Friday, October 31, 2014

Brutal Design

Brutal Design
The most brutal park bench I have found on my photo excursions around Haninge. And it is facing the wrong way, away from the soccer court/basketball court.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Border Stone

Gränsröse This type of border stone in known as a Gränsröse in Swedish. You will find this one in Brandbergen in Handen. Back in the day it was a boundary stone in Österhaninge socken,which was part of Sotholms Härad. The guy in the background is my friend Jim. And while I shot this Brenizer Method photo of the gränsröse with my 85mm lens, Jim was busy shooting a 3D type of photo. Also known as Hyperlapse.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Snake Road

Snake Road The warm Autumn weather continues. Although it rains too much for my liking. New temperature record yesterday. Warmest Autumn day since they started measuring some 155 years ago. So it wasn't all that surprising that I found this viper relaxing on the warm bike path asphalt in Handen. It posed for a few photos before it used that cool serpentine method and disappeared into the grass.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Swimming Alone

Swimming Alone
Walking through the Eskilsparken, also known as Olof Palme's Park yesterday I noticed this skrubbskädda swimming all alone in the fountain next to the amphitheatre.It is part of an artwork which funnily enough is called The Birds (Fåglarna), by PYE Engström.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Just a muddy field

Pålplintning panorama Top photo is from yesterday. It's a muddy field at Lillgården in Tungelsta. A few years from now you will find a pre-school here near Söderbyvägen. Next to that will be a retirement home. There will also be a park here, and around 130 new homes next to the new Stavsvägen. I took the panorama photo six weeks ago just as the work got under way. All the new buildings will be to the left hand side. The yellow dot to the right is the old station house. One of the architects behind this project is the now retired Rikard Lundin whom I photographed a few years ago. More info in Swedish here. And here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Birch Forest

Birch Forest
Took a walk in a birch forest at Välsta in Tungelsta this afternoon. Didn't spot, or scare away any wildlife this time. When I walked here back in May I was greeted by a bunch of horses. You can see a photo of that if you press here.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Just a coincidence

The Commuter
Non-stop rain for days now. Managed to take this photo from a pedestrian bridge in Västerhaninge while there was a break in the downpour. Nothing special about the photo, just the commuter train heading towards Krigslida. I spiced it up with a fake tilt-shift. But I got a fun comment on the photo at flickr. One of my contacts saying that it is probably him driving the train! And it's even more fun because it was a little over four years ago that I spotted a wedding couple in Handen and asked if I could get a photo. And the groom is the guy driving the train.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The border between the living and the dead

The border between the living and the dead
The passage to the underworld is closed off at the moment. That might be good news, or bad news. The sculpture is called The Tower. Made by Jan Håfström. You can find it in the park in Tungelsta. I have showed it to you before. The first time was back in 2007.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

An optical and meteorological phenomenon

I had just shot the old tree when the light suddenly shifted. When I turned around it was hard to miss the rainbow over the railway tracks at Krigslida. I wonder if there's a pot of gold hidden somewhere at the end of that rainbow? If so I might use some of that gold to buy a rain poncho as it started to rain hard just a few seconds after I took this photo. Arriving home ten minutes later on the steel horse I was soaking wet.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Autumn Path

The Narrow Path
This is how the narrow birch path at Söderby Gård in Handen looks today. The trees were planted back when the motorway to Stockholm, Road 73 was being constructed. It was meant to be a long walkway along the road, but the plans were scrapped for some reason, and this is all there is here today. It is used as a short-cut between Vega and Söderby. Although a while back when I was out shooting with my friend Jim, who first pointed out this narrow path for me, we saw a weird person running over the motorway, he made it but it was a close call. Click here for a Spring version.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apartment Buildings

New Apartments Stora Arken
The new apartment buildings at Stora Arken in Handen are taking shape. Here is another update. The last time I showed you this was in July. Shot the panorama with the pancake lens and used panorama corrector as a finishing touch. The building to the far left was constructed in 2006. Since then a new neighbourhood has been established here, and the buildings to the far right are the last ones to be built. There are more houses behind the ones you see here. I have a flickr set with more photos in case you are interested.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Red & Yellow

Red & Yellow
It has been a colorful few weeks, and it ain't over just yet. Spotted this burst of Autumn colors at the Eskilsparken in Handen over the weekend. Oh, and I haven't seen any Russian submarines or mini-submarines or even divers in the water in the Stockholm archipelago, but apparently they are out there!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


At The Vernissage
There was a vernissage at Poseidons Gränd in Handen yesterday. The official unveiling of the artwork i gestaltningens tid, or The Moving Box which I called it in a post ten days ago. Made by Johan Thurfjelll. A small group gathered and three people spoke. First a local politician, Michael Fridebäck. Next to speak was Åsa Mårtensson from the cultural centre. She told us that the project had taken nearly three years to fulfil, and that it had been great working with Johan. And then, just as the artist himself started his speech, a moving truck arrived! It wasn't part of the act, but everyone laughed, and the artist mentioned it while telling us about his idea for the moving box made by bronze. The sealed box is filled with dreams written down by some of the people that live here today. The box will last for a Millennium. As he continued to talk a group of people started carrying out furniture from the truck. Very fitting. Last to speak was an actress, Anna Persson from RoJ-teatern who read a poem written by the artist. It can be seen on the granite walkway on the square. When the talking was over we had coffee and apple cake. Made by members from Tungelsta Folk & Trädgård.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Welcome to Haninge Golfhall. We offer indoor golf. We have a popular driving range. You can also practice your putting skills and enjoy a nice lunch at the restaurant. And if you are a car thief, feel free to dump your stolen vehicles in our nice surroundings.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn Bike Rack

Bike Rack
I was looking to take some new photos of the Bovieran that I showed you a while back but there was nothing new to report so I walked over the schoolyard at Ribby in Västerhaninge and found this unused bike rack.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
It was just last week that I showed you a photo of the old tree with most of the leaves still hanging in there. That was then, this is now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On the road

Autumn Road
If you want to take a longish bike ride from Stockholm to Nynäshamn, and live to tell the story that is easy these days. Road 73 between Västerhaninge and Nynäshamn (40km or so), used to be a very dangerous road for everyone that used it. But since the completion of the new road the old road is only used by locals, a few delivery vehicles and cyclists. You will ride through many interesting places where you can stop at old castles, ruins, nature reserves, and much more. If you ride from the port town of Nynäshamn, this is near the end of the road, at Berga in Västerhaninge.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

House with key included

The property with the old brewery in Tungelsta changed owner earlier this year. The first thing they did was to remove the swimming pool, and now they are building a new home there. The new house is from Älvsbyhus. They make modular houses and have a slogan saying that if you buy a new home from them you get everything including a key! That means indoor and outdoor. So far they have built 38 000 houses so they must be doing something right.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Afternoon Sunshine

Afternoon Sunshine
It has been unusually warm this Autumn. My blogger friend Lasse reminded me in a post the other day that we still have Summer, at least according to how the meteorologists see it. I celebrated that fact with with coffee and a "fralla" at my favorite cafe, Malmens konditori over the weekend. Nice to be able to sit outside in mid-October enjoying the sunshine.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

And the winner is...

... IFK Lidingö SOK. They won the big orienteering event at Rudan today and are now the best team in the world. Around 9 000 athletes took part in the event called 25manna (relay and middle distance). It is one of the biggest relays in the world. The teams consists of 25 mixed runners. Young and old, men and women. Elite and beginner. The youngest will run a three km race, the older a nine km course through the forest in the nature reserve. Some more facts in English here:

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Old Smithy

The Old Smithy As you probably know by now I have several places that I will always return to with the camera. This is one of them. The old smithy at the Nödesta farm. Walking down the tree lined avenue I remembered taking a photo of it last Autumn, also on a misty day and I decided to see if I could re-shoot it from memory. I think I came very close. See for yourself.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Moving Box

The Moving Box ...and it's content for all time. New artwork at Poseidons gränd in Handen. By Johan Thurfjell. A moving box made of Bronze. You can't open it. It is filled with dreams of the future. Written down by the artist and the people that live here in the new apartment buildings. The words are part of a poem that you can read on the granite walkway. The poem takes us from the Stone Age to our own time. The official unveiling of the installation will take place on October 18.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
This was the old tree on my latest visit. A warm day, but very misty. Most of the leaves are still hanging on.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors
Back in 2007 I did a photo project called The Forest Path. Once a week I would stop at the short cut between Nederstaleden in Västerhaninge and the Håga Industrial park and take a photo. Since then the path have changed a lot. Most of the trees are gone. The path have been paved and where it ends you will now find a very ugly pedestrian bridge. But there are a few trees left and looking up towards the blue sky one day last week I noticed this.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

National Cinnamon Bun Day

National Cinnamon Bun Day
It was National Cinnamon Bun Day yesterday. I ate several kanelbullar. And yes, they were very tasty.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Friday, October 03, 2014

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The Road Less Travelled

The Road Less Traveled
After shooting that photo of the swing hidden in all the autumn at the Ormsta village I continued to where the road ends. From there the road looks like this, it us used only by the farmer, the locals and the odd cyclist equipped with a camera.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Express

Moving at the speed of light. Well maybe not, but this moving truck is probably driving at 110 kph (68 mph,). No idea where he is going, but he was driving towards Stockholm when my camera caught him. The driver seems relaxed enough. Theme Day. Movement.