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.
One of my favorite places to visit in the US is San Francisco. I have made a new collection with photos from May 2009, October 2009, and October 2010. I have converted some of the photos into black and white. Check out the collection here.
This weekend Jon and I went for a hike to Fløyen which was covered in clouds. At the top of the mountain, heavy snow started falling and in a short time everything was covered in white. We hiked around Fløyen and then down Knatten which gives an excellent view of Svartediket (drinking water) as well as Ulriken. Along the hike I took some pictures which you can see here.
One of the nicest places to go hiking in Bergen is up Fløyen. Fløyen is one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, and it is situated right in town. The mountain is 320 meters above sea-level which is a nice, steep hike that takes you 30-60 minutes depending on your speed and how long you spend taking pictures walking up. You can also take the funicular up the mountain. Once you are at the top (see live web camera here), you can continue hiking the mountain side of Bergen. Liz and I spent the first week of 2011 relaxing in Bergen and we used the opportunity to hike to Fløyen. I have put some pictures from one of our hikes online.
This year Liz and I celebrated Christmas in Skien with the family. It was really cold (-22ºC) with snow and frost characterizing the landscape. We often take a walk that goes through old fields and small forests. With the snow everything looked very photogenic. We went for a couple of those walks and took these pictures.
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.
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.
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 .
Tonight the weather in Bergen was cold, clear with great visibility. I used the opportunity to go Fløyen to take some pictures of Bergen at night that I hope you will like.
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.