Nye regler for bruk av åte i forbindelse med fotografering

Miljødirektoratet har innført nye regler for fotografering og bruk av åte fra 1.1.2020!

Her er link til disse nye reglene:

https://www.miljodirektoratet.no/aktuelt/nyheter/2019/desember-2019/utlegging-av-ate-reguleres-i-ny-forskrift/

Fra 1.1.2020 er utlegging av åte til store rovdyr og i visse tilfeller kongeørn ikke tillatt dersom det dreier seg om fotografering! Nærmere info finnes i linken ovenfor!

NB! Bilder tatt i Norge etter 1. januar 2020 av store rovdyr og i visse tilfeller kongeørn ved hjelp av åte vil IKKE bli bedømt i Villmarkslivs Fotojaktkonkurranse da vi forholder oss til lover og regler som gjelder i Norge.

Se nærmere info i linken ovenfor om åtebruk – merk spesielt §8 og §9 når det gjelder kongeørn: I utgangspunktet er det lov med åte for kongeørn, men fylkesmannen kan i visse tilfeller bestemme at åteforbudet også skal gjelde kongeørn.

NB! VIKTIG: Bilder tatt før 1.1.2020 (altså før de nye reglene ble innført) og bilder tatt i utlandet uansett tidspunkt vil bli bedømt på vanlig måte i konkurransen.

 

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Photo Tours/Workshops 2020: Wild Animals, Finland

For en mer omfattende NORSK versjon klikk på fanen i menyen over her 🙂  

Experience/photograph wild and free-ranging animals – like Bears, Wolves, Wolverines and birds

Wolf and bear September 2018 Paradise, Wildlife Finland © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Place: Company Wildlife Safaris, Finland‘s place in No Man’s Land on the Finnish-Russian border in Kuhmo, Finland, about 160 kms from the airport of Kajaani.

The Company is owned by well-known and highly awarded photographer Lassi Rautiainen (and family) who is a pioneer in photographing wild animals and has about 30 years of experience in this. We have been close friends for several decades and have together arranged my trips for the last 14 years.

Center of activity: Base camp KUIKKA where all the photo trips start each day (usually leaving after dinner by car to the photo hides) – and were the participants have room with bed and spend daytime with meals like breakfast and dinner. Connection to Internet here is free and cell phones works perfectly in most of the area including photo hides (where cell phones have to be on Silent all the time).

Workshops: As an IT-consultant (including teaching at many levels) and Pro Nature Photographer for nearly 40 years, I will arrange different “activities” during daytime according to the paticipants wishes. Subjects can be related to information about the animals and photo hides, computers, software, photo equipment and use and “slide shows” of different kind about nature and animals.

My trips in 2020 (others can be arranged):

July:                Monday 13. – Saturday 18.     (max 5 nights).     

September:  Monday 21. – Saturday 26.      (max 5 nights) most beautiful                                                                                    autumn colors at this time.  

Price for 2020: EUR 245/night is a discounted prize (about 10%) and include all the costs for the stay and transport to the photo hides.  Do not include travel costs between participant’s home place and Base Camp Kuikka where the photo trips start each day.

Usually participants arrive at the airport of Kajaani (or another airport in the area) where they will be taken care of and then will be driven by car to Kuikka. Details about the travel to Kajaani and/or Kuikka will be specified with my help – if needed.

Important:  Have a look at http://www.wildfinland.org for detailed information (several languages) about how everything is and is arranged in Finland.

Interested in more info or joining me on one of my trips:  Contact me on FB (Asle Hjellbrekke), Email   ah-foto@online.no, telephone int+ 47 90799834.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Young wolf, Paradise, Wild Finland, September 2019. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Wolf September 2018 Paradise, Wild Finland © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Chile 1.12.2011 – 29.02.2012

To be three months in Chile is and will be fantastic, but very busy. When not photographing or driving car the rest of the time is spent eating and sleeping (more or less).

The first leg on this trip is ended. 5 weeks in the north of Chile resulted in more photos than I like to think about when it comes to post processing. In addtion we drove 8000 kms on this trip – oh, yes, Chile is really a long country with a lot of ups and downs if you visit the Altiplano (the plains between the Andes mountains) a lot.

The last vist to the Altiplano was a short one. Arriving at about 4500 and overlooking Laguna Legia hell broke loose. Hale, snow and several lightnings per minute close by was terrifying considering the 20 liters of gasoline on the roof of the car. Well, everything ended good as you can understand :-).

But do not drive eagerly into the desert to look for owls and forget about the dead cacti lying on the ground as we did. Two of our brand new Toyo all terrain tyres got a lot of holes. But they were leaking air very slowly so we made it back to Santiago by filling air at a gas station every 4 hours. Later all four were checked and the two bad ones fixed for NOK 240 :-).

After about a week in Santiago we are leaving on Tuesday for the south of Chile. Especially along the 1000 kms of Carretera Austral includiing a trip to Argentina for some days. Bought a Nikon AW100 to be used in the extremely beautiful and exciting marble caves filled partially with freshwater in  one of the lakes down there 🙂

Here are some photos from the trip (will be updated now and then if time permits and connection excists):

Overlooking Argentina from Air France's flight Paris - Santiago. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Overlooking Argentina from Air France's flight Paris - Santiago. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owls, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Huasco Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Burrowing Owl, The Flowering Desert, Paposo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Atacama, Chile: Flowering desert – Desierto florido – Blomstrende ørken 2010

October and part of September 2010 was spent in the flowers of the Atacama Desert in the north of Chile. 2011 is an even better year with flowers and will last for some more weeks probably quite a while into December at least in some places. My wife and I will arrive 1st of December in Santiago and will immediately go to the north to look for the flowers.

In Spanish: Octubre y parte de septiembre de 2010 fue el tiempo ocupado para ver las flores del desierto de Atacama en el norte de Chile. El año 2011 se ve aún mejor y la floración perdurará por algunas semanas más, probablemente en algunos lugares hasta diciembre. Mi esposa y yo llegaremos el 1 de diciembre a Santiago e inmediatamente nos dirigiremos al norte a ver las flores.

Here are some flowers from 2010/Aquí hay algunas imagenes tomadas el 2010:

Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Between Carrizal Bajo and Caldera. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Btw. Paposo and Tal Tal. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Btw Huasco and Carrizal Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Hierba de Agua. Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Garra de Leon. Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Carrizal Bajo. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Btw Carrizal Bajo and Tal Tal. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Paposo NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Caldera. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Flowering desert, Atacama, Chile, 2010. Pan de Azucar NP. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Saturday October 15th – visiting Tisleidalen, Norway

Together with Helge Eek I paid a rather short visit to an area i Valdres called Tisleidalen situated about a 1000 m asl. This was during the annual fall meeting of Norsk Naturfotografer (Norwegian Nature Photographers). The mountains were very beautiful with their zebra stripes of black and white. The marshes around the lakes were rather dangerous to approach because they were not properly frozen, but anyway we tried and at least I got very wet on my feet as a result of that.

My friend Helge Eek in front of the mountain Skogshorn. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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View from Nøsen towards the mountains. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Detail from the river Flyaelva. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Detail from the river Flyaelva. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Detail from the river Flyaelva. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Detail from the river Flyaelva. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Detail from the river Flyaelva. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

All photos taken by Nikon D3s, Nikon 200-400mm/4.

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Ulv og bjørn, wolves and bears – Finland, september 2011

Incredible 3 weeks were spent in September at the Finnish-Russian border in Kuhmo, Finland. Lassi Rautiainen and his family and staff hosted nearly 40 Norwegian photographers during this time – and like always it was a very pleasant stay. As their  guide I like to thank all these photographers for the very good time we had together. The same goes for all the other friendly people I met there – thank you to you all!

 The main items on the menu for this time were the wolves and bears even though a few paticipants also had interest in wolverines. And as always in this place, the experience of seeing and hearing these wild and free-ranging animals was fantastic. And most of the photograpers were also very satisfied with the photos they got.

After 18 nights in the hides I have to admit that I got quite a nice addition to the photos I already had from there. Like to share some of my shots from these three weeks even though I am far from having processed all the photos…

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A full moon (burned out, though) in No Man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear in moonlight, No Man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear at sunset, No Man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear at sunset, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear and fall colors, by the "Lake", Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear by the "Lake", Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear by the "Lake", Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear by the "Lake", Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Bear and wolf, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolf, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolf, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolves, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolves, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Crow and wolf in awesome light, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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3 wolves, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolves, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolf, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolves, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolves, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolves, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Wolf, No man's Land, Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Tree and startrailes by the "Lake", Kuhmo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights, Kuusamo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights, Kuusamo, Finland, sept. 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

 
Feeling tempted to go there some time – just contact me 🙂
 
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Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – Nordlys 26.09.2011

Last night between 21.00 and 02.00 local time the Aurora Borealis performed a magical show at the Mosjøen lake which is only a 5 minutes drive away from home.

All these 4 photos were taken with Nikon D3S, Nikon 14-24mm/2.8 @ 2.8, mostly on ISO 800.

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Aurora Borealis 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Aurora Borealis 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Aurora Borealis 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

 

Aurora Borealis 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

 
Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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On a rainy Saturday morning…

It is the 20th of August 2011 and a rainy Saturday morning when a Bullfinch family comes  to visit a Lilac by the porch. During the summer a couple of these birds have been regular visitors, but this family is new acquaintance. They were attracted to the place by some seeds of sunflower left here and there by others. The father was soon eagerly feeding the youngsters. In addition some rather young Chaffinches were flying around this morning. Here are a couple of shots from the visits.

Chaffinch in rain. Nikon D3s, 200-400mm/4 @ 400mm, 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN.

Male Bullfinch feeding youngster. Nikon D3s, 200-400mm/4 at 310mm, 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 2000. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN.

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Naturfotografering – tips og råd

De nordiske jakt og fiskedager går av stabelen i slutten av denne uken på Skogmuseet i Elverum. Fredag 12. august kan du da se mitt bildeforedrag “Naturfotografering – tips og råd” kl. 14.00 i Auditoriet.

Her er link til programmet for hele arrangementet:

http://www.skogmus.no/jaktfiskedager/Program_2011_DNJFD.pdf

Vel møtt!

Amerikasaksenebber i Pan de Azucar NP i Chile jan 2011. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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5 nights – Midnight Sun and Lunar Eclipse

The month of June is definitely a very good time to see Norway. And especially if you in a few days can experience both the midnight sun, a lunar eclipse, the abundance of flowers and greens and wildlife that the nature provides at this time of the year. Living a 120 kms north of Oslo it is necessary to travel north of the Arctic circle to see the midnight sun. Being visited by two dear friends from Chile who were screaming for to see this marvellous wonder by their own eyes, the 11th to 13th were spent in the Bodø area of Norway where the weather was just perfect with just a light breeze and a little clouds here and there. Back in the taiga forest of Løten the night between the 15th and 16th gave a glimpse of a very beautiful lunar eclipse. Sorry to say, due to cloudy weather it was just a glimpse at the very end of the eclipse a few minutes just after midnight. But the Nordic night is bright and the atmosphere in the photos got just awesome without any heavy work in Photoshop.

So here are some photos from 5 exciting nights – and days…

Waiting for the Midnight Sun north of Bodø, Norway. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Mountains in a row: Syv Søstre (Seven sisters), Alstadhaug, Nordland. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Midnight Sun on waterfall north of Bodø. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

The mountain Steigtind in Midnight Sun. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Midnight Sun and the Atlantic Ocean north of Bodø. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Lunar Eclipse, June, 2011 at Løten, Norway. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Lunar Eclipse, June, 2011 at Løten, Norway. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

The sky an hour before the Lunar Eclipse, June 2011, at Løten, Norway. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

Another photo of the sky an hour before the Lunar Eclipse, June 2011, at Løten, Norway. © Asle Hjellbrekke/NN

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A Magic Moment – after all

At about six o’clock today in the evening I was at the porch with my camera and the 200-400mm lens + 1,7x teleconverter.  A red squirrel was around in the trees and it had been raining for some minutes. Suddenly I heard a bird screaming and I caught a short glimpse of a small bird being chased by a bigger one. A split second later the small one flew straight into one of the big windows on the porch with a loud noise and fell to the floor just a meter away from me. The bird was a Eurasian Siskin and was laying lifeless there. I feared the worst and stood only looking for a while. Suddenly she started to move, but just  ending up in an even more ackward position with the head and one wing in a very unnatural pose. I thought, that was that, now this life has ended. But after a while she  started to move again and trying to raise her head she came into an even stranger position with eyes closed. And what happend next was really a magic moment to experience. The head was lifted even higher and suddenly the most beautiful tune I have ever heard came from the bird. It lasted for several seconds and was very faint, but being on my knees and thus very close to the bird I could clearly hear it. It stopped, and the bird was not moving at all. I thought that was the last ‘song’ from this one. But believe it or not, suddenly the the tune startet to sound again! It lasted even longer this time. And when it stopped – to my big superise – the bird shook itself a couple of times, opened the one eye I could see and the head went into a normal position!

Since she was laying in the water on the porch I then gave her a little help and moved her gently to a drier place, but she did not want to leave my hands, though. and she did not seem to be afraid of me at all. I found no broken wing or legs so I got a hope that she was safe and sound and only a little shocked. After about ten minutes of small talk and a few photos she suddenly flew away without problems and saying no goodbye – and left me very happy and another Magic Moment richer…

Here she has just come back to life with legs and wings in disorder.

Looking better here.

Both photos taken with the equipment mentioned above at ISO 3200 and f/8.

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Wood anemone and such just before our national day

At last the rain cleared away for almost a day here in the beginning of the taiga forest where I live, but the forecast for our National Day – the 17th of May –  is not promising. The wood anemone has changed its color to dark pinkish and is nodding in the wind and smiling to the sun which is right now close to setting. I just spent an hour crawling around in may garden hunting these elusive creatures with a Micro-Nikkor 200mm or 10,5 mm Fisheye DX lens fitted on my D3S. No tripod, everything including me was laying flat on the ground. Really love both lenses. The fisheye was used at ISO 200, f/22 and 1/15 second and focused at closest distance. The petals of the flowers were actually touching the front element of the lens. What a depth of field! And luckily the wind calmed down a second now and then. In addtion to the flowers I have thrown in for a good measure some other motifs from my garden taken the very last days. Please enjoy…

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Spring – last part of April 2011

The trees got green leaves one week before the end of April this year. Very seldom this has happened and actually more than a hundred years ago since the average temperature of April has been this high. Being busy with other work, the time spent lately could have been more. But here I post some of the photos taken during the last part of April.

Thanks for your visit and welcome back another time…

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Dreamscapes – spring is in the air

Yesterday on April 23 the Kynnavassdraget waterway southeast of Elverum tempted with fresh spring air and a symphony of sounds and colors that delighted all senses. The mind kept on working with these items during the night and here is what I saw in my dreams…

All photos taken with Nikon D3S, 200-400mm/4, ISO 1600, handheld.

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