Orchid

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Orchid

One forgotten post. This was the post I thought I’d posted last week. This new WP editor played a trick on me. Apologies to Joe whom does such a great job on this site.

Anyway here it is a picture of one of me favourite flowers.
taken with…
…Nikon Z6
Borrowed Sigma 105mm macro f/2.8 Ver.1
PP. Silver Efex Pro II

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That was his or her number. Each miner took this token with him each shift and returned it after each one . That way they could check if everyone was out of the mine. If you forgot to deliver your token you were made to walk from the mine back to the town and return the next day. Even in winter. The guide told us you only did this once and never forgot it again.

Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
PP Silver Efex Pro II

Merry Christmas

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Christmas 

I read somewhere on FB that there are only 20 more Fridays until Christmas. Then I thought of this picture I have from Mine #3

That’s what they wrote on the side of this coal bucket when they left the mine for good. Only it’s in Norwegian “God Jul”.

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Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
PP Silver Efex Pro II

Just left where it was last used

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Still in Coal mine #3 this time in the workshop. This looked like the workshop diary or workbook. The page was open at 10.10.1995. Everything just left where it was last used.

Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
PP Silver Efex Pro II

Miners Boots Coal Mine #3 Spitsbergen

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One of the things we did while on Svalbard was visit Coal Mine #3. It was in operation from 1971 until 1996. The working height was only 60-90cms Take a tape measure and see for yourselves how small that is,then imagine an 8 hour shift laying on your side.. When the mine closed in November of 1996 all the equipment was left in place. The guide told us that the word came down about the closure half way through a shift so a lot of tools and other equipment was just left as it was. A fascinating few hours well worth getting a little dirt on the camera bag.

Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
PP. Silver Efex Pro II

Music with a view

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This shot was taken the farthest north I have even been. Svalbard. This was the view from the abandoned music room at Pyramiden. This was only recently abandoned in the 90’s. 5 Russians live there to take care of the tourists that come. If they didn’t live there the territory would revert to the Norwegian state. The Russians have started to hotel…I wonder how that’s doing now?

…another burst Beetle

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…kind of continuing a theme from the picture last week, this poor Bug has no doubt been loved at some point in its life, but now rots in peace at this old abandoned Junk yard in Sweden. It was not alone and this is just one from a rotting traffic jam.

Nikon D800
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
PP HDR Efex Pro 2.

VW Bus(t)

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Another shot from the archive in these Covid-19 days. I’m afraid that my photography has taken a backseat at the moment even with a new camera to play with. Anyway I hope you are all still well and seeing at least some light at the end of the tunnel.

Until next week then…

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Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
PP Silver Efex Pro II

Once Loved Bug

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Maybe this is what happened to Herbie after he found fame and fortune it all went to his head and, he ended up on the scrapheap.

Nikon D800
Nikon 24-70 F/2.8
PP HDR efex ProII.

…yet another burst beetle

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Yet another VM beetle at the graveyard in Sweden. In fact there was a long line of them forming some sort of rusty traffic jam.
I hope you guys are keeping safe and well. Here in Norway things are about to loosen up a little. Normal is still way off.

Nikon D800
Nikon 24-70 f72.8
PP Silver Efex Pro II