Sunday, May 29, 2016

Targa Florio Svecia

Saab 96 Volvo P1800
The rain stopped just before I jumped on the bike for the ride down to the Häringe castle yesterday. I visited the first annual Targa Florio Svecia. Around 100 cars took part in the event. They started in Handen at the Port 73 mall and then followed a 100 km course before arriving to the old castle. It will be a patriotic start with two Swedish cars. A Saab 96 from 1967 with everything original except for the GoPro camera. The second car was the first one to reach Häringe. It's VolvoP1800 from 1963.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

After the rain

Blomma Förgätmigej Flower macro
A few macro photos after the rain. I will be off soon, riding the bike down to the Häringe castle to have a lok at al the cars in the Targa Florio Svecia rally.

Friday, May 27, 2016

As Green As It Gets

As Green As It Gets
May is many peoples favorite moth of the year in this country. Summer arrives and everything goes green again. And I think the green peaked this week. A few warm days followed by a few rainy ones. This was the scene at the wooden bridge in the nature park Slätmossen a couple of days ago.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A La La La La Long

A La La La La Long
Took a short photo walk in Handen with my buddy Jim a few days ago. Spotted this mural on a balcony at Idunvägen so I stopped for a photo. Asked around and someone told me that two brothers that looks like real Vikings lives there. My first thought when I spotted the artwork was that song with Inner Circle that is impossible to get out of your head once it's in there so here is a Youtube video.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
Finally. The old tree is turning green again. Feels like it was a long wait this year. Took this photo last evening during the golden hour. Shot with the nifty fifty from my usual spot on the path. So I had to take six photos and stitch them together. We have had two smashing Summer days this week and yesterday was the warmest day of the year, (just like Grace predicted), but as I'm typing this the cold weather is on it's way back. Rain and 10C is on the menu for Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Birdographer

The Birdographer Sothöna1 Sothöna2
The first thing I noticed at Slätmossen on my most recent visit was this photographer. And I even recognized the lens she was shooting with. Because I am thinking about buying it myself. Would be a nice tool for bird photography. It's the Tamron AF SP 150-600/5,0-6,3 Di VC USD. Didnt get her name, but I found her via Facebook as she showed me some of her photos, so hello Annika!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Driving in Style

Mercury Montclair To be young again
If and when I want to take a few photos of classic cars I usually position myself on a pedestrian bridge in Handen. On this occasion I had to jump off the bike and quickly reach for the camera so that I wouldn't miss the 1956 Mercury Montclair. A little later a green Ford from 1949 drove by. It will be even easier to photograph classic cars next Saturday during the Targa Florio Svecia event. 120 cars will drive through the old roads in Haninge before meeting up at the Häringe castle.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nina

Nina
Most of the times when I am out looking to take a street portrait I try to find a detail that stands out a bit. I noticed this woman's headscarf when I passed her on the bike in Handen. So I turned around and complimented her on the scarf and asked if I could take her portrait. She was in a hurry so I didn't get more than her name, Nina. But there was something familiar about her so a little later I took out my smart phone and did a search. And that's when I realised that we had met before! Two cameras ago. I took Nina's portrait on a very warm Summer's day back in 2009, and she wore a similar scarf on that day as well.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rural Living

Rural Living
These are the old cottages on the property I showed you yesterday, with the collapsed carriage house. The couple I talked to live in a more modern house. This is the view from the carriage house. All you can see from the road is the blooming shrubs. No idea how "modern" the cottages are on the inside but walking around here I could easily see myself living here. Getting up early on a Summer morning, enjoying breakfast outdoors, hearing nothing but birdsong, before jumping on the bike for the 15 minute ride to the beach. The couples son lives in one house and another relative in the other cottage.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Carriage house

Carriage house Vagnslider Vagnslider
This is an old vagnslider. Carriage house in English. What every farm had back in the day. I had a look inside and there are still plenty of forgotten wagons in this collapsed building. The farm is long gone, but the old cottage is still there, as is a newer house. The property at Högsta along Åvavägen in rural Österhaninge was known as Anderssongården as the Andersson family has owned it for four generations. And they are still here today.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Little Red Corvette

Daniel and the Corvette Johnny the Rocker? Red Corvette
I noticed a red Corvette parked next to the museum at the park in Tungelsta earlier in the week, so I decided to try and shoot a few Brenizer method photos of the sports-car. And while doing that I had a brief chat with the owner, Daniel. He asked me if I had any photos from the rock festival held in the park every Summer. He had been there the last few years and knew someone who knew someone who played in one of the bands, Lugnet. So do I and I have now looked through the photos from recent years to see if I perhaps had a previous candid photo of Daniel, but no luck so far.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blue Ice

Blue Ice
I have a feeling that there's an extrovert behind the wheel in this blue Mercedes. Or at least someone who wants to get noticed and it worked! Shot with the silent zoom lens while enjoying coffee at Malmens Konditori.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Fragment

Fragment
Part of a Viking Era runestone near the burial site in Österhaninge. My friend Jim could make out one word on a previous visit: Brother. Experts say that this is probably the runestones original location. The three nearby farms Alby, Lundby and Berga met around where the stone stands, and it is likely that the runestone stood by the side of an old road that is long gone today. The stone was probably raised in memory of a man living at one of the farms. The fragment is recorded on a map from 1774. The author of the Swedish national anthem, Du gamla, Du fria, Richard Dybeck is said to have heard on a visit, that the stone was destroyed many many moons ago.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Macromania

Rävrumpa Smörblomma Svalört Tickle-my-fancy
Here are a few recent macro photos shot around Haninge this Summer. All four photos taken with the old Canon 550, using the nifty fifty, and a few extension tubes. Horsetail, (Rävrumpa). Meadow Buttercup,(Smörblomma), Lesser Celandine, (Svalört). And Tickle-my-fancy, (Styvmorsviol).