Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Arriving Oslo by Ship a November Morning

It’s curious how we often think: What we see everyday, might be so familiar we do not think it might be excotic for people who lives in other parts of this tiny planet…2011-26-11 Pipe
You are hereby invited to join my experience when entering Oslo by Ship on Saturday Morning, November 26 –2011. With Photos and a few Words.
Oslo - Nov 26-2011  Followed
See the follower? Just before 9 AM . What a Hunt.
Juleseminar 2011 - Saturday Morning in Oslofjord 
We are followed – Who will be the Winner?
 2011-11-26 Ships and Fiord Here we are in the inner part of the Oslofiord. The Ship behind is coming from Kiel in Germany. It’s the Worlds largest Car ferry and as well a cruise liner, with all what you expect of fascilities on a Cruise. Our Summer House is, by the way,  just on the right side of the Ship, in the Background Hills.
2011-11-26 Steilene Osloford
This Island – in fact several, used to have Oil Tanks when I was a little boy. And it’s a saying: The Sun allways shines on Steilene, the name of these tiny Islands. To day you can stay overnight here in old style seaside and Light Houses.
2011-11-26 Kolsås
In the distance you see some typical Hills around Oslo. The White Building to the Right:  Here was Oslo Airport until 1998.2011-11-26 Huk 1
This is Southern part of the Penninsula where I lived for 30 years.
It was an Island, but due to the raise of the Land after the last Ice Age it is now a Penninsula.
2011-11-26 Lille Herbern 
During the Oslo Blog Gathering in 2010, we had a common Dinner in the White Building just in the Center of this Photo. We then took photos on the Ship from Land, this time from a ship towards land and Hills.
Oslo - Light House Dyna
Dyna Light House and Foghorn. I remember when as a little boy , Iwas in our Garden, less than a Mile away a foggy afternoon and heard the “Sorrow Sounds”  from here. Two Days later:  Whooping cough. A Token?  To Day it’s Restaurant… In the Summer
2011-11-26 Ship Chimney 
The Ship is bringen us closer to the Capital of Norway: Oslo
2011-11-26 Oslo Filipstad view
What’s going on here? Are they building a new part of the City?
2011-11-26 kavringen lighthouse Oslo  
Be Aware. It’s lot’s of challenges to arrive Oslo by Boat.
2011-11-26 Please feed me
This Ship that looked so tiny – just before in Oslo, Norway
2011-11-26 Frognerkilen og Holmenkollen
Can you see the Ski-Jump in the Center of this Photo? Holmenkollen. The competions there attracts several 10k attenders every year, since more than a 100 Years. It so easy to get there with Oslos metro systems. You can walk as well. In my Childhood we did walk down -35-45 minutes...
Enlarge the Photo and you will realize how close it is to the Down Town
Here you can see Oslo City Hall – and some HillsJuleseminar 2011 - Oslo City Hall etc
The Blue Sea, the Hills and  what you do not see: The capital of Live Music in Northern Europe..
Oslo- November 26 - 2011
See, how Green it is? Where I grew up.  Blue and Green and four Seasons. Oslo – Norway
2011-11-26 Hovedöen marina
250 meters away is were the Ship arrives. Here is only one of Oslos’s several Marinas.
papa calling 
Have a  great life everybody, regards Tor

PS. Hope to meet you in real life


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Texas 2011 – Part 3: Lake Travis in drought

Due to the worst drought ever here in the Texas Hill Country, Lake Travis has changed dramatically. The Waterstand is 54 feet lower than normal.
Rough Hollow Marina 
Here you see Rough Hollow and part of the Marina. No doubt what normal waterstand should be.
Rough Hollow General Store and Marina drought 
Here you see Rough Hollow General Store ….
Rough Hollow Sailer
From Rough Hollow Marina
Rough Hollow Ducks 1 
Enough Water for the Ducks;-)
Lake Travis - Boats stranded 
Boats stranded
Lake Travis - stranded Marinas
Stranded Marinas
Lake Travis - Marina Rescue Team 
Marina Rescue teams have a “Golden Periode”
Lake Travis Rocks 1 Lake Travis Rocks 2 Lake Travis Rocks 3
Rocks you usually not see
Lake Travis - will the Stairway be long enough 
Will the Stairways be long enough?
Lake Travis - The Island is no longer an Island 
The Island Recidency: No longer an Island
Lake Travis - where have the Water gone 
Where have all the Water gone?
Lake Travis - Marina in Sunshine
Hope Lake Travis will be back to normal again, but lot’s of Rain needed.

More to come..... (When back home)

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Texas 11-2011 – Part 2

Part 2 from Texas is about our trip from Austin area down South to San Antonio – nearly 3 hours on the Road.
We left the House, some minutes delayed as I had to take a Photo of this Mexican Jay. The Blue Feather was fascinating and after all we were heading South.
It has been the worst draught here in Texas Hill Countries ever measured. But we brought the Rain from Europe.
San Antonio welcomed us with Rain. Good for the Locals, bad for us who have had the most Rainy Summer ever.
But when in a Art and Historical Museum, weather does not matter. Here The Boy and the Fish Basket at McNay in San Antonio.
Court House - SA
We stayed close to the Court House in San Antonio
San Antonio or India
San Antonio in Texas is a mix up of different Cultures. This red Brick Tower in some way reminds me about India…
Torreador - SA
And this about Spain…
S A hotel
View from Hotel Room in San Antiono
River Walk San Antonio 1 
The River Walk in San Antonio is so special we understand it is the main attraction in the City
River Walk 2 
Charming, so close and yet so far from the down ciy sounds just seconds walking distance away.
River Walk - excellent guides and Service 
At River Walk, allways people to help you
River Walk - some people we met
And most important: At the River Walk people meet people from all over…
River Walk - Lady from Ohio
She was a  Convention participant – we talked and shared minds for some good time. 
River Walk - we had a great time
We were there as well
Good Night from San Antiono River Walk
More to come..

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

White Tail Deer – a meeting

Just outside the House there are flocks of Texas White Tail Deers.
Buck - Big 0
Even they are Wild they are not very shy, some not at all. In this area Deer hunting is prohibited.
Buck - The Chief 
The Chief himself
Buck with simle 
A couple just outside the Front Door
He watch me. Not affraid of me, but the Camera Click
Deer - Portait 1 
Am I sweet?

More to come…