winter

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The icing on the cake

The high spot of the trip was the frozen Pericnik Waterfall. Brrrr…

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A fair bit of puffing and panting took place on the way up in the snow, but I’d do it again any day… with a lighter backpack 😜

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Medieval church at Lake Bohinj

The picturesque Church of Saint John the Baptist at Lake Bohinj.

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Winter sunset

Even standing more or less still for a couple of hours or more in sub-zero temperatures, somehow you just don’t feel the cold.

The touch of warm colour in the sky as sunset approached probably helped.

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I went back to Bled

And once again the snow melted.

But not before I’d had the time to take this shot:


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The way to Greenland

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You sure this is the way to Greenland?


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More diamonds on the beach

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Diamonds on the beach

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One night in Iceland

It was pretty astonishing to find this on my first night in Iceland.

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It seemed to last for quite a while before wisping off, the buildings occasionally lit up by passing vehicles.

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I was about to leave, happy to have seen the aurora. Then I turned around and saw this!

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First aurora, first visit to Iceland, unlikely to be my last.

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Still snow

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Blown away

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Snowstorm coming

Lost that day: a dry bag used to protect camera & lens in between shots. Entire tripod, camera & lens almost came a cropper too.


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Cold picnic at the rorbu, anyone?

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Looking for cold

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Morning splash

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Aci Trezza morning

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Birch sunrise

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Winter trees

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Cloudy sunrise at Aci Trezza

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Sunrise at the lake

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Still in Å

Still in Å

Still in Å


In Å

It’s like saying in awe. Å is a village at the bottom end of the Lofoten islands, where I spent the last afternoon. Finally no rain, no blizzards, no hurricane winds toppling tripods.

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white rorbu (traditional wooden home) in Å


4 portraits of winter trees

In Lofoten

4 portraits of winter trees, Lofoten

4 portraits of winter trees, Lofoten


winter tree #2

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Reine des Neiges

In English this would be Snow Queen, except that Reine is the name of a village in the Lofoten Islands, Norway.

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And yes, it was snowing that day.


She sits, she stands, She Lies

A few hours around Oslo’s parks and waterfront and you find yourself surrounded by sculptures of women, sitting, standing, often with babies, often naked.

The yellow building in the back ground (right) is the Nobel Peace Centre.

The yellow building in the back ground (right) is the Nobel Peace Centre

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Observing the Opera House

Observing the Opera House

New to me was She Lies, a glass and steel iceberg-looking sculpture afloat in the fiord on the Oslo waterfront near the Opera House. This time a sculpture created by a woman, Monica Bonvicini.

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She Lies

I wonder if there are, somewhere in this city, sculptures of women and men pushing prams.

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