As some of you may know, I have more than a passing interest in cycling. On the 16th of May the professional “Tour of Norway” passed my way. I arrived early at my chosen vantage point at least an hour before the riders turned up. People were already out and about eagerly awaiting the riders and,given the next day was a national holiday everyone was in a festive mood.
If you have ever wondered what would make a person stand by the roadside to watch 30 seconds of cycling go past haven’t thought about the fun had by the supporters beforehand. The chance of seeing a superstar whizz past is a bonus. In no other sport can Joe-public get so close to their idols.
If you are left wondering whom this Edvald is I’m talking about one of Norways cycling superstars Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8G ED
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The Tour of Norway passed close to my doorstep on Wednesday this week. Being I am a big cycling fan I placed myself where I knew they would have to take a sharp lefthand turn. I lay in the grass with my camera ready and shot off a load of images. After the leaders and the main Peloton had blasted past a straggler from the Uno-X team came into view. He threw his empty bottle away and that was my souvenir of the day…plus this shot. So whomever you were (I didn’t get your number) thank you.
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8G ED @24mm
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Yes next week it’ll be the 17th of May, National Day. For one day the whole of Norway is in party mood. Parades, National dress, ice cream, marching bands, and waving royalty, the whole works. It’s always fun to watch with everyone in their finery.
So Think of Norway on the 17th, and maybe raise a glass to celebrate with us.
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My son and daughter playing on a beach in the far north of Norway. A beautiful summers day with ice cold water.
Ps. This shot actually got published in a book here in Norway about Children and their relationships with nature.
When we were traveling in northern Norway in February 2016, I noticed this light beam breaking through the dense clouds.
More of my images can be seen at my own blog.
Tonight when you read this I’ll be at a Burns Night supper. I thought I’d share this shot of me, kilted out hill walking in the hills near my home here in Norway. Taken before “Selfie” was a word. The camera was on a pocket tripod and self-timer.
Seems a bit late. However there is a song in Norwegian and Swedish that will tell you that “Christmas lasts all the way to Easter”. I’m glad it doesn’t my waistline couldn’t cope.
Happy New Year dear readers and co-contributers.