Photo: Sunset from Offersøykammen, Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway. October 2012
–CLICK HERE– To view Lofoten Islands Autumn 2012 gallery. 50 images.
As promised yesterday, I have a new gallery online from Autumn on the Lofoten Islands. While I didn’t do any camping on this part of the trip, I did find myself waiting around for sunset from the tops of mountains on numerous occasions. Often I wasn’t very successful and clouds rolled in, but I always find being in the mountains during the day’s last light to be a peaceful experience. So even if my camera never comes out of the backpack, as longs as I’m not getting rained on, it’s worth the effort…
Of the three Autumns I’ve now traveled to Lofoten to photograph, this year was the most colorful and mildest. Though this also meant the light was often quite flat, with the cloudy haze that I usually associate with summer occurring on many days. It’s good weather for going out hiking, but not for brilliant photos. Last year was also warm, but quite stormy, meaning most of the leaves were blown off the trees soon after my arrival on the islands. But that stormy weather usually brings crisp, clear air, ideal conditions for Lofoten. The Year 2009, my first Autumn on Lofoten, was cold and turbulent. The combination of snow covered peaks and the bright colors of Autumn was a amazing one, but weather conditions made photography quite difficult; this was when I came up with my ‘5 minute rule’ about shooting on Lofoten.
Overall I would say Autumn is my favorite season on Lofoten, as the islands really are amazing with so much color around. For a rough Idea of dates, September 15 – October 10, are when the peak color usually occurs. Though from my experience, many of the trees get blown leafless by the beginning of October as a big gale will usually have passed through by then. I think this year I got quite lucky and had no strong winds. The smaller foliage and grasses keep their color well into October, so even if the trees are gone, there is still some color about.
Photo: Dark skies over Flakstadoya from summit of Himmeltindan, Lofoten Islands, Norway. October 2012