Tag Archive | nature

A plan for Stavanger

In a three week period, we are going to trek in the oil capital of Norway, Stavanger. The city does not only have oil but also great nature.

Our plan is to visit 

1) the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
This rock formation is 604 meters over the Lysefjord. The hike is 3.8 km, height difference is 350 meters. Estimate hiking time is 2 hours one way. Read more.

2) Kjerag
Our activities continue to be around the Lysefjord. To hike to Kjerag will allow us to see the Lysefjord from another end (another end is at the Pulpit Rock). We will go on a marked path in the rugged and beautiful terrain from Øygardstøl into Kjerag. It takes about 5 hours back and forth. See the route.

3) the Lysefjord
This day we plan to spend time on the fjord itself, a kayak tour along the fjord. The starting point is around the spot where we hike to Kjerag, then kayak along the fjord, probably ends around where the Pulpit Rock stands. Read more.


Beyond the sea

The post today made me think about this song, Beyond the Sea.

Somewhere beyond the sea
somewhere waiting for me
my lover stands on golden sands
and watches the ships that go sailin’

Somewhere beyond the sea
she’s there watching for me
If I could fly like birds on high
then straight to her arms
I’d go sailin’…

Pictures are from a vacation we had in November, in Krabi, Thailand. The first batch from the trip, Beyond the Sea.

A journey to the sea with a long tailed boat

A journey to the sea with a long tailed boat

Dream to the horizon

Dream to the horizon

It's going to be awesome!

It’s going to be awesome!

A stony beach with a sea view

A stony beach with a sea view

A frame with a view

A frame with a view

An open-viewed sea

An open-viewed sea in the morning

Visiting Tännforsen

We discussed at home that this year we needed to fasten our belts on travelling budget. On the 5th of January, I recognize that I’m searching for info to plan our vacation in Spring. Oops!

Well, nobody to blame in this case and it’s the trip to Åre that has inspired me to either seeing more in Sweden or within Europe (I have a devilish thought that I’m gonna have both). To be fair to myself or to find a good excuse, it’s not an unwise idea to travel domestically or travel to some countries in Europe because it doesn’t need to be expensive.

The trip to Åre has really brought back my appetite in travelling. Deeply I realize that I expect similar experience as I had from Åre, that there were so many natural wonders, warm moments from Christmas with the family and dramatic experiences from skiing and visiting the nature in Norrland.

I almost fall in my own trap of the good end-results of the trip. In reality, there are many factors that are out of our control when we travel, for example, bad weather resulting in no ideal scenes for photos. Therefore, we should not allow such things to stop our happiness. Instead, we should always enjoy the moment when we are on the trip, to experience, to learn, to appreciate, to thank and to live.

Below is another set of photos, shot at the Tännforsen waterfall, the largest waterfall in Sweden. It’s not enough to describe in words the moment when I was on location, searching for the waterfall. It was like you know you’re about to meet your hero or something similarly. It was because when I was told about the trip, I was also shown a picture of the waterfall in winter, therefore, I was hoping to visualize it with my eyes and at that time we were unsure if it’s possible since it’s early winter.

Once I was there, at that very moment, it was peaceful and calm, it seemed the world stood still but it’s not because it had life. Then, it came the sound of the powerful waterfall.

Peaceful and calm yet powerful

Peaceful and calm yet powerful

Natural wonder in Tännforsen

Natural wonder in Tännforsen when temperature gets lower

A flow of life

A flow of life

When coldness comes

Even in coldness there is a beauty

Season Changes

It is this time of year again, the most photogenic season of the year. When leaves change colors and soon will leave the trees. We drove about an hour from Uttran and were somewhere in Gnesta. JJ discovered the route when he cycled as an exercise. It’s just a small spot in the middle of nowhere that stood out from its surrounding. We were driving, when I saw it I told JJ to pull over the car because I had to shoot here :). About 200-300 meters from the first spot, we found a small road which leaded to a private property. This was even a more secret place. We met two guys who just came back from hunting. There, trees lined up on both sides of the road which hided it from the main street and golden leaves covered the ground.

I didn’t expect much that day since it was very cloudy and looked like it could rain anytime.

Colors in the garden

Humlegården is a major park situated in Östermalm in Stockholm. It’s a place where I discovered recently after have been living in Stockholm for 5 years. Stockholm is not a big city but It’s me who have to be more curious about it.

I got even more excited after I had seen a statue of Carl von Linné a.k.a. Linnaeus just because he’s a renowned Swede whom I read about in my Swedish class. It’s like I found a small connection with the city where I live in. He was a botanist, physician and zoologist, who laid the foundation of the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature.

Moreover, around the statue there is a colorful botanical garden with interesting plants and flowers which I enjoy to take photos.

Man, I love this shot!

Charming orange

Mysterious violet

Elegant dark ruby

Dancing white

Playful pinky

Huggy pink

Refreshing green

All are about how I enjoyed the garden, here is how someone also enjoyed it.