Klosterøy, Norway

The evening before flying back home from Norway, my friend and his wife took me for a trip to a string of islands that lie north of Stavanger.  The island municipality of Rennesøy consists of several small islands tied together by bridges.  The island of Klosterøy was our destination where we would see the 700+ year old Utstein Abbey, and the beautiful land on which it was built.  The rolling, emerald green farmland around it, and pristine shoreline make this one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.  I honestly believe you could walk around blindfolded taking pictures and you’d wind up coming home with at least a few amazing images.  If you’re ever in Norway, anywhere near Stavanger, it is absolutely worth your time to visit these islands.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Here is a field of Norwegian lawn mowers hard at work.

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I never realized how camouflaged sheep are when they’re in the midst of stones.  I had snuck up on another small group of them (out of frame to the right) to try to get a photo when all of a sudden these two in the image below just walked into my frame.  I was looking at that whole area before making my approach but it never even registered that they were there until they were right in front of me.  The longer I sat still, the more sheep I started to find hidden amongst the stones.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

A brief drive further west and you’ll cross a bridge that leads to Fjøløy Island.  The narrow one-lane road winds up and down around the uneven landscape, yielding to every feature of the terrain.  Following this road for about a mile, it finally gave way to an epic seaside view of the west side of the island.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

I couldn’t choose which shot I liked more so I’ve decided to post both.  The one above focuses on the foreground while this next one takes it all in, giving you a grander sense of scale.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Small flocks of sheep dotted the green pastures which lent a vibrance to the otherwise cold and stony landscape.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

At the western tip of the island is Fjøløy Lighthouse that overlooks the North Sea to the south, and the Norwegian Sea to the North.  This lighthouse was built in the late 1800’s and, while it remains active, is no longer manned.  The setting sun really helped out with this shot.  Behind the ship was a dense fog rolling in.  Not too long after these last images, the fog covered most of the islands.

 

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

This long, sweeping view back toward the lighthouse was a parting gift.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

My friend and his lovely wife.  I can’t thank you guys enough for the warmth of your hospitality and friendship every time I come to Norway.  You live in a beautiful country that will forever be a treasure in my memory.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

After returning to Stavanger,  there were a few more photos I wanted to shoot.  My friend was selling his car and needed some images for posting online. I was all too pleased to provide some assistance with that.  We drove to a lot near his home and used what little light remained to get a few stylish-looking images for his advertisement.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

If you’re wondering about the strong vignette, that is not from the lens.  I just watch too much Top Gear.

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

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Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Well folks, that’s the last of the Norway images I plan on posting.  I’m currently in Egypt and I have quite a lot of photos I’ll be sharing soon.  Right now I’m pretty swamped with the demands of a new project but when I have another piece of free time, I’ll get those photos up.  Until then, I hope you’ve enjoyed these images and will stop back by soon.

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8 thoughts on “Klosterøy, Norway

  1. Amazing experiences you’re having, Tom- no doubt about it! Be safe, my friend…
    Awesome images… what a beautiful country!

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  2. Wow Tom, beautiful pictures again! It really is a nice place.
    Thank you for fine words, it was a bless to have you with us.
    The car is sold, most probably cause the good photos 🙂
    Take care!
    – Geir & Ingunn

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  3. Well, it’s official!! Norway is next on my list of places to visit. I knew it was a beautiful country…but your pictures really captured just how stunning the landscape really is!!!

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  4. I’m so glad to hear that they’ve been an inspiration. The people of Norway are as wonderful as the scenery; you’ll have a great time!

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