Westward through Oregon:
Part I: Santa Barbara, California to Hart Mountain, Oregon.
Heavy smoke has been drifting over town for the last few days, and in combination with the full moon, I decided to see if I could get a good view of the fire from up on West Camino Cielo.
Monday afternoon, April 16th: I’m walking out the door – my jacket and backpack full of camera gear already on – to go shoot some photos of the fields of flowers in the area. By chance, I glance at my plane tickets to Norway which were sitting on the table by the door and notice the date is for the 17th. 17th, 17th, 17th, hmmm, I thought. Shit! Todays the 16th, I leave tomorrow, not Wednesday, I realize in a sudden panic.
Tuesday, April 17th, Aprox 1:00pm: The flight left Munich on time, despite having a 5 hour layover in Oslo, I had still been worried about missing my connection (I haven’t had the best of luck with flights being on-time in the last year, in fact, I’ve come to expect that they will be delayed.). But now I’m planning on what to do with 5 hours in Oslo as I’m watching the beautiful colors of the German spring pass beneath me as we are slowly gaining altitude. Suddenly after around 20 minutes in the air, the plane suddenly makes a quick decent and we enter into a sharp turn towards the south. Hmmm, this doesn’t seem too good. A few minutes later the pilot comes on and says there is a ‘Technical Problem’ and we must now return to Munich. Well, I still have 5 hours in Olso, no problem. Well, the airplane cracked a windshield, which took 5 hours to repair, I arrive in Oslo as my flight I’m supposed to catch to Bodø is taking off. Luckily the airline was nice enough to put me on a later flight from another airline (as this was their last flight of the day), and once again I find myself walking out of the Bodø airport around midnight, looking forward to a night on the floor in the ferry terminal (which I’m now quite familiar with). At least its warm, which is more that can be said about the snowstorm outside.
Only a few pics for now:
Took a little roadtrip to the French Riviera last week, what a beautiful place. On Wednesday I’m leaving the warm temps of spring and heading off into the cold of the Norwegian arctic.
only a couple pics for now…
The snow has finally arrived…
We traveled hundreds of feet up through the frozen darkness, only headlamps to light the way. The roof, sometimes high, sometimes low, peeled off in delicate layers, often nearly reaching the floor. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
Seconds after this picture was taken, the entire hanging section collapsed to the ground from just a gentle touch. One definately feels their mortality in a place such as this.
I haven’t had any chance to work on images. I just found a wireless connection at the library here in Bergen. In 2 hours I’ll be on the Ferry to Shetland (Scotland). Two days ago I hitchhiked here from Trondheim, 700+km. Two days on the road.
A few quick pics of Norway for the meantime…
The sun is getting low on the horizon on my final full day here in NZ. Tomorrow I fly from Christchurch to Auckland, then it’s back to foggy California. Today was my first free day this week, the previous 6 were spent sitting at the car market trying to sell my van; which I managed to do yesterday, at last. At least the sky parted today and the sky was blue (well, mostly) unlike the cold and wet weekend.
Goodbye New Zealand…
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