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16 Apr 2018
New summer directions

New summer destinations

Saturday trip for new summer destinations

Is April and still a lot of snow in the mountain. It was long, long winter here in Norway. And because the summertime is coming I wanted to check some new places. For this summer I have a two main directions, first is Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark and the second is Folgefonna Nasjonalpark. Both it is a glaciers. Before any trips, I always check the places on the maps and if it is possible in terrain. Folgefonna is not so far from Bergen, and I decide to check some places around it. It was long and nice Saturday trip for new summer destinations.

Only 400 kilometers, but 14 hours driving and walking. It is sad, I never tried this way around Folgefonna national park. I found almost everything I wanted. Only one road was closed by the falling stones. It was even dangerous to try to drive it now. I have to wait and check it again next time.

After all, I am so sure I will get a lot of amazing pictures for you and a lot of useful information about places around Folgefonna.  I am so sure is worth to be explored. Like I wrote above it was just small trip for new summer destinations, but I want to show you some place witch looks beauty in winter scenery and I can only imagine how it will look in summer. With all the mountain colors around.

This is an unnamed mountain road, aside from the road number 40, the lake is Fjellhaugvatn and it is one of the biggest in this area. Enjoy the view. I am sure is perfect place for summer camp.

 

02 Apr 2018

Time to write something

It is really good time to write something

Long, long time since the last post. So now we have spring time. Nice that is still little frost in the night time, so the snow does not melt so fast. Even with this, everything looks like the flood will come soon. Too much snow in the mountains. Dangerous situation. Anyway, I hope to enjoy the mountains soon and watch whole the water flowing down. This is always spectacular.

Before and during the Easter time we have had a nice sunny weather in Bergen. Some shots you may see below. Really nice to walk through my city again and see all the beauty around. Almost whole people went to the mountains for the Easter. Quiet and nice in the city. Lazy time. It was attractive to visit some places I do not see often. And now when I have this nice, light-full pictures is time to write something and show you it.

I want to say THANK YOU to all of you, who is still with me. I know, I am now so irregular. So glad to see you here. When the summer time comes finally, I promise to show You some spectacular and awesome places. I already have two good locations for the trips. Stay with me…

25 Feb 2018
Swans in the cold Fjord

Abnormal winter

This year we have an abnormal winter here on the west cost of Norway.

It is an abnormal long winter period with over two times more snow. Crazy for some who do not like winter. It is strongly recommended to drive only the main roads. Days are longer, but still to short for some long trips. Mountains are dangerous in this time.

So, I even do not try any trips. Last week I tried o visit Modalen, but everything was closed and so much snow everywhere. Even the beautiful waterfalls was frozen. I took only few pictures, bad pictures. I hope the winter period will finish soon. This is the only reason why I do not post anything since the last trip at the end of fall.

Now across almost whole Europe is wander the low temperature from Siberia. The meteorologists said that even here in Bergen temperatures will decrease to minus 15…. Wrrrrr Abnormal winter in my city.

Below I present some pictures from the road to Modalen last weekend. And the winter period I consider closed.

Abnormal winter, Dangerous snowy sky

Dangerous snowy sky

Abnormal winter, Swans in the cold Fjord

Swans in the cold Fjord

31 Dec 2017
Last trip 2017

Last trip 2017

It was my last trip 2017

Not so far, just 100 kilometers. Voss. Small nice placed town in Hordaland. But because it is hundred kilometers from the seaside the kind of weather is different. Much more snow than in Bergen. And of course the tree I like.

2017 is over now. I was not so active during this year, and I do not think it will change in 2018. I plan another visit in the North Norway. Destination Senja. And like always many small trips around.

In 2018 I wish myself to get more time for my photographic passion. I hope to sell some pictures.

For You all, my friend, I think You know better what do You want in the New Year, so I wish you all fulfillment of your dreams. See You in the New Year….

 

06 Oct 2017

Mountain puddle

Mountain puddle, next dream from next trip.

I love mountain in the autumn season. You all know it. I love to discovered new places, and you also know it. Sometimes I drive so far looking for new places, but  sometimes the amazing places are so close. This one is only 100 kilometers from Bergen. Easy to reach driving the road E39. Long time ago in early winter I drove along the Modalen valley to the almost end. Almost, means to the end of asphalt road, and because it was winter time and a lot of snow, I stopped. And I always keep this place in my mind.

Like in many other valleys, also Modalen including technical road which was used for construction works. To build the dams around mountain lakes. This road start easy, at the end along few curves it leads to over 1000 meter above the sea level. Crazy, amazing drive. I love roads like this. Few parking places along, but the road still leads over and over. It is difficult to reach the last parking, but definitely worth. I wont to be there in spring time for to see whole the water from melting winter snows falling down through the valley. It should be amazing view. This time I visited the valley, it was dry. The dams detained the water in the lakes.

On the picture is the view from the first parking place on the road. Most of the people visiting this place stop here and they walk through few walking paths in every direction. Even in this place in more than 900 meters is beautiful, what you may see on the picture. The mountain puddle with view along the Modalen valley. Enjoy and have a nice weekend.

Mountain puddle

Mountain puddle with view along Modalen Valley.

19 Sep 2017

Second mountain lake

Today the second mountain lake.

Straight between, is the highest placed from the three lakes. Surrounded by not so high hills colored by early autumn. This is picture taken from the road small park place. Best place to do some picnic. Chicken from disposable grill taste so, so good in the place like this. Little bit cold, even in the sunny day. I do not know how high I am now, but with the stains of last year snow, I think it is high. The second mountain lake, Skjerjavatnet. Probably like I saw it on the map is biggest then the two other. Is so long, and on the picture is not visible how high it is. I was not ready to take walk. I never take walk in the terrain I do not know. This could be dangerous sometimes. Maybe next time, when I find where the walking path lead, I will try some walk. There is many sources in internet to find even the small walking path along Norway.

Second mountain lake

The second mountain lake, Skjerjavatnet.

06 Sep 2017

Water color – view from the dam

Water color – view from the dam

The same place like in yesterday`s post. And shot from other side of the dam. This is the first mountain lake on the technical road. It name is Askjellsdalsvatnet. Is big. On the picture is visible only some part of it. Because almost around whole lake is another part of this technical road, some day I will try to drive around. So, today only the picture from the dam. The most amazing in this place is the water color. Autumn on the hills around, almost clear blue sky, silence and the amazing color create mood not from this world. It all together let me feel quiet and calm. I am sure you all will love this feeling.

And it is still only beginning of this tour.

Like you see on the picture, and some previous posts, this is beautiful place but it is not famous. Not many people visiting it, and it gives possibility to be and to feel alone. On the whole road to the end  and back I met three cars only.

Now I will drive between some last year snow parts to the next lake, and I will post it later.

Water color

Askjellsdalsvatnet in Eksingedalen. Amazing water color

…and the post from yesterday if you missed it:

Eksingedalen again – 2017 tour

21 Aug 2017

One day trip to Odda

Another one, one day trip to Odda.

Crazy summer. The second wettest summer in Norway. The rain starts in June, and during the summer was rainy almost everyday. Wet. So, sometimes the weather give us some break. And it was in this weekend. Almost whole day without rain. Nice day for the trip. One day trip to Odda. Odda valley, most know like the waterfall valley, was so crazy this time. The power of all the waterfalls gives the thrill. I like this small town. I like to watch all the people from whole world who came here and waiting for transport to the start point, to climb on Troltunga. Many different people and many different clothes. Easy to see the experienced travelers and completely amateurs without any equipment or even without enough good shoes. Crazy people.

This was lazy trip with many stops. The picture below was taken from one of the place I ever stop. Exactly on other side of this mountain is the city Odda. I love this view. And here is always quiet. Nice to eat some breakfast with the view like this. It taste better. I hope you will also like this nice view. I have pictures from here taken on every kind of weather, in every season. And the majesty mountain is always beautiful.

Some pictures from the waterfalls I will present later. Not everything is ready yet.

I wish myself the autumn season to be much better than the summer. A lot of place to visit. I have a lot of plans. The end of this week from Thursday I will spend partialy in Jotunheim National Park. Forecast is good, so I hope to bring back a lot of nice pictures for you.

One day trip to Odda

 

25 Jun 2017

Balestrand again. Shot from ferry

Balestrand again. Shot from the ferry

It was almost the end of my short and first trip through the Balestrand. This is shot from the ferry back to the other side of Sognefjord. On the other side the road again climb to the top of the mountains, again snowy time. I am so glad, I discover this places. Many times before I thought about this trip, but always was something else to do or to visit. To really explore this area I will need to take a longer trip. For few days. Will be nice to climb some mountains and photograph the view from top. From this place Sognefjord, the longest fjord, start to be really interesting and full of nice views. It is not so far to the Aurland, but we are in Balestrand again. One of the nice view I present on my picture below. Taken from ferry with wide angle lens. Enjoy it and have a nice Sunday. Here in Bergen is still rainy. Probably this is the most wet June ever….

Balestrand again.

17 Jun 2017

Grey time. Bad weather in Long exposure.

Grey time on Sotra. Bad weather in long exposure.

So, at the end I bought some filters to my camera. I have read little about camera settings and I drove on Sotra to try it in practice. I am not sure it is even visible on this picture, but the camera was set on 30 seconds. Water and sky looks different, but I think I need learn a lot. It was a grey day with strong wind, without rain. Clouds moved fast and with this part of the picture, I am so glad. Not sure about water. Grey time. Bad weather in long exposure.

When I get some practice, I will try to photograph the most beautiful and the ordinary waterfalls from Hordaland. Of course in Long time exposure. And I hope you will like it.

I am busy now before vacation, and it looks like I will be busy even after the vacation. It is also the reason why I do not post for long time. In my archive is a lot of nice pictures from the trip around Balestrand and from few other places I visited in the last time. Some are very nice and I hope they soon be visible here. Thank you to all who still visiting my blog. Thank you to all my friend. I hope you all have a good time now.

Grey time