Saturday, 30 November 2013

Black and white = grey

It is the last day of november - one of the greyest months of the year. Darkness falls early and daylight comes late. It is the month before we put up all the christmaslights in december. On the west coast of Norway we get a lot of rain which adds to the greyness. It is a perfect month to try out black and white photography, so here is a few black and white shots from november.

These photos are all from where my parents live on the coast.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Where the ocean meets the sky....

I was born on a tiny island stuck somewhere between the fjord, the North sea and the open sky. A windless day is a rareity. At the moment I live in the city and I love it, but still this landscape is stuck in me, and if I don't see the ocean and feel the fresh wind for some time I get withdrawel symptoms. For the next two weeks I am so lucky that I can stay here for a few days.

Here are some images from a grey, windless days walk from what is locally known as "the inside". That means inside of the islands, before we reach "the outside" which is when we reach the big wide ocean.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

First snow...

The first snow of the winter fell in Bergen this week. Nothing unusual about that, but still it came as a surprise. We are located in the far north of Europe, and we know that winters can be harsh, but we are never prepared when the first snow comes around this time of year. We mostly don't have stabil snow in Bergen. It comes and goes all through the winter.

Here are some images from the day:

The good thing about snow is that you easily traces people walking around Your house.

One of the bad things is a frozen windscreen.

Snapshots week 46

Friday, 8 November 2013

Old socks

Last weekend I visited my mother. She had being tyding a chest of drawers and found a pair of knitted socks.
 - Do you want these? she said.
- Yes, I answered, have you made them now?
 - No, she answered, your grandmother made them. I started to feel emotional.  A pair of socks made by my beloved gran, who died 24 years ago. I brought the socks home, and as I put them in my drawer I thought: Will I ever wear these?  I will probably wear them when I am in need of comfort, because nobody could comfort me like gran. Strange ain't it, that a pair of socks can make you feel so emotional.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Daylight - or lack of it..

Last weekend the clocks went back. Another sure sign winter is coming up. Norway is of course a country with huge differences in climate and weather conditions. In the far, far northern part of the country daylight is now gone for the year. Here in the west the sun comes up around 8 in the morning and goes down at 16.30. And we will have daylight for a few hours throughout the year. Autumn is a time of rain and grey clouds in these parts, and in addition we have the mountains surrounding Bergen which makes it all the more darker. It is a fasciniating time, and it can bring in a lot of fasciniating weather. Like a severe thunderstorm we had earlier this week.

Taken from my living room window at around 17.00 pm.