Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


4.12.11
  Along the Coast of Norway, Part 1

A cloud and snow post to go with the weather; the first rain after five weeks here, and the first autumn gales. There may even be snow later this week.

Light in a land of water and mountains

Traveling along the coast of Norway in early spring can give you some of the most beautiful light effects when the sun fights with the clouds, sometimes losing to a blue-grey twilight.

Afternoon voyage between Ålesund and Molde

Sometimes winning and tinting the sea an incredible blue where only a slight haze betrayed the rain that had fallen a few minutes earlier.

Mountain opposite Ålesund harbour

And sometimes ... well it just managed to poke a ray through the clouds, and light would sparkle on the water.

Baldur looking down?

Though this was taken at plain daylight, the contrast of the light and the dark clouds makes it look more ominous and nightly.

Coastal mountains

Sometimes there is a hint of what the land may look like in sunshine, a fleeting trace of warmer, richer colours dormant in the shades of grey.

One of the many lighthouses

Thus far south and warmed by the gulf stream, the snow had already melted except for the highest peaks. Further north, the snow remained and would remain far into spring.

On board of the Richard With

The landscape gliding past, and a photo motive around every turn.

Between Bergen and Ålesund; taken in the late morning

In such moments, the light is the only important thing, reducing the mountains to grey shadows and black silhouettes.
 
Comments:
Love the picture of the lighthouse. It looks so lonely!
 
I knew there was a reason I keep coming back here.
 
Stunning photographs. And very appropriate for the season - winter seems to be arriving now.
 
Thank you, Constance, Stag, and Carla.

Winter started with a few bangs .... er, STORMS here. Though I think it was even worse in Scotland.
 
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