Friday, October 20, 2017

Årsta Säteri

Årsta Säteri
The big wooden building at the seat farm Årsta Säteri in Österhaninge. Once said to be the largest wooden structure in Northern Europe. I took the photo a while back and had a question out via the historical association about some facts about it but no response so far. I took this with the nifty fifty. It is twelve photos stitched together and then cropped a bit.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

That Old Tree

That Old Tree
The "Brittsommar",(Indian Summer),is coming to an end now as it is getting a bit colder. This was the old tree yesterday. The leaves have changed color and it won't be long now before they are all gone.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tied Cottage and Hay Bales

Drängstugan Hay Bales
Tied cottage, (drängstuga), at Skattegården, one of the properties at the tiny hamlet Ormsta in Haninge. A bit off the beaten track so there's usually no one here other than the people living in the area, I met two of them out walking their dog. The road ends here so if were to travel by car to Ormsta this is where you turn around. If you are on foot, or bike, like me, you can continue on the old gravel path that will take you to Husby where there's a popular golf course.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

No Predator

Communication Device
Another day, another story about the wolf. I'm pretty fed up about the whole thing by now, but that doesn't help. A hunter in the forest here at Ormsta got scared when the wolf came too close. He had to call in his friends and the four of them then walked away from the area with the wolf following them closely. There's a Facebook group listing all wolf observations and a lot of people seems really scared of the animal. One local politician has said publicly that she wants the wolf to be put down. So far it has killed a few lambs and one cat. I have told my cat to be careful when she's out and about but she didn't seem too worried. The wolf in question is equipped with a GPS device and every 72 hours it sends info back to Norway. Some people now say that there's in fact two wolfs running around eager to kill and eat their babies, but I'm not convinced about that yet. But I did see a report over the weekend that the wolf had been spotted near a farm with cattle and that it had closed in on the cows.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Smedstugan

Autumn Colors Smedstugan
After a week in bed with the flu I have been out on the bike twice to document Autumn. First photo here shows the old road towards Fors. Second photo is a panorama made from four photos taken with the new zoom lens. It shows a cottage at Fors, sometimes refereed to as Smedstugan. It has an unusual roof design, unfortunately you can't see that detail on the panorama as the birch tree is in the way. There's another house just behind it, Gästgiveriet, where for many years a photographer lived. Her name was Sigrid Numan and it is thanks to her that there are lots of photos from this part of Haninge from the time around the second world war. Her ICA camera from 1926 has been donated to the local historical association and can be seen at Tingshuset in Västerhaninge. Sigrid's husband Ragnar, was a bookbinder and he worked from this building. Larger version for Lowell at flickr. More facts about Fors at Haninge.org here: Fors.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Four-storey window

Four-storey window
A four-story window at the newly renovated building Rudsjöterrassen near the commuter station in Handen. Shot with my new zoom lens from an empty parking lot.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Birdman Update

Birdman
I have shown you a couple of portraits of Birdman over the years. We never knew each other growing up despite spending most of our lives in Haninge, and Tungelsta for that matter. It feels like many years ago now that I first stopped him and asked if I could take his portrait. It only took us a minute that time to realise that we had a lot of people in common. Funny how the world works. Anyway, I took this portrait of him a few days ago in his orchard when I was out trying my new zoom lens.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The old Smithy

The old smithy
No new photos to show you as I'm still in bed with the flu. This is a photo, taken with my new zoom lens from a few days ago. It shows the old smithy at the 700-year old fsarm Nödesta Västergård.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Smoothie

Smoothie
Haven't been outdoors for a couple of days. In bed with the flu. Drank this yesterday and it gave me some new energy. Hoping to be up and running today.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Customized Volvo Amazon

Volvo Amazon
This cool car, a 1962 Volvo Amazon, heavily customized was parked outside my favorite cafe last week. I have seen it around many times before but never been able to photograph it. It belongs to the Slusk, Jesse.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beyond the window

Beyond the window
I started to think about Haruki Murakami when I photographed this window yesterday with my new canon zoom lens. It's part of a new school currently under construction at Sleipnervägen in Handen. Construction started in the Spring but it won't be finished until next Autumn. You can see an illustration if you follow this link that will take you to the builders website.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Peace and quiet

Peace and quiet
He needed some time to reflect. Some peace and quiet. There was trouble at home and he needed to get away from it all. We talked for a few minutes and during that time he caught a rainbow trout. As seen at the Lower Lake at the Rudan Nature Reserve in Handen a few days ago.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Le Quattro Stagioni

De Fyra Årstiderna De Fyra Årstiderna
Two very different photos. Showing the new housing area behind the Nödesta farm at Nedersta in Västerhaninge. It is called De Fyra Årstiderna, or Le Quattro Stagione, supposedly a new living concept if you want to believe the builder, and it is already sold out! The different parts are called Vårkanten, Sommargården, Höststigen och Vintergatan. Took the first photo with the new zoom lens, and was very lucky with the light. Took the second photo the previous day from the forest behind the new housing area. It is a panorama made from six photos shot with the nifty fifty lens.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Inked For Life Slusk EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Often when someone leaves a comment in Swedish on this blog it is Lasse Jansson from Stigtomta that has something to say. He wrote in a recent blog post that he had retired his EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, so I decided to buy it. Met up with Lasse two evenings ago when he and a couple of photography friends were on their way to Nynäshamn and a ferry ride to Gotland. Took my first photos with the heavy lens yesterday. It weighs 1.2 kilo I think. Here are some of the first portraits. First one shows the tattoo artist Niklas whom I met in Handen on Friday. He has a face that is hard to miss. Second portrait is of his friend Jesse.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Volvo De Luxe

1973 Volvo 142 Volvo De Luxe
Spotted this 1973 Volvo 142 driving down Sleipnervägen yesterday. So I chased after it. The car is in mint condition. Not a scratch. Looks new. The owner never drives it during the Winter. He bought the car when it was brand new 44 years ago. A clever man. And proud of his car.