Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cloverleaf interchange

Bankpålning Elevated Roundabout
This mess is next to the highway to Stockholm, Road 73 at Vega in Handen. When they are done you will see a new elevated roundabout here. Back in the Viking Age this was the coastline so they will need a lot of piles in the ground here. In a day or two they will start the drilling and the blasting in preparation for a new bridge that will cross the highway and the old road which was were I was standing when I took this snap.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Most of the snow is gone again. If you were to ask the meteorologists they would tell you that it many degrees warmer than normal. If you were to ask me I would tell you that it way too cold.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ski season cancelled

Ski season cancelled
Spotted a skier here a while back. But that was then and this is now. A field at Nödesta Västegård.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A colorful sky

A colorful sky
Biking home this afternoon the colorful sky made me stop on the Jordbro bridge for a sunset snap.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tool of the day

Tool of the day
The house I live in is a little over a century old. Built by my great grandparents back in the day. The staircase to the second floor has a white wall-to-wall carpet that dates back a few decades. The carpet was well glued to the stairs, but it was also on it's last leg as it had started to fall apart here and there so earlier today I took this scrape and began removing the old carpet.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Brf Blicken

Brf Blicken Modular Housing Brf Blicken
The 18 storey high apartment building Brf Blicken at Handenterrassen in Handen is starting to take shape. The first modules have arrived so I think the pace of the construction will go up a bit now.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Care facility

Malmgården
My mother's health is deteriorating. She's been hospitalised for ten days now and everyone agrees that she will not be able to return home. Instead she will move in here at the Malmgården care facility at the seaside resort Dalarö in Haninge. My brother and I visited last week and it looked fine. She will be moved there as early as tomorrow so we will be busy fixing her new apartment.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Power Plant at Sunset

Power Plant at Sunset
The Biofuel Power Plant in Jordbro during sunset yesterday. And this is also the answer to that logo question I asked you about back in December. It was the logo of Vattenfall who owns the power plant.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mini-semla

Addicted Minisemla
I have a confession to make. I am totally addicted to the mini semla they sell at my favorite cafe, Malmens konditori in Handen. This is already my fourth this year. A bargain at 16SEK.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Swedish Sea Rescue Society

Swedish Sea Rescue Society
The Swedish Sea Rescue Society station at the seaside resort Dalarö is quite new, it opened in 2003. They have seven vessels here, although you can't see more than one of them here! You can read more about their work in English here if you are interested.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Baldersro Plaza

Lighting
I have walked by this building many times since it was built four years ago. I often say to myself that I really should stop and take a photo of this big lamp. It hangs in a window above the entrance. So on my ten km walk yesterday I stopped for a snap. Baldersro Plaza (great name), is a retirement home along Nynäsvägen in Handen. The plaza is a big room here where all the people that live, work or visit can meet.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cross-country skiing

Happy Skier Eyes Closed Cross-Country Skiing
Gray skies. -3C and no wind to speak of. I stopped at the Rudan nature reserve yesterday to see if I could get a few photos of any cross-country skiers. And here they are.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ultralight Aircraft

Ultralight Aircraft
On my way to the old tree I could see and hear a small plane circling the skies so I snapped a quick shot with the silent zoom lens. After identifying the plane SE-VMS I found the owners web site and I emailed him about my photo. The plane is an Ultralight Aircraft. Made of wood. The model is French and called Jodel D18. The pilot Kenneth Pettersson told me that he lives in Västerhaninge, (pretty much where he was in the sky), and that he keeps the plane at Trosa Flygklubb.

Monday, January 16, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Closing in on 500 photos of the old tree, this is № 497. There will be a celebration at the cultural centre in Handen on the sixth of April. A few bands will play and a couple of dancers will perform as a slideshow with photos of the tree can be seen on two big screens. The event is called Soppa&Surr and is organized by Gunnar Borg.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Half A House

Half A House Modular Home
The first of 85 row houses to be built at Lillgården in Tungelsta by Turbinen is almost up. If you have a working memory you might recall that I showed you the crane earlier in the week.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Exterior Lighting

Exterior Lighting
Three new (arty), light fixtures at Poseidon's square in Handen, near the cultural centre and the mall. No idea if they are permanent, or an artwork, but anything that will light up the dark part of the year will get my approval.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Oversnowed

Översnöat
After a recent snow fall I decided to go for a photo promenade around Tungelsta. I didn't have any real inspiration but I did come home with a few photos. These mailboxes belong to a biker club, Eager MC. Their headquarters can be found along Södertäljevägen.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow Storm &Power Outage

Ultra
We had a snow storm yesterday. My bike ride home took twenty minutes longer than usual. It was very dark. I rode straight into the wind and was tossed right and left here and there. There was also a lot of tree branches on the walkways so I had to keep an eye out for those. In Västerhaninge I noticed that a big traffic sign was lying on a lawn close to the bike path, I'm guessing that the strong winds did that. Arriving home I decided to make a quick dinner, just in case. I then chatted to my brother who is in Nicosia, Cyprus, and he told me that he had just received a power outage warning for Tungelsta on his smart phone, (I used to have that app but had forgotten to install it on my new phone), so I warmed some water for a cup of tea and five minutes later everything went dark. So I sat in the dark with my tea before lighting a few candles. The power came back three hours later.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean
Spotted this truck parked at the indoor driving range in Jordbro. The Curse of the Black Pearl. The guy driving this truck must really like that movie.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter Construction

Building Site
This was a big field at Lillgården a few years ago. Now it is a building site with the new road to and from Lillgården going through it. I have showed you photos from here a couple of times. This big crane arrived last week so I'm guessing it will be another Winter with a lot of construction here as Turbinen plans to build a hundred or so apartments here.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Turn Right

Turn Right
The last "plankorsning",(railroad crossing), in Tungelsta is history now. Replaced with an underpass along the Nynäsbanan, so if you want to continue down Karlsrovägen you need to turn right here, go through the underpass and then drive on a new stretch of road that will connect you with the old road in a few hundred meters. The traffic opened on the second rail track late last year but there are still a lot of work left nearer the commuter station.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Multitasker

Multitasker
Plowing snow from the road. Talking on the phone, and keeping an eye on the photographer that was walking on the side-walk at Allévägen in Tungelsta.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

A Winter View

Winter View
From -20C yesterday to more snow and -5C today. This is a horse farm at Söderbyvägen in Tungelsta. As I took the photo I could hear a helicopte. a little later two police vehicles drove past me. Looks like it was an accident on the commuter railroad just south of Tungelsta.

Friday, January 06, 2017

The White Forest

The White Forest
It is a bit chilly as I'm typing this. -20C outside at the moment. It was a few degrees warmer yesterday when i took this photo while trekking through deep snow in a forest at Välsta in Tungelsta.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Tin Man

Tin Man
The Tin Man doesn't do much. Just stands there, year round waiting for the mail to arrive. I met him at Krigslida yesterday. He wasn't complaining despite the news that the cold weather is likely to stay for at least ten long days. -10C as I'm typing this, where are my long johns?

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Real Winter Returns

17
It started to snow last night. By midnight we had the first power outage of the year. By morning everything was white. Spotted this bike on my walk through a snowy Tungelsta a couple of hours ago.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

A hole in the wall

A hole in the wall
Thieves used a front-loader to break in to this SIBA-store in Handen in the early hours of the morning. I was out shopping for a few smart-phone items but when I arrived to the store the builders told me that the store would be closed all day. There was a similar robbery here one year ago. No one has been arrested for any of those crimes.

Monday, January 02, 2017

The Pier

The Pier The Pier in December The Pier in November
I started a new photo project late last year. For the next year I will be taking a photo of this pier every month. You can find the pier at the Lower Lake at the Rudan nature reserve in Handen. Here are the first three photos. I took the top photo yesterday. The second snap is from early December, and the last one from mid-November of last year when we got the first snow of the season.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Winter Count 2016

Winter Count 2016
For the last seven years I have made a Winter count. A collage with 12 photos from the previous year. One photo per month. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box was of course a part of my photo year 2016. Golfing in February doesn't happen every year in my part of the world. Batman vs Superman was a big movie for a lot of people in 2016. Early Spring gets a lot of photographers out looking for Anemones. The only pop star I met during the year was from Rednex. This was a first. Cornflowers turning a field blue near the old tree. The Summer was colorful. I met a future author. The annual visit to the Vegabaren Greaser meet is always a highlight in August. For the second year running I met Marla Kay at Sundby Gård. An impromptu photo shoot with a world class cyclist in October. My latest 12-month series, a pier at the Rudan nature reserve. I have aimed the camera at the water towers a few times in the last year. This was a December sunset.