A Thursday of Frozen Mist and Silhouettes

Thursday, November 26, was a chilly morning, but less so than the previous ones. Most of the snow and ice from earlier in the week was on retreat as the subzero temperatures had tripped clumsily over the freezing line and tumbled onto the plus side of the thermometer. Winters tend to be like that in the southern parts of Norway these days. And there was fog, or rather mist, which does something to the late morning sun when it’s low in the sky. Moments disappear as quickly as they come, so it’s a matter of capturing the shadows and silhouettes before they find somewhere else to play.

Photos © Bjørnar Andre Haveland
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Misty Morning (i)

The beginning of my trot from the bus stop to the office is an uphill climb, with silhouettes of trees and people ahead of me. Three quarters of a mile left to walk.

Misty Morning (ii)

There’s a fusion reactor hovering in the air in front of me. Given the chance, it would burn our world to a crisp in the blink of an eye, which would then also be burned to a crisp. Yet on a larger scale, it’s really not even very big.

Misty Morning (iii)

The last three hundred metres or so of the path leading to the office. I know this, because those are too many lamp-posts to be in Narnia. There’s also a disturbing shortage of lions.

Misty Morning (iii) Blue

Same as above, but with different white balance. The previous one is pretty close to how it looked for real, but I think the blue hues in this one makes it look colder, more wintery. Which one do you think looks better? If you have an opinion to share, please feel free to leave a comment about this below. I do like a good comment, I do.

Misty Morning (iv)

Final one hundred metres. The triangular protrusion on the right is the eastern end of the northern wing of the building where I work, and in full glory it looks almost like a gigantic stranded spaceship. Interestingly enough, though it’s not particularly blue, it also seems bigger on the inside. Conversely, seen from straight above at considerable altitude, it bears a slight resemblance to the Eye of Sauron.

Cold leaf

Though the air is well above the freezing point of water, some ice crystals still manage to form out of the droplets of mist condensed on leaves and twigs in the shadows. The mist itself keeps direct sunlight from thawing everything, at least for a little while. In fact, in the whole place looks a little as if Elsa had been having a grumpy day, but that’s just a hypothesis.

No horizon

Where does the sea end? There is no sky, no horizon, no other side. If you sailed out from the shore, would you go on forever? Or would you said straight into the sky?

Spot of orange

That orange floater was the only hint of real colour among its foggy, near-greyscale surroundings. It almost seems to be floating in mid-air! Or maybe it is. Can be hard to tell, and it’s not as if I’m going to wade out to check.

Night Sky in Silver and Blue

Bonus Shot of the Night Sky in Silver and Blue: Clouds backlit by silver lunar light from a hidden full moon. Can you spot the constellation of Orion? You’ll probably have to click the image to check out the bigger version. I know at least some of its stars should be relatively easy to find; the belt is a giveaway. Personally, when I took the picture, I thought the sky looked as if the clouds had been painted on. However, this reminds me I need a real wide-angle lens, to capture more sky — there’s just too much sky up there to properly grab it all with eighteen millimetres.

I may have to brighten this last one up a bit. If you come back later and it looks less dark, you will know that I’ve done just that.

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Sunset Clouds in Drammen

Quickly snapped a few (well, rather a lot, really; these are the best three of a bunch of about twenty) shots of the north-western horizon just after sunset, with the iPhone through a dirty bus window at speed on the E18 past Drammen, Norway.

Clicking on the images will bring up larger versions on Flickr in a new tab or window.

Photos are Copyright 2015 © Bjørnar Andre Haveland

Sunset clouds in Drammen

Sunset clouds in Drammen

Sunset clouds in Drammen

Full Moon: Lunar Sortaclipse

Unlike the partial solar eclipse two weeks ago, of which I got a fleeting glimpse and a couple of modest shots, today’s lunar eclipse happened on precisely the wrong side of the planet, meaning the only way I got to see it was through NASA’s livestream from Griffith Observatory, as demonstrated by the screen grab here.


Screenshot from livestream by NASA

Below, on the other foot, are my two balcony shots of tonight’s full moon, around 21:15, an hour after parting with the horizon. As is evident from the pictures is that a group of cloud had decided to ascend from the horizon at the very same time, causing a “sort of” eclipse as if to compensate me for not getting to see the real one in person earlier.

As per usual, you may click on the pictures to see larger versions on Flickr.

Photos copyright 2015 © Bjørnar Andre Haveland.

Lunar Sortaclipse
Close up-ish at 70mm.

Lunar Sortaclipse
Wide-eyed at 18mm.


Mother of Pearl Clouds

“Mother of Pearl” clouds, also known as nacreous clouds, or polar stratospheric clouds (PSC), are beautiful things to behold. They show up every now and then, especially in winter when the sun is low in the sky, or just after sundown, but rarely have I seen them in such numbers and with such brilliance as on January 19th and 20th, 2008.

This was five months before I upgraded from digital compact camera to a digital SLR, so these are all taken with a Canon IXUS 70.

The first picture was taken at Vøyenenga, a few miles west of Oslo, Norway. The rest were all shot at Fornebu where I work, just before my shift started. I may have been eeever so slightly late for work both of those days, but I blame it on the weather.

I notice that I may have to upload bigger versions to Flickr, where the photos are stored.

Please enjoy 🙂

All photos are Copyright © Bjørnar Andre Haveland

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Day One – January 19, 2008

 

It's coming through the trees!

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 1 #2

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 1 #4

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 1 #5

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 1 #6

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 1 #7

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 1 #8

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Day Two – January 20, 2008

 

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 2 #1

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 2 #2

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 2 #3

«Mother-Of-Pearl Sky» Day 2 #4

Little Balloon Adventure

There was this fun fair thing going on outside my workplace a while ago, during work hours. Well, what happens during fun fairs?

Turns out, tying a bouquet of balloons to a water bottle to keep them from flying away was a good idea. Drinking too much of the water in said bottle, not so much.

Freeeedom!

Think Of a Wonderful Thing
Think of a wonderful thought …
Any Happy Little Thing
Any happy little thought …
Think of birds that flutter by,
think of clouds up in the sky,
Just Think That You Can Fly
Just think that you can fly!
You can fly!
You can fly!
You can … huh?
Oh! Hi! Do You Come Here Often?
Oh! Hi! Do You Come Here Often?

Yeah, I know.

I’m never gonna grow up 😉

And I know I butchered the “You Can Fly” lyrics, but hey, it’s my blog …
… as long as Disney don’t sue me 😉

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