f8, 1/160 sec.
Day 361: 14.30, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 8mm f1,8, ISO 200, f2,8, 1/2000 sec.
Day 360: 22.53, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 8mm f1,8, ISO 64, f2, 8sec.
Day 359: 15.53, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 64, f11, 1/40 sec.
Never leave your camera unattended... https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/12/monkey-selfie-macaque-copyright-court-david-slater
Day 358: 15.36, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 500, f7,1, 1/60 sec.
Mackerel fishing this beautiful august evening.
Day 357: 20.11, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 8mm f1,8, ISO 200, f8, 1/320 sec.
Pieris brassicae, Cabbage butterfly.
Day 356: 13.10, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 200, f4, 1/640 sec.
Listening to the aspen leaves shivering.
Day 355: 20.50, Nikon DF, Nikon 50 mm f1,2, ISO 8000, f2,8, 1/100 sec.
Just do it..
Day 354: 19.06, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 400, f4, 1/1600 sec.
Day 353: 20.49, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 200, f10, 1/60 sec.
Panther cap. Eat me and I´ll kill you.
Day 352: 20.09, Olympus OMD E-M1, Nikon 50mm f1,2, ISO 200, f1,2, 1/20 sec.
Day 351: 22.01, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100 f4, ISO 200, f8, 1/13 sec.
A big fiord, but few fishermen.
Day 350: 14.05, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100 f4, ISO 200, f5,6, 1/500 sec.
This is my oats.
Day 349: 20.58, Nikon D4s, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 40637, f4, 1/200 sec.
Day 348: 19.00, Olympus OMD E-M1, Lensbaby, ISO 125, f2,8, 1/125 sec.
Day 347: 22.00, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100 f4, ISO 200, f5,6, 1/50 sec.
Waiting for a pat on the head.
Day 346: 22.06, Olympus OMD E-M1, Nikon 50 mm f1,2, ISO 1250, f1,2, 1/100 sec.
Grass of parnassus (Parnassus palustris) and beetle.
Day 345: 18.02, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 400, f5,6, 1/200 sec.
The creative force of water.
Day 344: 14.07, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 12-100 f4, ISO 200, f8, 1/160 sec.
Day 343: 23.39, Olympus OMD E-M1, Olympus 8mm f1,8, ISO 1600, f2,5, 1 sec.
The sun do seem a little surprised today.
Day 342: 13.00, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Sigma 150mm f2,8, 1,4x converter, ISO 64, f2,8, 1/8000 sec.
Fungus in all shapes and form seem to respond to the mix of warm and wet weather.
Day 341: 19.32, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 800, f8, 1/6 sec.
One swallow does´nt make a summer.
Day 340: 20.01, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus 12-100mm f4, ISO 1600, f4,5, 1/2500 sec.
Luckily, for this toad, I saw it before it got moved down with the rest of the grass.
Day 339: 13.11, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150mm f2,8, 1,4x converter, ISO 125, f14, 1/125 sec.
Crested king of the forest.
Day 338: 10.47, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 6400, f5,6, 1/1600 sec.
Beam me up, Scotty!
Day 337: 17.27, Nikon Df, Nikon 55mm f3,5, ISO 160, f11, 1/1000 sec.
Day 336: 11.05, Nikon Df, Nikon 55mm f3,5, ISO 800, f11, 1/125 sec.
Arrival for night roost.
Day 335: 20.54, Nikon D4s, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 320, f4, 1/2500 sec.
Sundew (Drosera anglica), the insectivore plant of my marshes.
Day 334: 11.44, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 36-72 f3,5, ISO 400, f5,6, 1/1000 sec.
With that kind of fancy glasses, I will let you pierce my skin.
Day 333: 11.57, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 36-72 f3,5, ISO 1250, f8, 1/500 sec.
I´m thinking lamb chops and rosemary..
Day 332: 21.24, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 36-72 f3,5, ISO 160, f8, 1/125 sec.
They went down to the river and into the river they jumped.
Day 331: 14.20, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 36-72 f3,5, ISO 220, f8, 1/1000sec.
Summer this year has been so bad that even the Greenfinch has turned white...
Day 330: 15.43, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 500, f4, 1/1600 sec.
Oxeye daisy in UV.
Day 329: 17.27, Nikon D40x, Helios 58mm f2, Schott S8612, Schott UG1, ISO 100, f2, 0,5 sec.
The way to home.
Day 328: 21.25, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 100, f10, 1/1000 sec.
People being swept to sea by a strong outgoing current. This and two other surfers did an incredible job all morning rescuing children, adults and older people from being smashed into the lava cliffs. But people just keept on going in...
Day 327: 13.19, Nikon Df, ISO 640, Nikon 20mm f1,8, f10, 1/1000 sec.
Another mindblowing sunset.
Day 326: 20.32, Nikon Df, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 320, f10, 1/60 sec.
The Platanus outside the 1800 year old catacombs at Lappa has a base diameter of over 5 m. It is probably as old as the catacombs themselves.
Day 325: 10.07, Nikon Df, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 560, f6,3, 1/250 sec.
Youngsters busy taking selfies during sunset.
Day 324: 20.27, Nikon Df, Lensbaby Edge 80 f2,8, ISO 180, f5,6, 1/1000 sec.
Trying to make a living.
Day 323: 14.21, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 50mm f1,8, ISO 140, f8, 1/500 sec.
When in Crete, do as the cretans.
Day 322: 18.37, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 50mm f1.8, ISO 200, f11, 1/250 sec.
11 degrees celsius and rain. Tomorrow will show if 35 is a better number...
Day 321: 18.29, Nikon D4s, Lensbaby Edge 80 f2,8, ISO 180, f2,8, 1/200 sec.
Cold and wet, but there is no time to waste if you only have a few days to complete your life cycle.
Day 320: 18.38, Nikon D4s, Lensbaby, ISO 100, f2,8, 1/125 sec.
It´s unacceptable that the moose wedge their antlers this high.
Day 319: 10.44, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35mm f2,8, ISO 140, f8, 1/320 sec.
The setting sun light Storkjølhaugen (1248 m).
Day 318: 22.18, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 400, f8, 1/250 sec.
Not christmas yet, only wet Wood horsetail (Equisetum sylvaticum) during todays steady rain.
Day 317: 20.05, Nikn D4s, Nikon DC 135mm f2, ISO 1250, f2,8, 1/160 sec.
Capturing the beautiful sunset with a mobile phone at Lake Ånn, Sweden. They almost certainly take better pictures than us...
Day 316: 20.23, Nikon Df, Nikon 70-200mm f2,8, ISO 100, f11, 1/125 sec.
Walking thru fields of red clover.
Day 315: 19.10, Nikon Df, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 100, f16, 1 sec.
Ice cold winds at the shore of Andersøn, Lake Storsjøen.
Day 314: 19.08, Nikon Df, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 100, f11, 8 sec.
Single delight, Moneses uniflora.
Day 313: 21.09, Nikon Df, Lensbaby, ISO 100, f2,8, 1/4000 sec, sb 910.
Blue and golden. At Lake Storsjøen, Sweden.
Day 312: 21.41, Nikon Df, Nikon 70-200mm f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 126 sec.
Lupine and dancing mosquitos.
Day 311: 20.27, Nikon D4s, Nikon DC 135mm f2, ISO 280, f2, 1/1600 sec.
Heath spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata) showing clear instructions to where to put suction device.
Day 310: 07.35, Nikon Df, Laowa 15mm f4, ISO 110, f11, 1/1000 sec.
Worn out shoes. Must have served their master well..
Day 309: 10.50, Nikon Df, Nikon 17-35mm f2,8, ISO 400, f8, 1/250 sec.
Gavia arctica waiting patientely for the water level to drop so that the breeding site gets exposed.
Day 308: 07.09, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 800, f4, 1/1600 sec.
Bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia) either kill you or makes your heart strong. If you like living on the edge..
Day 307: 19.44, Nikon D4s, Lensbaby, ISO 100, f2,8, 1/8000 sec.
Gallinago gallinago, displaying the source of the strange "pheeeeew" sound from above.
Day 306: Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 280, f4, 1/2000 sec.
The princess. A year old and very skiddish.
Day 305: 23.12, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50mm f1,2, ISO 1600, f1,2, 1/100 sec.
Please let me track! Spending the day as a judge at a dog blood tracking contest.
Day 304: 12.00, Nikon Df, Laowa 15mm f4, ISO 200, f8, 1/2000 sec.
To lay in green fields.
Day 303: 20.37, Nikon Df, Laowa 15mm f4, ISO 320, f11, 1/4000 sec.
Rain makes the fish bite. So they say.. The mosquito certainly do.
Day 302: 18.58, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 125, f5,6, 1/125 sec
This is what I call a garden! At Leangen farm in Trondheim.
Day 301: 13.09, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35mm f2, ISO 100, f7,1, 1/100 sec.
Flight of the moth.
Day 300: 22.59, Nikon D500, Nikon 10,5mm f2,8, ISO 100, f4, 1/20 sec.
Day 299: 19.12, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150mm f2,8, ISO 5000, f8, 1/320sec.
Whorled solomons seal.
Day 298: 21.10, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150mm f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 5sec.
Tiny beauty. Maianthemum bifolium.
Day 297: 19.09, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150mm f2,8, ISO 4000, f8, 1/250 sec.
The canopy hides many gems.
Day 296: 17.50, Nikon D4s, Laowa 15mm f4, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/80 sec, SB910 flash.
Wildflowers in the rain.
Day 295: 17.45, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200mm f2,8, ISO 720, f8, 1/400 sec.
Even the sheep seem to enjoy a warm evening outdoors.
Day 294: 19.51, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200mm f2,8, ISO 400, f5,6, 1/400 sec.
Lady of the valley.
Day 293: 13.18, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 110, f2, 1/2000 sec.
Getting a clear view of a waterfall often prove to be difficult.
Day 292: 13.41, Nikon D4s, Nikon DC 105mm f2, ISO 280, f2, 1/2000 sec.
The fields of wildflowers never seem to stop to amaze me.
Day 291: 20.06, Nikon D4s, Nikon DC 105mm f2, ISO 200, f2,2, 1/125 sec.
Lepus timidus. Not so timid.
Day 290: 17.55, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 6400, f5,6, 1/1600 sec.
Mountain pansy in ultraviolet.
Day 289: 17.00, Nikon D40x, Novoflexar 35mm f3,5, Schott S8612 and UG1, f16, 30 sec.
Day 288: 15.25, Nikon D4s, Lensbaby, ISO 400, f2,8, 1/8000 sec, SB 910 flash.
Water avens in a field of gold.
Day 287: 18.12, Nikon D4s, Nikon 135mm DC f2, ISO 280, f2, 1/8000 sec.
When it´s three o´clock in the morning and you can´t sleep. The only thing that can keep you company is the cat trotting along the top of the fence.
Day 286: 02.52, Nikon D4s, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 12800, f4,5, 1/400 sec.
Menyanthes trifoliata, art by nature.
Day 285: 20.02, Nikon D500, Lensbaby, ISO 110, f2,8, 1/320 sec.
Icterine warbler, the master singer who wakes me up at four o`clock.
Day 284: 20.07, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 2500, f4,5, 1/1600 sec.
Empty chairs in Hyde park, London. My heart goes out for those affected of the terrorist attacks. Taken last sunday, developed and digitized today.
Day 283: Leica MP, Summarit 35mm, Lomography Lady Grey film.
Day 282: 00.20, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 51200, f5,6, 1/80 sec.
The fishing cabin at Fersoset. Waiting for the summer to kick in.
Day 281: 13.06, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35mm f2,8, ISO 280, f13, 1/400sec.
Shedding the winter fur.
Day 280: 15.08, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 500, f7,1, 1/320 sec.
Day 279: 21.43, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 360, f8, 1/320 sec.
An uninspired photo of fireweed..
Day 278: 18.25, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 460, f11, 1/250sec.
Dandelion frenzy. Ultraviolet capture. Moving the camera during the exposure.
Day 277: 14.30, Nikon D40x, Novoflexar 35mm f3,5, Schott S8612 and UG1 UV bandpass filter, ISO 100, f16, 30 sec.
Looking up in Hyde park.
Day 276: 10.30, Nikon Df, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 250, f8, 1/500 sec.
The first glorious morning light...
Day 275: 06.58, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 50mm f1,8, ISO 1600, f2,8, 1/80sec.
At the Tower of London the ravens patiently awaits the first tourist to go down to feast on the carcass...
Day 274: 13.46, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 50mm f1,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/250sec.
Contrasts at Buckingham palace. When you have everthing you own, in one bag, the least you can do is spend the night some place its fancy.
Day 273: 09.55, Nikon Df, Nikon 36-72mm f3,5, ISO 100, f8, 1/500sec.
I actually can see you. You´re that big.
Day 272: 11.44, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f 5,6, ISO 5000, f5,6, 1/640 sec.
Day 271: 12.43, Nikon Df, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 220, f11, 1/500 sec.
Rainy morning grays and greens.
Day 270: 07.41, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 200, f8, 1/125sec.
Somewhere there is a pair of pigeons that have to do it all over again...
Day 269: 14.16, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 450, f4,5, 1/1600sec.
Trying out the selfie consept with a beer can loaded with 4x5 film and a pinhole. It wasnt a fail. Thats how I actually look. Blurry..
Day 268: 12.50, Beer can with pinhole, 160 degree FOV , Ilford HP4 film stand developed in rodinal 1h, ISO 100, f169ish, as fast as I could take the tape off and put it back on.
The death of a building.
Day 267: 12.24, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 50mm f1,8, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/500 sec.
Blondes have more fun...
Day 266: 19.59, Nikon Df, Nikon SE 50mm f1,8, ISO 180, f1,8, 1/500 sec.
17th of may and greens are getting greener.
Day 265: 19.17, Nikon Df, Nikon 105mm f2,5, ISO 1400, f11, 1/1000 sec.
I am a fly.
Day 264: 19.09, Nikon D4s, Nikon 105mm DC f2, ISO 200, f2,8, 1/640 sec.
Soaring like a hawk under the blue sky.
Day 263: 17.58, M Monochrome, 50mm Summarit f1,5, ISO 800, f5,6, 1/4000 sec.
The queen bee.
Day 262: 16.52, Nikon D500, Nikon 10,5mm f2,8, ISO 100, f14, 1/250 sec, SB 910.
Peder at confirmation.
Day 261: 17.32, Nikon D4s, Nikon 105mm DC f2, ISO 100, f2, 1/6400 sec, Flash.
The "fiddleheads" have their annual convention. They obviously work in groups. God only knows what they discuss...
Day 260: 08.43, Nikon D4s, Nikon 105mm f2 DC, ISO 100, f2, 1/3200 sec.
I am not much of a churchgoer, but as a backdrop, this thousand year old building will do just fine in infrared.
Day 259: 10.28, Nikon D40x, Nikon SE 50mm f1,8, B+W IR filter, ISO 100, f8, 1/250 sec.
Soft and mellow.
Day 258: 18.38, Nikon Df, Helios 58mm f2, PK-11, ISO 100, f2, 1/800 sec.
May comes with snow and ends with rain.
Day 257: 14.44, M Monochrom, Summarit 50mm f1,5, ISO 320, f16, 1/2000 sec,
Day 256: 20.24, Nikon D4s, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 100, f11, 1/8000 sec.
The beauty of my forest.
Day 255: 18.20, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 6400, f4,5, 1/1600 sec.
Day 254: 18.28, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 1600, f4, 1/1600 sec.
Golden saxifrage and ant.
Day 253: 11.00, Nikon Df, Nikon-Micro 55mm f3,5, ISO 100, f16, 1/250 sec.
You can stand under my umbrella.
Day 252: 18.25, Nikon D500, Sigma 150mm f2,8, Sigma 1,4x converter, ISO 5600, f11, 1/1000 sec.
Day 251: 17.51, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/640 sec.
Day 250: 17.36, M Monochrom, Summarit 50mm f1,5, ISO 320, f2,8, 1/4000 sec.
Primula and reflections.
Day 249: 17.09, Nikon D500, Nikkor 45mm PC-E f2,8, ISO 500, f3,2, 1/4000 sec.
My niese Oda. A confirmation portrait.
Day 248: 12.52, Nikon D4s, Nikkor 135mm DC f2, ISO 100, f2,2, 1/8000 sec, flash.
..and watching it rise from the east. Casting its first rays on a Capercaille at the lek.
Day 247: 05.49, Nikon D4s, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 640, f4, 1/500 sec.
Watching the sun set to the west from under a tree...
Day 246: 19.54, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200mm f2,8, ISO 140, f2,8, 1/250 sec.
When you were hoping for something else and end up taking pictures of flowers just before the sun sets...
Day 245: 19.43, Nikon D4s, Nikkor 105mm DC f2, ISO 400, f2, 1/500 sec.
Singin the tune of spring.
Day 244: 20.00, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 1000, f5,6, 1/640 sec.
Juan Manuel Santos and a FARC solider. Mads Nissens amazing pictures at the Nobel center in Oslo.
Day 243: 14.13, M Monochrom, Summarit 50mm f1,5, ISO 2000, f5,6, 1/125 sec.
At the norwegian parliament, they like to keep it simple. Unless you are color blind..
Day 242: 14.04, Nikon Df, Nikon 50 mm f1,8, ISO 720, f5,6, 1/125 sec.
Midnight tree. Lots of snow falling during the exposure and blurring the scene.
Day 241: 00.12, Nikon D4s, Nikkor 105mm DC f2, ISO 100, f10, 289 sec, headlamp.
Fragile beauty during a rare display of sun. Asplenium trichomanes.
Day 240: 13.27, Nikon D4s, Nikkor 105mm DC f2, ISO 100, f2, 1/5000 sec.
April fool. If you thought winter was gone..
Day 239: 11.50, Nikon D4s, Nikkor 105mm DC f2, ISO 100, f2, 1/320 sec.
Blue tit fighting his reflection in the window. Sounds familiar?
Day 238: 09.03, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 36000, f5,6, 1/1600 sec.
The grass is just as dead on the other side...
Day 237: 17.46, M Monochrom, Summarit 5cm f1,5, yellow filter, ISO 800, f4, 1/250 sec.
Spring close up.
Day 236: 18.19, Nikon Df, Nikkor-O 35mm f2 reversed with BR2A, ISO 100, f2, 1/320 sec.
Salix caprea. Catkins glowing in the morning sun.
Day 235: 09.19, Nikon D4s, Nikkor DC 135mm f2, ISO 200, f2, 1/3200 sec.
Farewell to the mountains. For now..
Day 234: 07.44, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 640, f11, 1/1600 sec.
Wherever the reindeer are, there is a wolverin nearby.
Day 233: 18.13, Nikon Df, Nikon 20mm f2,8, ISO 100, f16, 1/500 sec.
Reindeer migrating towards the calving grounds.
Day 232: 14.34, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 450, f11, 1/1250 sec.
Easter is all about enjoying the sun.
Day 231: 17.49, Nikon Df, Nikon 105mm f2,5, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/4000 sec.
The freedom of skiing.
Day 230: 16.21, Nikon Df, Nikon 50mm f1,8, ISO 100, f11, 1/1000 sec.
Just before bad turn to worse. Within minutes after this picture was taken, it was complete whiteout and gale force wind. After fifteen cold minutes it was over and my wife and I could get the hell out of there. Stay safe out there!!
Day 229: 15.11, Nikon D500, Venus optics 15mm f4, ISO 100, f8, 1/640 sec.
Day 228: 14.07, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 360, f6,3, 1/2000 sec.
I`m not a big fan of clay sticking to my legs. So I usually levitate, when crossing a plowed field.
Day 227: 14.13, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 6400, f6,3, 1/2000 sec.
Supper in close quarters.
Day 226: 22.07, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50 mm AIS f1,2, ISO 14400, f2, 1/80 sec.
Haematopus ostralegus practicing the ancient art of zen, balancing on one leg.
Day 225: 09.01, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 1250, f7,1, 1/1000 sec.
A married couple of crows, sitting in a tree, not talking to each other:-)
Day 224: 20.33, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 640, f5,6, 1/30 sec.
Hepatica nobilis means spring!
Day 223: 15.42, Nikon Df, Venus optics 15mm f4, ISO110, f16, 1/250 s.
Dendrocops minor and afternoon sun.
Day 222: 18.37, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f5,6, ISO 220, f6,3, 1/200 sec.
Frogs and ripples.
Day 221: 17.48, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 320, f7,1, 1/400 sec.
A good sign of a good fishing spot..
Day 220: 15.55, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 125, f25, 1/4 sec.
Day 219: 18.43, Nikon Df, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO450, f5,6, 1/250 sec
Day 218: 13.05, Nikon Df, Nikon E 50mm f1,8, ISO 900, f16, 1/500 sec.
Old Wachtelhund, with her bone.
Day 217: 17.44, Monochrom, 50mm f1,5, ISO 320, f2, 1/1000 sec.
Infrared capture during lunch.
Day 216: 11.48, Nikon D40x, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO100, f8, 1/160 sec.
The migratory birds are starting to return.
Day 215: 18.58, Nikon Df, Nikon E 50mm f1,8, ISO360, f8, 1/500 sec.
Note to self: Remember to bring tissue for lens cleaning next time...
Day 214: 19.17, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 900, f8, 1/60 sec.
Rubber boots makes the sunday trip a joyful experience.
Day 213: 12.04, Nikon Df, Nikkor O 35mm f2, ISO 4500, f8, 1/125 sec.
Day 212: 16.37, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 360, f8, 1/100 sec.
A good place to hang.
Day 211: 21.24, Monochrom, 50mm f1,5, ISO 10000, f1,5, 1/30 sec.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins..
Day 210: 09.27, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50mm f1,4, ISO 250, f5,6, 1/400 sec.
"Its coming home,
Its coming home, its coming
Footballs coming home"
Day 209: 21.33, Nikon Df, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO 1100, f8, 1/125 sec.
The hazel flower. The tiniest wonder of spring.
Day 208: 17.21, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50 mm f1,2 AIS, ISO 360, f1,2, 1/8000 sec. Reversed lens.
A transaction is performed at the local dealer..
Day 207: 21.12, Nikon Df, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO 4500, f4, 1/125 sec.
Dont take me for a fool. I can see you belly down in the snow.
Day 206: 18.57, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 45600, f5,6, 1/125 sec.
Small pines still bowing for winter, until spring make them stretch.
Day 205: 13.27, Nikon Df, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO 100, f8, 1/500 sec.
Red is always right.
Day 204: 14.21, Nikon Df, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/250 sec.
Spirit of the woods. Composite.
Day 203: 18.45, Nikon Df, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5 (both), ISO 3200, f2,5, 1/15 sec.
Seagulls and snow front.
Day 202: 18.54, Monochrom, 50mm f1,5, ISO 4000, f8, 1/125 sec.
Dog forensics. Checking to see if that bitch was in heat. She was..
Day 201: 17.39, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 1600, f2,8, 1/640 sec.
Day 200: 18.52, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 7200, f5,6, 1/10 sec.
Eiders floating by.
Day 199: 17.26, Nikon D500, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/100 sec.
Some leave more lasting impressions than others..
Day 198: 14.01, Nikon Df, Nikon 36-72 mm f3,5, ISO125, f16, 1/250 sec.
That springy thing started popping up. Could`nt resist them. It won't be the last time..
Day 197: 15.25, Nikon Df, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO 100, f2,5, 1/250 sec.
Images are not just visual expressions, but memories too. Like the kids playing soccer in the snow after school, this splendid winter afternoon.
Day 196: 16.03, Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera and Impossible film.
Birches and moon.
Day 195: 17.56, Nikon D40x, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/250 sec, B+W IR830 filter.
The gym teacher´s nightmare:-)
Day 194: 12.01, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 200, f8, 1/1600 sec.
Freezing my ass off. And it shows..
Day 193: 18.13, Nikon D500, Nikon 45mm PC-E f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/8 sec.
Day 192:14.14, Monochrom, 50 mm f1,5, ISO 320, f8, 1/1500 sec.
Day 191: 15.08, Nikon D500, Nikon 600 mm f4, ISO 2500, f4,5, 1/1600 sec.
Friday night action at the not so local waterhole:-)
Day 190: 20.54, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 mm f2,8, ISO1600, f4, 20 sec.
IR sunset. Small things cast long shadows.
Day189: 17.40, Nikon D40x, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, B+W IR830 filter, ISO100, f2,5, 1/1000 sec.
Spruce reflecting heat. IR capture.
Day 188: 15.10, Nikon D40x, Nikkor-P 105mm f2,5, B+W IR830 filter, ISO100, f2,5, 1/1000 sec.
Shabby shack, but walls, roof and a fireplace. What more do you need?
Day 187: 19.48, Nikon D4s, Nikon 14-24mm f2,8, ISO 3200, f5,6, 5 sec.
60 years of carbon binding is over.
Day 186: 19.10, Monochrom, 50 mm f1,5, ISO 1600, f5,6, 6 sec.
When you are small and vulnerable, it´s nice to be wrapped in a warm and protective blanket.
Day 185: 16.03, Monochrom, 50mm f1,5, ISO 400, f1,5, 1/3000 sec.
Fruit salad are best served on a big white plate.
Day 184: 16.16, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO140, f5,6, 1/500 sec.
Hurray! Halfway to the finish line! No easy task to battle with computers, home page, cameras and finding time to take pictures. A coffe break is needed:-)
Day 183: 16.36, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO140, F2,8, 1/250 sec.
View from Klumpen, Namsos.
Day 182:14.52, Monochrom, 50mm f1,5, ISO 400, f8, 1/1500 sec.
Day 181: 07.55, Monochrom, 50 mm f1,5, ISO 320, f8, 1/125 sec.
Skiing towards the bright light.
Day 180: 12.35, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 250, f5,6, 1/250 sec.
Day 179: 13.02, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/250 sec.
The swedish alps.
Day 178: 17.41, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 6400, f4, 1/125 sec.
I´m really not a big fan of being groomed..
Day 177: 11.09, Nikon Df, Lensbaby 60 mm f2,5, ISO 250, f2,8, 1/125 sec.
Bread to the people! At Eidum farm bakery you get the best ones and a smile to go with them.
Day 176: 12.03, Monochrom, 50 mm f1,5, ISO 320, f8, 1/180 sec.
Patching something broken.
Day 175: 08.47, Monochrom, 50 mm f1,5, ISO 1250, f5,6, 1/90 sec.
Day 174: 08.17, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO140, f8, 1/80 sec.
Even if you dont care, its hard to miss the fact that its valantines day, when you see a car looking like this...
Day 173: 13.35, Nikon Df, Nikon AIS 50 mm f1,2, ISO 160, f5,6, 1/60 sec.
Day 172: 19.05, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 204800, f2, 1/60 sec.
Happy mothersday! To my dear, old provider of waffles, nose tissue and socks:-)
Day 171: 15.10, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO160, f2, 1/125 sec., Nikon SB 910.
Day 170: 14.32, Nikon Df, Nikon 36-72mm f3,5, ISO 200, f22, 1/125 sec.
First visible fullmoon, in many moons. That calls for a picture.
Day 169: 19.28, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, Nikon TC-E20II, ISO 100, f25, 1/30 sec.
The tell tale sign of a rough landing...
Day 168: 14.49, Nikon Df, Nikon AF-D 20mm f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/60 sec.
Day 167: 21.55, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 25600, f2, 1/30 sec.
Freckles. May in ultra violet.
Day 166: 15.38, Nikon D40x, Novoflexar 35mm f3,5, ISO 100, f3,5, 1/2 sec, Schott S8612, Schott UG1 UV-bandpass.
Interplay of shadows.
Day 165: 17.53, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO12800, f4, 1/50 sec.
House behind bars. Sentenced to death.
Day 164: 14.31, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150mm f2,8, ISO 100, f11, 1/200 sec.
Cathing up on some laughter and enjoying the local revue:-))
Day 163: 20.45, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 800, f2,8, 1/100 sec.
A heart in the gutter..
Day 162: 13.40, Nikon D500, Sigma 150mm f2,8, ISO 125, f5,6, 1/320 sec.
A portrait of my oldest son.
Day 161: 20.57, Nikon D4s, Helios 58mm f2, ISO 1600, f2, 1/60 sec.
Building a wall to fence themselves in. Thats great!
Day 160: 16.23, Nikon D500, Nikon 45 mm PC-E f2,8, ISO 3200, f4, 1/80 sec.
Reindeer rock art. Older than the hills.
Day 159: 19.17, Nikon D4s, Nikon 14-24mm f2,8, ISO 3200, f5,6, 20 sec, SB910 flash.
Day 158: 14.14, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150mm f2,8, ISO1400, f13, 1/200 sec.
And trying to walk it off..
Day 157: 11.29, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 180, f4, 1/200 sec.
Enjoying a nice dinner in the company of friends.
Day 156: 20.11, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 1600, f2, 1/80 sec.
A nice start of the weekend.
Day 155: 15.32, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 100, f11, 1/1250 sec.
A perfect, calm evening to listen to the Tawny owl. The pictures will come to those who waits..
Day 154: 20.34, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35mm f2,8, ISO 3200, f3,5, 13 sec.
Not exactly Hollywood, but what the..
Day 153: 14.59, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35mm f2,8, ISO 1600, f8, 1/125 sec.
Day 152: 09.24, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35mm f2,8, ISO 3200, f8, 1/320 sec.
I have no idea what this is, but it caught my attention. Snapworthy!
Day 151: 20.23, Nikon D4s, Nikon 36-72mm f3,5, ISO 32254, f5,6, 1/100 sec.
I tend the grass at the nature reserve. Please come and take care of my hooves!
Day 150: 13.52, Nikon D4s, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 800, f2,5, 1/320 sec.
Water in motion.
Day 149: 12.22, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 800, f8, 1/6 sec.
Trying to enjoy the rain..
Day 148: 14.33, Nikon D4s, Nikon 135 mm DC f2, ISO 100, f2, 1/2000 sec, flash.
Trees cast shadows.
Day 147: 18.52, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 8000, f2,8, 1/30 sec.
Day 146: 19.49, Nikon D500, Nikon Ais 50 mm f1,2, ISO 2500, f1,2, 1/80 sec.
Red alert! There is something fishy going on.
Day 145: 18.58, Nikon D500, Nikon 135mm DC f2, ISO 28800, f2, 1/160 sec.
The ice speckled fiord is painted blue and gold.
Day 144: 14.03, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 280, f11, 1/250 sec.
Holtvollen, a quiet spot in a busy world.
Day 143: 14.06, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 640, f5,6, 1/125 sec.
Me, Myself and I practising the ancient art of mastering the "kick". The peak of inovation in personal transportation..
Day 142: 19.34, Nikon D4s, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 400, f4, 1/10 sec, flash.
Mussels, ready for picking. If you don`t mind the cold water..
Day 141: 20.03, Nikon D4s, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 1600, f8, 30 sec.
No need for black and white, when everthing is monochrome.
Day 140: 14.58, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, ISO 6400, f10, 1/160 sec.
We aren't addicted to oil, but our cars are.
Day 139: 13.58, Nikon D4s, Nikon 20 mm f1,8, ISO 6400, f8, 1/80 sec.
The church is an old house..
Day 138: 18.38, Nikon D4s, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 1600, f11, 8 sec.
A pebble for your thoughts..
Day 137: 14.08, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50 mm f1,4, ISO 220, f1,4, 1/100 sec, multiexposure.
The ice formations created by the ever changing weather is the only positive side effect of a shitty winter, so far..
Day 136: 11.17, Nikon D500, Nikon 10,5 mm f2,8, ISO 450, f5,6, 1/30 sec.
Day 135: 13.05, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200 mm f2,8, ISO 100, f2,8, 1/500 sec.
Good, old fashion whiteout.
Day 134: 11.46, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 32254, f11, 1/160 sec.
The face of a tree.
Day 133: 18.17, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 25600, f5,6, 1/40 sec.
Water catching gold.
Day 132: 14.15, Nikon D4s, Nikon 135 mm f2, ISO 100, f2, 1/640 sec.
Coal tit in (finally:-) snow.
Day 131: 13.47, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 1600, f2,8, 1/800 sec.
Day 130: 18.41, Nikon D4s, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, ISO 3200, f11, 1 sec.
The secret of making good beer is in Roars hands. Drying the malt at Alstadberg brewery.
Day 129: 13.51, Nikon D4s, Nikon 20 mm f1,8, ISO 1800, f2,8, 1/80 sec.
The fireworks started early this year. Happy new year and best wishes to all my friends and family!
Day 128: 11.12, Nikon D4s, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 100, f11, 1/250 sec.
Mallard rush hour.
Day 127: 12.25, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, ISO 100, f22, 1/2 sec.
Enjoying the blurry landscape and weather.
Day 126: 11.53, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50 mm Ais f1,2, ISO 100, f1,2, 1/100 sec.
Crows gathering for the night roost.
Day 125: 14.57, Nikon D4s, Nikkor-O 35 mm f2, ISO 720, f2, 1/320 sec.
Exercise in between.
Day 124: 11.47, Gopro Hero5 3mm, ISO 100, f2,8, 1/280 sec.
The laws of nature seem to be chaos.
Day 123: 12.42, Nikon D4s, Nikon 14-24 f2,8, ISO 1400, f8, 1/100 sec.
Traditional christmas day quiz. Results are scrutinized and always up for debate..
Day 122: 16.48, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 mm f2,8, ISO 5000, f3,2, 1/60 sec.
To all those who did`nt have a merry christmas..
Day 121: 11.43, Nikon D500, Nikon 20 mm f1,8, ISO 450, f13, 1/5 sec.
Christmas snow segregation..
Day 120: 14.20, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200 mm f2,8, ISO 1000, f5,6, 1/160 sec.
A room with a view.
Day 119: 12.31, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 400, f8, 1/100 sec.
Todays winners in the christmas volleyball tournament.
Day 118: 14.14, Nikon D4s, Nikon 45 mm PC-E, ISO 7200, f5,6, 1/200 sec.
Winter solistice is starting to close in, and it is hard to catch a glimpse of the sun outside workhours. This is todays impressionistic attempt to picture the sunset.
Day 117: 14.11, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 mm f2,8, ISO 2000, f4, 1/125 sec.
Day 116: 14.10, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 4500, f4,5, 1/160 sec.
Otters dont mind the rain.
Day 115: 13.44, Nikon D500, Nikon 600 mm f4, ISO 10000, f4, 1/400 sec.
There is nothing like your first, illegally cut, christmas tree.
Day 114: 13.34, Nikon D4s, Nikon 45 mm PC-E f2,8, ISO 640, f8, 1/80 sec.
Salmon for christmas anyone?
Day 113: 14.49, Nikon Df, Nikkor-O 35 mm f2, ISO 3200, f8, 1/60 sec.
Day 112: 14.10, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 1000, f11, 1/50 sec.
My place on earth, moonlit.
Day 111: 19.05, Nikon D4s, Lensbaby Edge 80 f2,8, ISO 3200, f5,6, 6 sec.
Sometimes, I get the impression that there are someone playing with us..
Day 110: 13.45, Nikon D500, Nikon 36-72 mm f3,5, ISO 100, f3,5, 1/400 sec.
The Star of Leksa Bridge. Dont follow it, you wont find anything there..
Day 109: 16.40, Nikon Df, Nikon 36-72 f3,5, ISO 1100, f8, 6 sec.
Todays run from Mannfjellet. Quite ok:-)
Day 108: 12.10, Nikon Df, Sigma 150 mm f2,8, ISO 110, f5,6, 1/320 sec.
Treecreeper searching for insects.
Day 107: 13.44, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, ISO 6400, f5,6, 1/160 sec.
King of the forest.
Day 106: 13.10, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, ISO 900, f5,6, 1/60 sec.
Day 105: 12.04, Nikon D500, Nikon 600mm f4, ISO 1800, f4, 1/640 sec.
Milk and bread.
Day 104: 21.35, Nikon D4s, Nikkor-O 35mm f2, ISO 100, f2,8, I/8000 sec.
Day 103: 14.15, Nikon D500, Nikon 50mm f1,2 AIS, ISO 100, f1,2, 1/1000 sec.
Thru thin air.
Day 102: 14.14, Nikon D4s, Sigma 50 mm f 1,4, ISO 450, f8, 1/30 sec.
Roedeer. Organic, healthy and CO2-neutral meat.
Day 101: 20.07, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 9000, f8, 1/80 sec.
Then you better start swimmin or you`ll sink like stone...
Day 100: 10.13, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 2800, f8, 1/125 sec.
Day 99: 13.06, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 100, f11, 1/5 sec.
Manflu 1. No further explanation needed.
Day 98: 14.36, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 3600, f5,6, 1/200 sec.
Day 97: 09.15, Shot with a beercan thru a pinhole, on photographic paper and scanned. f169 more or less, exposed from oct 5th to nov 30th.
Exposed to light and frozen.
Day 96: 19.06, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 2500, f2, 1/60 sec.
Low light commute.
Day 95: 15.49, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 560, f2,8, 1/4 sec.
Two of a kind..
Day 94: 15.33, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 800, f3,5, 1/30 sec.
Day 93: 10.29, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 560, f2, 1/125 sec.
Creature of the dark.
Day 92: 11.14, Nikon D500, Nikon 50mm f1,4, ISO 720, f8, 1/100 sec.
Houses need people..
Day 91: 19.09, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35mm f2,8, ISO 100, f5,6, 3 min.
Day 90: 07.59, Nikon D500, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 400, f2,5, 1,3 sec.
Only a few wavelengths to work with.
Day 89: 09.00, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 400, f2, 1/100 sec.
I´m not half the man I used to be..
Day 88: 14.03, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 1100, f4, 1/125 sec.
Day 87: 19.10, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 mm f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 5 min.
19.11.16, not exactly winter..
Day 86: 11.21, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50mm Ais f1,2, ISO 100, f8, 1/100 sec.
Let me in.
Day 85: 22.05. Nikon D4s, Nikon 50 mm Ais f1,2, ISO 2000, f1,2, 1/100 sec.
I was hoping for a glimpse of the Leonids, but no luck tonight.
Day 84: 18.48, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 mm f2,8, ISO 3200, f5,6, 20 sec.
String of lights.
Day83: 20.08, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO100, f5,6, 20 sec.
Day 82: 19.34, Nikon Df, Laowa 15 mm f4, ISO 100, f4,5, 1/60 sec.
Shell and a pot of gold.
Day 81: 08.47, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO160, f5,6, 1/80 sec.
Day 80: 14.26, Nikon D4s, Nikon 19 mm, ISO100, f8, 0,5 sec.
Sticks and stones.
Day 79: 15.34, Nikon D500, Nikon 50 mm f1,4, ISO 1600, f4, 1/60 sec.
Carlsen-Karjakin, round one. Eleven to go.
Day 78: 22.51, Nikon D500, Nikon 50 mm f1,4, ISO 450, f2, 1/40 sec.
Lagging behind.. Not to worry.
Day 77: 17.34, Nikon D500, Nikon 50 mm 1,4, ISO4000, f2,5, 1/125 sec.
Darkness is upon us..
Day 76: 20.35, Nikon Df, Lensbaby 80mm f2,8, ISO 3200, f2,8, 1/10 sec.
Her royal highness of the household...
Day 75: 20.06, Nikon D500, Nikon 50 mm f1,4, ISO 100, f1,4, 1/125 sec, Nikon SB 910.
Stay visible, stay safe!
Day 74: 19.33, Nikon D500, Nikon 50 mm f1,4, ISO 45600, f2, 1/80.
Trapped in ice.
Day 73: 12.52, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO900, f8, 1/125 sec.
Day 72: 07.59, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, ISO 20000, f6,3, 1/250 sec.
Day 71: 15.54, Nikon D500, Nikon Ais 50 mm f1,2, ISO360, f8, 1/250 sec.
A nice day to install solar panels on our roof:-)
Day 70: 08.10, Nikon Df, Nikon Ais 50 mm f1,2, ISO 10000, f8, 1/125 sec.
Evening scene from a forest.
Day 69: 20.27, Nikon D4s, Nikon 14-24 f2,8, ISO 12800, f4, 25 sec.
Daylight is dwindling. Waxwing outside my office window, the only option for daylight photography..
Day 68: 15.54, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 100, f2,8, 1/500 sec.
Trick or treat...
Day 67: 18.20, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 400, f4, 1/15 sec, Nikon SB910.
Meadowsweets last colors.
Day 66: 13.46, Nikon Df, Helios 58 mm f2, ISO 720, f2, 1/125 sec.
"Kimen". You would expect a building worth a 100 million dollars to have better "bokeh".
Day 65: 20.47, Nikon Df, Helios 58 mm f2, ISO 1800, f2, 1/60 sec.
The first snowflakes.
Day 64: 13.41, Nikon D4s, Nikon 20mm f1,8, ISO 3200, f2, 1/800 sec.
Day 63: 17.58, Nikon Df, Nikon 50 mm f1,2, ISO6400, f5,6, 1,4 sec.
See you next year!
Day 62: 18.03, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 100, f9, 15 sec.
The only camera that never misses "the desicive moment".
Day 61: 08.18, Nikon Df, Nikon Ais 50mm f1,2, ISO 640, f4, 1/125 sec.
Saved by the dog. 60 days into the 365, I barely make the time limit...
Day 60: 23.27, Nikon Df, Nikon Ais 50mm f1,2, ISO 1000, f1,2, 1/60 sec.
Day 59: 15.14, Nikon Df, Nikon Ais 50mm f1,2, ISO 100, f1,2, 1/2000 sec.
Let me tell you a little secret. Grilled cheese...
Day 58: 14.10, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 200, f8, 1/60 sec.
Fluffy Salix mixing fall and spring.
Day 57: 15.02, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 360, f6,3, 1/250 sec.
Day 56: 17.43, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 45600, f5,6, 1/250 sec.
Black woodpecker inspecting the night roost.
Day 55: 17.55, Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, ISO 400, f5,6, 1/200 sec.
No straight lines.
Day 54: 15.10, Nikon D500, Nikon 50mm f1,4, ISO 100, f8, 1/200 sec.
The death of a robin..
Day 53: 16.51, Nikon D500, Nikon 50mm f1,4, ISO 1100, f5,6, 1/125 sec.
"Hello this is your captain speaking. On the left hand side we have a ridiculosly painted ice cloud"
Day 52: 16.30, Nikon D500, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/2000 sec.
Hunting implies taking a life to sustain life. The ultimate consequense of being.
Day 51: 17.03, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 12800, f5,6, 1/125 sec.
Blue tit and and dog rose.
Day 50: 16.13, Nikon D500, Nikon 600 mm f4, ISO 200, f4, 1/1000 sec.
Tonights moon lifting over the tree tops.
Day 49: 20.47, Nikon D500, Nikon 600 mm f4, Nikon TC 20EIII, ISO 100, f8, 1/100 sec.
Maple leaves and frost. An endless topic.
Day 48: 10.13, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40mm f2, ISO 720, f8, 1/125 sec.
Reaching peak performance.
Day 47: 21.15, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 4000, f2,8, 1/60 sec.
Enjoying the great outdoors with friends.
Day 46: 14.09, Nikon D750, Nikon 17-35 f 2,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/1000 sec.
Mikkel, captain of the ship.
Day 45: 13.57, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO100, f6,3, 1/2000 sec.
Abstract Rowan and Birch.
Day 44: 11.01, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150 mm f2,8, ISO 100, f9, 1/10 sec.
Day 43: 19.32, Nikon D4s, Sigma 150 mm f2,8, ISO 6400, f3, 1/30 sec.
Getting a goose nights sleep.
Day 42: 19.05, Nikon D4s, Nikon 200-500 mm f5,6, 1,4TC, ISO 20000, f8, 1/500 sec.
Communications or the lack of..
Day 41: 20.56, Nikon D4s, Nikon 14-24 f2,8, ISO 3200, f3,5, 20 sec.
Day 40: 17.56, Nikon Df, Lensbaby Edge 80 f2,8, ISO 110, f2,8, 1/2000 sec.
Two that survived the frost last night.
Day 38: 16.04, Nikon D40x broad spectrum, Nikon 10,5 mm f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/500 sec.
Jørgen bringing home some moose meat.
Day 38: 12.37, Nikon D750, Nikon 17-35 mm f2,8, ISO 125, f8, 1/400 sec.
In deep shit..
Day 37: 13.55, Nikon Df, Nikkor-O 35 mm f2, ISO 160, f5,6, 1/250 sec.
"Hel", from todays moosehunt.
Day 36: 14.51, Nikon Df, Nikkor-O 35 mm f2, ISO100, f5,6, 1/250 sec.
X600, Woodpigeon charger.
Day 35: 15.09, Nikon D750, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 400, f8, 1/1000 sec.
Fall color palette.
Day 34: 15.13, Nikon D4s, Nikon 50 mm f1,2 Ais, ISO 400, f1,3, 1/400 sec.
Me, myself and I, capturing todays image.
Day 33: 18.10, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 100, f18, 1,6 sec.
Clouds rolling in.
Day 32: 18.46, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 400, f8, 1/1250 sec.
My two, most trusted, hunting companions.
Day 31: 15.18, Nikon Df, Lensbaby Edge 80, ISO 100, f5,6, 1/250 sec.
Moosehunt "tactical" meeting.
Day 30: 18.13, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 3200, f9, 1/80 sec.
Maple leaves i ultraviolet light.
Day 29: 08.53, Nikon D40x, Novoflexar 35 mm, Schott UV bandpass, ISO 100, f8, 30 sec.
Faded glory. Summer is over.
Day 28: 17.16, Nikon Df, Nikon 36-72 mm f3,5, ISO 400, f8, 1/160 sec.
The guy who did the stone carving of the bird 6000 years ago was sitting in a bay filled with whale, fish and birds.
Day 27: 18.51, Nikon D4s, Nikon 17-35 f2,8, ISO 1250, f5,6, 1/80 sec.
Above the morning fog.
Day 26: 08.29, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 mm f2,8, ISO 100, f8, 1/320 sec.
The source of my neibourhood noise:-)
Day 25: 21.26, Nikon Df, Nikkor 50 mm f1,2 AiS, ISO 200, f1,2, 1/125 sec.
Nidelva, a nice place to spit..
Day 24: 10.47, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f4, ISO 100, f8, 1/125 sec.
Lets Pokemon go!
Day 23: 17.13, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 1100, f4, 1/250 sec.
The sun is setting over the holiest of places, The Airport. The holy cow of my home town...
Day 22: 19.26. Nikon D4s, Nikon 600 mm f4, ISO 360, f8, 1/500 sec.
A portrait of Ludvik.
Day 21: Nikon D750, Nikkor DC 135mm f2, ISO 100, f2,8, 1/3200 sec.
Facebook of the past. Hidden under layers of moss and rediscovered by my neighbour.
Day 16: Nikon D750, Nikkor 45mm PC-E f2,8, ISO100, f8, 1/50 sec, Nikon SB 910.
Being a part of the cycle.
Day 19: 19.30, Nikon Df, Nikon 20 mm f1,8, ISO100, f4, 1/100 sec.
Cones. Not ice, but spruce.
Day 17: 14.48, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 3200, f8, 1/60 sec.
The sunday trip. In between the rain showers.
Day 16:18.19, Nikon D750, Nikon 20 mm f1,8, ISO 100, f9, 1/80sec.
The head tree. Always on guard.
Day 16: 21.28, Nikon D4s, Nikkor 600mm f4, ISO 25600, f4, 20 sec.
Bus on schedule.
Day 15: 10.44, Nikon D4s, Nikkor PC-E 45mm f2,8, ISO 100, f11, 1/13 sec.
Spider catching light.
Day 14: 19.15, Nikon Df, Nikkor 135mm DC f2, ISO100, f2, 1/500 sec.
Stooks of grain in daylight.
Day 13: 18.46, Nikon D4s, Nikkor 20mm f1,8, ISO100, f11, 20 sec
Nattfari, Gledi, Dimbra and Ricky doing what they do best.
Day 12: 20.15, Nikon Df, Nikkor 135, ISO 12800, f2, 1/200 sec.
My wife. She seem to always have this glow...
Day 11: 18.45, Nikon Df, Nikkor-O 35 mm f2, ISO 6400, f2,8, 1/125 sec.
Celebrating my youngest sons 9th birthday. A metal detector gave a good days search for artifacts and coins, but we didnt strike gold. Some litter was todays catch.
Day 10: 11.38, ISO 100, Nikon D4s, 20 mm, f2,2, 1/8000 sec.
The sky is now dark enough to start observing the aurora, but the clouds are typically obscuring the sky view. Last night there was a faint glow and a opening in the cloud cover that gave me an opportunity to take a picture with me, the dog and my home as a foreground.
Day 9: 00.01, Nikon D4s, Nikon 20 mm, ISO 3200, f1,8, 5 sec.
Summing up the first week of this gigantous task, I would say it is next to impossible to follow thru for a whole year. Taking a reasonable picture every day on top of work, kids, dogs and other day-to-day chores has proven to be a drag. But I will do my best to pull thru:-) No wonder todays picture is called, "Bad hair day"...
Day 8: 08.14. Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200, ISO 140, f11, 1/125 sec.
Forest floor decoration.
Day 7: 19.34, Nikon D750, Lensbaby edge 80mm, f2,8, 1/125 sec
Roe deer late night oat snack.
Day 6: 21.04, Nikon D4s, Nikon 200-500 f5,6, ISO 25600, f5,6, 1/125 sec.
Day 5: 18.57, Nikon D4s, Nikon 70-200 f2,8, ISO 125, f9, 1/13 sec.
Badgers making claw marks on a slant wall. Captured in UV light.
Day 4: 19.00, Nikon D40x, Novoflexar f3,5, Schott UG1 UV bandpass, Schott S8612, ISO100, f16, 30 sec.
Dancers from last nights wedding.
Day 3: 01.16, Nikon Df, Voigtlander 40 mm f2, ISO 4000, f2, 1/40 sec
A small waterfall was became todays subject. Weather and colors showing signs of of fall.
Day 2: 13.12, Nikon D750, Nikon 45 mm PC-E, ISO 100, f11, 40 sec.
Today is my birthday. I given myself a gift. Take and post a picture a day until my next birthday. Easy peasy... Or not? It remains to be seen. Sometimes I will be off the grid and posting will be delayed until I get to WIFI-land. It will be a slaughter house of photography, so I am setting the bar really low...
Day 1: 19.35, ISO 100, f 11, 1/60 sec, Nikon Df, Nikkor O 35mm f2
I decided I want share some of the work I create. It is what it is, and that what gives me the pleasure of hiking into the night looking for light to create pictures. During the full year her at 63 degrees north, I encounter the whole array of lighting situations. From no light, to too light, dull light, bright light, harsh light and soft light. The electromagnetic waves and photons that hit my sensor might come out in as a picure in the end. Most of the times I press the shutter, magic does not happen. But some times it does. That´s the beautiful thing with photography and that is what makes me haul a camera around whatever I do.