Happy New Year, 2014

Just in from the cold, pictures hot off the memory card!

Out with the old, in with the new, as the saying goes. The midnight hour with its bubbly champagne and sparkly fireworks has come and gone, cheers and greetings and good wishes exchanged between friends, family, neighbours and a few presumably innocent but jolly bystanders, and aside from a few rocket-come-latelies all is back to dark and quiet, just like a good old winter’s night is supposed to be. Still waiting for the cat to come out from wherever she’s hiding away from the racket — she is definitely not amused.

Almost equally worth celebrating is the weather forecast being wrong about the pouring rain we were supposed to have. Well, wrong by a few hours anyway. It started showering just after the last picture, way down at the bottom of this post.

That said, please allow me to present this humble little collection of pyrotechnical pixels.

Happy New Year, everybody!

Happy New Year 2014

The annual celebratory view from our balcony, across the valley. This is a series of 30 second exposures taken with my Nikon D7000. Please enjoy. You may click the pictures to see larger versions on Flickr.

All photos are copyright © 2014 Bjørnar Andre Haveland.

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

May the New Year be with you!

We didn’t buy any fireworks this year, on account of the predicted downpour which was fortunately a bit late and didn’t arrive until just after this last picture was taken. Lacking even sparklers, we opted for lightsabers instead. That is, I was the only one prepared to embarrass myself and the family’s honour and dignity in front of the neighbours doing so, and it’s only lack of a third arm that kept me from sporting my entire arsenal. This is just a test shot (hence the moping look rather than what would hopefully have passed for an irresistible pearly smile), and by goodness it’s certainly not doing me any favours in the good looks department (thanks to the moping look rather than—oh, I already said that), but since the sky decided to drop a small lake on us the moment it was taken, there’s no “proper” picture so this’ll just have to do.

May the new year be with you!

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