Friday, 29 April 2011

Friday My Town: Texture

I have to admit I’m still feeling rather confused about the concept of ‘texture’ in photography. I tried looking up definitions but all I ended up with was the statement that “images of texture photography derive at least part of their impact through the use of texture”. Eh? Duh?!

Ah well. Here are some pictures from last weekend that might, or might not, fit the theme. Let the judgement be in the eye of the beholder! These are all from the yard/garden at my dad’s old place; except the last one, which was taken in the woods nearby.


Ancient clothes-peg


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I was going to take down the clothes-line which used to be stretched between two trees but was now just hanging on to one of them. When I went up close to untie that end, I discovered that I could not, because the line had been “swallowed” by the tree!


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Does fire have texture?


Mossy old stones in fairy tale kind of forest.   


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Down By The Riverside





Hepaticas (blue) and wood anemones (white). The wood anemones are very common and grow ‘everywhere’; but the hepaticas are more rare. In the nature reserve we visited on Good Friday they can be seen in abundance in a few spots, though; and Easter happened to be just the right time this year.

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Linking to Watery Wednesday and Mid Week Blues

Monday, 25 April 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Old Red Mill


More pictures from our walk on Good Friday. About 15 km
from the town where I live, there is a nature reserve area, which
includes this old mill (looked after by the local history society).



A conflict of interests (my brother and his dog).
Okay – I suppose it could also be called:
Waiting for the photographer to catch up!



Hepatica (Liverleaf) in the meadow behind the mill.


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Saturday, 23 April 2011

The King’s Tomb


“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark,
Mary of Magdala went to the tomb and saw that
the stone had been removed from the entrance…”
~ John 20:1 ~



This is a late Neolithic cist tomb from around 1800-1500 B.C.
In local folklore it is known as The King’s Tomb.
An old legend says that a king was buried here,
on the spot where he died. But one day he shall rise again
from his grave, rejuvenated,
and will return to help the people in a time of need;
accompanied by his twelve warriors.

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I have blogged about this tomb and story before, but it was long ago.
We happened to be passing by the place again on Good Friday.

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Linking to Shadow Shot Sunday

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Friday My Town–Earth Day


I’ve been showing new plants from my town all week!
Here is another one for Friday My Town Shoot Out – Earth Day!

Happy Easter To You

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This year’s Easter decorations in the town square includes a frog with
a pair of binoculars up in the Tree (which is a birch). To prevent you
from asking me why, I am asking you, because I really have no idea!!!
As far as I know, frogs have no special connection with Easter.

I might be taking a few days off from blogging this weekend.
I’m pre-scheduling this post, but if I remember,
I’ll link up to Skywatch Friday later.

Wishing you all


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Watery Wednesday & Mid Week Blues


A flowerbed of pansies along the river in the town park.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Ruby Tuesday: More Spring Flowers


Red Bellis in the park.

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Monday, 18 April 2011

Mosaic Monday: Coming Out

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Last week was the Grand Première of spring flowers being planted in the parks and cemeteries. It’s usually the pansies that are the first to come out… Looking a little shy and confused the first few days, wondering what happened to them… But such a welcome sight!

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Tree Shadow On Grass


The trees are still bare, but I noticed today that the lawn is actually getting green!

Click here to see almost the same view two months ago!

Not only is the grass getting green – there are daises in it!!!


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Friday, 15 April 2011

Friday My Town: Houses of Prayer

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Above: A collage of photos of the oldest church in town, from 1669. In fact I think it is the oldest building in town, because in previous centuries, there were several fires. The church too has gone through some renovations. The present tower is from the mid 19th century.

There was another church in the same spot way back in medieval times. I think I recall from a guided tour years ago, they had found graves in the crypt under the church dating back to the 12th century.


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A second, bigger church was built in 1906, as the town was growing and the old church got too small. These photos were taken in mid April 2007. Spring was earlier that year... This year neither the trees nor the daffodils are in bloom yet.



An old wooden church from the 17th century in our Museum Park. I’ve shown this photo before (and other pictures of it as well). The church was moved from its original location (in a village in the area) to the open air museum in the early 1900s; as were a number of other old buildings that were considered worth preserving for the future. The church is still in use for weddings and christenings and other special occasions, but not for regular Sunday services. It has a separate wooden bell tower:





This is the church in the village where my father grew up. He and my mother also went back to live there after retirement. My mother is buried in the cemetery there, and so are my paternal grandparents, and several other ancestors.


The churches above are all Church of Sweden (Lutheran church), which was a state church for more than 400 years, from the Reformation until 2000, when church and state were separated.

There are several other churches in my town as well. I don’t have pictures of the buildings, though. Maybe a project for the future? The ‘free’ churches in central town may be ‘free’ in spirit; as for location they are crammed in among other buildings along busy streets with lots of traffic. Not really easy to get good photo views… And as for the churches in the ‘suburb’ parts of town, they are a bit out of my way.  


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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Watery Wednesday: Goldeneyes


Most of the ducks in the river are mallards, but these two (if I’m not
mistaken) are Common Goldeneye (Swedish: Knipa). I keep seeing
only one pair of them among all the mallards – all year round -
so I’m assuming they are one and the same couple!


(cropped from the picture above)

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Watery Wednesday

Monday, 11 April 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Town Springing To Life


When the spring sun comes out, so do the people!
Some even put on red trousers to celebrate ;)

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Mosaic Monday: Spring Flowers

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Scilla, Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), Crocus and Snowdrops (Galanthus).
All found on my Sunday walk. What a joy to see Nature spring back to life!

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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Spring Is Here



Snowdrops or Galanthus (Greek gála "milk",  ánthos "flower")


Linking to Shadow Shot Sunday/Hey Harriet


Friday, 8 April 2011

Friday My Town–Scavenger Hunt

The Scavenger Hunt rules:

* straight out of the camera, no editing
* one photo per word
* three words for each hunt
* add a fourth photo if you can find all three hunt words in one (or just post this one photo)
* hunt area includes your town, surrounding areas, surrounding countryside

The three words for the first FMTSO scavenger hunt were:
Round – Square – Triangular

Here’s what I found:


Round Easter decorations in a shop window



Square windows on a building in the park



Triangular decoration on a building

Actually there are round and square shapes in the last photo too…
So not to overdo things, I think I’ll leave it at three pictures!

If you want to join the fun, go to My Town…Mr Linky


Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Watery Wednesday: Fog On The River


Fog has been lying heavy on us most days since the end of last week.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Ruby Tuesday: Swedish ‘Moulin Rouge’




Many old cinema theatres in Sweden were named after the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris: ‘Röda Kvarn’ = ‘The Red Mill’. The two photos above were taken recently. I also include a couple from last summer to show you all four sides of the building (block). The close-up of the windmill decoration is cropped from the photo below that one.




The cinema was built in 1914 and in 1998 it was declared an historically notable building to be preserved for the future. It is still in use as a cinema and theatre, run by the town. They show films for school classes for example, or just a few public shows of films of cultural interest which the commercial cinemas don’t find profitable enough.

Here’s a link to a Swedish Wikipedia article, if you know Swedish, or if you’d just like to take a peek at the interior pictures. I have to confess I haven’t been inside the building for years.

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Monday, 4 April 2011

Mosaic Monday: Fashion Show

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See more photos from the Fashion Show at Beyond the Lone Islands.
The clothes are from the local shops and the models were all local amateurs doing this for the chance to be a fashion model for a day.

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Seeing the Light



This is a grave monument at an old cemetery close to where I live.
I must have walked past it many times without noticing it at all.
Until one day the light happened to be “just right”…


Shadow Shot Sunday

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