Late Night Paddle Boarding

Each summer we enjoy the long, light evenings in Denmark. The girls went paddle boarding most nights around 11pm, when the sea was come and quiet. If you have not yet tried paddle boarding, do it, it's so much fun and a very good workout too.

Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

Coming to Copenhagen on vacation and also have a whole day together with Birgitte, my photo partner in Focusnomore, was like winning the lottery. I wanted to go to so many places but had to choose, which meant saying no to some of them. I decided to focus on the old house and the new architecture in Copenhagen. I could easily have made an entire blogpost with only photos of bikes. We Danes love our bikes, and every Dane have one.

The bottom right photo I feel like represent Copenhagens "Painted Ladies". The photo is from Gråbrødretorv in the center for Copenhagen.

Soft blueish tones in this foursome. Top left is a photo is of the iconic towers on Knippelsbro, which is the first bridge to connects Christianshavn with the rest of Copenhagen.

Nyhavn is the top left photo, one of the most photographed places in Copenhagen. H.C. Andersen lived in 3 different places in Nyhavn. Top right is one of the many Harbour Beaches along the canals in Copenhagen. On warm summer days they are packed with locals and turists cooling off and enjoying the weather.

Evening Swim

Every summer when we visit Denmark, one of our favorite things to do is our family evening swims. The light is so magical because of the long sommer evenings and the tempture of the water is warm and refreshing.

Iceland

If you like us only have 1.5 day's in Iceland, you want to spend them wisely. We started the day we arrived with a walk through Reykjavik. Our first stop was at The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church, where you can go to the top of the tower and get a 360 degree view of Reykjavik.  

One place you have to visit is Braud & Co the local bakery that bakes the best cinnamon buns I have ever had. You can't miss it, the front of the bakery is so colorful. You can also get a freshly baked roll with butter and cheese, also amazing. 

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is your best opportunity to get a good feel for the country. There is a saying about the weather: if you don't like the weather in Iceland, wait 10 minutes. And it's true, the weather changes all the time.

From Wikipedia:  The Golden Circle (IcelandicGullni hringurinn) is a popular tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometres (190 mi) looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. It is the area that contains most tours and travel-related activities in Iceland. The name Golden Circle is a marketing term that has no roots in Icelandic history.[citation needed] The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been mostly dormant for many years, Strokkur continues to erupt every 5–10 minutes. Other stops include the Kerið volcanic crater, the town of HveragerðiSkálholt cathedral, and the Nesjavellir and Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plants.

 

Blue Lagoon

We ended our visit to Iceland in Blue Lagoon. This is what I would call a tourist trap, but fun to visit and very relaxing afterward. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days. A tip, don't get your hair wet in the Lagoon, the water will dry out your hair and leave it very dry for days. We had to buy h

Issy's Garden Project

My youngest has been wanting to improve the little area she has outside her bedroom, and turn it into a small garden. Today was the 2nd day of her summer holiday and her dad had some time to spare. All day I have been enjoying their collaborative work and seen the project take form. This is only vol. 1 of her garden project, next is a bench with pillows, which I think will be a collaboration with me. Can't wait to be part of her creativity.

Finding my way

This year I found it hard to get back into everyday life routines, after an amazing summer. There have been many things to do, and not much time to do what I enjoy, which is time out and about with my camera. I haven't done everything in my power to make it happen, I have been kind of hesitant. Struggling to go out on my own, since it used to be something I did with a friend, who no longer lives here. Now I need to find my own way, learn to be more patience, and enjoy my own campany. Lots of learning ahead of me.

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These photos is from today, taken on a walk I have probably run and hiked for more than a 100 times. I know it very well, so to speak, but this is the first time I went with my camera.

10 on 10 August

After 2 months break from the blog roll I'm back with 10 photos from my summer vacation. We were away for 6 weeks all together. First stop was Paris, then Copenhagen, and ended the trip with a quick stop in New York before returning to Mill Valley. It has been really hard to only select 10 images for this 10 on 10, but I like the challenge. 

Remember to klick through the rest of the blog roll, next stop after me is: Kristina Rust 

 

While we were in Paris a heat wave hit the city, and it was hard to stay cool. We walked by a patisserie that had put up a gardenhose, so people could cool down, and I loved the action and the photos I was able to get.

Many people has sealed their love with locks on Pont des Arts crossing the Seine. In May 2010 the city of Paris expressed concern over the growing number of love-locks on the Bridge and the locks were moved to another location.

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While waiting for my good friend Sidse at a Metro station in Copenhagen, I was reminded how staying in one place for more than 1 minute, makes great photos. This is taken with a iPhone 6S.

Nyhavn in the center of Copenhagen. I used to live here when I was 20, and this is where Eric and I meet back in 1993.

This photo is taken on Møn, a small island where my brother has a summer house. We took the girls and their cousin Nicola for a walk, and the 3 of them started playing on these huge hay bales, a true joy for the photographer.

One very quiet evening on Møn. The colors was just amazing, something I really miss in California. Colors like this you only get in Denmark at summer time.

Evening swim in Taarbæk where I grow up, and where my mom still lives. Again the colors are fabulous and my new Leica Q and I loved it.

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New York - 3rd and last stop on our vacation. I could walk around for months in this city with my camera, and just shoot. But when I travel with my family I have to go with the flow, which dosen't give me many minutes in one place. This shoot happened right outside our hotel in SoHo.

Again a fast shot as we are walking through SoHo. Loved how the colors match each other.

This was one of the photos that I really hoped to be able to shoot while we where in NYC. The Manhattan Bridge when the sun is setting.