Edgy Summer

I’ve been on the edge several times this summer, so WordPress’ Photo Challenge this week had the perfect theme.

Here’s a small gallery from my hikes to Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten, Trolltunga and Besseggen.

More edgy photos here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/edge/

Follow this link to see my Flickr gallery with photos from Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten and Trolltunga:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskBnsky8

A re-make of The Grinding Mills at Leine

Back in 2011 I wrote a post called «The Ancient Grinding Mills at Leine, Valdres». A few weeks ago I had a Couchsurfer visiting me from Poland and since she’s very interested in old architecture and Viking stuff, I decided to re-process these old photos and post them again.

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The Home of the Giants: Jotunheimen

I’ve posted a lot of photos from Portugal lately and there’s still more to come, but to break up the posts a little bit and to keep some sort of variation in the blog: here’s some photos from Norway! Some of you might have seen my previous posts about the Stave Churches located in Valdres, or the post about the Ancient Grinding Mills? If you haven’t read them, you can find them all under the category Stave Churches.

Jotunheimen, Valdres.

Jotunheimen, Valdres.

Here’s another couple of photos from that same area that I felt like sharing. On the photos you can see the mountain range Jotunheimen as well as the mountains Grindafjellet and Syndin, while you catch up on your Norse Mythology.

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A B/W Photo from Leinekvernene

Mr. Diffley recently wrote an article about “Thinking Black & White” when you shoot photos. This inspired me to find an image that I think works well as B/W, so I found this from the ancient grinding mills at Leine.

One of the buildings at Leinekvernene in Valdres, Norway

One of the buildings at Leinekvernene in Valdres, Norway

If you want to learn more about B/W photography, or just photography in general, I highly recommend Mr. Diffleys blog: http://www.rickdiffleyphotography.com

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Leinekvernene: I brightened up the mill house a bit on request from Mr. Diffley

Leinekvernene: I brightened up the mill house a bit on request from Mr. Diffley

Stave Churches in Norway: Reinli Stave Church

I’ve already written about Høre & Hedalen stave churches, but this will be my last (and shortest) post on Norwegian stave churches for a while. Just like the other two, Reinli stave church is also located in proximity to the main road (E16) that runs through Valdres, Norway. In the area called Valdres you’ll actually find 6 out of the remaining 28 stave churches in Norway. During the Middle Ages there was probably over 1000 stave churches in Norway and some believe it may have been as many as up to 2000 churches.  Continue reading

Stave Churches in Norway: Hedalen Stave Church

As some of you might know I’ve already written a post about the Norwegian Stave Church Høre. In my previous post you’ll find some general information regarding stave churches (and of course also about Høre), so if you’re interested in the subject you’ll hopefully find that post useful. First of all: Hedalen stave church can easily be confused with the similar named Heddal stave church, but these are two different stave churches and accoring to Captain Obvious they are to be found on separate locations. Hedalen stave church, which this post is about, is located in Sør-Aurdal, Valdres – in proximity to the main road called E16.
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Stave Churches in Norway: Høre Stave Church

For decades now I’ve promised my readers a post about Stave Churches and here it is: The same weekend that we visited the Ancient Grinding Mills at Leine, we also went to see some Stave Churches. Since they are all in the proximity, we figured: this has already turned out to be an “old Norwegian culture weekend, why not go for an overdose?” So, I hereby present the first presentation of Norwegian Stave Churches (if it’s too much to read for you, just enjoy the pictures):

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The Ancient Grinding Mills at Leine, Valdres

There are many different types of grinding mills and many types of materials processed in them. Historically mills were powered by hand (mortar and pestle), working animal (horse mill), wind (windmill) or water (watermill). The grinding mills at Leine are water powered and situated next to a creek called Leineåne. There used to be 13 grinding mills at Vennis, but most of them were destroyed during the big flood back in 1860. Here you can see photos and read about this old Norwegian history. Continue reading

Wild Horses

The horses had a great view from their position up the hill: snow-covered mountains and lake.

The horses had a great view from their position up the hill: snow-covered mountains and lake.

The headline can be misleading as it is quite obvious that the horses are not wild, but I really like the idea of wild horses and the freedom they represent – running around with wind in your mane (trivia: did you know that the bows of violins, violas, and cellos are strung with horsehair?). According to Wikipedia, wild horses are almost extinct in this world and there’s only a very few that still lives on the Mongolian steppes. Continue reading