Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska

Last week I had the good fortune of going to Juneau in Alaska for a workshop.  I had never been to Alaska before and I was really looking forward to visiting the old stomping grounds of gold spectators and other adventurers.  Juneau did not disappoint and showed itself from both the rainy, dark foggy side to the light and bright with fantastic views of mountain peaks and glaciers.  Although I did not see any bears this time and the salmon run was done for this time of year, I was very pleased with the nautre I could observed in this little town far north in the US, which can only be accessed by plane and boat. I had the opportunity to go for a couple of short hikes with my gracious hosts.  Pictures from my trip are found here.

Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Girona is a city in the northeast of Catalonia, Spain about 30 minutes drive from the coast of Costa Brava.
Girona is an old Roman city that has been through some hard times during the last centuries. The city has been under 25 sieges and has been captured 7 times (Wikipedia). A 7 month besiege by an Napoleonic army in 1809 had catastrophic consequences for the population of Girona. Girona was surrounded by a city wall for centuries, originally built by the Romans, but after the French siege the wall was partly demolished to make room for new development and progress. In recent years, the missing parts of the city walls on the eastern side of the city have been reconstructed. Called the Passeig de la Muralla it now forms a tourist route around the old city. Pictures are found here.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

I recently traveled to Portland, Oregon on the west coast of the US. Portland gave me the feeling of being in a cool, altenative European city. The city has a ton of micro-breweries, nice restuarants, a good music scene, and beautiful scenery. The city also has a fair share of old iron bridges crossing the Willamette River. The pictures I put online are part of my ongoing experimentation with black and white photography. Click here to see them.

Point Reyes National Seashore Part II

Sculptured Beach BW
Sculptured Beach BW
Sculptured Beach
Sculptured Beach

We were only in Point Reyes for a few days and it was difficult to decide what to do. I was very impressed with how many trail and possibilities for backcountry and day-hiking the park had to offer. Shirin, Liz, and I did a good day-hike starting at the Laguna Trailhead. From there we followed the Coast Trail to Sculptured Beach (see map here). The hike was about 4 km one way and we timed our arrival to Sculptured Beach at low-tide. Sculptured Beach usually has good tidepools, but we did not luck out with the tides. We could still see some great mussel beds. I created two albums of this day-trip, one black and white album and one color-album.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore

North of San Francisco and along Highway 1 are some of the most beautiful areas in the US. The drive on Highway 1, sometimes called the Pacific Coast Highway, is spectacular. The road winds along dramatic cliffs, passing through lovely small towns and beach areas.  Liz, Shirin, and I took this trip in early November with Point Reyes National Seashore as our destination. Point Reyes National Seashore is part of the National Park system and occupies much of the Point Reyes Peninsula, which is geologically separated from the main land by the rift zone of the San Andreas Fault. The park offers great trails for hiking, fantastic views, and is a great place to wind down and relax. I created a black and white album from our trip to the lighthouse .

Boone Hall plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

During our trip to Charleston in October, we did a number of day trips. One day we went Boone Hall plantation just 30 minutes by car from Charleston. I knew about this plantation from the TV-series North and South, which ran on Norwegian television during the 1980s, and I have always remembered the impressive oak “alley” in front of the main building of the plantation. In addition, the plantation had several slave quarters, some of which were still standing because they were made of brick. The land around the plantation was impressive, particularly the huge, beautiful live oaks that had Spanish moss hanging from them. We also saw the salt marshes and the river surrounding the property on the Western side. Pictures from Boone Hall plantation are found here.

Cloudberry picking in Birtedalen

Cloudberry
Cloudberry in Birtedalen

This autumn I went with my family to our cabin, which is located in a town named Birtedalen in the southern Norwegian county ofTelemark. We spent several days at the cabin enjoying both sun and rain. The big undertaking this summer was replacing the soil on the cabin roof, which my brother-in-law Geir and my dad managed to do in two days. The grass on the roof has now grown tall and green. Another of our annual autumn events is the hunt for the cloudberries, which is one of my dad’s favorite things to do. You have to commit to some long hikes and have a lot of patience in the search for these berries. But once you find a field of them, the sight of orange cloudberries everywhere is very rewarding. I have added some pictures from our trip to the cabin and also some pictures from one of the cloudberry hikes we did.

Charleston, South Carolina

After a hectic summer, Liz and I finally managed to get some vacation together.  We decided to travel to South Carolina to visit the historic city of Charleston.  After having lived happily in North Carolina, we were looking forward to enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the South, and the warm, sunny weather.  Most days the temperature was around 85F (28C) and I even got to go swimming in the ocean.  One day we rented a kayak and went shell collecting on Crab Island just outside of the harbor area of the Shem Creek River in the Mount Pleasant area outside of Charleston.   A dolphin swam a couple of feet from our kayak, which was thrilling.  We did not get any pictures of that moment, but other great moments from this trip are found here.