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

Collection: Abandoned hospital Fredrikstad

The old hospital 'Sentralsykehuset Østfold' have moved to Kalnes outside Sarpsborg. And the old hospital in Fredrikstad is abandoned and in an early decay.

One fine grey day in Feb. 2019 I took a walk around the area and did some photos -while it's still in this exciting stage! 🙂

 

Though the shots can be found also in Fredrikstad # 3 -I made this collection from that day.

Gamle Sykehuset Østfold, Fredrikstad

A misty day around the Kråkerøy bridge – Fredrikstad

On February 27 I went for a small walk in the mist -close to where I live in Fredrikstad actually -in the area around the bride over to Kråkerøy. We locals call this bridge 'Kråkerøybrua' -and is a Bascule bridge. The operating hut you see is now empty though.. This bridge and one more in Fredrikstad + several others around in Norway -are operated from a central in Oslo! Mostly this works ok -BUT the pedestrian bridge stopped a bicycle race last year when it was accidentally opened! 🙂 ...

Anyway -misty weather does magic for photos even in our most well known areas I think.. 

These images can also be seen HERE

 

Kråkerøy bridge

By the railway station; Fredrikstad

After reading in the local newspaper about a not very good looking apartment block in Fredrikstad -I went there to have a look. Quite amazing actually as it does seems partly abandoned and ‘decorated’. Not very well maintained either to put it mildly. Seems to be some sort of problem house for the local council as the owner can’t be bothered with it….. 
Not good for the city but still good for my camera. But I found the contrast between that ugly block and the old beautiful house beside it fascinating. 

A parking house near by was also interesting for my lense!

The photos is to be found HERE and HERE.






Isegran February 2018

Isegran is a small ‘corner’ by the Glomma river -in the middle of Fredrikstad city, Norway. A visit there almost never fails -so of course I take a little walk there from time to time. And this day; feb 22 2018 I was real lucky! Discovered a small area I had not seen earlier.. a big boathouse with an old boat wreck -and a small hut outside. Very nice for me and my camera!..)..
Most of the photos here can also be found in other albums.

A small walk in the old FMV area Fredrikstad Feb 10 2018


Some impulsive visits are often the best ones.. like this day when I decided to visit an old, well known area in one of my home towns: Fredrikstad. I discover that it’s both good and important to revisit places you have enjoyed earlier again -as we often see things from another perspective or with ‘new’ experienced eyes 🙂 -Places can change too -more or less. Beside -this old shipyard is soon to be all gone I’ve heard 🙁 -so I will memorize it like this the best I can…. There are also quite a lot of shots from around there in my other albums –Fredrikstad or Industry Fredrikstad # 1 or # 2!

A walk in the winter park / Fredrikstad


Feb 07:
The same day as under; Jan. 30. -I also wen to the docks in Fredrikstad to catch some winter atmosphere.. Charming boat details is what caught my eye just then -but also the light and frost along the Glomma river..

Follow both my: Fredrikstad # 2  album and my Boats album.


Feb 06:
Driving my wife to the city of Fredrikstad now and then can have it’s advantages.. This morning the light and tones were just right! -and there was also some light mist coming and going… So I actually brought back home a few good shots that day; Jan. 30.

Follow my album: Fredrikstad # 3 for more later on

Along Glomma river – Torp

On a day late in November I went for a short drive to Torp & Sellebakk -places very close to where I live. Just to see if something useful for my camera might show up. There’s a walk path along the east side of the river Glomma there. Though walking is not too good for me these days -due to his bad back I’m struggling with -I stopped the car here and there for short visits down to the path. And since long walks are bad -I must do the most and best out of the short ones I manage -and use my eyes real well! )


I actually did find a few nice views that day -and also a couple of exciting elements. I will add those findings in the album link below the next few days:

Østfold coastline (Glomma river)