Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A smooth pan

Försvarets SK Summer Driving Panning can be tricky sometimes
One or two warm days lately, almost Summer-like. And whenever that happens I tend to shoot photos like these. Cyclist working hard on a uphill climb at Hanveden. His bike club is Försvarets SK which means that he is in the armed forces. Second photo shows summer driving in a 1966 Pontiac Bonneville in Handen. And the last snap is how some of my panning photos turns out sometimes. No one ever said that it should be easy...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Is Nearly Here

Summer Is Nearly Here
Nylända gård in Österhaninge. Next to a popular golf course. A short bike ride from Årsta castle where we can enjoy lunch. An equally short ride to the ferry port if you want to hit the archipelago. Just around the corner from the ferry port is the beach in case you want to cool down in the sea or work on your tan. And if you need a place to stay there's a few cottages at Stadsberga (also just a few hundred meters away).

Monday, May 25, 2015

Don't you forget about me

Rainy Days Don't You Forget About Me
Forget-me-not. Förgätmigej in Swedish. They really are hard to forget these tiny colorful flowers.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ye Old Farm Building

Ye Olde Farm Building
We are done with Autumn. Winter, and now Spring when it comes to this scene. Only the three Summer months left with Ye old farm building at the Välsta horse farm.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sitting on a grass straw

Sitting on a grass straw
Tiny bug on top of a grass straw. Shot with the nifty fifty and three extension tubes. Haven't been able to ID it yet, Some sort of "Skinnbagge" is my guess. It is a few millimeters long.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Stand Up Guy

A Stand Up Guy
This is Allan. Met him in Handen. He gets around on a two-wheel self-balancing solar scooter, or powertrain. It takes around two hours to fully charge the lithium battery. Depending on the weight you can go a full Marathon distance, 42 kilometers with one of these things. Allan runs a business where you can rent a solar scooter.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Portrait of a Hipster

Portrait of a Hipster
Took two street portraits yesterday. Can't remember when I last did that. Been such a cold and rainy Spring so the inspiration have been missing for that type of photography. This is "Mackan". Met him in Västerhaninge. His real name is Marcus but no one ever calls him that. I spotted his beard (twenty months old), and decided that it was time for a hipster portrait. Mackan lives in Tyresö (neighbouring municipality), and drives a delivery truck. When he is not busy growing his beard he enjoys motorcycles and snowboarding.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Henrietta was busy looking in her binoculars after a fleeing bird when I closed in on the old tree yesterday. She told me that she often spots brown owls here. We talked a bit about the cold Spring and she then pointed me out to a gravel road in a rural landscape close to the sea that I should check out come the Summer. Later in the day I was of course on the bike when it rained hard. Has happened pretty much every day for the last few weeks now.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Where are the bikes?

Where are the bikes?
I'm sure there was a meeting. And during that meeting it was decided that this area at Ramsdalsvägen needed a bike rack. Could have been a photographer that came up with the idea. Because it's a photogenic bike rack and that is of course important. But I have never seen anyone use it. It's been there for at least a year.

Monday, May 18, 2015

In Between Xposition #1

Corners Loudspeakers Corner Urban legend in the making
The two week long international art project Corners Haninge with artists from several counties ended over the weekend. At Bragevägen 5 in Handen a temporary youth center had been set up, open for anyone living in the apartments in the area. This part of the project was called In Between Xposition #1. People were asked to bring their own photos, videos and other stuff for everyone to see. The result, a mix of personal items that will tell a story about the locals. When I arrived a loudspeaker had been set up on the lawn telling the finished story. I was with a friend (we were on our way with cameras to the national park), and we had a look around. We did of course recognizance many places on the photos and videos, and outside again we struck up a conversation with two of the artists. They wanted to know our opinion about it all. Jim asked about something he had seen on a video. A standing stone that sits by the side of the road next to a grocery store near my favorite cafe. He was told that it was called the Bird Stone. Some sort of memorial over a lost pet. Now that really is an urban legend in the making, because it was actually Jim who made that stone and it's inscriptions! Many years ago he learned how to do that from the rune carver Kalle Runristare who creates modern rune stones. When Jim was done with the stone he wasn't sure what to do with it, but with a little help from the municipality it found it's way to where it stands today. So from today we will start to cal it he Bird Stone.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep
It will cost you 3600SEK to take Shaun home. Not very cheap at all. Found it outside the cafeteria in the Tyresta village in the national park yesterday.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Safari Rally Car That Never Was

The Safari Rally Car That Never Was
If you know your motor history you might recognize this car. It's a Peugeot 404. From 1968. The design features will tell you that it once took part in the Safari Rally. The toughest rally ever. Legendary. This car with the number 33 on it has been parked in the same spot for several years and when I passed it two days ago on my way to the cafe I decided to take a photo of it. There are two names on the side of the car. Gérard Pautonnier and Une Salope. I did an online search and found a remarkable story. Here it is: Gérard Pautonnier and Une Salope took part in the Safari Rally in 1968. They never made it to the finishing line. During a stopover in Uganda Gérard Pautonnier ended up in jail after a bar fight. Une Salope had other problems. He met a married woman and had a fling with her. He was later chased away by an angry mob. Nine months later the woman gave birth to twin boys. The owner of the car was Paul Hegesippus Adelard Ladislas. The Count of Champignac. He managed to get the car back home but it never raced again. No one knows what happened to Une Salope. Gérard Pautonnier stayed in Africa and became a preacher. Years later the Count made a business trip to the little hamlet Vikmanshyttan in Dalarna, Sweden. He arrived in the Peugeot, but left hitchhiking as he lost the car in a card game. Then, many years later when a property at Norrhyttan changes owner the car is found hidden away in an old barn. And that's where our story ends. But does it really? Not exactly, because it is a fabricated story. Made up by the Swedish motor journalist Gunnar Ljungstedt. He bought the car in Skåne and decided to have some fun. He designed the car so that it looked like a real Safari Rally car. Then he made a funny YouTube video and wrote the story that I just told you. Why? I have no idea. I guess you will have to ask Gunnar about that. Another question is how it made it's way to Handen where I found it.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sixteen Recent Spring Snaps

Sixteen Recent Snaps
A second collage of photos from this Spring that didn't make the cut on their own. Cherry blossoms at Nederstaleden in Västerhaninge. Red moss at the little tarn at Tornberga. The most unusual find was the tree medals from the Lidingö Run. Found them near the Power Plant in Jordbro. A cottage at the Rudan nature reserve that i shoot every now and then. Vinbergssnäcka on a rusty barrel next to eleven rusty beds that Jim and I found while shooting snaps at the future commuter station at Vega. Black hood on red car, shot from the pedestrian bridge. Gullviva macro from Vega. Porsche Boxter, another shot from the bridge. A little hill in Österhaninge that I like. Tree bud macro from the old tree. Art installation, part of Corners Haninge at Poseidon's Square in Handen. Blue flower found in the mud where the new commuter station is being built. Tulips planted by the municipality on a lawn next to a few apartment buildings in Handen. Bronze Age grave at the big burial ground in Jordbro. A few newly built houses at Vega, no one lives there yet. Cloud reflection from the tarn at Tornberga nature reserve.