Saturday, April 30, 2022

Just a reflection

The Woodland Cemetery
Stopping by the woodland cemetery again. Often just to sit on a bench if it is warm and sunny enough for that, and eat a light lunch. But as I always carry at least one camera with me, and often two, I will take the odd photo while at the cemetery. I liked the colors in the pond on this day, and the reflection from the monument hall.

Friday, April 29, 2022

The Posers

Ta-da! Striking a pose The Pose
I headed back to the King's park on the last day of the Cherry Blossom. It was another fine Spring day. Kungsträdgården was filled with people from all around the world, either taking photos, or posing for them. As I walked around with a real camera, the silent Canon, people came up to me and asked to have their photo taken, not with my camera, but with their smartphones, which I always find very funny. But I obliged, of course.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel vision
This is probably the most photographed foot tunnel in Stockholm. The Brunkeberg Tunnel. A 231 meter long tunnel between David Bagares gata and Tunnelgatan. Constructed back in the mid 1880s. The big opening ceremony back in the day were led by the then King Oscar II. It was a tricky construction job. They blasted their way from one side, but the wet clay on the other side caused a lot of problems. In the end, they opted for a technique invented by an English bloke. So they hired him and his freezing machine.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Bunnies

The Bunnies
A bit like a Summer scene. People enjoying themselves at the snack bar Tehuset at Kungsträdgården. The bunnies are part of a sculpture by Marianne Lindberg De Geer. The piece has an interesting name. It is called A Study in Unhuman Sexual Expectations. All I know is that the sculptor had a fascination for Alice in Wonderland as a young girl.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022


New Mothers Sakura
Two new mothers out strolling at Kungsträdgården. Sure was a nice day for that sort of thing. They might have been the only two people there not taking photos of the Cherry Blossom. The girl in the second photo had just finished filming herself and the park when I snapped my photo of her. I shot these on the same day as the photos in yesterday's post. But I did go back yesterday to see if it was still blooming. And it was, but probably only just, so I took another walk with the silent Canon. Those photos are still on the memory card, but if they are any good, you will probably see them here soon.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom Where are you? Cherry Blossom Kungsträdgården
Kungsträdgården in Stockholm is always a busy place. That is where I was for the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and the Medieval market. And on this visit I was there to see the Cherry Blossom. The trees were a gift from the Japanese Emperor Akihito to the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf some twenty years ago. They bloom for a week every Spring and people go crazy taking selfies. Tourist arrives in hordes as does schoolkids and let's face it, everyone else, me included, although I didn't shoot any selfies. I do like the humor shown by the woman to the left in the top photo. She didn't have her iPad with her, so she took a few imaginary shots just in case. I am yet to go through all the Sakura photos, so chances are that I will show you a few more in the coming days.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

A touch of Summer

Beach Volley Season Whose serve is it now? Rålambshovsparken Rålis
Just like that, it was Summer. Swedish style, around 19C. And we enjoyed it. And then it was gone again, just like that. But we really enjoyed it. Here are four snaps from Rålis, the same park as in yesterday's post, Rålambshovsparken on Kungsholmen, only a few days later. The big park was filled with people, sunbathing, sleeping, cycling, running, you name it, and they were doing it. Having a picnic. Or queuing for something to eat at the many food trucks. And as I'm typing this on Sunday morning it is maybe 6C, although from a clear blue sky.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Butterfly

The Butterfly
Fjärilen. The Butterfly. Made by Elli Hemberg some forty years ago. It measures 6,3 x4 x 4,4 meters. Based on dynamic symmetry. You will find it in one of the more popular parks on Kungsholmen. At Rålambshovsparken, nicknamed Rålis. This photo already feels a bit dated to me, which is weird because I took it just a week ago. But Spring really exploded two days after I snapped this, and I have a few more Summer like photos to show you from here soon.

Friday, April 22, 2022

People at The Fair

Medieval Teenager Medieval Man Caught my eye Medieval Braids The day she met the Knight Well fed and hungry How does this thing work
Nothing more fun than photographing people when you are at a fair. So that is what I did non-stop, and here are seven of those photos, all taken with the silent mirrorless Canon. I like the teenage girl's outfit, and her haircut. She brought with her the family dog and something to sell. The medieval man in the second photo did everything right. The woman to the left in the third shot caught my eye for some reason. I normally don't like photographing someone from behind, it feels like you are faking it, but it worked here with those cool braids. The Knights had a busy time at the market, when they weren't fighting each other they had to pose for photos with the visiting tourists. We all need to eat, even the well-fed photographer in the sixth photo. And lastly, the man that arranged it all. The Blacksmith Martin Ahlsén from Haninge. You might remember seeing a few other posts on this blog from his museum in Handen where he arranges markets a couple of times every year.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Medieval Stockholm

Bagpipe Music The medieval chef Burnt almonds Market stall Bracelets Medieval jewellery for sale
There was bagpipe music at the medieval market at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. It is an annual event arranged by Medeltid Stockholm, back after being cancelled for the last two years because of the pandemic. After the gig, the talkative musician told the crowd that he was happy that they hadn't run away when they started playing the bagpipe. The second photo shows the medieval Chef in action. And over at the other end of the fair, a woman is selling what the chef was cooking up, I guess. Burnt almonds' anyone? You could also buy leather items and jewelry from a few stalls. This was a fun event. Very crowded. Lots of tourists from all around the world. One or two more photos tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The prettiest knight in the world

The prettiest knight in the world
I visited a medieval market over the weekend. Held at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. Organized by Medeltid Stockholm. Great fun. The park was crowded with people from all around the world. I will show you quite a few photos tomorrow, but I wanted to start with just the one portrait. This seriously good-looking woman was taking part in the fun where you could joust with the Knights, and I knew that I had to take her portrait as she held up that big sword.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Pallbearers

The Pallbearers
I took my first bike ride of the year to Nynäshamn on a sunny day last week. Made my first pit-stop at the church in Ösmo. It is around 900 years old. The pallbearers were standing outside the church as I took this. A few minutes later they were hard at work with a coffin. If you want to read up on the church there is a PDF-folder in English here.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Taking a breather

Something Spicy On opposite sides
Two photos from Norrmalm. Taken on both sides of the busy Klarabergsgatan where a modern tram transports commuters these days. Top photo. A couple enjoying what looks like a spicy lunch on the benches in front of the Hötorgsskraporna that I showed you a few months ago. And on the other side of the street closer to Sergels Torg and Drottninggatan, two guys on a similar bench reading up on their social media sites, or just doomscrolling the news.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter

Happy Easter?
I figured I needed at least one Easter photo. And here it is. This is a balcony at Fridhemsplan in Stockholm, at Kungsholmen. It belongs to Patrik Rudqvist who often decorates his balcony for Christmas and Easter. His balcony in quite famous and as I took this photo yesterday people were lining up to do the same. Glad Påsk.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Friday, April 15, 2022


If you ever find yourself in Stockholm on a Sunday, chances are that you will see these guys out walking in the central parts of the city. It is the "Vaktparaden". Here seen at Kungsträdgården on their way to the changing of the guard at the Royal Castle.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Smiles all around, almost

Gamla Stan The Smiling Tourist Two happy girls At least one smile
Four street shots from the old town. Top photo, a smiling girl noticing the photographer, it looks like she has been shopping for books at the Science Fiction bookstore, one of my favorite shops as well. Second shot, the guy in a scooter couple realizing he is being photographed and decides to smile appropriately. Two teenage girls takes that same decision. A bit harder to spot the smile in the last photo, but it is there if you look hard. Also feels like I should know who the lone guy here is. But I don't.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Gustaf Adolfskyrkan

Gustaf Adolfskyrkan
Designed by Carl Möller back in 1892, this was a garrison church for Svea Livgarde at Östermalm in Stockholm. Some construction work was done by people from the regiment. Today it belongs to the Swedish church. Named after Gustavus Adolphus. Photographed as a panorama with the Canon 6D using the Sigma 50mm lens. This is in the same area of Stockholm as the circular tower I showed you ten days ago.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Dooo. Diii. Daaa. Booo. Baaa.

Dooo Diii Daaa Booo Baaa
I had to stop at the Farsta graffiti wall a while back when I noticed these paintings. If I had to guess, I would say that the artists behind these five artworks are a few years younger than the people that normally paints here.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Birds in the forest

Birds in the forest
Underpass at Gullmarsplan near the Gravedigger's Cottage at the Cholera Cemetery. This an official artwork although I can't find any information about the artist.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

What about Mexican?

What about Mexican?
What about Mexican? Well, it is Sunday, so maybe not tonight. But, and you probably didn't know this about Sweden. A lot of people over here have a Taco Friday. I used to have that with my brother and mother for a number of years. It was mostly my brother's fault as he often ate out with colleagues and got the taste for Mexican food. In the country as a whole, it started back in the 1990s. You can read an article about it here if you like. Anyway, this is a Mexican restaurant at Vasastan in Stockholm.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Almhöjden in April

Back at the Woodland Cemetery, or Skogskyrkogården as it is called in Swedish. I often stop by just to sit down on a bench, enjoying a light lunch. From one of those benches you have a good view of the Meditation Hill, known as Almhöjden, or meditationskullen, in Swedish. The trees on the hill, (elms), are not going green just yet and neither is the grass, so I figured this scene would look better in Black and White. I walked around the pond to get this photo and waited a few seconds for the couple to walk into the shot.