Wooden walkway leading to Ramberg Beach, Ramberg, Flakstadoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Archive Updates – Lofoten – Colorado – California

Wooden walkway leading to Ramberg Beach, Ramberg, Flakstadoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Ramberg Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  April 2013

First off, hello and welcome to the new site!  I’ve been pretty bad at blogging the last few months, and that was mostly because I knew I would be doing a big site update and so sort of lost interest in things for a bit.  So, if I have any readers left, things should be more or less back to normal from now on.

I’m still not finished working on the site with a few pages still needing to be added and a few minor layout tweaks and the such.  But I think everything looks much better overall, especially with the blog and website now combined as one.

What’s New:

Articles – This is a new section to bring better attention to some of the longer or informational articles I’ve written on the blog.  As it had been, stuff would just get buried away as new posts piled on top, without an easy way of finding if I had any further info on a particular subject.  Now, over the following months, I’ll be adding stuff to the articles section of the homepage to help make things a bit more orderly and intuitive.

The articles will be divided into a few sections:
Travels: These will mostly be random stories written about various travels.  Mostly thoughts and musings, or stupid stuff I do.
Destinations: Here you’ll find location specific and informative articles about a particular place, ie ‘Hiking the Besseggen Ridge.’
Gear: I’ll talk about the gear I carry and use in this section. Hopefully I’ll eventually get around to adding reviews as well.
And in the future I’ll be adding an Events or Festivals section. I go to a lot of cool and obscure events around Europe that few other bloggers seem to write about or might be hard to find info in English about; I’ll be giving you details on the ‘when and where’

Prints – You can now see what prints I have available for sale without having to visit my Archive.

New Galleries – I hate to say it, but my last website had gotten pretty stale! My last update had been in 2010, so I’m more than a little overdue for new content. Although I’ve always posted links to the photos as I added them to my Archive, few of you ever headed over there, so a few new galleries are here now. With several more still to add.

Archive Updates:

3 new updates to my Archives.

Lofoten Islands – Spring 2013: Images from My April/May trip to the islands

Colorado: It has taken a while to get these edited and online. Images from my hiking and backpacking trip to Colorado last summer.

California: A few new photos Mostly from last summer in Yosemite: Tuolumne meadows and hiking Mt. Dana.

Sunset over flooded tuolumne meadows in summer, Yosemite national park, California, USA

Photo: Sunset over flooded tuolumne meadows in summer, Yosemite national park, California.  July 2012

descending from Handies peak (14053 ft), San Juan mountains, Colorado, USA

Photo: Descending from Handies peak (14053 ft), San Juan mountains, Colorado.  June 2012

New Website…

If you’ve been here before, you might notice that things now look a bit different.

This site will be a work in progress for the next few days as I get everything online and organized and perhaps run into a bug or two. If you happen to notice anything not working that otherwise should be, please let me know! Otherwise, enjoy the new site as it appears over the next days…

Haukland beach winter, Lofoten Islands

New Lofoten Prints Available

View over Nappstraumen from summit of Offersøykammen, Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Offersøykammen Autumn sunset, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  Oct 2012

I’ve added a few new (10 in total) prints from my last couple lofoten trips into my print gallery.
-click here to view the gallery-

As my last few journeys to the islands have been with my D800, I’ve increased the size in which these new images are available to be printed.  The newly available images are available to be printed up to:

20×30 – $50
24×36 – $80
32×48 – $95

Lofoten Winter 2013 Photo Gallery

Winter coastal landscape, Å, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Winter sunset at Å, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  Feb 2013

I now have a new gallery up in my archive of my Lofoten images from February.  68 images total.

-CLICK HERE- to view the gallery.

Overall, I think I have more variety this year than in my February 2012 trip to the islands.  Although this trip was really saved by the Northern Lights during my first week on the islands.  Without them, I think my collection would be a fair bit boring-er.

As the islands become more and more familiar to me over the years I try and put more effort into taking ‘new’ images.  It’s always temping for me to take the same photos over and over again, or ‘better’ versions of scenes I have already photographed.  To visit Lofoten in different seasons is one way to avoid repetition, though there is probably a limit somewhere of how many images of Olstind I can make.  But trying to look for new images can also be a bit frustrating as I’m no longer picking the low hanging fruit and needing to get to the fringes more.  In Summer or Autumn, this means I try and spend more time up on the lesser hiked of photographed mountain peaks while hoping the weather cooperates.  In Winter, this proves a bit more difficult (I can’t ski for crap) and I often return with nothing for my effort.  Perhaps I just need to try a bit harder, as I know there are thousands of more images out there waiting for me…

Vatterfjordpollen, Austvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Vatterfjordpollen, Austvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  Feb 2013

New Lofoten Winter 2013 Photo Gallery

Sea and snow meet at Vik Beach, Vik, Vestvågøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Sea and snow meet at Vik beach, Vik, Vestvagoy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  Feb 2013

Over at 68north.com I’ve added a new gallery of images from February on Lofoten.  I excluded any Northern Lights photos as I’ll be giving them their own gallery next week – there would have been too many to put into the ‘Winter’ gallery and I think they would have overpowered the rest of the images and feel a bit out of place.  Next week I’ll also post up a link to my archive which contains the whole edited collection from February, so far at 68 images.  Not too bad for 2 weeks of winter, with one of those weeks being pretty shitty weather where I hardly touched the camera.

-CLICK HERE- to checkout the gallery at 68north

Overall, I think I managed to capture quite a diverse set of images, and more so than on any of my previous winter trips.  This is mostly due to the weather, with some quite changeable conditions while I was on the islands – from blowing storms to -8˚C and perfect calm.

Winter sunrise on snow covered Olstind mountain peak rising from Fjord, Toppøya, Moskenesøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Olstind Winter sunrise, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  Feb 2013

Outer Hebrides Scotland Photo Gallery Update

Berneray beach, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Photo: Chasing rainbows on Berneray’s west beach, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.  Jan 2013

I’ve added about 50 images from my New Year’s trip to the islands of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides – Western Isles.

-CLICK HERE- to view the gallery.

To read a more extensive writeup about the trip: part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, part 3 HERE.

North Uist beach, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Photo: Afternoon light on New Year’s day, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.  Jan 2013

Hoven – Lofoten Islands

Hoven mountain peak, Gimsoya, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Hoven rises above marshland of Gimsøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  October 2012

New hiking guide for Hoven -CLICK HERE- over at 68north.com.

Hoven is a small little peak/hill that rises alone out of the boggy flats of northern Gimsøya.  It makes a nice easy hike for those days when the weather isn’t the best but maybe you still want to get outside.  The low elevation means that the summit is usually below the clouds while the other higher peaks are concealed.  And the views aren’t that bad anyhow.  Would actually probably make a good place to watch the northern lights from as you get a true 360 degree view without much effort…

Also…  I’ve already posted links to the full galleries here, but again, at 68north.com I’ve added two new galleries for my summer and autumn trips.

-CLICK HERE- for summer Lofoten photos

-CLICK HERE- for autumn Lofoten photos

Lofoten Islands – Horseid Beach Hiking Guide

Horseid beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Horseid beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  August 2012

Over at 68north.com I’ve just added a new hiking guide for Horseid Beach -CLICK HERE- to check it out.

One of Lofoten’s most scenic beaches, it is also one of the least visited.  The short article provides info on getting to Horseid via the ferry from Reine as well as a few suggestions as to the best places to camp.  Also a few more photos as well…

Tent camping at Horseid beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Wilde camping at Horseid beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  August 2012

Lofoten Islands Autumn Photo Gallery

Offersøykammen, Vestvågøya, Lofoten Islands, Norway

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.

Himmeltinden lofoten islands norway

Photo: Dark skies over Flakstadoya from summit of Himmeltindan, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  October 2012

Lofoten Autumn Coming Soon

blueberry bush in Autumn, Norway

Photo: Blue berries, red leaves, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  October 2012

Tomorrow (Monday) I should have a new gallery online from the two weeks of Autumn during this years Lofoten travels.  If it wasn’t for the color of the foliage, when compared to my images from Summer, one could easily think I had the two galleries reversed as I had far better weather during October than I did in August.  Lofoten’s version of an Indian Summer I guess.  Not that I’m complaining or anything!

I’m also putting the finishing touches on a couple more articles for 68north.com.  The first will probably be for Lofoten’s three best beaches (Horseid, Bunes, and Kvalvika – if you are new to my blog and haven’t seen many photos yet).  And then also sometime next week will come just a hiking/travel/getting there guide for Horseid beach.

Tent camping at Horseid beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Camping at Horseid Beach, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  August 2012