Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Window shopping

Window Shopping
I have a new photo project. Sort of. I often enter Stockholm via a street called Götgatan on Södermalm. Very busy. The northern end of it is hilly. It is known as Götgatsbacken. Filled with small shops. Boutiques. Restaurants. Pubs. Book stores. Underground station. A mall. And a lot of people. Everyone visiting Stockholm seems to end up here at least one time. This is where I have photographed the busking opera singers a few times. Anywho, a couple of days ago I decided to start documenting it more closely. This is a lamp store called MässingMäster. They also have a repair service and a few very photogenic windows.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Year of the Dragon

Dragon Rabbit Rooster Goat Year of the Dragon Monkey
The Year of the Dragon. Obviously they look better at night, but it was midday when I was there, so. Chinese new year celebrations at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm.

Monday, February 26, 2024

A February visit to the beach

Hökarängsbadet The beach
Every time I bike to and from Stockholm I pass nearby the little beach, Hökarängsbadet at Lake Drevviken. And every now and then I will do a detour to see what is happening. The beach is a green lawn during the Summer and often very crowded. On this visit, the entire lawn was ice. How the guy standing next to his bike made it there, I do not know. I was wearing my icebugs, but still had to be careful where I stepped. The young girl in the second photo were preparing to go skating on the still frozen lake, but they took their time, so I decided to leave without getting a snap of her out on the ice.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Munkbroleden

Munkbroleden
Two people out running at Munkbroleden in the Old Town in Stockholm. The boardwalk from where I shot this opened up after a lengthy re-construction last year. Part of the never ending building site mess that is Slussen.There are a number of benches here from where you have a good view over the water and parts of Söder Mälarstrand. In the background buildings at Gamla stan, including the Pub/Nightclub Engelen. It opened in the late 1960s. I was a frequent guest there back in my early 20s. A great place for live music.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Classic Stockholm Views

Mälardrottningen Maria and Katarina Stadshuset Kungsholmen Rådhuset
Views from the top of Skinnarviksberget at Södermalm in Stockholm. In the top photo you can see the old ship Mälardrottningen, moored at Riddarholmen with the church in the background. Quite a few kings buried in there, btw. The second church tower in that photo is the newly renovated Storkyrkan in the old town, next to the Royal Palace. Two other churches in the next photo. Maria church, and Katarina, named after the Burroughs. In the middle, the Mosebacke water tower. Stockholm City Hall in the third photo, where once a year the Nobel Prize is awarded to scientists. In the fourth photo, classic buildings along Norr Mälarstrand on Kungsholmen. And in the fifth and final photo of the day. Rådhuset also on Kungsholmen, and in the background Norra tornen at Torsgatan in Vasastan.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Amaryllis

Amaryllis
A window at Yttersta tvärgränd on Södermalm in Stockholm. The shortest street in the city. Photographed a couple of days ago after my visit to the hill where I snapped the graffiti portraits. This building dates back to 1765.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Path of Seven Wells

The Path of Seven Wells
The 888-meter-long path at the Woodland Cemetery, yesterday. Sju brunnars stig in Swedish. I took this photo at the Chapel of Resurrection. The long path ends, or starts, if you like at Almhöjden, The Meditation Hill. This was only my second visit to Skogskyrkogården since mid-November. I took a 66 kilometer bike ride in the rain and fog. 2C. Refreshing is one word to describe it I guess.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Street art

August Strindberg Fredrika Bremer Gatukonst
I parked and locked the eBike at the top of the shortest street in Stockholm. Yttersta tvärgränd on Södermalm. From there I continued on foot up to the top of a hill known as Skinnarviksberget. You are never alone up there, as it is a popular spot for both locals and tourists year round. We all come there for the view over Riddarfjärden, but I will not show you that today. Instead, I give some great street art from the absolute highest point of said hill. To me, it looks like paintings of August Strindberg, who definitely spent some time up here. Next, we see young Fredrika Bremer, the famous feminist from Haninge. I can't place the third face though, but I like her blue eyes looking straight at the observer.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Santo da Roma

Santo da Roma
A popular trattoria at Hornsgatan on Södermalm in Stockholm. Photographed over the weekend.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Swan Lake

Swan Lake Swan shooter
Swans being swans on an ice shelf at Blasieholmen in Stockholm. Photographer photographing the swans being photographed by another swan photographer.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Lake Drevviken

Architectural backdrop Drevviken Ice skater
The first weekend forecast that I read promised sunny weather and around 5C for Saturday. In the end, the sun stayed away for most of the time that I was out and about. And it was no more than 2C. But I still managed 75 kilometers on the eBike. Roughly 22 kilometers in, I stopped at the circular pier at Lake Drevviken. It rained all day Friday, so much of the snow is gone. But the ice was still thick enough for a few ice skaters out on the lake. You can check the quality of the ice online, it is updated daily, so I hope everyone was okay. The building on the top photo is famous. It was the first ever terrace house built in Sweden. It dates back to the 1950s. The architect was Axel Kandell.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Winter fog

Winter Fog
A group of teenagers from a nearby school, walking and ice skating on the foggy and still frozen Upper Lake at the Rudan nature reserve. I can't remember ever having to do that while a student in Handen a few eons ago, but it is probably memorable on a day like this. I have shown you this spot before, in the Summer time this is a popular beach, often filled with sunbathers.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Polar bear

Polar bear
What we call an isbjörn. A direct translation to English would be Ice bear. But Polar bear probably sounds better. Spotted at the Rudan nature reserve yesterday on a very foggy day.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Goin' for a Ride

Goin' for a Ride
A girl out horseback riding during a snowstorm, (sort of), in Tungelsta. In the background houses at Stavshöjden, a community where pretty much every family are in to horses.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
I met Jane on my way to the tree yesterday. She was out walking with her three dogs. They can run free here, and I remember first seeing her here back in 2007 when she was here with her friend Annika. Jane told me about a possible wolf sighting in the area. Than can be quite scary if you are a dog owner. Someone had found three roe deer carcasses here in just a week's time. One of them down the path here at Klems kulle, and there was also a wolf sighting at Dalarö. So I guess I will have to go out on a wolf stakeout now!