Monday, October 23, 2017

Naturspegling

Naturspegling
I had a look at the weather forecast for the next ten days yesterday. Yikes. Gray skies followed by colder temperatures, some rain and then more gray skies. Not really my kind of weather. There are still some splashes of colors out there if you know where to look. This was the scene at a pond in the Slätmossen nature park a couple of days ago. Met a few people there and as always happens these days we discussed the wolf situation.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Natalia

Natalia
This is Natalia. I see her most every day. She owns my favorite cafe, Malmens konditori in Handen, and she can be seen casually talking to customers while taking care of business. I took this portrait of Natalia with my new zoom lens a while back. She is an interesting woman and I do find her very photogenic so a longish photo shoot with her is around the corner.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Boo!

Boo!
There's a ghost floating around at my favorite cafe, Malmens Konditori in Handen. It is trying it's best to scare away potential customers looking to score some coffee&cake but no one seems scared of the poor thing.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Årsta Säteri

Årsta Säteri
The big wooden building at the seat farm Årsta Säteri in Österhaninge. Once said to be the largest wooden structure in Northern Europe. I took the photo a while back and had a question out via the historical association about some facts about it but no response so far. I took this with the nifty fifty. It is twelve photos stitched together and then cropped a bit.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
The "Brittsommar",(Indian Summer),is coming to an end now as it is getting a bit colder. This was the old tree yesterday. The leaves have changed color and it won't be long now before they are all gone.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tied Cottage and Hay Bales

Drängstugan Hay Bales
Tied cottage, (drängstuga), at Skattegården, one of the properties at the tiny hamlet Ormsta in Haninge. A bit off the beaten track so there's usually no one here other than the people living in the area, I met two of them out walking their dog. The road ends here so if were to travel by car to Ormsta this is where you turn around. If you are on foot, or bike, like me, you can continue on the old gravel path that will take you to Husby where there's a popular golf course.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

No Predator

Communication Device
Another day, another story about the wolf. I'm pretty fed up about the whole thing by now, but that doesn't help. A hunter in the forest here at Ormsta got scared when the wolf came too close. He had to call in his friends and the four of them then walked away from the area with the wolf following them closely. There's a Facebook group listing all wolf observations and a lot of people seems really scared of the animal. One local politician has said publicly that she wants the wolf to be put down. So far it has killed a few lambs and one cat. I have told my cat to be careful when she's out and about but she didn't seem too worried. The wolf in question is equipped with a GPS device and every 72 hours it sends info back to Norway. Some people now say that there's in fact two wolfs running around eager to kill and eat their babies, but I'm not convinced about that yet. But I did see a report over the weekend that the wolf had been spotted near a farm with cattle and that it had closed in on the cows.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Smedstugan

Autumn Colors Smedstugan
After a week in bed with the flu I have been out on the bike twice to document Autumn. First photo here shows the old road towards Fors. Second photo is a panorama made from four photos taken with the new zoom lens. It shows a cottage at Fors, sometimes refereed to as Smedstugan. It has an unusual roof design, unfortunately you can't see that detail on the panorama as the birch tree is in the way. There's another house just behind it, Gästgiveriet, where for many years a photographer lived. Her name was Sigrid Numan and it is thanks to her that there are lots of photos from this part of Haninge from the time around the second world war. Her ICA camera from 1926 has been donated to the local historical association and can be seen at Tingshuset in Västerhaninge. Sigrid's husband Ragnar, was a bookbinder and he worked from this building. Larger version for Lowell at flickr. More facts about Fors at Haninge.org here: Fors.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Four-storey window

Four-storey window
A four-story window at the newly renovated building Rudsjöterrassen near the commuter station in Handen. Shot with my new zoom lens from an empty parking lot.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Birdman Update

Birdman
I have shown you a couple of portraits of Birdman over the years. We never knew each other growing up despite spending most of our lives in Haninge, and Tungelsta for that matter. It feels like many years ago now that I first stopped him and asked if I could take his portrait. It only took us a minute that time to realise that we had a lot of people in common. Funny how the world works. Anyway, I took this portrait of him a few days ago in his orchard when I was out trying my new zoom lens.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The old Smithy

The old smithy
No new photos to show you as I'm still in bed with the flu. This is a photo, taken with my new zoom lens from a few days ago. It shows the old smithy at the 700-year old fsarm Nödesta Västergård.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Smoothie

Smoothie
Haven't been outdoors for a couple of days. In bed with the flu. Drank this yesterday and it gave me some new energy. Hoping to be up and running today.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Customized Volvo Amazon

Volvo Amazon
This cool car, a 1962 Volvo Amazon, heavily customized was parked outside my favorite cafe last week. I have seen it around many times before but never been able to photograph it. It belongs to the Slusk, Jesse.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beyond the window

Beyond the window
I started to think about Haruki Murakami when I photographed this window yesterday with my new canon zoom lens. It's part of a new school currently under construction at Sleipnervägen in Handen. Construction started in the Spring but it won't be finished until next Autumn. You can see an illustration if you follow this link that will take you to the builders website.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Peace and quiet

Peace and quiet
He needed some time to reflect. Some peace and quiet. There was trouble at home and he needed to get away from it all. We talked for a few minutes and during that time he caught a rainbow trout. As seen at the Lower Lake at the Rudan Nature Reserve in Handen a few days ago.