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The Winter Sun

The sun is special during the winter time at the polar circle. First and foremost because it is scarce. Depending on the latitude our home star even disappears for a couple of months and the world remains dark. Slowly the sun raises again every day a little bit more, shy in the beginning it dares going higher with the weeks passing by. In this time of the year the few hours of daylight are encompassed with a very particular light and it provides little warmth in a bitterly cold and hostile (though beautiful) environment.

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Lofoten in Clouds Pt. II

(Contination from part I) The reason for the wealth in fish on the Lofoten islands is a large migration movement, which takes place in the cold season when it gets too cold for the cod up north in the Barents sea. After being caught the fish dries up in a natural way on wooden racks, which can be seen everywhere on the island. In early spring, when it gets warmer and comfier for flies and worms, the fish is being collected and shipped. After the process the cod is called “stockfish” and due to its durability it was important as source of food especially in seafaring for many centuries. Nowadays tourism is the most important source of income on the islands, but cod fishing still plays a role and the stockfish is still popular in former seafaring countries like Spain and Portugal.

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Lofoten in Clouds Pt. I

The Lofoten islands are situated far north at the arctic circle in Norway. Actually the name of the archipelago means foot of a lynx in norse and derives from the fractured geography of the islands, which looks somewhat like the limb of an animal. Historically the islands were known for cod fishing. Additionally to local fishermen thousands of men from the main land used to come to these islands in winter for a good catch. They lived in typical red fishermen houses close to the rough sea. (Continuation in part II)

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Scotland in 2014

Since 2014 I had the chance to visit Scotland many times. Recently I had the chance to review the photography I shot there in 2014 and realised I had published just a few shots¬†from this particular year, but there were interesting pictures left which I hadn’t uploaded yet. So before I post more recent photographies from Scotland from 2018 I wanted to go back in time and post more of these first formative impressions of Scotland. They are the reason I felt so much in love with this country.

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The Far North

The far north of Europe is actually pretty fortunate regarding the weather. The reason being the Gulf stream which makes it possible to cultivate even fruits around the Norwegian fjords (pictures 2, 6). Though if you go uphill from the fjords your surroundings change pretty quickly and you will experience marvellous but very alien ice deserts like the Hardangervidda (picture 1). That’s planet Hoth from Star Wars Episode V by the way – the scenes were shot there. One of the biggest and historically most important towns in the far north of Europe is Bergen at the North Sea. For centuries it was an important port and a center of commerce, especially regarding the trade with fish. Today it is a lovely student town with a lot of culture and museums (pictures 3, 4 and 5).

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