Thought for the day..”It is better to rust out than wear out.”
“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” (Charlotte Wilton).
One of the great mysteries of life is why in Norway, the arrival of snow in winter causes such chaos. Norway lies mostly above 60 degrees north (parts of it are over 70 degrees north) so is Artic or sub-Artic, yet the arrival in WINTER of snow seems to cause such chaos. Do the Norwegians not expect snow in WINTER? Are they not used to snow arriving in WINTER? It appears not. As anyone who has been in Oslo recently will have experienced, the streets have been extremely difficult to negotiate. Pavements have alternated between sheet ice and deep snow, all of this in the CAPITAL of a country that is rich and that is supposed to be modern. It sure shatters a lot of images when you work in Norway, those images that many people have of a modern, well-organized society soon change when you see how it really is. And I just cannot but help wondering what the local council in Oslo is doing (or rather, not doing). The one plus side to the chaos caused by the snow and ice is that is has forced many of the begging gypsies off the streets. Again, the gypsy problem is something that the Norwegian government and police seem unable to deal with, same as with the heroin problem in Oslo. Whilst drug sellers operate openly in the city centre, nothing appears to be done about the problem. Oslo has been called the “heroin capital of Europe’, with the statistics showing the big problem with heroin addiction and deaths in the city, but the authorities do not seem to be doing enough. Have a look at some of the videos of the problem on YouTube. So if you have any ideas that Norway is a modern, clean and well-run society, then a short visit may change your views !!
One photo of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, taken before the snows arrived…..
and another photo from the archives Rafsundet near Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands, Norway.
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RESPECT, CONSIDERATION & FAIRNESS
Thought for the day….”If we were meant to stay in one place then we would have roots instead of feet’
“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die’ (Buddha)
The photo today comes from Svolvaer, the ‘capital’ of the Lofoten Islands in Norway. About 4500 people live in this town which was built on cod fishing. Nowadays, summer tourism is very important with about 200 000 tourists visiting each year. It is served by ferries from Bodo on the mainland and also by a regional airport. Day trips operate from here to the nearby Trollfjord and also Rafsundet. Being Norway, everything is VERY VERY expensive, making a holiday here a costly trip. When a Norwegian is asked to name something that is cheap in Norway, they usually struggle to think of ANYTHING that is cheap. The words ‘cheap’ and ‘Norway’ do not go together.
and another photo…..the very small village of Urke in the Norwegian fjords. Both of the photos today were taken as jpegs using the Fuji X-T10 camera.
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Thought for the day….”The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more”
“Talent does what it can, genius does what it must”
Having had many cameras over the years, including Pentax, Olympus, Sony, Canon and Panasonic, I am now in the happy position of having a camera that does what I want, and a camera that produces pictures of the quality that I want. Looking back over the earlier attempts at photography, I can see just how much cameras and lenses have improved. I am now in the happy position of NOT wanting to upgrade the camera. The current camera, the Fuji X-T10 makes taking photos FUN. It ‘only’ has 16mp, but the quality of those 16mp is enough for me. I still read reviews of newer cameras in the magazines and online (www.dpreview.com is an excellent website), but is is now just for interest. I have no desire to upgrade at the moment, and can now concentrate on actually taking photos and enjoying the fun of producing a good photo. I am not interested in buying a camera that can take 20 pictures a second, nor do I feel a need for a 50mp sensor. Another advantage of the Fuji X system is that the jpeg photos straight out of the camera are so good. I have now stopped taking RAW files just because the jpegs are so good. This means that I no longer have to spend hours processing RAW files on the computer. I know that some people really enjoy this, but for me, less time on the computer is good. I have read that Fuji cameras are made by photographers who are also engineers, whereas brand X cameras are made by engineers full stop. This means that taking photos with the Fuji is instinctive, as well as being fun. True, the cameras may look old fashioned with their dials, but most people agree that the cameras are much better to use. And the most important thing, the X-T10 produces great photos !!
Today’s photo comes from Rafsundet in Norway, not far from the Lofoten Islands. As usual, the size of the photo has been greatly reduced for the internet. The quality of the full size image is great.
and another portrait photo, this time from Lake Malawi, Africa,
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