Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Peaceful Landscape

Peaceful Landscape
Painting by Karen Nordsø Lundberg. The theme for the Art Promenade at Galleri Kyrkskolan this year is Peace.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rookie Mistakes

Rookie Mistakes
It was Hasse's birthday today. I had no idea. That was rookie mistake no.1. I had just finished my lunch before arriving to the cafe. That was rookie mistake no.2. Never eat a big lunch if there's birthday cake waiting around the corner! Rookie mistake no.3 was that I didn't have the camera ready when Lillian came out with the strawberry cake, but thanks to always shooting in RAW I could fix that in PS. We had time to try the cake while sitting in the sunshine outside, and it was very tasty, but within minutes it started to rain really hard, so we had to take cover indoors. All in all a nice day at the cafe.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Site no. 16

Site no. 16 Site no. 16
This Summer's art exhibition at Haninge Kulturhus in Handen is called Site no. 16. The artist is Gustaf Nordenskiöld. In the show room you can see a lot of sculptures hanging from the roof. His namesake Gustaf E. A. Nordenskiöld was an explorer who worked at a site at Mesa Verde in the US, back in the 1800s. The objects here refer to real or fictive cultures. They look like real tools but the artist have changed their functionality. The objects from the dig in the US back in 1891 can today be found at a museum in Helsinki, Finland. gustafsweden.com/

Saturday, June 24, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Midsummer at the old tree. The weather is always a big talking point around Midsummer. Luckily for us the rain stayed away for most of the day in Haninge, and it wasn't until late in the evening that it started to pour down. I had planned to show you the sunrise at the old tree this morning but the rain and fog made me stay in bed! I will try again tomorrow.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Midsommarsnaps

Midsommarsnaps
Midsummer in Sweden. The country comes to a total standstill for a few days. Follow the link to read about Midsummer as seen from the eyes of foreigners. goo.gl/ds7PiY

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pontiac LeMans

Pontiac LeMans
On my way home I noticed this Pontiac. The driver had just parked it so I knocked on the window and asked if I could take a few photos. Martin was okay with that, and was it possible that I could send him a few photos as he was getting ready to sell the car? Fine with me, so I snapped a few quick photos and emailed three of them to Martin that same evening. Oh, and it turns out Martin is a lucky guy because he won the car at an event that I have visited a few times and you can see a photo of him posing next to the car here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Accidents Happen

Accidents Happen
The sign at the FikAnn cafe at Vega in Handen reads "Moped rider sure, but this was "jävligt" boring!" The F-word is pretty much a Swedish word these days, everyone uses it everywhere. But for the fun of it I translated it back to Swedish here. This is at least the third instalment that I have seen here. The Christmas version was Santa on a kicksled. And another Summer version with a motorcycle usually appears around the time that the big motor meets takes place across the road at the legendary Vegabaren.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hidden in the staircase

Hidden in the staircase
In August last year the new owners to this old cottage at a property along Gammelgårdsvägen in Norrby decided to replace the old stone staircase with a more modern one. It was hard work and they left the removed stones nearby for a while. Then, a few weeks later early in the evening the light hit one of the stones and revealed part of an inscription that no one had noticed before. The local archaeologist was soon there for a closer look. And it was exciting news for Roger Wikell and his colleagues as the stone turned out to be a runestone from the Viking Era one Millennia ago! I had a look at the stone together with my friend Jim on Sunday, but couldn't see anything. The owner of the property, Mikael, told us what the archaeologists had been able to see and that included a name, Hialmviðr and also a cross. The stone had been cut to fit in the stairway a few centuries ago, so two thirds of the original runestone is still missing. Now we are waiting for the Swedish National Heritage Board to have a look and maybe clean the stone up and fill in the cross and the inscription with red paint, and then place it by the side of the road with an explanatory sign next to it as is the norm in cases like this. When that happens I will go back for a photo of the stone. A photo and some info in Swedish about the find here: goo.gl/xgCFwC

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Book Stacking Problem

Library Books
This is not the original book stacking problem, but it is still a good one. This is the book stacking that you can see in the library at the cultural centre in Handen. Locally known as Boktornet, or The Book Tower, it will surprise most visitors to the library. It was created quite a few years ago now by the scenographer Annika Thore. And if you are curious about how it was made don't ask Annika because she prefers to keep that to herself!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Going Nuts Here

Going Nuts Here
The smell from freshly baked pastries were driving this guy crazy outside the cafe a few days ago. It ran back and forth, jumped up onto my bike and also tried one of the chairs at my table, but couldn't find anything edible there, only my friend Jujja's jacket. One window stood open at the bakery, but it was too high up for the squirrel although he measured the jump a few times and I'm sure he will make it one day soon.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Alvsta

Alvsta
This is probably my last canola snap of the Summer as they are all overbloomed by now and not very photogenic. This field is at Alvsta in Västerhaninge.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The IT Manager

The IT Manager
So I spot this guy from a distance. Figure him as an old hippie. Or maybe a retired sailor who will tell me that "I have sailed the seven seas, and here's my story". Not at all. This is Oscar Ian Borgström. He was waiting for his bus at Port 73 in Handen yesterday when I asked him if I could snap a few portraits with my new 35mm lens. I told him that it was the combination of a few things that made me want to take his photo. The big white beard, the deep tan, the sunglasses and of course the Hawaiian shirt. Turns out Oscar wasn't the old hippie I took him for. And he didn't sail the seven seas, and he never visited Hawaii. He is a former IT manager! And the closest thing to a hippie life in California was a trip to Nevada for a computer and electronics fair in Las Vegas back in the day. I'm sure Oscar could have told me a few interesting stories from his life, but just as I took up my notebook his bus home to Jordbro arrived.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Yeah, we all want to be seen

I want to be noticed
That is most likely Goran out driving in one of his rides, a turquoise McLaren 650s. Last time I photographed one of his car it was a Mercedes-Bens SLS AMG, and that one was also a bit on the shiny side. Probably another job by WrapZone.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kulturparksfestivalen

Kulturparksfestivalen
The fourth annual festival in the "Kulturparken" in Handen took place last weekend. I dropped by for a quick visit and a few photos. Had time to hear Garland perform at the Gula Villan stage, and also listen to Tess Mercedes and Doktor Krall playing for a more mature audience at one of the other stages.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The pen is mightier than the sword

The pen is mightier than the sword
The annual Art Promenade, or Konststigen in Swedish, opened for the Summer last weekend. You can find the artworks in and around the garden at the Kyrkskolan Gallery in Österhaninge. The theme for the artists to work with this year was Peace. I missed the guided tour and opted for coffee and cake in the garden before I had a look at the different sculptures. This one was just next to the table were I was sitting. I had a leaflet with some of the artworks listed, but a few were missing so I'm not sure who made this. Therefore I have decided to call it The pen is mightier than the sword.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Girl in The Field

The Girl in The Field Summer Selfie
As a photographer I find it hard not to stop and photograph the local canola fields. This Summer I have found three such fields while out cycling. It was a glorious day when I returned to the field near Alby next to the Österhaninge cemetery. I was there for maybe 40 minutes. Took a few walks as I photographed the field with three different lenses on two different cameras. Mid-shoot I sat down on a small hill overlooking the field and ate a meatball sandwich. And during all that time a young girl was walking around in the canola field! I spotted her as soon as I arrived and then her head popped up here and there, I waved to her but got no response, she was still there when I left.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Deux Chevaux

Deux Chevaux
A Francophile out on a Summer drive in the "two steam horses", a car like no other. Spotted from the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Gudöbroleden in Handen.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The World is Ours for the Taking

Graduation Day School's Out Forever Graduation
That time of the year again when I get the old Alice Cooper song in my head. School's Out Forever.T he Fredrika Bremer Secondary School in Handen closed for the Summer yesterday, and a few hundred graduation students celebrated in style. Sort of. They have been partying since mid-Spring and there poor parents are probably broke by now but who cares about that on a day like this!

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Patriot

The Patriot
We celebrated our National Day earlier in the week. That's when I spotted this very patriotic man out driving in his 1971 Cadillac Eldorado. I was standing on the pedestrian bridge that crosses Gudöbroleden in Handen, a very good spot if you want to photograph "trafikanter".

Thursday, June 08, 2017

3:20 a.m.

3:20 a.m.
I couldn't sleep. Never really dark this time of the year. So while listening to the bird song I took this photo of the moon that was just disappearing behind the trees.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Farm Animals

Griseknoen Portrait of Pig Moo!
I had to say hello to some of the farm animals while visiting the Berga Agricultural College over the weekend. Griseknoen in the top photo got me thinking about the movie I watched as a kid. Emil and the piglet, based on books by Astrid Lindgren.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Anita&Bo

Anita & Bo
I visited the annual "Bergadagarna" over the weekend. Held at Berga naturbruksgymnasium (Agricultural secondary school). The first people I ran into were Anita and Bo Stjernström, wearing the traditional folk costume "Haningedräkten". They are members of the the local historical association, Haninge Hembygdsgille. If you live locally you can meet them today during the national day celebrations at Tingshuset in Västerhaninge.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Marching On

Marching On
Not sure about the pace here. I tried to pass them, (I was on the bike of course), but they immediately turned left so I had to stop and wait until they had passed me, which they thought was quite funny. I'm guessing they came marching from the Haninge Garnison.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Micke Klein

The Smoker
Micke Klein. a.k.a. Hunter S. Thompson. Musician. Plays in the band That Driving Beat. Organizer of the "Kulturparksfestival" at Folkparken in Handen next weekend. A member of Levande Zon since the start back in 1990. They arrange gigs at Gula Villan most every week, year round. Most bands in Sweden that play punk, indiepop, hardcore, electronica and hip hop have probably played there.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Årstavillorna

Årstavillorna
Location, location, location. A rural setting near Årsta Säteri, Årsta Castle, Stadsberga, a couple of golf courses, and no more that a short bike ride to the beach and the ferry to the archipelago. Årstavillorna dates back 25 years or so. Built on a property where there used to workers quarters before.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Hipster on a cool bike

Dude on a cool bike
I don't know anything about this guy but I'm guessing he is in to Metal, that he likes to work out at the gym, that he really loves his dad and that he is good with tools as I'm also guessing that he fixed up the cool bike.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Asphalt Paver

Asphalt Paver
I can't remember how much work has been done do the commuter station in Tungelsta over the last decade, but it is a lot. And I have been trying my best to document that and other rail-road-related work in a photo album called Nynäsbanan, which is the name of the railway line between Stockholm and Nynäshamn. But it now looks like they are finishing up here. Took this photo a few days ago when the workers were busy paving the road in front of the station, and also fixing a new parking area. So if you enjoy construction photos have a look at the Nynäsbanan slideshow.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tattoo of the day

Tattoo of the day
I'm sure there's an interesting story about the ink job here. But I didn't want to intrude too much. English dude with his Swedish girlfriend at the Lower Lake at the Rudan nature reserve yesterday.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Recent Drive

Thursday Drive
Took a drive with Hasse and Jujja on Thursday. We made stops at two different castles. It was a hot day so there was also a visit to the kiosk at Årsta Brygga were we tested the ice cream. We then stopped at the tiny hamlet Stadsberga, (canola photo), where Jujja and Hasse discussed this recently made runestone by Kalle Runristare. We also left some books at a bus stop near the beach at Årsta Havsbad before heading out to the Gålö peninsula, and nature reserve, where we checked out the cliffs at Oxnö, and a farmers field where a military jet plane crashed into the ground from 5000 meters back in the 1960s. After that we stopped for lasagne and coffee at the Stegsholm farm. It was a good day.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

I'm too sexy for my shirt...

I'm too sexy for my shirt... ...too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts. That song by Right Said Fred came to mind when I spotted this gentleman on his bike earlier in the week. I'm afraid to think about what he might be wearing today as this Saturday is supposed set a few new temperature records, at least if you want to believe the meteorologists, and I really want to do that.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sit back and relax

Castle Lawn
Just sit back and relax and have a look through the slideshow why don't you. Here are 90 photos from my visit to this years Targa Florio Svecia event. Cool cars. Expensive cars. People. Performers. Posers. Enjoy.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Model

The Model and the Ferrari Alfa Romeo Pose
The model had a busy day. Her boyfriend had her pose next to a number of cars at the Targa Florio Svecia. I spotted them in action so I decided to grab a few photos of her myself. Here she is posing by a red Ferrari and a black Alfa Romeo.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Arriving in style

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Auburn 851 Speedster
There were a few cars at the Targa Florio Svecia that stood out a bit. Both cars belonged to the same guy. And they are both a bit on the expensive side. If you are planning to invest in a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé you need at least $500,000. The second ride is also a bit special. It's the 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster. The girls driving it are the daughters of the guy in the Rolls-Royce.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Morgan Roadster

Morgan Roadster Secured Morgan
Walking back and forth between all the cars parked in front of the old Årsta Castle during the second annual Targa Florio Svecia,I stopped in front of this fine Morgan Roadster a few times. I didn't plan to shoot any bokeh panorama at the car event, but the way the cars were parked, and the fact that I was shooting,(mostly), with the nifty fifty made it impossible not to do shoot one here as I needed good shot of the car.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Candids

Merry Christmas? Photographer Tess Mercedes
I visited the second annual Targa Florio Svecia event on Saturday. A classic car rally. The participants took to the road for around 2.5 hours, or 120 kilometres around Södertörn before arriving to Årsta Castle. I arrived by bicycle of course, but you already knew that. It was a fantastic Summer day. The area around the old castle soon filled up with fun people and cool cars and also a lot of golfers as there's a course at the castle. Here are a few candid snaps to start with. The phone case on that woman's phone says God Jul. That means merry Christmas, go figure. The second photo shows local photographer Kurt Berglind. I can't remember how many times I have met him at different events over the years. Third photo shows the singer Tess Mercedes. She was performing with her band. They are called Doktor Krall and they play a lot of 1950s music. I have seen them here and there over the years. As for Tess, her real name is Therese Myrhed, and I have probably photographed her on at least four occasions. Photos of cool cars and what have you to follow during the week.