Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fail of the day

Fail of the day
There I was, camera ready, even a few minutes early. Waiting for 16 jets from the air-force. They were flying in a Christmas tree formation. Their route would make them fly pretty much right over me. Complete fail on their part. Didnt even hear them. But we could of course also blame the weather. I noticed at twitter that the former PM Carl Bildt managed to snap one photo with his smartphone.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vinterbild

Vinterbild
So I was hoping last week for a bit of sunshine, and maybe the sky was blue for a few hours but I must have missed that. Back to the gray skies once again. Really depressing weather. Got a thin layer of snow a couple of days ago, It is still around and as I'm typing this it is raining a bit. The temperature is hovering around 0C. The photo here is from the hill here at Bergdalen in Tungelsta.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Rosgården

New Roof Tiles
The first gardener to set up a greenhouse nursery in Tungelsta a century ago lived in this house. His name was Gustav Andersson. Nicknamed Ros-Anders. He cultivated roses and learned that while living in the US. The house sits at Kvarnvägen overlooking a little valley where his greenhouses stood for many years. Today they are all gone and a retirement home called Ros-Anders-gård has been built on his old property. I took this photo from my home across that little valley. Looks like the new owners are replacing the roof tiles at the moment. Another photo taken with the help of my Viltrox 2.0 teleconverter.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Oh yeah!

Oh, Yeah
I heard that we will possibly see the sun again tomorrow after a five week long absence. Oh yeah!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Byggnadsställning

Byggnadsställning
Swedish word of the day. Byggnadsställning. Scaffoldinf. As seen at the recent refurbishment at Rudsjöterrassen in Handen. Shot at 400mm with the help of my Viltrox 2.0 extender.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Fire in the sky

Fire in the sky
The good news is that we can forget about November. The bad news is that we still have to battle with the cold and dark month of December. This was the colorful sunset this afternoon.

Monday, December 04, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Ice had formed here and there on the path leading down to the old tree. Not hard enough to walk on so I had to be careful with the mud and what have you,(horse droppings), as I zick zacked my way towards the Swedish Whitebeam once again.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The Spiral

The Spiral
' Luckily for the architect I haven't been able to find out who designed this hideous spiral ramp that will take you to and from the Rudan nature reserve via the commuter station in Handen.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Timmerknut

Notching
Old log building meters from the lake at Rudan in Handen. Today this is a popular nature reserve, just half a century ago there was still a working farm here and some of the old buildings are still standing. If you look at yesterdays post you can see the building behind the bench.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Poseidon Building

Poseidonhuset
More testing of the Viltrox C-AF 2x Magnification Teleconverter Extender. Shot this handheld at 400mm from the Upper Lake at the Rudan nature reserve. Aiming the camera at the top of the ugly 15-storey, (49m), high-rise at Poseidons Torg, a central square that you walk through if you are going to and from the commuter station, the mall and the cultural centre in Handen. The monstrosity known as the Poseidon Building, (Poseidonhuset, was built back in the mid 1980s. In the foreground the top of the building that I showed you a detail of yesterday.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Facade

Facade
Testing the Viltrox C-AF 2x Magnification Teleconverter Extender with the new Canon zoom lens. Shot this handheld at 400mm. The building is one of the uglier in Haninge.It is a huge office building called Rudsjöterrassen that houses everything from a school to a hotel. It sits just meters from the commuter station in Handen, and the very popular Rudan nature reserve. I took the photo standing half way up the equally ugly spiral.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Glasshouse no longer

Växthuset
After 800 smashed and replaced windows, the local historical association, Folk & Trädgård in Tungelsta gave up. The new acrylic sheets should be a bit harder to break for the local kids. You will find this little greenhouse in the park in Tungelsta. It has been used for wedding parties and more. Not sure how appealing this new look will be, but the greenhouse will still be used for the upcoming Christmas market.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Winter Pattern

Winter Patttern
Winter, day two. Still cold, around freezing. No more snow since yesterday, but the little we got is still there. And I'm already fed up with it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Winter selfie

That time of the year again
A thin layer of the white stuff this morning. Total chaos in the traffic as usual. All bus traffic cancelled in Stockholm because of the icy streets. Oh, and the glasses are new. Also bough bifocal contact lenses that were quite expensive.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Arturo Berly Montalvo

Skönhet, Arturo Berly Montalvo
New art exhibition at my favorite cafe Malmens konditori at Lillcentrum in Handen. Had a short chat with the artist, Arturo Berly Montalvo during a visit last week. His art can be seen at 300 locations in Stockholm alone. His paintings here has a 19th century feel to it. This oil painting is called Skönhet. Beauty. If you visit in person you can see the painting in color...

Saturday, November 18, 2017

High-rise

Highrise Highrise
Two abstract photos. Taken ten days apart at the Upper Lake at the Rudan nature reserve. The reflection is a new one, it's the 18-storey high-rise Brf Blicken, still under construction so I will aim my camera at it from all sorts of different angles.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Laxknut

Laxknut
Very old Swedish word of the day. Laxknut. Dovetail joint. As seen on an abandoned building during a very muddy walk yesterday in a forest behind the Hesslingby estate in rural Österhaninge.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mikael

Mikael
This is Mikael. My barber going back a few decades now. When he first cut my hair I was your typical Swedish kid with blonde hair and he was the opposite with very black hair. Neither of us had a beard. Today we both have gray hair and a little beard. Weird that! Photo taken at his hair saloon earlier today. Shot with my new zoom lens at f/2.8, at 200mm.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's getting colder again

It's getting colder again
From a visit to the nature park Slätmossen. I often photograph the greenery from the little bridge but on this day I focused on the leaf on the railing.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November Sun

November Sun Gorgeous and she knows it
Arriving to the Lower Lake at the Rudan nature reserve yesterday I noticed a familiar couple out on one of the piers. We met briefly in December of last year at the other end of the lake. The little dog knows that it is very photogenic so it struck a pose as I walked out onto the pier.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Empty Seats

Empty Seats
Times change. These stadium seats were used by the football club Tyresö FF at Tyrestavallen just a few years ago. That was back when Marta and a few other world class players played for the very successful team. Then the club went bankrupt and Marta lost a million SEK. All the players left, and that was the end of that. Earlier this year the Haninge municipality got a phone call from the neighbouring municipality. They wanted to know if IFK Haninge wanted the seats for free. If so, just come and get them. And now they sit at the football pitch at Torvalla since about a week or two. Go IFK!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
I hadn't planned to visit the old tree this week, but yesterday I got a request from a flickr user in Hyderabad, India. Abir Khalil, artist and animator, and she wanted to use an old monochrome photo of the tree for a painting, so I sent her the original file before heading over to the tree for an updated view. Photo taken with my Chinese 35mm lens.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Scaffolding

Scaffolding
Haven't been out much with the camera this last week, but here is a photo of Brf Blicken, the new high-rise building currently under construction at the huge Haningeterrassen project in central Handen. Shot with the new Canon zoom lens using one of my Viltrox teleconverter extenders.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Migratory Bird Stopover

Canada Geese
There was a man sitting on a bench down by the water at the Lower Lake at the Rudan nature reserve. He was on the phone with someone while casually throwing bread to the birds so I walked over for a few snaps of the geese.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Kontorsfönster

Kontorsfönster
I have a photo album at flickr called Swedish word of the day. Kontorsfönster means office window. This window can be seen at Rudsjöterrassen in Handen. The building is undergoing a lengthy restoration at the moment and the area itself will be a busy building site for the next decade, so I can often be seen here with my camera.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Late Autumn

Late Autumn
I got bored with just shooting evening photos for a month so here is a photo from a short visit to the tiny beach at the Upper lake at Rudan in Handen. It was a fine Autumn day, no wind at all so I figured that any photo would give a good reflection in the water. Had a chat with an elderly couple who had lived in the area for more than sixty years. They told me a little about how Handen had changed over that time period, and that really is a lot of change.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Sphere reflection

Sphere Reflection
Afternoon snap of a sphere reflection as the sun sets over Handen. Taken with the zoom lens and one of the Viltrox extenders. Cropped a bit. You might be able to see a building or two in the reflection here, but I think I will have to go back and try zooming in with both the Viltrox magnification teleconverters mounted.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Sunset Reflections

Sunset
Another November sunset. The Water Towers in Handen changes color all the time because of the new design made by the HMXW-architects. I took this photo with the help of one of my two new Viltrox extenders on the new zoom lens. To see how different the towers can look check out the rest of my photos in my flickr set.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

All Saints Day

November Afternoon
it is All Saints Day today. That means that it will be crowded at the cemeteries, and there will be a lot of flickering candles there. Took this photo earlier in the week as I walked through the cemetery at the medieval church in Västerhaninge.

Friday, November 03, 2017

The Haunted Cafe

The Haunted Cafe
My favorite cafe, Malmens konditori on a dark November afternoon. As you can probably tell Natalia really likes Halloween and the,(scary?), decoration that comes with it. Dare you enter?

Thursday, November 02, 2017

November Darkness

New &Old
November. Not my favorite month of the year. It feels like it is dark 24/7. Most of the the Autumn colors are gone. Icy roads in the morning. Cold and rainy. I got this idea of shooting one month of evening photos. We will see if I can go through with it. If so this is the first photo in the series. It shows the new "glass house" waiting area at the Tungelsta commuter station, next to the century old Station House, where the last station master still lives. Shot handheld with my new Canon zoom lens at ISO 1250.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cookies, Anyone?

Cookies, Anyone?
I'm pretty sure that I ordered two normal cookies at Malmens konditori, my favorite cafe. But then as I reached for them, sitting at the table with the usual suspects, they suddenly looked like this, spooky...

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Please be Seated

Please Be Seated Continuing with the theme from yesterday. I will most likely sell this photo, (for a lot of money), to Haninge Tourism. They often describe Haninge with words like Archipelago and Wilderness. This is a fine bench in a forested area near the popular Rudan nature reserve where you can rest your tired legs. Feel free to have a smoke, toss the cigarette butt anywhere, and sit and watch the forest burn.