Friday, April 28, 2017

Doll & Lantern

Doll Face Lantern
I noticed an old caravan parked near the Rudan nature reserve last year. Illegally of course and I guessed that the area would soon fill up with garbage so I informed the municipality with a photo. They answered that they would look into it. But they didn't take any action so after a few months I sent them an updated view of the place, by then it was filled with garbage. They answered again saying that they couldn't find the caravan as the road where it was placed didn't exist. So I sent them the GPS data, and lo and behold, two month later the caravan has been removed and a big rock is now blocking the road, but as I nice touch they left all the garbage where they found it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Meatball Sandwish Anyone?

Köttbullemacka med rödbetssallad Man tager vad man haver
The top one is with beetroot salad and meatballs from the convenient store. Second photo shows home made garlic meatballs with gherkins.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pick Your Favorite Movie Series

Pick Your Favorite Movie Series
Will it be the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series? Or maybe a Superhero from Team Avengers? It's your pick.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Boston Pickles Anyone?

Boston Pickles Anyone?
Back in the early 1950s the founder of Felix, Herbert Felix decided to come up with a product made of the end pieces from pickled gherkins. His employee Sixten Holmquist came up with the recipe for the pickle mix that was going to be used with fast foods like hot dogs. They didn't know what to call it so the company employees took part in a naming contest and in the end it was Herbert's secretary Wivi Peving that came up with the name, Bostongurka.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Leasehold estate

leaseHold Estate
Another photo photo from the construction site at Lillgården in Tungelsta. Been having a hard time figuring out what this building is supposed to be. Looking at the illustrations on the builders website i drew a blank. So I did the second best thing. I emailed the guy who did the architectural plan of the area. Rikard Lundin. And the cool thing is that I took his portrait for this blog nine years ago! Anywho, Rikard told me that this building is a leasehold estate three storey high apartment building, and that the builder have changed a few things from his original plan.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Stormy weather this week. With lots of rain which I have biked through and that is never much fun when it is as cold as it have been lately. This was the scene at the old tree a couple of days ago. Luckily for me it didn't rain as I took this photo but it sure did when I biked home later that same day.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Le Quattro Stagione

De Fyra Årstiderna
A new housing area at Nedersta in Västerhaninge, just behind the old Nödesta farm. It is called De Fyra Årstiderna, or Le Quattro Stagione, supposedly a new living concept if you want to believe the builder, and it is already sold out! The different parts are called Vårkanten, Sommargården, Höststigen och Vintergatan. This is a nine photo panorama. Shot from far away, standing out on the fields close to Stabergsvägen. Zooming in to the maximum at 250mm with the silent zoom lens.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aprilväder

Pier Fishing
The last time I posted a photo showing you the Hårsfjärden Bay, at my favorite beach, Årsta Havsbad, we still had some snow and ice left. That was back in February. Since then the weather have been very unpredictable with Spring like temperatures followed by snowfalls, strong winds and then warmer weather again just to give you a little hope of Spring. Now it's mid-April and Spring feels a long way away. Yesterday it cleared up and the sun came out so I decided to take the fixie down to the beach and have a look for any sign of that elusive Spring. But just as I parked the bike the clouds moved in and the wind picked up again. The place was deserted, well almost, I spotted one guy out on the pier, fishing. He must have been prepared because he was out there for at least half an hour and it was bitterly cold. I had brought a light lunch and was planning to eat it down by the water but gave up on that idea as I walked down to the beach. After a promenade I walked up to the hill overlooking the area and snapped a photo of a couple that had just walked out to another pier. Twenty minutes later I sat on a bench near Årsta castle. By then the sun was back and it really felt like Spring again, I ate my lunch as I watched a few golfers making their way around the golf course at the old castle. Aprilväder translates to April weather and that means that you can expect anything from Summer to Winter, sunshine and hail storms at any time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Changing Skyline

A Changing Skyline
Thirteen photo panorama. Shot from a wobbly pier at the lower lake, (Nedre Rudasjön), at the Rudan nature reserve. Taken at 250mm with the silent zoom lens yesterday. The yellow crane is used for the construction of an 18 storey apartment building. They are five storeys up at the moment, so it will be some time before you can see that building from my vantage point.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuggummiautomat

Tuggummiautomat
Swedish word of the day. Tuggummiautomat. I made a pit stop at my barber's place today. The saloon is called Olympiasalongen and can be found at Åbyplan in Västerhaninge. The barber is Mikael Lindström, who took over the saloon after his dad retired many years ago now. I have cut my hair here since the mid 1980s. Mikael have remodelled the place to look like a 1950s barber shop, and there's always something new (or vintage), to check out and today it was this gumball machine.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vitsippa

Vitsippa
I had just packed the camera bag and was heading out for a walk as it looked like the sun would peek through the heavy clouds. But instead it started to snow again.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Building Site Photos

Articulated Dump Truck Window Red Green White Yellow Gray The Prison
The building site at Lillgården in Tungelsta is always busy so it's tricky to walk in and grab some photos during the work day, but as I walked by there yesterday no one seemed to be around so I walked in for a closer look. Two row houses and what I call The Prison is what you can see so far, but work have started on a few more row houses. The last photo is from a visit two weeks ago.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Winter Leaf

Winter Leaf
A thin layer of snow covering the ground this morning. More snow expected this afternoon. Hurrah?

Friday, April 14, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
The old tree again. No real sign of Spring on this visit. And maybe I should have waited a day with another photo of the Swedish Whitebeam as we are two hours away from a snowfall, at least if you want to believe what the meteorologists at SMHI are saying.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Phots from a recent walk

Sixteen Recent Photos
Sixteen photos from a 90 minute promenade around Tungelsta earlier in the week. Showing Houses at Stavshöjden in Tungelsta, built mostly for horse people. Vitsippor! Bird on a rock at Välsta. Bark. Graffiti through a fence. Field at Välsta/Mulsta. Rock near the Krigslida commuter station. Girl out jogging. Blue flowers in a ditch. Cone on a walkway, ( I placed it there myself). New houses at Nedersta. Dry land. Helmet up a tree at Mildens väg. The old tree from another angle. Toy horse. Demolished hunting tower at Mildens väg.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Leaf on dry land

Leaf on dry land
People probably wondered. What is that guy doing on all fours in the middle of that field? There's nothing to see there. I beg to differ!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In a row

In a row
I heard them before I saw them. Three cranes flying overhead as I made my way to the old tree earlier today.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Full Moon

Full Moon
My first real test with the "you get what you pay for" crap lens. The Kelda 420-800mm manual focus. Taken with the 6D Canon at 800mm using a tripod of course. You don't have any control over the aperture and I shot this at ISO 100 at 1/50 sec. My tripod is not the best, it is a bit wobbly so I used the 10 second delay timer for this shot. It is a very inexpensive lens, it costed me less than a taxi ride to and from my mothers care facility!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Bug me not

The firebugs are back
The firebugs are back. They usually come out when it is a bit warmer, and we have 13C at the moment and that was good enough for them.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Fence Posts

Fence Post Fence Post
Sometimes when I don't know what to photograph I end up at the old tree, which is of course very photogenic. But I don't always photograph it, instead I will walk around the fields and hill and aim the camera elsewhere. Many years ago there was a house near the tree, all that is left today is a cellar and a few fence posts, two of which you can see here. Both photos shot with the 6D using the nifty fifty lens.

Friday, April 07, 2017

A Sad Day

The Dead Tree
Terrorist attack in Stockholm today. I was listening to a radio show when it was all of a sudden cut short as the news desk took over the broadcast with breaking news. So I have spent the last three hours listening to the radio, watching the Swedish networks, as well as CNN and BBC. There has been a lot of horrible photos on social media. Up to five dead and many more injured. No one arrested yet. The photo I used here is from a promenade in Tungelsta earlier in the week.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

The Golden Egg

The Golden Egg The Golden Egg?
There's a book with that name, at least in its original Dutch language. The English title was The Vanishing. A great read. The movie is very good as well, it is called Spoorloos and it is a scary one. There's also a Hollywood version with Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock. All of that came to mind when I snapped these photos in Västerhaninge earlier today.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Commuter Station Remodelling

The Commuter Station
The remodelling of the Tungelsta commuter station continues. Still a few things to do before they are done, but it's getting there. This is how the entrance to the tunnel looks from the "Lillgården" side at the moment. You have been able to bike through it for a few weeks now although there's still some work left on the walkway that leads to the tunnel. I took the photo with the 6D using the nifty fifty lens just as the commuter train left the station heading for the Hemfosa platform.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Dynamic

Dynamic
A member of Swedish Ultraflyers flying over my head the other day. The plane is an Aerospool WT9 Dynamic. They have their base at Frölunda gård near Kungsängen, (North of Stockholm).

Monday, April 03, 2017

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Sixteen Recent Spring Photos

Sixteen Recent Spring Photos
Enjoying lunch on a hill overlooking parts of rural Österhaninge. By accident I stepped on this viper when I was out shooting Spring flowers. Swedish word of the day, Livboj. Worker trying to move a big beam in place at Lillgården. Two birds on a rock near the old tree. The row house that the beam guy was working on. Failed landscape stacking test photo. V8 boat at Håga. Bare birches waiting to go green in Jordbro. Traffic sign at Fors. The last sign of Winter? Ladybug on my thumb. Dead tree at Välsta. New housing area at Nedersta. Blue tit. The spring flowers I were shooting when I stepped on the snake.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Scilla

Scilla Scilla
It was silly of me I know, but I had to try. I had spotted another sign of Spring and did my best to get a few macro photos of the scilla, but it was snowing so I gave up. But this morning it worked. Although my hands felt like I had been biking without gloves for a few miles, it was that cold. Theme Day. Wet.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Munchin' away

Munchin' away
Roe deer in a small forest in Tungelsta. We got some more snow yesterday but it melted away within a few hours. Still cold today, maybe 2C, but according to the weather people it will be 13C tomorrow.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
I took this photo of the old tree two days ago when it was still warm. At least 16C I think. Yesterday it snowed! I don't know who to call to complain about that so I might as well do it here. Enough with the snow and Winter already, okay? Oh, and speaking about complaining I ordered a crap lens via Amazon Underground a while back. It arrived yesterday. It costed nearly nothing and it has a zoom feature of 420mm to 800mm. Manual focus and probably built in a garage somewhere in China, but hey why not give it a try? So I screwed on the t mount it came with and steeped outside to take a few test snaps. Obviously it didn't work. I can't find any focus anywhere as nothing happens when I turn the focus ring.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Roadside Work

Roadside Work
Construction of a big interchange at Vega in Handen, on Road 73 also known as Nynäsvägen, means a lot of work on nearby roads, like here at Söderbyleden/Torfastleden. A new roundabout is being constructed, as well as a walkway/bike-lane across the big open field.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sixteen cars

Sixteen Cars
Okay so it is a bit of an obsession. Sometimes when I bike over the bridge at Gudöbroleden in handen I feel an urge to stop and take a few photos of passing cars. This was one of those days. But then again there are some cool cars in this collage.

Monday, March 27, 2017

On Two Wheels

Sixteen two-wheelers
We had an unexpected visitor yesterday. It was Summer that dropped by. A couple of temperature records were broken. We had 18C in Haninge. I don't think that has happened before in March. So I did what I sometimes do on a hot Summer's day. I placed myself on a bridge and took some photos of motorcycles and other two wheelers. One or two cool bikes here. My faves here would be the red Ducati and the chopper.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Anemone hepatica

Anemone hepatica Blåsippa
Another sign of Spring. Spotted near the ancient burial site in Jordbro. And I also managed to step on, and scare away a common viper as I walked into the forest for a few photos.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The hill at Snurrom

Hill Walking
This is the hill that I walked up yesterday. The nearest property is a tiny horse farm called Snurrom. It is also a horse pasture for the warmer part of the year. I walk up here a few times every year. You have a great view towards Kalvsvik in Österhaninge and further away the Medieval church. You can also see the Snurrom farm, Jordbro and Nynäsvägen, also known as Road 73. If this all sounds and looks very familiar you are equipped with a good memory because i took an almost identical photo here one year ago.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Through The Trees

Through The Trees
If you stand on the top of the Snurrom hill and look towards Jordbro you can just see the latest apartment building currently under construction. It will be 229 apartments in six buildings. The name of the project is Kalvsvik, which is a bit funny because if I had turned the camera 180 degrees to the right you would have seen the real Kalvsvik which is a horse farm in rural Österhaninge. This is the first new residence to be constructed in Jordbro for a quarter of a century. Built by "Allmännyttan". Two old buildings were demolished to make room for the new houses.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Third time's a charm

Vårtecken Crocus
After posting my first photo of a crocus this year it obviously started to snow again. So I decided to play it more safe and snuck in a few crocus snaps in a recent collage. The result? Yep, you guessed it, more snow. But you know what they say. Third time's a charm so here we go again.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1955 Buick Century

Buick Century
Spring is definitely here now. Spotted this old Buick parked at the shopping centre in in Västerhaninge a couple of days ago. The owner told me that he had bought the car after last Summer's annual greaser meet at Vegabaren, (one of my favorite events in Haninge). He looked familiar, as did his girlfriend, whom I am pretty sure I have photographed at that event once or twice, but this time I was happy just to shoot the old Buick.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ladybug & me

Nyckelpiga Sunny Sunday
We had a sunny weekend. Although still way too cold for my liking. I took two bike rides and cut both of them short because of the strong wind. But there is one place at home where it is always warm and that is the corner next to the door at the stairs. So on both Saturday and Sunday that's where I spent some time warming up with coffee and cake, when I wasn't running around chasing the first Ladybug of the year. Both photos taken with the pancake lens but I did use one of my extension tubes to get a little closer.