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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

April 15, 2014

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On a cliff, by the seaside in the south of Sweden, there is a megalithic monument from the Nordic Iron Age. It’s called Ales Stenar, or Ale’s Stones in English. A local legend has it that King Ale lies buried underneath. But nobody knows for sure and there are different theories to why it was constructed. It could be a grave monument or it could by a sun calendar like some people tend to believe. IMG_1254 (kopia) (kopia)

Whatever it was from the beginning, or when and why it was constructed, are questions that I like to ponder whenever I visit this monument. It is a tourist attraction and in the Summer it is very busy. At other times it can be quiet and serene.

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The monument is formed as a stone ship and in between the 59 boulders you often see cows.

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I visit this monument whenever I am in the south of Sweden, any time of the year. I like when the stones are covered with snow or when the early morning mist makes the place magical. Sunsets are fantastic too of course. The photos above are from Winter, Spring and Autumn. So I just have to include a last one from Summer, with the sun setting in the Baltic.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

April 8, 2014

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On the threshold of the forest

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Threshold of heart heaven

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

April 3, 2014

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On a rainy day in Stockholm

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And on a snowy day in Copenhagen

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In a mirror

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From a dog’s perspective

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A regular day in Stockholm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

March 23, 2014

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Reflections are abundant in my pictures. Often with water and sunsets so I picked a couple of slightly different ones for this week’s photo challenge. In the first one I concentrated on the reflections of the forest in the lake and tried to capture a picture with as many different hues of green in it. Suddenly a bird came swimming across and changed my original idea for the picture.

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A lake and a stone with reflections of white clouds and a glimpse of the dark forest.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

March 20, 2014

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A fox looking out from inside the fence and a squirrel having his dinner inside a bin.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

March 1, 2014

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Abandoned greenhouse in the south of Sweden.

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The best way to buy tomatoes

July 19, 2013

IMG_1860 (kopia)One of the joys of summer is to buy locally produced tomatoes. In this humble shed, on a farm out in the forest, I find the best tomatoes around. But the road there is long and meandering, with gravel on the last part. It’s really out in the sticks and amazing that people find their way to this place. Still, it’s worth it and once a week I try to drive there. Or take my bicycle if I’m feeling energetic!IMG_1842 (kopia2)Behind the curtains there are different kinds of tomatoes. I can choose between cherry tomatoes, cocktail tomatoes, beef tomatoes and regular hothouse ones. Of course I have to take a peak inside the bags before I decide which ones to get today.

IMG_1846 (kopia)I decide on cocktail tomatoes and regular ones. Then I put the money in the hole and head back home.

IMG_1855 (kopia)The tomatoes are nice on their own but I often mix them in a salad. Sometimes I eat them with a drop of balsamic vinegar from Italy and dill from my garden. Nice and easy!

IMG_1874 (kopia) (kopia)Every year I try to grow my own tomatoes but when autumn comes they are usually still green. This year I’m trying pear tomatoes and I have high hopes of seeing them turn red this summer. It’s only July so I should be lucky this year.

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Apparently there are 7 500 varieties of tomatoes around the word. You only see a handful of these in Sweden, unless you grow them yourself. I wouldn’t mind trying some more varieties but until then I’m quite happy with the ones I can get locally!