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The view from my bedroom in Northern Norway – 19th of May 2013

The view from my bedroom in Northern Norway - 19th of May 2013
Taken with Olympus EPL-1 digital camera September 19th May 2013. Click image for larger view.

I went for a spring trip to Northern Norway this year, and oh my did it pay off. The weather has been fantastic with temperatures well above 20 degree Celsius, something that is unusual this early in the year.
In the picture above I have photographed the view from my bedroom at midnight on the 19th of May. It is about this time we get midnight sun, but the sun went behind the mountains. Nevertheless, the view was spectacular and making it hard to go to sleep.
The mountains that you see far in the horizon is the second largest island in Norway, Senja. Please click on the photo to view it in larger size.

Spring is such a wonderful time in the north with all the birds coming back, flowers are popping up everywhere and the boat is finally back on the water. I think I need to take a week off every year to visit the old house on Andørja.

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Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus EPL-1 digital camera
Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 14 mm
ISO Speed 200
Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 L
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Picture from the darkest day in Northern Norway 21st of December 2012

Picture from the darkest day in Northern Norway 21st of December 2012
Taken with Olympus EPL-1 digital camera September 21st December 2012. Click image for larger view.

I had the pleasure of visiting my home place during the darkest days of this winter. Since we had clear weather it was not really dark at all in the middle of the day. Quite the opposite as the sky was filled with wonderful colors from a sun in the distant horizon.
I photographed the picture above a bit later than noon and the day was actually even lighter earlier in the day. The colors of the sky varied throughout the day and it was amazing to see, especially since I now live in the middle of Oslo where there is not so much landscapes to be seen.

The mountain you can see in this photo is called Drangen and I have photographed this magnificent piece of rock several times like here and here.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus EPL-1 digital camera
Exposure 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture f/3.5
Focal Length 14 mm
ISO Speed 500
Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 L
Location: Rolla from Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Picture of Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) sitting on lamp post

Picture of Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) sitting on lamp post
Taken with Olympus EPL-1 digital camera September 11th 2012. Click image for larger view.

On my trip to Northern Norway this summer I went on many fishing trips. One day when I was exiting the harbor there was a Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) sitting on lamp post. It didn’t seem to mind me so I grabbed my camera to get a picture of this beautiful bird. It was not very easy to capture the picture as I was sitting in a boat that was moving both sideways and up and down in the waves, and I wished that I had brought a lens with longer focal length.

The Great Cormorant is pretty common in Norway and I often see it when there is herring in the fjord. In other parts of the world they actually train this bird to fish for them as they are great fishers. I have never heard that this has been done in Norway, though.

Please see my other bird pictures here.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus EPL-1 digital camera
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture f/3.5
Focal Length 150 mm
ISO Speed 200
Lens: SIGMA 150mm F2.8 MACRO HSM
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Picture of my home village Laupstad in Northern Norway popular on Reddit.com

Picture of my home village Laupstad in Northern Norway popular on Reddit.com
Taken with Olympus EPL-1 digital camera September 13th 2012. Click image for larger view.

I posted a picture on the popular website reddit.com, some weeks ago, that showed the small village where I grew up. As you can see in the picture I have photographed the village up from the mountains called Kråketindene. The house that I grew up in is the white one in the upper right corner.

As a result of posting the picture on reddit it got over 462 000 views (462 thousand views!) and 805 comments. Many wondered about the circles that you can see in the harbour (they are used for farming salmon). Other frequent questions were about how it is to live in Norway during the winter and if there are available jobs here (it seems like quite a few Americans want to try how it is to live abroad). After reading all the comments I feel really lucky to have such a beautiful place in the north.
You can read all the comments over at the thread on reddit.

You can see the mountain range where I was photographing from in this picture.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus EPL-1 digital camera
Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 30 mm
ISO Speed 200
Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 L
Location: Laupstad from Kråketindan (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

Picture of first snow in Ã…tinden – mountain in Northern Norway

Picture of first snow in Ã…tinden - mountain in Northern Norway
Taken with Olympus EPL-1 digital camera September 8th 2012. Click image for larger view.

The autumn is getting closer and closer. Today when I woke up there was snow in on top of the highest mountains here in Northern Norway. The mountain in this picture is called Ã…tinden and it is 1108 meters above sea level. This summer has been pretty cold so it is no surprise that we already are seeing signs of the winter to come. But this snow fall will not last and probably melt away later in the day.

Please see my other mountain pictures here.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus EPL-1 digital camera
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 150 mm
ISO Speed 200
Lens: SIGMA 150mm F2.8 MACRO HSM
Location: Åtinden from Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway