"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders." -Lord Dunzany

Photo – Summa cum Laude

One of my photos featured in Tesla Motors article

My panorama photo featured in an article by Tesla Motors

I have been fortunate to have one of my photos featured in an article by the electric car company Tesla Motor. The article is about my ophthalmologist Jens Kratholm – a Tesla superowner with no less than 7 Teslas in his automotive fleet!

Within a short time I have provided the world renowned media company Trollbäck+Company and now Tesla Motors with my photos. I am really happy and honored that not only my regular readers – but also major companies notice my photographic work! This article was picked up by several major newspapers, including The New York Times.

You can read the Tesla Motors article by clicking here!


A Miracle! — Celebrating 31,000 + visitors with Stetind

Stetind - National Mountain of Norway. I share this symbolically with you to celebrate this new record in visitors to my blog.

Stetind – National Mountain of Norway. I share this symbolically with you to celebrate this new record in visitors to my blog.

January 6. there had been more than 13,000 visitors to my blog since September 30. 2010.

In just three weeks the number has expanded two and a half times –  to 31,648 visits as I write this..! Amazing! In just three weeks. I can hardly believe it. Talking about peak in the statistics!

So – symbolically – I decided to share with you a photo I took this summer of The National Mountain of Norway – Stetind (1,392 meters above sea level). This mountain has fascinated Norwegian and foreigners alike for centuries. And it is hard to climb. It was not until July 30. 1910 that Ferdinand Schjelderup, Carl Wilhelm Rubenson, and Alf Bonnevie Bryn finally summit Stetind (for more information, please read this fine Wikipedia article about the mountain).

So, with this photo taken July 30. 2012 I thank all my avid readers and please share this blog with your friends, if you enjoy it!

PS: almost at the bottom of the blog, there is a link called << Older Entries. I recommend you to flick back through the pages. There are lots more photos than what is presented on the first page. My favorite photo subject is Northern Lights and you’ll find several photos of this fantastic phenomenon there, and you can even follow how I progress in mastering this difficult discipline of photography. I hope you will enjoy these many stories back to September 30. 2010.

Report from last night – Tonight G1..!

I am crazy busy today – but I just popped by my blog to show my readers an example of last night activity. The Kp-index was steadily around five, which at these latitudes is high (northern lights activity normally starts at Kp 2/3. Tonight there is a geomagnetic storm coming with an estimated strength of G1 (the scale goes from G0 – no activity to G5 where all hell breaks loose and satellites gets their curcuitboards fried and powergrids here on Earth fails).

Unfortunately there were strong winds and quite a bit of rain and partly cloudy yesterday. But still the build up to the storm was quite obvious in between the clouds!

Strong Auroral Activity is seen in between the Clouds last night.

Strong Auroral Activity is seen in between the Clouds last night.

Fantastic aurora!

Standing there in the darkness – jumping up and down like a little kid at Christmas – and shouting -Yes! and Aaaah!, I probably look quite silly for a grown man, but every occasion like yesterday is exactly like Christmas to me! The Aurora borealis – Northern Light is so awe-inspiring that I wish all the japanese, Korean and Chinese tourist here in Norway could see it! They really are memories for a lifetime. Last night Kp-index was 3 (2 and above means chances to see northern lights at these latitudes). Today the Kp is even higher, at 5 – so I am soooo hoping for equally crisp, clear skies and even bigger lights!

I managed to get great many shots yesterday. And I had company. Danielle came down to the water with her boyfriend and I helped her getting into the fine techniques of shooting Northern Lights photographs.

And another bonus last night was the swarms of beautiful meteorites. I belive it must have been the orionides that should be passing just these days. Although my camera was pointed in the wrong directions, when I got home, I found that actually three of my photos had captured these beautiful sights. My head was obviously pointing in the wrong direction at these points, as I didn’t see them until I started flipping through the shots.

Well, here is a tiny fraction of last night’s phenomenal photo shoot. Enjoy!

Northern Lights stretching all the way form to the North of Narvik and all the way to the South-West above Vestfjorden. To the left Ankenes, and to the right Veggen and Forratangen. In the center Kjeldebotn.

Strong meteor (shooting star) between the lighthouse in Ankenes and aurora.

Strong meteor (shooting star) between the lighthouse in Ankenes and aurora.

Northern Lights above the Narvik peninsula last night

Danielle catching the last of the show

Northern Lights photographer Danielle catching the last of the show

SOPA / PIPA postponed indefinitely

The SOPA and PIPA law proposals are postponed indefinately! Which means the World’s Population – not the Entertainment Industry – still has the democratic control over the internet! (For now)

So in order to join in the free expression of the world this entire blog is free under a CC – Creative Commons License – with the following limitations:

Commercial Use: NO (right back at you, greedy entertainement industry) Not without my written permission.

Share alike/alter the work: Yes, you may alter and share my pictures, videos or texts from this blog, as long as you link back to the blog. But still, if for commercial use, you need my written permission.

This license applies to The Whole World!

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Dette verk er lisensieret under en Creative Commons Navngivelse-Ikkekommersiell-DelPåSammeVilkår 3.0 Unported lisens.

I am so sorry…

  • Do you prefer a safe Internet?
  • Do you prefer a stable Internet?
  • Do you prefer the old security of rights “Innocent until proven Guilty” to still be a golden rule in democratic societies?
  • Do you support a free, prosperous Internet
  • Do you oppose giving control over the World’s most significant tool for Prosperity and Freedom of Expression to the entertainment industry and dictatorius regimes?

Please, watch these film:



This has NOTHING to do with protecting artists’ Copyright! They are already protected through the law over most parts of the world – and I support the ones I like by buying their music and films.

This has EVERYTHING to do with giving the Entertainment Industry (and subsequently corrupt regimes) the TOTAL control over The Internet…

Still not convinced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJIuYgIvKsc

On 1/24 it could be too late… The clock is ticking…

Night-time superpanorama

This superpanorama was shot using a 1 second delay on my Canon IXUS 850IS at 01:30 am overlooking the Ofoten Fjord (click a couple of times in slow succesion to se full resolution).

There is nothing wrong with the camera. The lights from the docked ship is skewed for real. When high or low tides set in the water curves in the narrow sound and any reflecting light is skewed.


A crossection of sunset

Nothing but Blue Sky – well, almost nothing but…

Panorama overlooking the Ofoten Fjord and Narvik Harbor

Panorama overlooking the Ofoten Fjord and Narvik Harbor

Vote for Jack! – 4 days to go! The Most Beautiful Place in Norway!

The most Beautiful Place in Norway

My friend Jack Lihaug – a faithful supplier of great photos to this blog – has entered this beautiful photograph in the contest “The Most Beautiful Place in Norway”. If you like this picture – give Jack your vote! You can vote by clicking here.

You won’t get more Northern-Norway than this!

My friend the biologist and natural photographer Mr. Bergersen has lend me a fantastic picture. Thank you so much Espen!

This time it is a Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) sliding down into the pitch dark deep of the oceans – leaving just the majestic white snow covered mountains of the second largest Island of Norway – Senja – as a backdrop.

It simply doesn’t get much more North-Norwegian than that! And the light captured in this classical photo is so indicative of the time of year: Just a few hours of pink and red skies, and apart from that: complete night darkness – one really has to be tough to adjust to such an habitat. Beauty and Love is what drives us – Beauty and Love – Beauty in nature and Love for nature and the bounty of meat and fish it provides us, and Beauty in each other and Love for one another. That’s what we in Northern-Norway find at the core of being a society up here. Yeah, that and a dash of Viking Blood – otherwise we couldn’t rough it out.

Humpback Whale descends into the pitch blach sea with the Majestic Senja Mountains as a backrdrop in the light ours (no sun light here now)

Humpback Whale descends into the pitch blach sea with the Majestic Senja Mountains as a backrdrop in the light hours in the middle of the day (no sun light here now). Photo: Espen Bergersen.

On Espens’ blogg you will find even more stunning pictures. Please go to: naturgalleriet.blogspot.com and enjoy a whole series of raw and delicate arctic nature that we love som much here in The Great North.

Unique Film and Pictures of Killer Whales by Espen Bergersen

The biologist and natural photographer Espen Bergersen has graciously let me borrow one of his amazing Pictures! His films has been shown on the state public channel NRK. No wonder! The films from Mr. Bergersen is absolutely breathtaking. These Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) are on the prowl for herring and in between there is time for some play and fun. The spectacle took place on Christmas Day outside of Kvalnes, Andøya in the county of Nordland.

There are also Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the mix. Absolutely fantastic. I have seen a lot of whales in packs, but this is really special. An enormous number of animals gathered for this Christmas feast on Christmas Day.

Breathtaking! See Mr. Bergersen’s film on his blog – naturgalleriet.blogspot.com – by clicking here or just click the photo below.

Killer Whales dancing after the herring hunt.

Killer Whales dancing after the herring hunt. Photo: Espen Bergersen

Northern Lights – The Planet is Working!

All stressed out today . Way to much on my calender for this weekend.

So I took out the garbage and noticed something I have seen hundreds, maybe thousands of times; Northern Light. It was building in intensity above Narvik, but soon filled the entire sky! Eventhough my tiny pocket camera can never portrait the real thing and do it justice, below you’ll find a few examples of tonight’s Show.

30 minutes watching this show and all the stress had gone! Magnificent. Try that Pharmaceutical Industry – Northern lights in a pill – no can do!

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 2

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 2

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 3

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 3

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 3

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 3 - The picture was pressed to the max, but was unable to depict the enormous dancing lights covering most of the night sky.

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 5

Northern Lights above The Ofoten Fjord 5