Sunday, May 03, 2015

Spring Colors

Red Stripes A Hint of Summer RGB Sakura
A yellow Forsythia flower against a clear blue sky. It grows next to the path that leads to the old tree. Found the "Prästkrage" while taking some photos at a construction site in Handen. The red flowers on the third photo are called Rosenrips. This one grows at a bike stand near the pedestrian tunnel that will take you to the Rudan nature reserve in Handen, it was a tricky shoot at it was very windy. And as I got permission from some of you to shoot a second Sakura photo here it is. All photos taken with the help of my extension tubes.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Allévägen

Allévägen
If you follow this blog you have probably seen this road before. This is Allévägen. The trees were planted by the owner of the Hammar Estate two centuries ago. Some of the trees have been replaced but it looks good in mid-Spring don't you think? You will find the estate where the road turns.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Vote For Nobody Nobody Cares

Vote For Nobody Nobody Cares
If we follow this advise, Rösta på ingen ingen bryr sig that I found in Handen yesterday made by an unknown street artist, the revolution might be around the corner, so to be sure I had a look around the corner and I have nothing more to report. Theme Day at CityDailyPhoto. Revolution.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cool dog of the day

Cool Dog of the Day
I sometimes take photos from a pedestrian bridge that crosses a busy road in Handen. You don't have to wait long before something interesting comes by. Like this cool dog riding shotgun in his humans Harley. It says Kastro on the sidecar so I'm guessing that is the name of the cool dog.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

But my car is in the garage!

But my car is in the garage! Police Car There was a lot of smoke. That usually means a fire. Then the fire fighters passed me on the road so I followed them to see if I could get a few photos, (I was on the steel horse). It was a car fire in a multi story car park near the commuter station in Handen. Fire fighters from two stations were busy dealing with the fire when I arrived. I figured I could snap a few quick photos and send them to the local paper, but their photographer were already at the scene! Police were busy closing off the roads. As far as I know no one was injured. One car was destroyed and two there were damaged. I'm guessing the guy on the top photo is a student from the KTH school and that his car was parked in the garage.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sixteen Recent Snaps

I can be picky
I can be picky sometimes. These sixteen recent Spring photos from around Haninge didn't make the cut on their own. Female cyclist riding down the Mulsta road, she spotted me. Everything is turning green now, shot this while sitting at the cafe. Viola tricolor near the old tree shot using an extension tube. Snake enjoying the sunshine by the side of the path in Jordbro. Blooming wood anemones behind a fence near the Björklund farm. Blue tit at the veranda at home. Funny sign at a horse farm in Österhaninge. It says Crawl Speed. Jeep on a tow truck at a roundabout in Handen. Female biker on a colorful Harley-Davidson. The farm house at Björklund. The magnificent tree turning green among a few rusty barrels at the Nödesta farm. The view fro the bridge at the Slätmossen nature park. Common brimstone on a dandelion in Österhaninge. More bird houses every year at Söderby Gård, I met the guy who makes them a few years ago. Tulips in a roundabout in Handen. Farming at Nödesta.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cherry Blossom

Sakura
The rule says that if you own a camera you have to take at least one Sakura photo per year, so here is mine. Found a couple of blooming threes next to the fountain at the Eskilsparken in handen on friday.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A guy walks up the stairs

A guy walks up the stairs
So this (dumb), guy (me), wakes up in the middle of the night. And he needs to use the bathroom downstairs. For the last few weeks he has been busy (off and on), refurbishing the rooms on the second floor, and because of that there's a very hard steel ladder in the middle of the staircase. The dumb guy manages to walk down the stairs without any problems. But then, a minute later, walking up the stairs, he has completely forgotten about that steel ladder.

Friday, April 24, 2015

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
The old tree is as always a slow starter and isn't going green just yet. But the fields on both sides of the path are much greener than a few weeks ago.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lotus Evora

Lotus Evora
Another sign of Spring. More and more sportscar out on the roads. Spotted this Lotus Evora in Handen yesterday. If you want one be prepared to cough up around 800 000 SEK, or around $70,000.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Columns

Columns
This is yet another building site. At Tuvvägen, Söderbymalm in Handen. When they are don there will be two hundred new apartments here. Plus of course a few shops and what have you. A first structure is already up, just to the right of this photo. Interesting how they are using the hill with the pillars like this. Not a bad location. The nature park Slätmossen is just a short walk from here as is the Rudan nature reserve and the big mall is also close.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bird Sanctuary

Bird Sanctuary Big Float
This is the Skutan bird sanctuary in Handen. The wetland is a bit messy at the moment as you can see. I have been here a few times and I have rarely seen any birds. If you have good eyes you might spot the bird tower. The lack of birds was something that the municipality also figured out and they are now trying to fix that. The big float seems like an impressive machine to do the job. It's an amphibious excavator. There's also a nature promenade here and I was standing on that path when I shot the top photo.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Myrstack

Up On The Hill
Swedish word of the day. Myrstack. Anthill. This is a grassy hill near the Snörom farm. Normally there's horses here but they were still at the farm so I walked up for a look around. I try to do that a few times every year and I have shown you a photo or two before. The tree fell a few years ago and has now been turned into a busy anthill.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Styvmorsviol and Svalört

Viola tricolor I have seen thee, high and low,
I took a walk at Kapp-Ekeby byväg (byväg means farm road), a couple of days ago. A rural landscape just outside Västerhaninge. There used to be two farms in this little village, one was called Sandviken, but they were abandoned back in 1877. All that remains visible today is the old road. But if you look closely you can find remains from the Iron Age here so this is a place where people lived for a very long time. On this visit I decided to look for signs of Spring and this was the result. Top photo shows a Styvmorsviol. Second snap is a Svalört. To get this close I used an extension tube and the trusted pancake lens. And I might have to go back as I lost yet another lens cap!