Archive for the ‘Norway’ Category

Cloud Nine   10 comments

I don’t normally blog twice in one day but I just had to. You see, I’m 37000 feet in the air on a Norwegian airlines 737 heading towards Bergen.This is the second flight I’ve been on lately that has had wifi (the first time I didn’t use it, I was asleep) so I just had to try it out. The photo is from my last flight to Bergen.
One more thing! I got my 200th follower today, whoop whoop so a big thanks to you all, you know who you are.

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Posted July 15, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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Wheel meet again   12 comments

Sorry about that, I can’t believe I’m off again, I’ve only been home 6 days, oh well nature of the job I suppose.

This is a shot taken landing at Bergen airport, Norway, which is where I will be landing tomorrow, then off for another rig move, not sure for how long or if there will be wifi onboard so please bear with me, the proceeds from the selling of my photo’s lately will be going toward the purchase of a new MacBook Pro, so if I keep selling photo’s at the same rate I should have one in 27 years, no need for wifi just plug it in and keep posting.

Have a great weekend.

 

Posted July 14, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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SS Stord I   15 comments

As we leave Bergen and head toward open water we pass a lot of vessels of different shapes and sizes, this one caught my eye, she is a Norwegian vintage steamship SS Stord I and was built as Stord in 1913 and has a bit of a history.

The vessel sailed in regular traffic from 1913 to 1969. Stord I is a typical representative of the local passenger steamers built for operating between Stavanger-Sunnhordland-Hardanger and Bergen.

In 1931, Stord I was rebuilt and modernised.

In 1949 she was again rebuilt as a motorship with the installation of two, 12-cylinder Paxman-Ricardo diesels.

In 1969 she was sold to Oslo Krets av det Blå Kors and renamed MV O T. Moe. She was berthed in Oslo as floating welfare centre for alcoholics.

In 1980 she was sold to Norsk Veteranskibsklub and transferred to Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten, Bergen with a view to preservation. She was restored to 1931-condition, including the installation of engines from a 1942 steam-driven British vessel. Technical trials were run. Gutted by fire en route from Sunnhordland to Bergen on 20 May 1987.

The ship was again restored by Veteranskipslaget Fjordabåten.

Anyone notice the 3 people outside the house on the left waving at me.

Here is the same ship I managed to photograph over 40 years ago. (or just processed with Snapseed)

I couldn’t leave out the last house. Have a great weekend.

Posted June 8, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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Rundown   15 comments

The last in this set of Bergen Buildings, as you can see the further we traveled out of town the more rundown the buildings became, still great colours, but this one is more rust and flaking paint, sits in well with the landscape though.

Bergen Buildings   19 comments

Follow on from yesterdays post, more of the old style buildings we pass as we head out to sea. The sun was getting low and lit up these two building nicely, I’m so glad the Norwegians like these bright earthy colours, they go so well with the surrounding countryside.

Bergen   7 comments

This is a follow on from the Hanseatic Wharf group of photo’s I took in Bergen, Norway. This is the opposite side of the harbour, not as old as Hanseatic wharf but just as colourful and built in the traditional way with overlapping pine weatherboard. I’m surprised so many of them are still standing with the amount of cigarettes these Norwegians smoke. Hope you enjoy, now some facts.

 

The city of Bergen was traditionally thought to have been founded by King Olav Kyrre, son of Harald Hardråde in 1070 AD, four years after the Viking Age ended. Modern research has, however, discovered that a trading settlement was established already during the 1020s or 1030s. It is considered to have replaced Trondheim as Norway’s capital in 1217, and that Oslo became the de jure capital in 1299. Towards the end of the 13th century, Bergen became one of the Hanseatic League’s most important bureau cities.

 

The main reason for Bergen’s importance was the trade with dried cod from the northern Norwegian coast, which started around 1100. By the late 14th century, Bergen had established itself as the centre of the trade in Norway. The Hanseatic merchants lived in their own separate quarter of town, where Middle Saxon was used, enjoying exclusive rights to trade with the northern fishermen that each summer sailed to Bergen. Today, Bergen’s old quayside, Bryggenis on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Site.

Farvel Florø   9 comments

That’s good bye in Norwegian incase you thought it was a spelling mistake. Leaving Florø behind and the North sea ahead we pass one more house that stood out, well stood on top of a large rock might describe it better. These crazy Norwegian’s will live anywhere. But I’m glad they do because this is a functioning lighthouse right in the middle of the shipping lane. The guy in the boat circled it a few times, maybe to let the occupants know he was there or maybe like us just fascinated with the structure.

And yes I’ve changed my theme again, I didn’t think my photo’s were big enough, hope you like. Remember you can click an image to see it full size, but you shouldn’t need to now.

And the follow me button is now on the left.

Posted May 23, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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Florø   4 comments

After leaving Florø harbour we head out to open water, on the way we pass some pretty nice houses in some great locations. If you think getting the morning paper was going to be difficult living here? Wait until you see tomorrows post.

Posted May 22, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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What’s an ø?   7 comments

Florø is Norway’s most westernmost town, It was built on the site of a farm ‘Flora’ in 1860, but they drop the “a” and replace it with a “ø”. The “ø” is the Danish word meaning “island” added to the end since the town is located on an island. I bet you didn’t know that, ok maybe you did. I had one of the nicest pizza’s in my life here, who would have thought that?

Very picturesque, but like most town’s in Norway the industrial side of life always finds it’s way to the waters edge.

Posted May 21, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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Hanseatic Wharf 2   4 comments

Still in Bergen, and still at the very old Hanseatic Wharf, this old building caught my eye, its wedged between two rows of colourful 3 floored terraced shops and restaurants, seemed a bit out of place, but looking at it, its properly 100 years older than the other building, if thats possible. As this building had no paint and was quite bland I decided to adjust it using my demo of  Silver Efex Pro 2 , I’m still new to the software but find it very easy to use with great effects. Any suggestions or comments welcome.

Posted April 23, 2012 by rigmover in Norway

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