Tall Ships Races 2019

In July 2019 my home town Fredrikstad had the pleasure of receiving a big number of proud, tall and beautiful ships. As being one of the hosts for the traditional Tall Ships Race.

You can read about this race / show in Wikipedia (starts in Norwegian but other languages can be selected in the left menu)

This is an awesome 'happening' for the city and both it's own citizens plus everyone coming from all over the country -and abroad. It's the third time Fredrikstad arrange this and it's getting more and more beautiful each time. Not only are there so many great ships to see but also shows and people and cultures from all over the world. Some real fun and adventurous days!

Here we see one big beauty being assisted into the city. Many of the biggest ships needed help -often from two -tugs through the narrow river to a safe docking.

Tall Ships Race 2019 - Album  |  Silya & the sailors - Album

Coming in

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The day before it all starts..

The day before it all started I had a little evening walk through the city to see some preparations. Here is one of more big stages getting ready.

The day before it all starts..

And the river was almost empty and quiet.. -for now!..

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Coming in

Heavy labor for a small -but strong ) -helper..

Coming in

A big one from Brazil are soon safely docked

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Shabab Oman ||

Right outside where I live I had the pleasure of having this big proud 'Shabab Oman ||' as neighbor.
I shot this from my porch )

Shabab Oman ||

The crew on Shabab Oman || was also great entertainers )
Exotic rhythms and tunes right outside my window 

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The crew parade

The crews from the ships did a fantastic parade through the streets. Some combined strict uniforms with a smile -like these from Oman

The crew parade

Others took it most seriously only! -like the crew from Mexico

The crew parade

The Brazilian crew was in real party mood!!

The crew parade

And making a carnival of it was also all ok! )
A fine and most various parade it was by crew members that came to both have fun together with us and present their beautiful ships.

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Night mood

Also at night the ships looked their very best -lovely atmosphere!

Fireworks on the last night

The last night before they left there was stunning fireworks to enjoy

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Silya & the sailors

From one of the concerts: -Silya & the sailors..

Silya & the sailors

-that lady is dynamite ) .. Great show!

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Tall ships Race 2019

Then we are waving bye bye to Shabab Oman || -our entertaining and nice 'neighbors' for a few days..
The big proud lady needed some help behind to stay clear of the riversides -beside that she glided away so very elegant!..


Below you can watch some short videos that gives an impression of the atmosphere when some other ships waved us bye when passing..

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Some more show on the dock before leaving

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Then the Shabab Oman || left us -as one of the very last of them all..

Tall Ships Race 2019 - Album

Silya & the sailors - Album

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Dødsing (Death Diving) in Fredrikstad

In June 2019 -in connection to the 'Glomma Festival' -one of the attractions was a Death-diving (dødsing) show -from the pedestrian bridge over the river Glomma.

Death diving was -as far as I know -'invented' in Norway some years ago -and looks both crazy and dangerous. But it's not they say -when done right. 

Young men tries to stay in horizontal position in the air as long as possible before hitting the water. Unfortunately I was not able to shoot them at that moment because of the crowd in front of me. Had to shoot with one high hand actually ) ...

 

The album 

Dødsing

European Majorette Championships 2018

European Majorette Championships 2018

In October 11 – 14 two of my granddaughters were participating in the

European Majorette Championships 2018 -in Porec, Kroatia. Amalie in the team ‘Krystallen Drill’ from Norway -and Marlene as couch for the very team. The show and arrangement was lovely. And I had a great visit in the beautiful area.

The album covering the shows is to be found HERE

Skams klove

The first island you arrive to when driving to Hvaler is Kjøkøy.

I decided to stop there one day this summer of 2018 to visit 'Skams klove' A fascinating gorge -or a little very narrow 'valley' there -called Skams klove. It's actually a little tourist attraction. There are also rests after a fortress from the WW2 just above it, but not worth photographing as there's only stones left..
The gorge is 200 meter long and about 12 m deep -and quite exciting to walk.

Puerto Rico battlefield

On my last trip to Puerto Rico Dec 2017 – Jan 18 I came across this interesting place there.. well -‘came across’ isn’t quite true as I knew it was there from earlier -seen it for years actually -but didn’t think of going there taking photos until now! Can you believe!! -It’s this thing about being blind to places you pass but don’t see
Anyway -it’s an abandoned amusement park! Did not pay off I guess so they closed it.. I saw the sign outside that something else was finally going to come there -so I ‘woke up’ and shot some photos. It was no problem getting into one area but others were closed though.
I got the sense of a battlefield in there…. exciting! 🙂

These photos might be found in different albums too -but here they can be seen in one collection.

Fairground

I remember those small tivolis / fairgrounds from my childhood -and I still enjoythem a lot -people enjoying and kids havig fun ) BUT these days I enjoy them even more when they are empty or close to it! -that strange mix of emptiness and joy is really thrilling.. Some friends on flickr gave me this inspiration -some take a lot of such photos.. and whe I get the chance now I try too -Like these little series from my home place; Greåker.

The album Fairgrounds




Sørumsand – Old times show


On trip a few miles further north (than Greåker) in Norway -Sørumsand -I stopped by the old railroad station. A small train with a steam loc is running there summer times -but that day it was not there og course. BUT they were preparing a show later on so I got a few shots of the actors before moving on.. The next day I was just in time to catch the old train passing too! 🙂 .. so -more from this fabulous place later… 

Have a look at the album ‘misc. street shots’ for now..

Greåker fortress


An interesting remaining from the WW2 -close to where I live actually -so I’ve been there a couple of times. The album have photos from a few years ago but also from now; 2017. And with today’s upload it is complete.. for now )


Check the album


Sep. 11;  The latest photos in the series that I uploaded on flickr actually started a little political dialogue..;).. Check it out!