Saturday, December 20, 2014

Will it be a...

Winter
...white Christmas? I don't know the answer to that question. But we did get some snow just three days ago. It started snowing in the early afternoon on Wednesday. I could hear some kids screaming and shouting with joy as I walked up a hill to get a few winter photos for the blog. I don't normally shoot scenes like this, but my blogger friend Lasse has a good eye for this sort of thing so I blame this shot on him!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ye Old Farm Building

Ye Old Farm Building
Here is the December version of the old warehouse at the Välsta farm. It's my fourth photo in the monthly series. Had I waited 24 hours it would have been a snowy scene, but the snow we got this week was gone in another 24 hours. Previous photos of the warehouse here and here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Work begins on the Tungelsta commuter station

Construction Site
The commuter station in Tungelsta has been a busy building site in the last few years with a new bridge, a second rail-track to Västerhaninge, and before that the platform was rebuilt (made longer) to fit two long commuter trains. And now it is time again. And you will probably not recognise it when it is finished. An underpass will be constructed along with big stairs so that you can access the platform from two directions. The last remaining crossings will be closed and replaced with tunnels or new roads. all that will remain is the century old stationhouse.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Flying south for the Winter

Flying south for the Winter
Migrating south for the winter. A bit late perhaps, but the geese probably knows best. Flying in formation, I heard them before I could see them yesterday while going for a walk.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Winter Sign

Breaking Through The Ice
It is getting colder. Winter is here. Ice are forming on the fields. Like here at Krigslida where a few tough grass straws have decided to give the ice a fight.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Winter Digging

Winter Digging
A new housing area is being built at Lillgården in Tungelsta. Between Söderbyvägen and Stavsvägen. It will consist of 85 row houses, a pre school and a park. I think this recently dug ditch will be a future water storage dam. Next to it a new bike path will connect with Stavsvägen at Lillhammar. There will also be a number of allotment gardens just to the left of here. Mera info här.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wild Chamomile

Blue and Yellow
Ice everywhere today. You had to be careful on the side-walks and bike paths. The temperature was hovering around freezing, but we did have a few hours with a blue sky and that's when I went for a walk. Found this wild chamomile near the old tree. It's a tough little flower.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The crane is up

ISO 5000
A view towards central Handen as seen from a jetty at Lower Lake Rudan. Shot at midday on a darkish December day using ISO 5000. I wanted to show you old city hall, (the building to the left), and the big crane that I wrote a post about on Theme Day two weeks ago. The other buildings in the photo are Rudsjöterrassen (offices, gym, hotel and more), near the commuter station. New city hall, and to the right a building belonging to KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Village Grows

Tungelsta Trädgårdsstad
From tomorrow you will be able to buy a copy of this new book about Tungelsta. That is if you live locally and decide to visit the Christmas market in the park in Tungelsta. I got my (free), copy today from one of the authors. You have met both of them here on the blog before. They are Hilding Eklund and Jan Sandh. The book tells the story about the more than 100 greenhouse nurseries in Tungelsta. The photo on the cover dates back to 1903. It shows a store called Svin-Kalles affär. The building still stands there today, and the debate is if the house was moved to it's current location back in1 902 when the rail-track Nynäsbanan was constructed. That is what some people believe as Svin-Kalle had another store at Fors in Västerhaninge (a few kilometres away), for many years. Anyway, if you live locally, be sure to pick up a copy and learn a little more about your local history. The book costs 200SEK and I'm sure the authors will sign it for you.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Water Tower

Water Tower
The two big water towers in Handen are being fixed-up. Workers that didn't speak a word of Swedish are still setting up the scaffolding around the first tower. In a not too distant future they will look like this, (follow the link).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

That Old Tree

That Old Tree Focus is overrated
Raining hard form a very grey sky as I'm writing this. But believe it or not we have had a couple of hours with a blueish sky and that's when I visited the old tree. We have even had a few minutes of sunshine, as proven on my second photo. Heading home yesterday I suddenly found myself looking at the sun (don't try that), for the first time in sex six weeks. So I jumped off the bike reached for the camera in the bag, and snapped a quick selfie before continuing home. Opening the photo in PS I realised that I had turned off the auto focus earlier in the day when I was shooting a panoramic view, but as I have heard several photographers say, focus is overrated!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Disappearing Path

Disappearing Path
I use this bike path sometimes. It goes between Jordbro and Handen close to the Slätmossen nature park. For many years it was just a tiny path through the woods. Then a few years ago construction started on a pipe-line for drinking water, and the forest was cleared here, and when the pipe-line was done the path was eventually paved. So now you can walk,run or bike on the pipe-line!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Superwoman

Superwoman
You might remember Sarah. When I write this she is on her way home from Doha. Where she won two gold medals in the World Swimming Championships on Sunday. And she broke the world record in both races! Amazing. And earlier in the championship she won another gold medal and one silver medal in the space of 35 minutes. Fantastic.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Warehouse 157 at Port 73

Warehouse 157
The mall Port 73 (named after Väg 73), opened for business a couple of years ago. I have written a few posts about it. Feels like they are always expanding. And at the moment that is true. When I took this snap I was out shooting with a friend and we made a short stop at the mall. I needed to use the restroom but it was gone! All I could find was a big sign saying something about a modernized shopping experience in the near future. Whatever that means.

Saturday, December 06, 2014