New travel-album; Tenerife 2019

As being retired me and my wife have now more leisure time on our hands. That means mostly sun and beaches -but for me it's also important to check and look for other interesting subjects for my camera!

In September 2019 we went to Tenerife -stayed in Los Christianos and visited Los Gigantes. Both nice places that also offered some of what I seek. In Los Gigantes there was a real fascinating coastline! And Los Christianos had this fine ferry-harbor -and also some interesting eye catchers in the streets.

So -a new travel-album is just started: Tenerife 2019

Los Gigantes

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

Crete in May 2019

Just as I began writing this a few days ago I discovered a serious problem with my web-site -the WordPress Theme I used. Not the first time I experienced such with a Theme -but I had no choice but to figure things out again! Had to install another older Theme and design it the way I want to to look... So now I'm back 😉

In May this year I went to Crete for holidays again -and the areas of Platanias and Agia Marina never seems to fail me when it comes to interesting subjects for my camera -event though I've been there some times now.. Check my album:

Crete 2019

Crete 2019

Crete 2019

Crete 2019

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

Oldies: Luxembourg & Metz

Oldies -but goodies! ) Added an album today that I simply 'discovered' all over again when browsing my archive. A trip back in 2002 -to Luxembourg -and Metz in France. Shot with my first Canon -that I really loved those days! -Powershot S100.

 

Not the best technical work I've done -almost 20 years go now ) -but a great memory -so I picked the shots I think deserve a place here anyway:

 

Luxembourg / Metz 

Luxembourg

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