Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Groovy Reflection

City Hall Window Reflection
The last photo of 2013. The big window at City Hall in Handen, with a few Christmas decorations still shining. The building that you can see in the reflection is the Stena building at Poseidon's Square.

Monday, December 30, 2013

A Green Winter

Östergården
This really is a green Winter. The green grass here are the greens at the Fors golf course. The red buildings in the background belongs to the farm Östergården.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winter at Berga

The Agricultural College
The sun came back today. With a blue sky for at least for a few hours, so I jumped on the bike and headed out for a spin. This is the Agricultural College Berga seen from the old Kapp Ekeby village road. Around 3C and no wind so it was a nice ride and I did meet a lot of people out cycling, jogging and walking.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sleigh lights

Sleigh lights
If you can see this photo you have survived another Christmas. That's weird. I published this post yesterday but apparently that didn't work, so here we go again.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
It was on a Christmas Day walk back in 2005 that I started the project That Old Tree. Since that day I have walked down this path 358 times. The weather today was different from 2005, but one thing was the same, the lack of snow. On this walk it was raining from a very grey sky. Horrible weather, I only met the people on this promenade, everyone else was at home yelling at their relatives.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Saved By Birdman

Saved by Birdman
Earlier this year the municipality planned to demolish this fine old building, Klockargården in Västerhaninge. The building dates back to around 1860 and was used as a school for many years. I believe that my grandfather was a student here for a few years. My friend Birdman whom you have met here a few times, and who lives in an apartment on the second floor, was obviously very upset about that decision. So he decided to do whatever he could to save the building, (and his home). He called a few journalists and got in contact with the local historical association. And a few months later the politicians changed their mind and decided to spend three million SEK for the restoration of Klockargården. One of those politicians that helped save the building was Peter Olevik-Dunder, whom you have also met here on the blog. God Jul everyone.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Twas the day before Christmas

Let us in! Systembolaget
Twas the day before Christmas (we celebrate on the 24th), and these happy people were queuing outside the Systembolaget in Västerhaninge, waiting for the chance to queue a bit more inside. Systembolaget is the government owned chain of liquor stores, and the only (legal), place where you can shop alcoholic beverages. Skål!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Grey Day At Little Lake

A Grey Day At Little Lake
A grey December day at little lake in Jordbro. Compared to a Calm Day in August. Looks like we will have a grey Christmas this year. No snow in sight.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Lighting installation

Leben
Do something cool at the commuter station in Jordbro why don't you said the municipality to Olsson and Linder. This is what they came up with. Big light balls. Olsson and Linder then asked the kids in Jordbro to come up with words to be written on the light balls. So now you can read words like Love, Fun, and a few others in different languages for the second year running.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Another grey day

Birch Forest
No sign of the sun lately. Everything is grey and dark. This is a little birch forest in Handen next to the Slätmossen nature park, you don't see too many people here, just the odd dog owner and nutty photographer.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fitness Is Religion

Fitness Is Religion
Pentecostalism is out. Fintess is in.iForm will open a gym in the former church in Tungelsta soon. Sounds like progress to me.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Before Photos

Water Tower Old City Hall
I climbed up a hill in Handen a few days ago. The reason for that was to find a good spot for shooting photos of old City Hall and the two big water towers. Both places will look very different in the near future. The City Hall building which is located at the Haninge mall has been empty for nearly six years. PEAB will now rebuild it into an apartment complex. New balconies will be added and windows will be changed . If you stand on the roof of that building you can see for miles away in every direction. As for the water towers, they will get a reflective surface with different colored triangles that will change color during the season and even during the day. One tower will reflect the sky and the other the surrounding area. I think I found a good spot so expect to see updated views every now and then.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Stylish Writer

It's getting colder
He was a good dresser back in the day Ivar Lo Johansson. And it looks like he is keeping that up even after his death. This was his look today when I spotted him across the road from the grocery store in Tungelsta.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Rock 'n' Roll Christmas

A Christmas Kiss
Out walking yesterday I decided to circle the greenhouse in the park in Tungelsta where there was a Christmas Market. On one photo I managed to get a snap of the guitarist in the rock band Lugnet, Bonden Jansson kissing his girlfriend who is wearing a "tomteluva".

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Weather Update

Weather Update
Grey skies. Rain. Cold. The little snow we got a while back is long gone. This was the scene at the commuter station in Tungelsta earlier today.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cafe Window

Cafe Window
Leaving my favorite cafe, Malmens konditori one December afternoon earlier in the week. Jim is sitting at the desk by the window working on some 3D thingy. Lasse is leaving after a cup of coffee and a chat with me, he is heading back to the Cultural Centre.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Sunset

The Power Plant
Sunset at the power plant in Jordbro early afternoon in December. This was a couple of days ago. I was on the bike and stopped for a few photos when I noticed all the smoke.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Icefishing

Ice Fishing
That was quick, considering that we got the first snow only last week. This ice fisher at Lower Lake Rudan in Handen told me that the ice was around 5 cm thick. I took the photo yesterday, today it is raining a bit and it is 2C.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Lizzie's old house

Lizzie's old house
Anyone who used the subway in Stockholm back in the 1970s saw her sitting there playing the clarinet at Sergels Torg. The street musician Lizzie Norlin, more known under the nick name The Garlic Lady. I saw her most every day when I took the bus to school from Tungelsta to Jordbro. Always dressed in black. Always with that smell of garlic around her. There was countless stories going around about Karin, which was her real name. This is where she lived, in a little house at Runvägen in Tungelsta. She lived between 1914 and 2000. The house have been left abandoned since her death.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
I took the first real Winter promenade yesterday after shooting the steam train. Ended up walking over to the old tree. A few degrees below zero and a bit windy at this first Winter look at the Swedish Whitebeam. If you have eagle eyes you can spot a green spot further down the path, it was out walking it's dog.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Full Steam Ahead

train_3 Full Steam Ahead
Once or twice every year you can travel between Stockholm and Nynäshamn with one of the steam trains from the Nynäshamn Railway Museum. This locomotive was in traffic between 1907 and 1966. If you missed the chance today you can try again tomorrow.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Stuck in the ice

Stuck in the ice
Antiklimax. Swedish word of the day. I had hoped to go out and shoot some Winter scenes today. To show you the aftermath of the first Winter storm. Only problem is the storm never arrived. At least not yet. So instead I give you this "arty" snap from yesterday. A Coca-Cola can stuck in the ice. In the background the commuter train from Stockholm at the Tungelsta station.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

It's snowing

It's snowing...
It started to snow just now. It is the first sign of the storm that is slowly approaching. The storm has been named Sven.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Abandoned Farm House

Abandoned Farm House
Rune Carlsson grew up in this now abandoned little house at Stav in Tungelsta with his brothers and parents. He was a very good friend to my father. He was always very happy when you saw him. Growing up he learned to play the accordion, and he would often play at the local folkparks In Haninge. Rune passed away a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, December 02, 2013

A Tired Cyclist

Cyclist
Note to self. Never go for a bike ride during a storm. That's what I did yesterday. It was a very tough workout so when I rode down this straight at Stav in Tungelsta I didnt have the strength to pedal, so I stopped for a photo.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Power Outage

Strömavbrott
December started with a storm. I was out on a bike ride and came to a complete stand still because of the strong headwind when I was at Stav. When I came back home I was hoping for a cup of coffee. But instead there was a power outage. And everything went pitch dark. That is never any fun. It lasted all afternoon. So the Swedish word of the day is Strömavbrott. Power outage. And I got a good photo for the theme day standing on the veranda looking out at all the blackness. Theme day. Looking out.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
The last day of November started a bit chilly. -6C when I woke up. A few hours later heading to the old tree the outdoor thermometer showed 0C.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Good Luck

Share Your Magical Moments
This is a three photo panorama. Must have been the shortest delivery route this Coca Cola truck driver has ever made. You can see the big Coca-Cola plant to the left. The truck is parked in front of a Pressbyrån kiosk at the Jordbro commuter station. Every Christmas Coca-Cola try their best to sell us their soft drink for the holiday, but it never works. If you are a real Swede you will drink Julmust at the Christmas table.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Big Ark

The Big Ark Construction Site Stora Arken
Work have started on the next phase of construction at Stora Arken (The Big Ark), in central Handen. Ten years ago it was a forested area, now it is filled with apartment buildings and a few more will be built here over the next months. I stopped there yesterday and shot a number of panoramic views.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Julbelysning

Julebelysning
Swedish word of the day. Julbelysning. Christmas lights. As seen earlier today at the shopping centre in Västerhaninge.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Husvagn

husvagn
Swedish word of the day. Husvagn. Caravan. Comes from the two words Hus (which means Home), and Vagn (which means Wagon). The reason I had for taking the photo of the Husvagn, parked in front of Lakeside at Rudan, was the ice. It sure is getting colder and more Winter-like now.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Bench

Bench There has been a lot of logging in Haninge this Autumn. Not sure why. Most of the trees arent all that big or dead or anything really. But maybe they (the municipality), can produce some new benches from all that timber? This bench stands on a path that is used by people heading to and from the Rudan nature reserve from Jordbro.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Chapel

The Chapel
For a few decades this little wooden cottage in Handen has served as a Greek Orthodox Chapel. It used to be blue, a very fitting Greek color, but a few months ago when the nearby Gula Villan got a new layer of paint, someone decided to repaint the Chapel as well!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
This must be the darkest November month in many years. It's like the sun is missing all together. Grey skies and rain is the current weather situation. This was the scene at the old tree earlier in the week. The flickrverse seem to like this photo, around 7000 hits as I'm typing this.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In the forest

In the forest
Took a walk in the forest at the Bronze Age burial ground yesterday. A few people have seen a Shaman here so whenever I'm in the area I keep my eyes open for him or her, but all I could see in the forest on this visit were trees.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Logging

Biofuel Power Plant
Lots of logging in Haninge this month. This is near the Biofuel power plant in Jordbro. I wonder if the cut down trees will end up as fuel at the power plant?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Under The bridge

Under The Bridge
The farmer at Nödesta, Janne, wasn't to happy about the whole idea of building a bridge on the land that he uses. But now when the bridge, that crosses the railroad, is a reality he seems to have found one good use of it.