Friday Photo #235 – Midnight Flowers

Midnight Flowers - Friday Photo #235

Photo: Flowers at midnight, Gimsøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. June 12, 2017. 00:02

Another midnight image from Gimsøy. After a long winter and this years cold may, it is so nice to see the fields first turn green and then, in the first weeks of June, fill with a endless color as a million flowers cover the land.  Often, especially in the last years as I have focused more on the mountains, I forget to look at the small scenes and simple moments.

And what is more simple than a flower in a field with the warm glow of the midnight sun shining in the background. Perhaps this could be anytime of day and any place in the world. But to me, this is a nice, simple pause in the passing of the days here in the north.

Camera Info:
Nikon D800
Nikon 70-200mm f/4
200mm
ISO 200
f 5.6
1/250 seconds
WB Daylight

Friday Photo #234 – Gimsøy Summer

Gimsøy Summer - Friday Photo #234

Photo: Hoven reflects in small pond under light of the midnight sun, Gimsøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. June 12, 2017. 00:57

Even thought the midnight sun doest look visually different than a sun low on the horizon at any other time of the day, there is just something magical about being out late into the early morning and it never getting dark. Part of me wishes the whole year could be like this, but then it wouldn’t be special.

Guiding a workshop from Tromsø to Lofoten this June, we had absolutely perfect timing with the weather. A few days before I drove north it had still been snowing here and I was telling everyone to make sure they had good jackets. However as I reached the airport in Tromsø after a night camping on Kvaløya, it’s a long drive from Lofoten, it was t-shirt weather and sunshine! Endless sunshine for days and days.

After some time on Senja we made the journey south to Lofoten. This was the first night when we finally got some nice drama in the sky, the other days being mostly cloudless. So we headed off to Gimsøy to do some exploring.

This was the last stop of the evening as we were on the way back to Henningsvær. I’ve stopped by this small lake dozens of times over the years, but I think this is the best I’ve seen it! The sun was perfect, just below the layer of clouds that had been growing throughout the evening and the rest of the world was still and silent. perfect.

Camera Info:
Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
21mm
ISO 80
f 10
1/15 second
WB Daylight

Friday Photo #203 – Persatind Gimsøy

Friday Photo #203 - Persatind Gimsøy

Photo: Summit of Persatind, Gimsøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway. November 18, 2016. 13:47

There is barely four hours of daylight on Lofoten as the middle of November arrives and passes. Each day feels darker and darker, even with clear skies. Under heavy clouds, in feels as if the world will soon turn to night – which it will.

After a week of heavy winds and rain from multiple passing storms out of the south, the weather finally settled a bit on this day. Though the forecast called for rain my mid afternoon, I took the risk to head east to Gimsøy to hike up a new mountain for me, Persatind.

Starting the hike at noon, I already felt as if we should turn around; that night will soon arrive. But the heavy clouds were responsible for this as we still have a few hours of decent light.  Fresh snow had fallen overnight and as we ascended higher up the mountain a cold wind began to blow.  Following a maze of sheep trails up a steep and snowy ridge, the route finally arrives at the broad plateau of Høgheia – Maybe a good spot for some winter camping later in the season.

Clouds of the approaching snow and rain were slowly drifting in from the south, layers of distant mountains fading into a blueish grey. To the north, a twilight glow warmed the horizon over the distant islands of Vesterålen and the open sea.

After a few minutes on top it was time to descend while we still had some light. In a couple short weeks, once the polar night arrives, I will be thinking of the brightness of this day – light which wont return until the middle of January…

Camera Info:
Nikon D800
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
28mm
ISO 100
f 10
1/8 seconds
WB Daylight
5 image pano

Friday Photo #128 – Hoven Winter View

Hoven, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Winter view from Hoven, Gimsøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  January 21, 2015.  11:53

With another one of mid January’s fantastic winter days, and the day after I hiked up Offersøykammen, I found myself a bit bored again, so I headed up Hoven, a small mountain on Gimsøy.

Luckily, I again had a few footprints in the snow to follow, taking away any difficulties in winter navigation. Though even in winter, Hoven is a relatively straight forward and simple hike, it’s always nicer to have a path to follow, if only to save on time.

By the time I reached the summit I was down to a t-shirt – so much for arctic circle in the heart of winter!  But a moderate breeze was blowing, so I quickly returned to a down jacket once I stopped moving and started shooting.

The southern sky, with the noon sun low on the horizon was glowing a bright orange.  At this time of year, the sun is so low in the sky that only southern facing aspects of the islands receive any direct sunlight, and that’s only if their not blocked by any mountains.

I liked the reflection in the water below, and the contrast between the cool blues of the snow and the warm sky.

Camera Info:
Nikon D810
Nikon 70-200mm f/4
130mm
ISO 160
f 9
1/125 second
WB Daylight

Friday Photo #95 – Hoven In Autumn

Autumn view from Hoven, Gimsøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Photo: Golden colored autumn landscape from the summit of Hoven, Gimsøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  Sept 26, 2012.  12:13

Hoven is something of a unique mountain on Lofoten in that it stands completely alone, surrounded by the flat, marshy lands of Gimsøy.  I’m not sure what geological effects resulted in its creation, but today it sits, despite its low height, as one of the most recognizable mountains of Lofoten.

As autumn progresses and the land fills with color, Hoven provides a scenic view over the surrounding landscape.  Though it is a landscape under threat.

The planes with Widerøe airlines currently flies to Lofoten are no longer in production.  Thus Lofoten will require a longer runway in the near future.  It is possible to extend the runway at Leknes, but this comes at the jealousy of Svolvær, who like to think of themselves as ‘the capital of Lofoten.’ And so they talk of building an airport at Gimsøy.  Brilliant! Ruin a whole island because of a pissing match between two provincial towns…

Camera Info:
Nikon D800
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
24mm
ISO 100
f 9
1/125 second
WB Daylight