Sunday, April 22, 2018

Summer is here

A close call
Summer came early this year. Even before the real Spring arrived. That is very unusual for Stockholm. Summer means that all the classic cars will be out on the roads again. Spotted this one while sitting at the cafe with the usual suspects. The driver noticed me and gave me a wave. It was a close call as I shot with the 105mm lens, but I managed to get a couple of decent snaps before it was gone.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sixteen Recent Snaps

Sixteen Recent Snaps
Cold Leffe on the veranda with dinner yesterday. The old tree on Thursday afternoon. Greek Salad dinner. Blåsippor at the ancient gravefield in Jordbro. Påsklilja detail near the old tree. Guy walking home from Systembolaget with a "flak" of beer. Birch tree snapped on my way to the old tree. Cyclist passing the cafe. Jim has anew look for the year. Trygg-Hansa at Slätmossen. Jujja handling the sun and the heat at Malmens. View from a bridge at the nature park Slätmossen. The stolen, dumped and torched car again. Another cyclist pedals past the cafe. Vitsippor at the Iron Age burial site. Muslim woman walks by the cafe.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Viking Era Runestone

Viking Era Runestone
A 1,000 year old runestone that once stood at the long gone village of Blista, not far from Alvsta in Haninge. There's an old painting of the runestone dating back 400 years, and the top right corner of the stone was already missing back then. Today the stone stands close to Årsta castle in Österhaninge. It has been there since around 1864 when Gustav Upmark pieced the stone together. At that time the stone had been missing for hundreds of years and when it was found it was broken in several pieces. It is 263 centimetres high and 146 centimetres wide. The inscription reads: Sven had this stone made...(a few words are missing here) ...his good father and for Gudvar. The inscription was made by Halvdan. It means that Sven raised the stone in memory of his parents.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Roundabout

Roundabout
Roundabout here is where they are building a new "rondell" along Stavsvägen in Tungelsta an area with many new houses still under construction. Shot this as an extreme shallow depth of field photo by stitching together multiple photos taken with the Sigma macro lens.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Naval Ships

HMS Visby Minehunter
Took the fixie bike down to my favourite beach yesterday. 15C from a blueish sky. Happy to report that all the ice is gone from the Horsfjärden bay. Top photo shows the corvette HMS Visby. Photographed with my 70-200mm Canon lens with the help of the 1.4 Viltrox Extender. Snapped from the little marina at the Årsta Brygga. Second photo shows the minehunter HMS Kullen. A Landsort-class mine countermeasures vessel. Took that photo from a pier at the Årsta Havsbad beach. Both vessels are part of the 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla at the nearby Berga Navybase. I visited the base a few years ago when they had an open-house weekend.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New preschool

A concrete pattern New preschool
New preeschool under construction at what used to be a parking lot at Ringvägen in Västerhaninge.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Friday the thirteenth

Friday the thirteenth Frozen Lake
Still a thin layer of ice covering the Lower Lake at the Rudan nature reserve. One not so clever guy tried ice fishing on Friday the 13th. Didn't end well. But he did survive.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Bullerskärm

Bullerskärm
Bullerskärm. Swedish word of the day. Noise barrier fence along the Nynäsbanan railway line at Håga in Västehaninge. In the background a new building at the industrial park.

Friday, April 13, 2018

A work in progress

A work in progress
Artwork that is. I tried my best to offend the owner, (didn't catch his name), of this car by informing him that it was a bit on the ugly side. He responded that this was just a start, soon the entire car will be painted in a similar style. I spotted the Hyundai at Håga industrial park yesterday and decided to shoot my first bokeh panorama with the Sigma lens. The anonymous guy then told me that it was Jesse that would paint the car and he is actually pretty good at designing stuff. Press here to see Jesse's Amazon. And here to see Jesse's cool bike. And here to see Jesse.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pootography

Pootography
Horse back riding is strictly verboten on walkways in Sweden. This is the newest walkway in Tungelsta, at Stav. It follows a little meandering stream, Rocklösaån, and is popular with the locals, including the four-legged ones that shouldn't be there.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Anemone hepatica

Anemone hepatica Blåsippa
I was wearing my Winter outfit yesterday as it was surprisingly cold in the Spring sunshine. Biking past a couple of places, the Iron Age grave field at Jordbro and the birch forest at Håga where you normally can spot Blåsippa, Anemone hepatica, I had to use my hawk eyes to see anything, but at Håga I finally did. So I spent a few minutes locating a few photogenic plants and here are two of them. They were still hiding under last years Autumn leaves, but in a few days time people without hawk eyes will probably also see them.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Mio min Mio

Mio min Mio
Every time I see a Mio store, or an ad for that chain I think, Mio min Mio, (Mio my Mio). That is the title of a fantasy novel, (and movie), written by Astrid Lindgren. It is a good name for a store, but it is just short for Möbelhandelns Inköpsorganisation. Which would translate to The Furniture Trade Purchasing Organisation, and that's not very sexy at all. This one can be found at Vega in Handen. In the background a couple of new apartment buildings at Vegastaden.

Monday, April 09, 2018

The Swans

The Swans
New roundabout and bridge under construction on Road 73 at Vega Trafikplats in Handen. This is the highway to Stockholm and there has been a lot of accidents here since the construction started. Mainly because people drive to fast and that is not a problem that can be fixed. Ever.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

The Terrace

The Terrace
13C and a blueish sky today, so I took a longish bike ride with photo stops at a couple of places in handen. This is the building site known as Haningeterrassen, or The Terrace as I call it here on the blog. Looks like they are progressing okay.