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SKÅNE SUMMER AND FALL 2017/2018

A collection of photographs taken at various locations in Skåne during 2017 and 2018

 

Water lillies and gushing water at Maltesholm

Mystical twisted beech trees in the magic forest in Torne Hällestad near Lund

The waterfall at Forsakar

Spring and early autumn by the rushing waters of Mjöån in Åbjer national park at Östra Sönnarslöv

Reflections and summer flowers at Haväng

Brantevik with the Priest’s bath tub (prästens badkar) and vårhallarna near Kivik

Early fall in Söderåsen national park

Summer flowers form Simrisängar and Drakemölla

Trollmalen and Gubbmalen at Kullaberg on the north west coast

Oak and birch trees from Kågeröd

Waterfall and beech trees from Stackedala and Fylledalen

Stone walls and reflections in the neighbourhood  of Jämshög near småland

and finally winter from Furuboda and mjöån

 

 

Faroe Islands 2017

A photography workshop in the Faroe Islands with Magnus Lindbom and Creative adventures

 

Arrival at the airport

We arrived at the airport on the island of  Vágar in mid afternoon. The original plan was to check in to the hotel in Torshavn and rest before dinner but the weather and light were ideal and before we knew it we had all been easily persuaded to pack up boots and tripods and change into outdoor clothing right there at the airport. Without further ado we drove to Gåsadalur on the west coast of Vágar for our first session

Above is the iconic view looking towards the north and below  an eastward view towards the island of Mykines on the horison with rock-pools of sea water and white sand in the foreground.

After this we drove to Torshavn on the Island of Streymoy and checked in to the Foroyar hotel.

The next morning started with an early trip to Sydradalur an area of lava rock formations and small waterfalls.

After a brief return to the hotel we drove back to Vágar island for a three kilometer hike along the lake Sörvägsvatn to  the large waterfall of Bösdalurfosur where the water from the lake narrows into a relatively narrow creek and plunges almost fourty meters into the sea. By now the weather was darkening and the wind was picking up. In order to take the shot it was necessary to get very close to the edge and to photograph from a sitting position, mainly for safety reasons.

We had intended to continue and climb higher to get a view back over the lake but this idea had to be abandoned due to the worsening weather

The next morning we started early and drove to Gógv a little natural harbour on the north eastern point of Esturoy. By now the weather had worsened into heavy showers and high winds. The forecast had, however,  predicted an opening in the cloudy weather and indeed this actually happened for a short while.

The first view is the island of Kalsoy shrouded in heavy showers

On the way back from Gógv we stopped at some waterfalls. The wind had now increased to gale force gusts and a couple of us were literally blown over onto our backs. We had intended to walk out on the cliffs to get a view of Funningsfjordur but decided it was too risky in the high winds.

  

The rain and wind continued the next day and once more we abandoned a planned trip to Funningsfjordur. Instead we drove to Tjörnuvik. The rain and wind were persistent and decent photography proved to be difficult. Below is the best effort after many attempts. The sea stacks; the witch and the giant, can be seen on the horizon.

 

Because of the persistent rain we decided to abandon photgraphing for the day and retired to the hotel for a Lightroom session with Magnus. On the way back we passed the largest waterfall on the island, Fossur. I asked a colleague who was sitting in the front passenger seat to take a shot with my mobile. Both she and my mobile got drenched in spray but the shot shows the intensity of the fall

The next morning we drove once again hoping to walk out on the cliffs overlooking Funningsfjordur but the weather and the light were stubbornly against us so we drove on to Gógv for the second time. The weather combination made it difficult to get any decent shots. We would need to get windshield wipers for our lenses! We decided to head eastwards over and sometimes under the islands of Esturoy and Bordoy to Vidareidi on the island of Vidoy in search of a break in the weather.

 

Cornwall 2016

Dramatic landscapes in Cornwall arranged by Wild Nature Fotoresor together with Patrik Larsson

The base for the week was a warm and friendly guesthouse in Penzance

The first morning started with a trip to St Michaels mount just before dawn. On arrival the tide was just starting to recede and the mount could be seen at some distance completely surrounded by water. Slowly but surely,  as the tide turned,  a colourful stone causeway began,  as if by magic,  to reveal itself

The journey continued northward along the coast to Porthnanven in the Cot valley. The tide was quite far out and a wonderful world of large colourful boulders and running water rivulets lay exposed before us

 

 

 

Continuing further along the North Cornwall coast to  Godrevy, accross the bay from St Ives,  for the last stop of the day. The wind was picking up and huge waves were forming as the tide came rushing in. Two important lessons were quickly learned;  the tide comes in  quickly and relentlessly and lenses and filters have to be constantly washed and dried from the sea spray. This was learned first hand after a thorough drenching in cold atlantic water!

Back to the guest house for a change to dry clothes, lens and filter washing and camera drying before a rewarding pub meal and a pint or two of bitter.

The next day started early in order to see the break of dawn at mousehole just south west of Penzance

The journey continued to one of Cornwalls renowned beaches at Kynance cove. The weather had brightened and we had to wait some time for clouds to appear. Apparently we were lucky to find a nearly deserted beach. A few days earlier the place had been taken over for a Bollywood production.

 

The day finished with a visit to Britains southern- most projectory, Lizzard point

From the start the third day promised to be difficult. The weather gods forecasted relentless rain together with gale force winds. The first point of call was Trebarwith beach with its rugged, patterned rock formations .

 

Unfortunately the predicted weather engulfed us in heavy rain and strong winds so we hurriedly drove on to Crackington Haven. This was a little harbour town with a very narrow opening to the harbour The rain had eased slightly but the wind was still a serious challenge. Photographing in the harbour bay was impossibe, it was hard to stand in the wind let alone hold a tripod still. Slightly above the harbour we found some shelter from the wind and could look across the bay

 

The next attempt to photograph was at Duck pool but the expression ”horizontal rain” took on a new meaning! We gave up and retired cold and dripping wet to a little cafe. After another attempt at duck pool we returned to the cafe once again. An older couple who had seen us earlier asked us why on earth we did not come in the summer instead ..they were obviously not hardened photographers!

The final stop of the day was Sandy Mouth. Expectations were not high due to the weather forecast. Luckily the rain had now died down to the occasional shower whilst the wind continued unabated.

The beach was a treasure trove of fascinating rock formations and these could be studied in lee of the wind

The evening turned out to be fantastic with the foaming incoming tide and conditions were perfect for  long exposures  in the blue hour

After this trying day it was good to get home to dry out both ourselves and equipment and, of  course,  to finish off  in the local for catch of the day and a couple of pints.

The final day began again at the little harbour at mousehole for yet another sunrise

We then continued to Britains most westerly point, Lands End,  where we experienced heavy showers and the ever present gale force wind. It took a lot of perserverance to achieve any half decent result without raindrops

The next stop was at the old tin mines at Bottalack point. This area is famous for the Poldark  television series. The wind had now increased even further but we eventually found a trench, a bit like a world war one dugout,  where we could get some lee from the wind.

The final stop was a return to Godrevy where the sea was raging

The final shot for this wonderful windy week was of the Godrevy lighthouse