A Week in Norway

I’ve finally finished sorting through images from my recent trip to Norway.  What a great visit!  I got a good number of presentable images from this unforgettable experience.

I went to Norway to help out with getting some equipment ready for the field.  While there, I met a good bunch of guys from the shop who were kind enough to take me around after work to sightsee.  The first time we went out, we visited a monument that was created in memory of a tragic accident involving an oil rig that tipped over into the sea.  Many lives were lost.

This massive chain is a replica of one the chains used to anchor that rig.

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Beneath the rock where the chain monument rests, these benches were installed giving a place to sit and look out over the water where the accident occured.  Not pictured, there are three large plaques bearing the names of those lost in the accident.  A stark reminder of the dangers that exist for those of us working in the oil field.

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The view from those benches, looking out over the fjord.

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This is just a pretty scene I saw after work one evening while driving back to the hotel.

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One evening there, we went for dinner in downtown Stavanger.  I love cobblestone walk ways.  Living in Europe when I was kid, this always reminds me of the travelling I did there with my parents and sister.

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This lamppost in Stavanger made the perfect perch for this seagull.

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My last day in Stavanger, the guys from the shop and I went for a hike to go see Preikestolen.  In English, Preikestolen means Preacher’s Pulpit.  We didn’t leave work until nearly 5pm but, since it’s summer time and Stavanger is well north of the equator, it stays light out until nearly midnight.  I was expecting the hike to be a bit of a challenge.  I was way off!  It wasn’t a trail as much as it was climbing path. We crawled rocks and boulders for 4 hours, all the while lugging my own boulder, a Nikon D600 with battery grip and heavy lens, around my neck.  Ok that was whining.  Sorry about that.  Did I mention how out of shape I’ve gotten since I quit running a few years ago?

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Once we started getting higher in elevation, the views became SPECTACULAR!  Totally worth every drop of sweat and blister!

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I almost forgot to mention that we had a 4-legged hiking partner.  I can’t for the life of me remember the dog’s name – much less how to spell it – but he sure was cute… and tough.  This 6-month old Staffordshire Terrier schooled all of us on the hike.  That little guy just went and went and went.  I bet at the end of our hike when we were all worn out, he would have been ready to do it again.

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Much of the hike up to the cliff, the lighting for photos wasn’t very good and I was too busy trying not to trip and fall.  I took a few shots on the way up but none of them hold a candle to the ones I got on the trip back down.

Here we are at the top of the cliff!

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That tiny figure at the edge of the cliff, that’s me!

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We all took turns hanging our head’s over the edge.  Because the cliff cuts back in beneath you, it gives the sensation that you’re floating out over the fjord.  I’m not at all bothered by heights but even this made my head spin.

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We couldn’t spend too much time at the top of the cliff because we had to get back to the ferry we had taken across the fjord to get to the base of the Preikestolen.  The last ferry runs at 11:30pm and it was a long trek back to get to the car.  If we missed the ferry, it was a 3 hour drive to get back to Stavanger.

The hike back was just stunning.  The sun was finally beginning to set, casting this gorgeous golden glow onto the rocks and plants.  Climb, climb, climb, shoot, climb, shoot.  That was pretty much the routine on the way down.  I wish I could have camped up there for one night.  I would have brought a tripod and more lenses so I could really get some good shots.  Given the hurry back down, I’m happy with what I did get.  Check it out!

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That boulder is taller than a large man.

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We made it back to the parking lot in time to drive back to the ferry crossing.  On the way back, we drove through this red-lit tunnel.  I thought this shot was pretty cool looking.

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On the ferry, arriving back in Stavanger, the sun had finally set.  This shot was made right about midnight.

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I didn’t get back to the hotel until about 1:30am.  A short sleep and it was time to get up to go to the airport for my return trip to the United States.

I want to thank the guys in Norway for such an awesome experience.  Thank you for your hospitality and friendship!

 

Technical Details:

Nikon D600.  For a lens, I used either a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G AF-S or a Nikon 24-85mm f3.5-5.6 G AF-S VR.

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6 thoughts on “A Week in Norway

  1. This has to be my all time favorite to date. I’m left speechless at the beauty you capture both in pictures and words. In fact, I always save my notification of “Out For 30” as my last email to check as I know the wait will be worth it. Over the years I’ve learned that anticipation is where the pleasure resides, yet your site surpasses anything I could ever anticipate. Thank you once more for sharing your experiences with us and bringing life to words.

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  2. Dana,

    Thank you so much for you support of the website. Your words definitely help me stay motivated to keep bringing my camera into the field with me. I’m glad to be able to share with you these little glimpses of travel.

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  3. Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost
    on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid
    option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally
    confused .. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

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  4. Thanks for the kind comments! In answer to your questions…
    Writing about things that interest you, or are part of your life-experience, is a lot easier than say… technical writing for work. LOL. I started this blog as an outlet for my photography. I used to shoot for money and after I gave that up for the oil field, I realized there was now some part of me that was missing. Thus the Blog. It gave me a reason to pick up a camera again and put it to use for the pure and simple purpose of enjoyment. I experience a personal sense of connection and contribution to the lives of those who take a moment to view the photos and stories I share with them. Likewise, I enjoy seeing other people’s art and hearing their stories. So, to that end, I write on this blog and post those photos I’ve considered worth a look. I always hope to write positively and make photos that brighten my viewers’ day – even if just for a moment. One thing I can tell you about writing is this: No matter how well or how poorly we may put our words together, people appreciate the warmth of genuine expression.

    My website began life as a WordPress Blog. I have no complaints at all about it and would go so far as to recommend it. I purchased the outfor30.com domain and linked it to WordPress. I manage my website via WordPress tools.

    Hope that answers your questions. Thanks again for having a look and taking a moment to comment!

    Cheers,

    Tom Leonard

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  5. Tom-
    ALWAYS good to read about one of your new adventures- and see your gorgeous pictures. You really give a wonderful view of many parts of the world that are so different than ours.
    Wish you continued safety on your travels!

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