Exploring Burghead and Burghead Beach (link to follow soon)
A quick note for photographers – if you go to do this walk, you will be near Fffordes Photographic, a place with a good reputation. We didn’t have time to visit when we were there, so can’t describe it more than that (yet).
And so to the images. Firstly, a mix of natural and man-made with this pylon part of the transmission network from the hydro-electric plant nearby.
We spent 3 days in an incredibly hot Oslo recently. As you can see from this shot, the sun was strong and created good shadows.
Both of us were captivated by the Royal Opera House opened in 2008. It has lots of sloping areas for sun-worshipers to spread themselves across and is of course, ideal for urban snappers.
The lines and angles drew us both and we took many, many shots.
We took full advantage of the glass which provided some interesting reflections.
This shot is of Paul lining up a shot (in his summer hat!) and his cousin Gro, having a seat and lining up a shot of her own.
I like the half shadow across Gro on this one.
Lynn in her summer hat.
The glint of sunlight and the retro feel drew paul’s eye to this boat.
Snapper snapped snapper again.
And vice versa.
Statue of Jens Olav Walaas Selvaag, a Norwegian engineer with an interest in designing affordable housing. I don’t think those flats surrounding him would be regarded as affordable, even by Norwegian standards but some interesting architecture.
Just outside the stylish Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, located in Aker Brygge and designed by Enzo Piano, we found this sculpture surrounded by lines and shadows.
So did someone else.
Inside the Astrup fearnley, art lovers against a window out onto the Oslo Fjord.
We didn’t find out why there were various South American music and dance groups parading round but we enjoyed the lively sounds – and colours!
I took this one from the window on the plane on the way home – the sun setting over a fjord opening out onto the North sea.
This is a bit of a change from our normal work. We were staying with Paul’s cousin Gro who has a beautiful garden in Oslo – and the sun shone the whole time. So, we had an excellent opportunity to experiment with some macro photography. Oh, and we have included some colour…
Close-up of a member of the onion family – allium.
I think this is actually a weed but I loved the structure and the colour.
This is the allium again.
Again, not sure what this bee is sipping his nectar from but it was an apian favourite.
Normal black and white service is resumed – this is the blue weed again, also a favourite with bees.
The pollen area that attracts the bees.
An onion in the vegetable garden.
Another close-up of the centre of a flower.
This one we recognised – the poppy.
Similarly, we could name this, the common dandelion.
As is this.
After all that photography, the well-placed deck chair was pretty inviting.