Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Get a free a Holga

Here is your chance to win a Holga camera. Made by the people that gave you the LOMO. I bought a LOMO many years ago. And used it to document a trip to the greek isles. The result was great. It's a unique camera. To enter the Holga Competition visit Absolut Lomo and add a photo to the lomo wall. Then send that link to me and I will then pick a winner who will get a free Holga camera. Simple as that! If you want to learn more about the camera visit the official Lomo site.

Overtaking Accident

Overtaking Accident

Overtaking Accident

Overtaking accident at Tungelstavägen this afternoon. The yellow car (with a woman and a couple of kids in it) was overtaking another car. The driver then had to make a sudden swerve not to collide with a meeting car and as a result drove straight into the road pole. I talked to a cyclist who himself had been overtaken by the woman in the yellow car so this must have happened just a few seconds before I came around the corner. Luckily no one looked to have been hurt.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Garden Bird Watch

Garden Bird Watch

From Friday to Monday was the Swedish Garden Bird Watch. During one hour you write down the number of birds that you notice in your garden. I've sent in a report. Did see quite a number of different birds. This is the most common bird, we like to call it Talgoxe. I did also see Woodpecker, Blackbird, Jackdaws and the Eurasian Nuthatch to name a few. Last year 10 000 people took part in this event. I made the collage using picasa.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

This is a house at Skogsekeby in Tungelsta. On the wall you can still see the outline of their Christmas Tree. Bigger photo. Björn Roos lives here with his family. His parents lives next door. Hid dad was a friend and colleague to my dad, that is, he was a gardener and one of his greenhouses can be seen glowing in the dark here.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Same Place Different Time

Winter Landscape

Same Place Different Time is the name of a flickr group that I post many photos to. I enjoy seeing what a difference a few months can do to a landscape. This is the same house I photographed earlier this week, the one my grandfather built. Looks a bit different today I think. Bigger photo.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

A Winter Scene

A Winter Scene

There's a touch of white in this photo. This is Södertäljevägen 25 in Tungelsta. We had some more snow this morning. I don't know the family that lives here, but it looks inviting. The views have been amazing this last week when winterfinally arrived. Bigger photo.

See where this picture was taken. [?]

Friday, January 26, 2007

Caffe Latte Anyone?

Caffe Latte Anyone?

Tungelsta had a big laundry industry at the start of the last century. This building at the park in Tungelsta is built to look as the barns used in that industry 100 years ago. But it is in fact a cafe, where you can listen to music and hear poetry being read. The people trying to "break in" to the "Torklada" here is Jan Sandh from Föreningen Folk och Trädgård, and an unknown woman. Bigger photo.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Ice Train

The Ice Train

All Aboard. The Ice Train leaving Tungelsta for Västerhaninge, from there it's a twenty minute ride to Stockholm. This is one of the older trains. PRESS HERE to see the new train. If you travel every day and use monthly card that will cost you 800 SEK.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape

My grandfather Oskar Andersson built this house on Tungelsta Road 118 many years ago. I don't know the Björklund family that lives here today. In the summer time they often have garage sales here. Looks good in the snow I think. The color used is called Falurödfärg.

Same place another winter.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Winter Bike Ride

Winter Road

Time for another Hockney style composite to "celebrate" the arrival of winter. This is a road called Allevägen in Lida. I had to stop here because of all the snow and ice on the road, and figured it was time for a few photos. Bigger photo is way cooler. I try riding all year. Cold weather isnt really a problem. If it's -10C you need to protect your face, the problem is when it's around freezing, with the icy roads, and sometimes the snow plower "forgets" about the bike paths and walkways which forces me to ride on the road and that can be scary. If you enjoy these types of photos I have a flickr Set with a few more.

I made a bike ride/winter video :

Winter in Sweden on Vimeo

Monday, January 22, 2007

Winter has arrived

The red makes it...

Winter arrived over the weekend. It snowed like crazy for a while. The preferred vehicle was the snow plower. This was the scene outside the local school on sunday afternoon. Many accidents reported all over the country. I took a number of photos yesterday, you can see them in my new winter set. And as an update, the red car is still standing there, I stopped and took another picture there just before I came home. Bigger photo.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Don't feel like paying for public transport?

Don't feel like paying for public transport?

The idea is very simple. You pay 100 SEK per month to the p-kassa. If you get caught riding a bus, train or subway without a ticket they will pay your fine. The people behind this movement comes from the Tradeunionism. It's a great deal considering that a one month pass will put you back 800 SEK.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Two Roundabout Dogs

Two Roundabout Dogs

I'm guessing you don't have any Roundabout Dogs where you live! It all started in the city of Linköping last year when an installation by the artist Stina Opitz was vandalised. A few days later a new dog appeared in the roundabout. That was all it took to get this new phenomenon going! These are the first two Roundabout Dogs in Haninge. First seen in Novermber 2006. The soon disappeared but last week they were back again. Here's a website in english. Bigger photo.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

"to the Batmobile!"

"to the Batmobile!"

Over the years Batman (or billionare Bruce Wayne) has led a rich life at the Wayne Manor. That lifestyle is now long gone. After losing all his wealth he had to let go of his beloved Batmobile. These days the crimefighting superhero can be seen driving an old Volkswagen Transporter. Bigger photo.

See where Batman lives these days. [?]

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Frankenstein's Monster

Frankenstein's monster

On my way home I met a big truck that was just stopping at a bus stop! Probably to check if there was a problem or so. I had a closer look and saw this cool airbrush. Frankenstein's Monster. Fantastic paint job if you ask me. I asked the driver if I could take a few shots, and here are two of them.
Cool Truck

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Back at the beach

Pebble Beach

One day after the storm and we are back to"normal" again. 7C warm when I went to bed. And when I woke up the sun was shining from a clear blue sky. I decided to stop by the beach again for a quick visit. I'm a bit addicted to beaches and I visit as often as I can. On this occasion I met a fisher man. No luck for him. I took my usual promenade and then relaxed for a while on the big bench down by the water. I always walk out on the piers for a shot back at the beach. I have to say that I prefer this winter compared to the last one where we had snow to the second week of April.

Bigger photo.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

You Can't Park Here

You can't park here

After the latest storm. Lots of trees fell down. No trains were running to and from Nynäshamn. Power outs all around Haninge. And the roads was very slippery yesterday. This is the parking lot at a school in Tungelsta. There was a segment from Tungelsta on the tv last night. A big tree weighing around two tonnes fell and caused another power out. Bigger photo.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Home Sweet Home

Just two photos to show the difference between 2007 and 1912. Not sure who took that photo 95 years ago, but I took the 2007 version. My great grandfather pictured below with his wife and son bought the land here called Bergdalen ca 100 years ago. The family sold it a few years ago to the current gardener and we now rent the big house. The gardener lives in what used to be my grandparents house.


Bergdalen 1912

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Behind the spruce hedge

Behind the spruce hedge

Shot this photo on my Sunday morning promenade. The spruce hedge has been partly cut down along Blomgårdsvägen at Ålsta in Tungelsta. Behind it, the greenhouse skeletons from what's left of the Wall family business. Just to the right here is the Kryddgården complex. Only one of the Wall brothers alive today, I don't have any info about this property, but it is pretty much surrounded by the building site.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Professional at work ...

Professional at work ...

Wash Your Van Like a Pro.
Step one.
Use a high pressure heavy duty hose. Preferably one without any holes, so you don't risk any accidents.

Step two. See to it that there's no neighbour with a camera around...

The Hoser

This is my neighbour Ingemar, the gardener at Blomorado, out washing his old Van. Heavy winds here today, but a few degrees over zero, maybe 4C so he could wash the car outside, that doesnt happen very often here at least not in the middle of winter.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Street Art

Homer Simpson

There are lots of ugly graffiti all over Haninge. The kids spray everywhere and most of the time it looks really awful. I like it when street art looks like it was made by banksy. There's a movement all over the country now where "artists" make very cool Roundabout Dogs, but I havent seen anyone here yet, so in the meantime this will have to do. It's Homer Simpson painted on a pedestrian tunnel wall in Handen.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Spring cleaning already?

Signs of spring?

Spring is here! Another warm day and no snow so I guess it's time for some spring cleaning...Shot this at Villavägen in Västerhaninge. I heard the weatherman predict snow for tomorrow, we will see about that! Bigger photo.

See where the windows have been cleaned [?]

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A blue and red bridge

Not the Golden Gate Bridge

I was out looking for signs of the storm that hit us overnight. Many fallen trees and a few power outs here and there around Haninge is what I heard on the radio. I found nothing. Everything had been cleared up by the time I arrived. Instead I will show you a bridge. Made by Svenska Träbroar (wood bridges) AB. Length 168 meter Width 3,5 meter. It's the pedestrian bridge over Gudöbroleden in Handen, a road with heavy traffic. Bigger photo.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Mirror mirror...

Traffic Mirror Me

The strange weather continues. 7C today. And a gray sky. It's been raining all day. If you look closely in the background you will see the entrance to the Mosque in Handen. There are somewhere between 100,000 and 400,000 Muslims living in Sweden. If you would like to see a photo of the beautiful Stockholm Mosque on Södermalm click here. Or HERE to see the Handen Mosque through the other traffic mirror (from April 2006).

Monday, January 08, 2007

Welcome To ICA MAXI

Welcome To ICA MAXI

Hello and welcome to ICA MAXI in Handen, the best Supermarket in the Stockholm area. We are a hypermarket with a full range of groceries as well as fashions, home-wares, entertainment, electrical, and we also have a DIY and Garden department. And we have a parking lot!

I wonder if you would like to visit now...

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Zooming in...

A good way of celebrating a new year is with a bonfire. Normally this time of year we would have some snow on the ground up here in the north, but not so this time. This bonfire is burning at Stabergs Road in Nedersta. Bigger photo. Or zoom out a bit.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Warning For Weak Ice!

Warning for weak ice

No worries. No ice here as far as I can see, and even if it was some ice on the pond in this bird park, most birds can't read anyway. More photos from this park can be seen here.

Friday, January 05, 2007

It's Gollum!


Look who I found, Gollum! Not really. This sculpture is called The Philosopher. It was made by an artist called Sture Collin. You will find it in a green area between the shopping mall and the bus stop at Eskilsvägen in Handen. There are a few benches here and in the summer time Gollum is always surronded by the local drunks. And me sometimes, as there's an uphill struggle before you get here ( on bike that is), so I have been sitting on those benches wondering about that sculpture a few times. If you want to see the whole sculpture press here.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

A Payphone!


How long before all payphones will be gone? Here at the shopping centre in Västerhaninge a joker has written the word "bög" on the phone. It means gay, so this could be a gayphone according to a few of my flickr contacts, at least if you use the old meaning of gay: BRIGHT, brightly coloured, vivid, brilliant, vibrant; richly coloured, many-coloured, multicoloured; flamboyant, showy, gaudy. Sometimes when I take photos that look dull, I try to make them more interesting by using the cutout technique. I think this is a good example of that. And on another note people use this phone every day. If you wanna see more cool cutout photos press here.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Church and a Church Rooster

The Church

The Church Rooster

Back at the church with the leaning tower. The tower is 58 meters high. It's a beautiful old church, construction started back in 1560. The old church is sometimes called Sankta Gertruds kyrka. It is located in Österhaninge. A rural area in Haninge. A few old farms. The church. An old Viking road where you can see a Runestone. Golden rape fields in the summer time. During the winter there's sometimes a snow track. A golf course. Chickens. The Art Promenade. And more. A sad note: When the builder realised that the tower was leaning, legend says he killed himself. Bigger photo.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek!

Walking in nature. In Jordbro. At Gullringskärret, a nature reserve. Met a man out walking his dog. He walks here every day, and told me that the beavers had been hard at work down at the creek, so I went over there to have a closer look. Sure enough I noticed a number of fallen trees and a few new lodges and dams. No sign of any Castor fiber on this visit. Några rader om Gullringskärret.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

2007 is here

New Year Fireworks

As we entered 2007 I was standing on the living room roof downing some Champagne as I was trying to film and take pictures at the same time. Here's a picture from just a few minutes after midnight. Here's the video. Happy 2007 everyone!