Monday, May 21, 2018

Sarah

Sarah
Sarah and a friend were out on a walk in the fine Summer weather we are having, and I thought she looked good in her white dress, so I asked if I could take a few portraits. Photo taken out on the pedestrian bridge that crosses Gudöbroleden in Handen.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Tulip Festival

ReAct!
The Tulip Festival took place yesterday in Handen. The weather was fantastic. Several hundred people filled up Poseidon's square for a few hours. The performance group ReAct! entertained the crowds. If you walked through the big tent you could pick yourself a free bouquet of tulips, and the queue for that never ended. So sit back and have a look at the slideshow. It is 77 photos of tulips, people, tulips, people and more tulips. If you can't see the slideshow press here to see the photos at flickr.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

1949 Volvo Tractor

Tractor fail
His dad bought the tractor many years ago from a farmer. When his dad stopped using it it ended up in a barn for 25 years. Two years ago he started it and it worked like a charm. That was not the case on this occasion. I spotted the tractor a few days ago now by the side of the road. The planned trip to the summerhouse out on the island had to be put on hold for a while. His son was on his way to help out. They only use the old tractor twice every year. To get the boat into and out of the water. Why it wasn't already on the island I do not know.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Isabelle

Isabelle
This is the very photogenic Isabelle. I spotted her a while back on one of those really warm days. As soon as I saw her I knew that I had to ask her for a few portraits. I hope everyone can see the slideshow, if not just follow this link to my flickr set.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A casual pose

A casual pose
Mathilda came walking over the bridge at Gudöbroleden just as I had stopped to see if I could get a few photos of vintage cars, but I gave up on that idea as soon as I noticed Mathilda. Midday and strong sunshine, perhaps not the ideal time for portraits, but if you see a photogenic woman what are you to do!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Finally. The recent Summer heat did it's trick and even the old tree, a slow starter, is now green again. Around 25C when I took this photo earlier in the week.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Madde As Police Woman

Madde As Police Woman Madde There is always hope
This is Madde. Out on patrol with the police K9. She's a narcotic detection dog Madde said jokingly. It was another hot Summer day in Haninge and I had stopped at the pedestrian bridge that crosses the ever busy Gudöbroleden in Handen, hoping to get a few photos of vintage cars and/or cool motorcycles when I spotted Madde crosing the bridge. She is a huge DIF, (soccer/icehockey club), fan. She has a few cool tattoos on her left arm, including one of her maternal grandfather. Another tat shows a hot looking (female), police officer. And that is also Madde's dream, so you could be looking at a future police officer.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Party Soldiers

Roman Soldier Party Soldier
I spotted two guys in Handen on Saturday claiming to be Roman soldiers. They were carrying a lot of beers and after I stopped them telling them it was time for a few photos they wondered how long it would take them to get to the party in Tungelsta if they were going to be stopped like this every fifty meters. I directed them towards the tulip field near Poseidon's Square for a Summary backdrop. As soon as I was done with my photos, two other guys interested in taking their photo turned up.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Amy

Amy
Amy's 'fro was what first caught my eye when I noticed her in Handen on Friday. I complimented her on her great hair before asking if I could take her portrait, she smiled and said of course you can. And it wasn't before she told me her name that I realised that I had met and photographed her before!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Tulip Festival

Tulip Festival Tulip Festival
Everywhere you look there's tulips in central Handen today in a colorful preparation before next weeks tulip festival. If you live locally more info here.

Friday, May 11, 2018

No Work Tomorrow

No work tomorrow
Summer. No work tomorrow. Some wine. A few beers. Maybe a barbecue with a few friends. Life is good.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The view from the new observation tower

Utsiktstorn The Power Plant The Medieval Church Tornberget Tornberget
The new observation tower at Tornberget. The highest point at Södertörn at 111 m a.s.l. It's a 25 minute hike through the forest if you walk from Tornbergavägen in Tungelsta which is what I did together with my buddy Hasse earlier in the week. The old tower was dismantled back in 1981 and this new tower opened for visitors a couple of months ago, although the official unveiling was last weekend. On a good day you can see the medieval church in Västerhaninge, Jordbro, Handen, Brandbergen, the archipelago, the old masts at Nacka, Tyresta national park, the Globe Arena in Stockholm and a quite a few more buildings in the nations capitol. We saw all of that as it was a fantastic Summer day with a blue sky and maybe 24C. The different parts of the tower was assembled at the Tornberga farm and then flown by helicopter to the hill side where it stands today. This will be a popular place to visit from now on, I have several friends that are planning to either hike from handen or bike through the forest on mountain-bike. I will return to the tower myself in a few weeks time equipped with more zoom power and a sturdy tripod and also with barbecue material as the tables near the tower are a good place for a picnic. On the second photo you can see the power plant in Jordbro. Third photo shows the medieval church that I showed you on my Walpurgis Night post a while back. The fourth snap really shows that I live smack in the middle of a forest as that is all you can see of Tungelsta, it is the new buildings at Lillgården that I have shown you a few times during their construction. The last photo shows a few famous buildings in Stockholm including the Globe Arena and the Kaknäs Tower.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

JJ Audio Bass Face

JJ Audio Bass Face
Summer arrived and with that my urge to go out and photograph cars with a difference. Like this 1966 Cadillac Deville that I spotted from the pedestrian bridge that crosses Gudöbroleden in Handen yesterday. We probably broke another temperature record, and I'm all for that sort of thing, as I am sure is that very happy guy with the large loudspeaker on his convertible.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The colors are back

Cherry Blossom
Finally! It was a long and cold wait but now the colors are back, everywhere. I pass by these trees at Nederstaleden in Västerhaninge most days and it was a great feeling seeing this.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Requiem for Peace?

Requiem for Peace?
The long black arm was suddenly there in front of the cultural centre in Handen. Then a few hours later when I passed by there again, it was gone. A mystery that needs to be solved.