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.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Le Quattro Stagioni

De Fyra Årstiderna De Fyra Årstiderna
Two very different photos. Showing the new housing area behind the Nödesta farm at Nedersta in Västerhaninge. 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. Took the first photo with the new zoom lens, and was very lucky with the light. Took the second photo the previous day from the forest behind the new housing area. It is a panorama made from six photos shot with the nifty fifty lens.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Inked For Life Slusk EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Often when someone leaves a comment in Swedish on this blog it is Lasse Jansson from Stigtomta that has something to say. He wrote in a recent blog post that he had retired his EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, so I decided to buy it. Met up with Lasse two evenings ago when he and a couple of photography friends were on their way to Nynäshamn and a ferry ride to Gotland. Took my first photos with the heavy lens yesterday. It weighs 1.2 kilo I think. Here are some of the first portraits. First one shows the tattoo artist Niklas whom I met in Handen on Friday. He has a face that is hard to miss. Second portrait is of his friend Jesse.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Volvo De Luxe

1973 Volvo 142 Volvo De Luxe
Spotted this 1973 Volvo 142 driving down Sleipnervägen yesterday. So I chased after it. The car is in mint condition. Not a scratch. Looks new. The owner never drives it during the Winter. He bought the car when it was brand new 44 years ago. A clever man. And proud of his car.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Damaged Paint

Damaged Paint
I got bored aiming the camera at the Autumn colors so I stopped at a brick building where there's usually a lot of graffiti. This is a detailed photo of the door of that building.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Farm House

Dahlgrensgården
October started with a bike ride to the national park, Tyresta. It wasn't planned, but as a cafe where I were supposed to meet two friends were closed we decided to meet up at the old village in the national park where there is a popular cafe. This building is known as Dahlgrensgården. It has been moved to it's current position, but I don't know when that happened. History tells us that the village was established just over 700 years ago. If you want to learn more about the national park follow this link.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Follow The Line

Follow The Line
Some sort of street art I guess. Two circles, two hundred meters apart with the three lines in different colors between them. As seen along Handenterminalen in Handen. This part of Handen is undergoing a lot of change at the moment with the construction of Haningeterrassen.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Entrance

Untitled
I'm sure you could get a few culturals to praise this work of art at the cultural centre in Handen. They would talk about it's importance in this day and age, and how they liked the way the glass, stone and the wood interacted. And how the sound inside really surprised them. And then they would all use their smartphones to document this very significant work of art. At least until one of the workers walked in and continued the work of the replacing the revolving door that has been the entrance to the centre for the last 15 years.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Wining and dining

Wining and dining
Lamb chops and sausage from local wildlife, bought at the farmers market in Stockholm by the very picky Jujja. Garlic roasted potato. A nice sallad. A bottle of Amarone. Whisky, Svein from Highland Park. Nice Autumn evening yesterday at the veranda at Norrby. Good company. Dessert indoors after dark by the open fire. A silly wine opener box. A cigar for Hans. Not a bad way to say goodbye to September.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
If you look closely you can see the red fruits on the Swedish Whitebeam. A popular snack for the local birds.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Autumn at the farm

Autumn at the farm The Horse Farm
To get to the old tree you pass by this farm, the Välsta horse farm. The colors in front of the farm house changes every day now. Here are two recent photos that shows you just that.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

I hereby declare...

Cutting the Tape
... the new commuter station in Tungelsta for open. The Mayor of Haninge, Meeri Wasberg, assisted by Mattias Sjöström Varg and Gunnar Hammar cutting the tape during the official opening of the new commuter station in Tungelsta yesterday afternoon. Around 150 people had turned up for the opening and they could all be seen enjoying cake&coffee. It's been a long time coming this, the station and the surrounding area has been a construction site off and on for the last decade. I have a flickr set with photos that you can see here or over at flickr.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kenny Leckremo

Kenny Leckremo
So yesterday I showed you a candid photo of a guy standing out on a pier at a lake with his bicycle. I called it Moment of Zen. I had shot that the previous day. Then, yesterday the guy came biking towards me in Handen! So I waved to him, he stopped, took off his headphones and I then told him that I had a photo of him and showed it to him. He turned out to have an interesting story. This is Kenny Leckremo. A well known musician. Used to be the singer in the band H.E.A.T. They toured around the world, including gigs in the USA and in Japan. Back in 2009 the band took part in the Eurovision Song Contest and became famous overnight. A few months before that when the band had just released their first album Kenny had a scare during a gig and was rushed to hospital with an ambulance. Later he got some help from Hollywood star Peter Stormare and two days after that he had heart surgery in Stockholm. Kenny left H.E.A.T the following year. Today he is back in Sweden again after living in London for ten years. Kenny is working on a new musical project at the moment. He has written a lot of songs during the last seven years and a new band could be presented soon. I asked a few questions about it but it is still a secret, but they will play melodic American classic rock. Oh, and funny thing. When Kenny told me his full name I realised that I had taken a portrait of his brother, André a few years ago If you want to hear some of Kenny's music check out these YouTube videos.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Moment of Zen

Moment of Zen
Visiting the Rudan nature reserve I stopped at the southern end of the Lower Lake. Whenever that happens I will walk down to the cliffs for a look at the lake and perhaps a chat with a fisher. On this occasion one man was trying his luck against the fishes but he was on the losing side this time around. Down at the cliffs I spotted this Moment of Zen on one of the piers. Just by looking at that private moment I felt a little stronger and I'm guessing that the guy on his bike savoured the moment as well.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Green Road

Green Road
The colorful season of Autumn is here. The colors are changing everywhere, and quickly. This is Mulstavägen at Välsta in Tungelsta. I use this road most everyday,(the old tree is in the area). If I remember I will stop here for a comparison photo next month.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Birch Bench

Birch Bench
You can rest here if you get tired while playing frisbee golf at the Rudan nature reserve.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bus 841

Bus 841
Not long now before all that green is gone. Bus 841 at the bus stop opposite the mall in Handen.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Entrance ramp

Påfartsramp
Construction work on both sides of the Gudöbroleden motorway at Trafikplats Handen this Autumn. This will be a new "påfartsramp" (entrance ramp), to the motorway to Stockholm. Part of the big traffic project that also involves the work at Trafikplats Vega that I have showed you before. Took this photo from the pedestrian bridge where I sometimes shoot panning photos of cool rides. This is near a birch forest behind the Biltema store.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

No Sign of The Big Bad Wolf

No Sign of The Big Bad Wolf
There's been a lot of press coverage this Summer of a, (Norwegian), wolf that has been seen in this area. And even a Facebook group for the sightings. As you can probably guess some people have gone ballistic. Politicians in both Haninge and Tyresö have asked to have the animal put down. Concerned parents that have seen the wolf in their garden were afraid that the wolf would eat their little ones. It feels like there's a new wolf story every day. What we do know for a fact is that the wolf killed a sheep in this pasture a while back. This is in the Tyresta national park and they asked for money to set up a better fence two years ago, but as no one had ever seen a wolf here back then, they were refused that funding. Chances are that they will get that money now. No sign of the wolf during my stakeout at the pasture earlier yesterday.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scaffolding

Scaffolding
Decided to go "arty" after shooting a few normal snaps of the apartment buildings at the construction site at Lillgården. This was the result.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Höstfärger

Höstfärger
I never want to shoot Autumn photos because when I do it means Summer is over and that is never a good feeling. So this year I tried a different approach. I decided to go out and look for signs of Autumn/Höst/Fall. The title means Autumn colors. As seen along a path at Håga in Västerhaninge.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

No Return

No Return
A biker from No Return MC enjoying a ride on his Harley in the almost Summer like temperature that we enjoyed today. As seen from my cafe chair at Malmens Konditori in Handen. Their headquarters is just down the road btw.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Vegastaden

Façade Vegastaden
Vegastaden, or Vega City in Haninge is growing every day. I haven't been following this as much as I should have. Here are two an aerial views filmed by Jimmy Striger showing the new city.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Park

The new park The new park
New trees and bushes planted at what will be a new park in Tungelsta, near the new houses at Stav/Lillgården. Still some work left here, including paving the walkway/bike path that runs parallel to the stream. No rain despite the dark clouds. Both photos shot with my new 85mm lens as panoramic images and then cropped a bit.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

VELOTHON Stockholm 2017

VELOTHON Stockholm
My last post of this years Velothon Stockholm bicycle race. A collage and a slideshow. In it you can spot the photographer that came home with nearly 4000 photos. To see the photos at flickr press here. It was a good day for cycling, great weather and many happy riders out on the roads. I met one woman at the FikAnn cafe who after the race rode back on her bike to the cafe, (an extra 20km),for a well deserved rest and a bite to eat.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Panning Shots

Ride of Hope Peace Cannondale Stanley Security
Four panning shots of cyclists taking part in the VELOTHON Stockholm race that took place yesterday. I'm still going through my photos. I took around 800 photos and was quite pleased with that number. Then as the closing car drove by in the early afternoon I invited two photographers that I had just met to coffee at the FikAnn cafe and was impressed by both of them. Both when it came to equipment and numbers. Lars told me that he had been out since five in the morning! He shot at f/11 when snapping cyclists coming directly at him so to speak. He used a tripod and didn't move around much, very unlike my method as I prefer the panning action. The other guy, (didn't get his name), used a zoom lens ten times more expensive than mine and he had taken 3800 photo during the race. Expect a few more posts from this bike race in the coming days.