175/365: 25 bländad (blinded)

Blinded by nature

Blinded by the sun in the morning. It was shining bright through the haze, when trekking in Cinque Terre, Italy. I have seen a lot of beautiful landscapes but this was really amazing. We had some hard paths but it was worth every step:) Read more about all the trails here.

Jag blev bländad av solen på morgonen när den sken genom dimman, under min vandring i Cinque Terre, Italien. Jag har sett många vackra landskap men det var verkligen något alldeles extra. Vi gick en del utmanande sträckor men det var värt varje steg:) Klicka på länken i den engelska texten för att få mer information om de vandringsleder som finns i området.


23 av 365: 170 ljussken (light)

Tema 23/365 i fotoutmaningen. Dagens tema är ljussken. Ljussken kan komma från många olika källor men solen är väl den mest kraftfulla av dem alla, så vitt vi vet… Och den vackraste, åtminstone när den reflekteras i vattnet.

Theme 23 of 365 in my photo challenge. It is time for a “light”. Light might come from a lot of sources but the sun, I guess the most powerful of them, as we know… At least it is the most beautiful one, at least when the light reflects in water.


19 av 365: 361 ögonfröjd (stunning)

19/365: Ögonfröjd för mig är något som är vackert att se på. För mig finns nog inget vackrare än skärgården och dess vyer.

Eftersom jag även översätter dessa teman till engelska, blir de ibland nästan två utmaningar för mig. En direkt översättning av ögonfröjd t ex vet jag inte om, någon som vet så får ni gärna berätta:) Men förhoppningsvis lär jag mig mycket inom både foto och engelska detta år:-D

Jag har efter att jag publicerade posten fått reda på att den rätta översättningen ska vara “Eye-candy”…

Theme 19 of 365 in my photo challenge. The interpretation in this photo is for the theme “stunning”. A day in the archipelago gives stunning views. The Swedish word “ögonfröjd” have no real good translation to English. It means sort of: wonderful to “rest your eyes” on. I chose the word stunning. This challenge is double, I have some hard times to interpret all themes, but also to translate them to english… Hopefully I learn a lot in both areas:-D

After publishing this post, it has come to my knowledge that the right translation should be “Eye-candy”…


Finding serenity in nature


This post is an entry in the weekly photo challenge, to find other posts or to participate, click the link.

I find peace by the sea. There is nothing more calming than watching the water, the sky and just feel the nature surrounding. That is serenity for me.

I have lived near the archipelago all my life and I often go there, its beautiful all seasons, and it always offers peace to my mind.

The photos for this weeks challenge is taken in a place I used to pass every day to work. The mornings where stunning. A new day begins and that is a beautiful thing. Watching it by the sea is almost overwhelming, for me:)

Photos can hardly give justice to the real views but I hope these will show some of its greatness.

The new day begins and offers new opportunities. Every new day is a great gift. We should feel gratitude and salute every new day.


An autumn walk by the seaside

Seaside walk

I love to walk by the seaside, all seasons, but especially autumn is a great time for long walks, recreation and to recover. Dark evenings and mornings make us go inside and have a peace and calming life while slowing down. It is highly needed and also enjoyable. If you ask me… Nature goes in to the same mood as I do and I love to walk outside and just enjoy the autumn sights.

The photos in this post is taken a few weeks a go when I was walking for a couple of hours. We have had a warm autumn this year and it has been very nice weather this far. But now I must say I beginning to long for some cold and snowy weather, it is about time:)

Click on any photo to see them all in original size, one by one.

By the water -a morning in calmness

Water lillies
Water lillies

As you might already know: I love early mornings by the sea. The calmness is overwhelming and the light is wonderful. A moment of silence before the rest of the world wakes up.

Autumn is comming
Autumn is coming

Weekly Photo Challenge: silhouette

Weekly Photo Challenge: silhouette

This post is an entry in WP Daily Post weekly photo challenge. To see more entries or to participate, please click the link above! The theme for this week is silhouette, an artistic expression in photography if you ask me. I think silhouettes can be amazing and though they don’t show too much details they actually tell the pictures story. Amazing and fascinating.

My first photo is taken in the archipelago, late in December last year. The sun doesn’t get high up at that time of the year so all day is a “golden hour”. My kids and I had a day outdoors with some lunch out on the lonely beach. A great day:)

A day by the sea

Next photo is taken on an evening walk, when the light was the same but this time it is taken in March and spring has arrived:)

Evening walk in the springtime
Evening walk in the springtime

Sörmlandsleden; hiking trail with a view

Time for another stage on the hiking trail Sörmlandsleden

This time we chose a hiking trail close to the Baltic sea. We started walking close by the water from the small village “Nävekvarn”.

hiking trail
Waiting to go out to the sea
A small shore beside the hiking trail

Then we came to some smaller climbs which we had to climb to be able to enjoy the amazing views from above.

View over the Baltic sea
View over the Baltic sea

The hiking trail are prepared with some fire places, seats and also some windshields. We did not need any windshield this day, but it was nice to take a break by the sea and have some food and to dive into the water:)

Dive in to the water feels nice
Wild flowers by the sea
Wild flowers by the sea
Time for dinner?

Our walk continued into the forest… I must say the first half, by the sea was the nicest stage of this hiking trail. But I think the forest are a calming and nice place to be so it was absolutely OK to go that way. There are always the possibility to turn back and walk the same way, but I am glad we did not. This way we where offered a great variation in views and experiences through our day.

For more i formation about “Sörmlandsleden“, please click on the link.

After rain -magic evening light

After rain, there is sunshine

after rain
Cloud reflections beside the bridge

Swedish people is always concerned about the weather. We talk about it almost everyday and everywhere. That means in the pub, in the office, in schools… I think it might have something to do with the fact that we can almost never trust the weather. There is just a few weeks of really great summer weather if we are lucky:)

And now for a few weeks we have had some shaky days with rain, sun, thunder, hail… Often when evening comes the rain stop and the sun breaks through all the clouds. And for me who loves great scenes and views this is awesome. The light is magic these evenings and the air feels all fresh. Some dramatic dark clouds combined with some sun makes wonderful subjects!

Another evening I visited our archipelago, and spotted some more dramatic skies. The rain stopped just before I arrived, and the sun came through. I enjoyed that visit a lot, below you can see some of the photos:

Weekly photo challenge: contrast


A contrast might be a lot of different things. It might be a color different from the surrounding or a shadow. I might also be a lonely flower in the street and so on.

To see more entries or to participate in this weeks challenge please click here.

Last evening I spent in one of my favorite places, situated in our archipelago. I went to a place where I have been many times, but it’s always amazing. This time there where a light wind and wonderful sounds from the sea. I always love the views, the smell from water and also the calmness it brings me.

Our weather is a bit moody this summer. We noticed it had just rained before we got there but the sun just returned. It created a wonderful evening light with great skies.

Of to the challenge now… The first to photos shows the same place at winter and now when it’s summer. You can spot a part of a cabin, that is  where the lighthouse personnel lived during the years 1867-1954. The belfry were used to warn ships in misty weather.

Next photo shows the lighthouse, I like the contrast between manmade and nature.

The lighthouse
The lighthouse

The last photo for this challenge shows a silhouette of a man standing on a rock just beside the lighthouse.

Silhouette on a rock

Now it’s time for a poll, please tell me which photo do you favor? You might use multiple choices. The poll is open until 10th of July 2014.

Celebrating midsummer in Åland

This weekend I have been celebrating midsummer in Åland, an island between Sweden and Finland in the Baltic sea.

Åland belongs to Finland but the 95 % of the people on the island speaks Swedish as their native language. Like us in Sweden they celebrate midsummer in the lightest period of the year around 21st of June.

We are celebrating midsummer on a Friday, the date varies from the 20-25st of June. Celebrating midsummer have historic roots back to the 300-century and one reason to celebrate (historic) are the summer solstice. In the beginning it was a pagan feast which later on turned to a celebration of the birth of John the Baptist.

In midsummer today people have some huge parties and stays up almost the whole night to see the sun rise about 3 in the morning. There are also some decorations of a Maypole and a lot of singing and dancing. In Åland the Maypole looks a bit different from Swedish Maypoles which have a lot more leaves and flowers on them.

celebrating midsummer
Maypole from Åland

I spent the weekend in my parents cottage on one of all islands that Åland consists of. The cottage are situated in avery calm place, close to the sea (like almost everything are in Åland).

We also made some small trips, these photos are from Bomarsund, a Russian fortress from 1832. Åland belonged to Russia since the peace in Fredrikshamn 1809. Napier (France) attacked in 1854 to beat the Russians and the fortress was blown up in the end. The Russian then committed that they would never again have any military activity or bases in Åland.

A piece of the fortress of Bomarsund
A piece of the fortress of Bomarsund
The bridge to Bomarsund
The bridge to Bomarsund

We also visited Jan Karlsgården and the castle of Kastelholm, a museum and the only castle in Åland from the 1200-century.

Finally in our last day on our trip to Åland we visited Kärringsund. Wonderful archipelago with a lot of old boat houses. My kind of place!