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    #16
    Now, you've all seen my images from Viken Gård (Viken Farm) at Bjerkestrand taken this autumn.
    Today, it was about time to take the walk down to the farm again, and take some winter images.
    Some of the images are the same (I guess you'll recognize the positions and motives anyway) and I also made a walk down to some boathouses by the seaside.
    These boathouses stand at the same spot where the viking king Haakon Den Gode moored and docked his ships in the 900s.
    King Haakon Den Gode had his base and farm at Bjerkestrand when he ended up in a fight at Rastarkalv with Eirik Blodøks' sons in 955.
    Well enough history for now, over to the 81 images from today, starting at my house at 1300 hours...., and ending at the very same spot two hours later.
    Sit back and enjoy! (Hopefully)







    Big S say 'Hello!'




    Somehow, the snow managed to fall in the woods but not outside, on the edges...




    The branches on these five huge trees looked like open crocodile jaws
    Last edited by Sterkoder; December 5th, 2010, 23:44.
    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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      #17
      Then there was that milk container again...




      The carpenter house


      Not as many colours as in the autumn images, but the winter images also has their charm




      Fungus on that tree again


      Wintery fence




      Snowcovered fencepole


      Snowy pine
      Last edited by Sterkoder; December 5th, 2010, 21:41.
      "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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        #18
        Glow in a row of low pines




        Inside a small forrest I couldn't enter a few months back, due to too much leaves.
        Not so this time


        Looking over my shoulder


        Before the path brings me into the wide open space by the sea again




        You shoul hear the comforting sound!


        Rocks looking like an old whale (Cecilia: the rocky seagull was covered in snow. Couldn't find it...)


        Just had to picture my footstep


        And this was the view towards Reinsfjell and into the fjord
        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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          #19
          Remember the glowy green straws from post #4...?
          Here's how they look in December






          The mountains on the island Tustna just east of Kristiansund looks great in the sunset


          Then I came up the road down to the beach, and I thought this was a great motif; the huge "crocodile jaws trees" in the front with snowcovered bushes on each side




          Old windows are always facinating




          I didn't explore the carpenters house last time, but now I walked up and behind, and found these motifs


          The photographer in the window reflex was deliberate
          Last edited by Sterkoder; December 5th, 2010, 23:56.
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            #20
            I think I like old abandoned houses




            Remember the glowy bright yellow birch there from the autumn images? Not much glow left.


            And down by the farms own boathouse was still this boat by the tree




            Someone is waiting for summertime


            Hmmmm....


            Had to pass the carpenter house again when leaving the area




            "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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              #21


              Fence by the barn










              Then it was time to walk down to King Haakon Den Godes place, and on my way, I found some frozen hips


              And also a wintery fern


              A breakwater from our time


              Nothing much left from the time of the vikings, but these boathouses are not exactly new
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                #22


                Reinsfjell in the background


                Abandoned boat here also...




                You see....? A seagull....








                Sunset at 14:35


                A small frozen pond
                Last edited by Sterkoder; December 5th, 2010, 21:56.
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                  #23
                  Frozen hips again




                  The path through the forest from the road to Viken Farm to my house














                  Walking through this forest was just like walking through a norwegian fairy tale made lively by Ivo Caprino
                  "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                    #24
                    Soon to return home after two hours on a photo shoot




                    And at 1500 I was back home. You see the spottermobile Ford Escort parked outside, and a part of Reinsfjell in the background to the right


                    Hope you enjoyed the trip as I did....
                    "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                      #25
                      Oh Svein, I am absolutely at a loss for words to describe just how wonderful it has been to follow you on this winter walk. What a photographer you have become. So many motifs, and the mood and the special light!
                      It is such a pleasure to recognise places and details from the autumn, as well as to enjoy the differences the seasons bring. Literally “seeing things in a different light”. Just look at the ways that snow and frost pick out new motifs –and give us a new vocabulary too – I just love the crocodile jaws trees!

                      The fence by the barn in #21 is absolutely beautiful, and that second photo in #19 with the snow on the straws and the light catching it. I am very drawn to the image of the boat by the path with the house beyond, but really there is something special about them all.

                      I will not allow you to forget further walks in Spring and Summer!

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                        #26
                        Thank you, Cecilia, for your nice comments!!!

                        The thing is, this Viken farm has made me work a bit more with my camera, and belive it or not, the images you see is the first shot and only shot.
                        I don't like fireing off 6-8 pictures and then try to pick out the best when I come home.
                        Fairly satisfied with my images from today, and I used an extra few seconds to compose and set up my motif in the seeker before I pressed down the trigger.

                        I'm not saying this is the way to do it, but when the motif is not going anywhere, as in this case, I'm all for it.

                        My goal is to get better and better every day, and by the help of you other photographers here at CVF, I'm learning something new almost every day.
                        So thank you so much to all of you!!!

                        I can promise you I will take pictures down by the farm when comes both spring and summer.
                        What I've seen from my autumn and winter pictures, is that I expect the spring (maybe) and the summer images (surely) to be a bit "duller".
                        Even though I "hate" the winter, I now see that with a special lighting, this is the season that gives us the most beautiful images.

                        So friends, put on some warm clothes and get out there to take great photos this winter!!!
                        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post

                          I didn't explore the carpenters house last time, but now I walked up and behind, and found these motifs

                          When I look at old houses, and see details like these points on the windows and the brackets above the window...I remember that someone cared to take the little extra time to make the useful and necessary bits decorative. In our world today, I think so many of these little touches are left out...in so many ways and in so many areas. Not just architecture. The "little extra bits" is what made/makes us civilized, I think. So many in the world no longer take the time/trouble to do that little extra bit.

                          Okay, off my soapbox. The photos are BRILLIANT, Big S....

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                            #28
                            Well, having finished them all, I can definitely say "Well Done!!"

                            Here where it is just beginning to be cold (first frost last week...yes, I have PHOTOS!) the snow--and I know how all you Norwegians HATE snow- but the snow is SO beautiful and makes the landscapes so different!

                            I can imagine myself walking down that little path through the woods...how quiet it is. How peaceful. That quiet that only comes when snow dampens all the sounds.

                            I can feel the cold on my nose! Chilly fingertips....snow falling off the branches and underneath the scarf around my neck!

                            The light in Norway...I keep saying it...is so amazing....So crisp, so beautiful!

                            THANK YOU for the great big smile you've given me!!!!!!!!!

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                              #29
                              THANK YOU for the great big smile you've given me!!!!!!!!!
                              Oh, don't mention it!
                              You know, that is one of my motivating results of me posting pictures for all to watch, that some of you might react in that way.
                              If my pictures put a smile on someones face and set someone in a better mood than before they saw my pictures...., I've reached my goal

                              Thank you E, your comments mean alot!
                              "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by Sterkoder View Post
                                ....If my pictures put a smile on someones face and set someone in a better mood than before they saw my pictures...., I've reached my goal....
                                Smile is total understatement….
                                Central Scotland came to a halt today, just when things had seemed to be getting better … and then it snowed since morning, airports closed , traffic ground to a halt, there are no post deliveries and no rubbish collections around here, schools that were opening after a week are closing again, the local buses even stopped running today which hadn’t been the case last week …

                                I’m snowed up in the southern suburbs of the city, and I get so restless when I can’t go out walking – all my walks around here – paths and places many of you know from Skyscape – are completely impassable.

                                So today I spent some time in Singapore (much to Ralf’s inability to keep up with me!) …and then I did two circuits of this most delightful of walks around Bjerkestrand.

                                And do you know, I feel absolutely great!
                                Ah Sterkoder, that's the power of your pictures.

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