Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sit down and read a book why don't you

Sit down and read a book why don't you
Fun initiative from a librarian in Västerhaninge. Two boxes filled with books for both kids and adults sits on the doorstep to the library with a note saying, help yourself to a book, sit down here and relax and read for a while in the Summer heat.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

16 Summer Snaps

16 Summer Snaps
Insert coin here, Nathalie who runs my favorite cafe have quite a few fun tattoos. A 1965 Impala in Västerhaninge. Guy with a blonde in a Japanese sportscar. Concrete & canola. Pokémon Go player on a bridge. Moped panning snap. Hover-board guy. A red rose. My bike in a canola field. Smoking Kills, Hasse at the cafe. Me reflected in a 1948 Police Harley. 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Woman on a bike. Road 73. Rewaco Trike. Alien dog at Malmens Konditori.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The harmonious girl

The harmonious girl Amy Harmon
This girl came walking towards me in Handen on Sunday. Wearing that red dress and the matching headwrap she was a pleasure for the eyes. Her name is Amy Harmon, originally from Africa, she now resides in Sweden. Amy was late for her bus but was nice enough to pose for a few portraits.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The new commuter station

The Commuter Station
No traffic on the Nynäsbanan railway line between Västerhaninge and Nynäshamn this Summer. Which means that the construction of the new commuter station in Tungelsta, and the laying of the second rail track between Tungelsta and Hemfosa have picked up some speed. This was how the platform looked yesterday. Press here to see how it will look when they are done. The old Station House dates back a century, the last station master still lives there with his wife in an apartment on the second floor. The first floor is occupied by Handlaget. The green building serves beer and pizza, before that it was a convenient store.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

From Tee to Green

If Stenson can do it... On the green
There are four golf courses near me. I biked past all four of them earlier in the week and here are two photos from HaningeStrand and Haninge GK. The courses are next to each other in Österhaninge, no more than a few long drives from my favorite beach. It was a beautiful Summer day, the temperature around 25C, not much wind so I didnt hear any complaints.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

White Mischief

White Mischief
Great Summer day yesterday. I made a stop at the beach. It was crowded and for once I opted not to take any photos of the sunbathers. I sat down, enjoyed the sun and ate my lunch. The back in the saddle for the short ride to the ferry port, my timing was a bit off and no ferry could be seen but I did spot a few boats crossing the bay.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer easy

Rolf von Steinhausen
Great downhill cyclist and motorcycle fanatic Rolf von Steinhausen occupying one of the piers at the Lower lake at the Rudan nature reserve. We are expecting a few fine Summer days now. Rolf had an accident last year which resulted in a nasty injury, followed by surgery so he had to give up motorcycle racing but he can still be seen out on the roads riding his bicycles. After I shot this candid snap of him I walked out onto the pier for a chat. The piers at this lake were constructed (in first hand), for anglers and there can sometimes be discussions about who has the right to be there, but I think Rolf made it very clear that it was his pier on this occasion!Rolf lives just across the road from my favorite cafe Malmens konditori where he is a regular guest.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Built and tested in the mountains

Reading Standard Reading Standard Built and tested in the mountains
Spotted this beauty as it was driving towards me in Krigslida yesterday so I decided to wave it down for a chat and a few photos. A Reading Standard motorcycle with a sidecar, from 1917. Made in Reading, Pennsylvania. Now living in Tungelsta since a quarter of a century. Once, during a holiday ride to Norway with the Reading Standard, Olle, the owner was stopped by the police. His wife and young daughter were riding in the sidecar, and he figured he must have broken a few traffic regulations and that there would be trouble. But it was just one of the cops who was really interested in the bike and wanted to know more. There used to be a club for people with this type of motorcycle but it died out as there were so few bikes still in circulation. Built and tested in the mountains was the company's slogan btw.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycle
A 1948 Harley. Used as a police motorcycle before it was imported to Sweden. The current owner bought it 25 years ago for 50 000SEK. Since then he has spent 100 000SEK to keep it in mint condition. He visits lots of bike meets and I'm sure i will see him at the Easy Rider Festival next month.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Max Tomsby

Max Tomsby
Spotted a musician from a distance yesterday. I was on my way to a bridge in Handen from where I sometimes shoot cool cars. He came walking towards me with the guitar on his back so it was an easy guess, but I still asked him if he was a musician, and the answer was yes. This in Max Tomsby. He has played in a few different cover bands over the years. But at the moment he is a one man band. Max told me that he also does some busking every now and then. He plays a lot of music from the 70s and 80s. He is a big Tom Petty fan. If you check out his Soundcloud site you can hear a few of his Swedish songs. I took a few snaps of him and promised to email them to him.aaways good to have an updated profile photo online when you are a musician. If you check out his Soundcloud site you can hear a few of his songs where he sings in Swedish.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kimmo Kangasvieri

Kimmo Kangasvieri
As I made my way to the old tree yesterday I spotted a guy with a tripod slung over his shoulder, walking past the now world famous Swedish Whitebeam. A few minutes later after I had taken my snap of the tree I caught up with him. This is Kimmi Kangasvieri from Tyresö. A very dedicated birdwatcher. He found this spot earlier this year and have been back a few times. He had already spotted the fox family that I have tried to photograph this Summer. Kimmi has 405 birds on his list. The record in Sweden is around 450 species. He had seen five owls here, ( I have the worlds worst photo of one of them). Kimmi had a very expensive Swarovski spotting scope with him. It costs more than twice what I paid for my full-frame Canon! The tripod was also of a very high quality, as was the binocular in his left hand. He told me that last year alone he spent more than 800 hours at Sandemar, a nature reserve a few miles from here that he has been visiting for five years now. Kimmi also informed me that he is one of those guys that will jump into his car and drive for a few hours if there's a report of an unusual bird somewhere in the country, that is dedication!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Dance Performance

Twenty-four kids aged between 16 and 21 performs at Poseidon's square in Handen. Part of a Summer project called Invånare, Citizens. Created by the choreographers Elin Samuelsson and Emelie Wahlman. They represent six places from around Stockholm, Haninge, Hässelby, Järfälla ,Kista, Nacka and Österåker. They have all worked very hard for this, practising for many hours per day for two long weeks. They danced to hip hop and Disco and they were really great.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Still There

Still There
Remember that little house that I fought to save? Eight months later, (sadly), it is still there. They didn't have enough time (and money perhaps), to save the whole building. At least that is what they told me. They removed the windows and a few other details worth saving and then just left it like this. The builders were coming they said. Three new houses would be built here in the early Spring. That was the story back in March. It is now mid July and absolutely nothing has happened here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Summer visit to the beach

On a normal (sunny), Summer day this tiny beach at the Upper Lake at the Rudan nature reserve in Handen would be filled with sunbathers. Not so today. It was so cold that my hands almost turned white while on the bike.