Stockholm Through a Lens

Before you get into this eye candy, if you haven’t voted on how we should see the Amazon, head to Theresa’s post just below this and give us your thoughts.

Since I don’t have my own separate blog, and since this is vaguely travel related, I thought I would share it here. This weekend we had a rare nice day in Stockholm, and so I took the opportunity to wander about the city with a camera. Here are some of the images I was happy with.

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There’s plenty of color splashed onto apartment buildings.

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It’s coming up on Easter, which in Sweden means you tie feathers to bare tree branches. Mom, you want to explain that one? It does look nice in big bunches though.

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A row of Swedish fruit drinks outside a store. I like that you can see the buildings across the street.

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An empty pier. It is winter after all.

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An interesting building with Stadshuset (City Hall) and it’s Tre Kronor (three crowns, the national symbol) in the background. Here’s another of one corner of Stadshuset. It kinda looks like it needs to be in a Cingular commercial.

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And I just thought these last two looked kinda cool. Feel free to disagree.

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12 Replies to “Stockholm Through a Lens”

  1. I’ll disagree with the last two. I like the apartment buildings and the fruit drink bottles the best. I had a rare nice day in Louisville too. You know it only snowed 10″ to start my spring break.

  2. Nice pictures, babe! I especially like the bottles. The feather picture is nice, but the idea is kind of weird. I think I need to know more about that. The way holidays are celebrated around the world is interesting. I think I’ll enjoy checking that out as we go.

  3. I love Stockholm ( we will return this summer) so fun to see these pics! We are 19 months into our own multi-year, open ended trip around the world as a family and I’m glad I just found you. Good stuff! My niece is a recent Rice grad ( chemical engineering) so interesting seeing that connection too. Happy travels!

  4. Hey there

    I read a few of your archive posts and glad to see that you’re branching into colour – I do like to see a few photos to brighten up the day!

    My top tip, if you don’t have anything suitable yourself, is to search for appropriate photos on flickr.com using the advanced search to look for those with a creative commons licence.

  5. Thanks for the comment. We’ll definitely be adding photos where appropriate, especially once we get traveling and are writing more about destinations, but I think we plan to stick with photos we generate ourselves. I do agree that photos make posts more interesting, so we’ll make an effort to add more. Once we’re on the road, I think our problem will be having too many to sort from. We tend to take a lot of photos!

  6. Nice pictures, Jeff! I like the multi-colored old apartment buildings and, of course, the multi-colored Easter feathers. When you asked me to explain why, I realized I didn’t know, – that it is just something that is always done during Lent. So I looked for an explanation in my copy of “Swedish Holidays and Traditions” where it says: “During Lent, the bleak greyness of Swedish market stalls in late winter suddenly burts forth in all the colours of the rainbow when Lenten or Easter twigs are put out for sale. These are birch twigs adorned with bundles of dyed feathers and put in vases to force the growth of the first small yellowish-green leaves — a magic rite, as it were, for hastening the onset of spring. These Easter twigs are also a custom borrowed from further south, emulating the mulicoloured “palms” with which Palm Sunday has long been celebrated in Central Europe. But the custom also has its native antecedents — the “Easter birch” with which the head of the household would chastise the other members on the morning of Good Friday, to remind them of the scourging of Christ. And those twigs had no feathers to soften the blows!” So how about a picture of a “semla” another Lenten favorite in Sweden — I would assume you’ve eaten a few of those by now.

  7. jeff- the pictures look great! i can’t wait to see what the two of you capture on your trip. have i ever mentioned my photography services while traveling with friends abroad is only a plane ticket, you know just in case you were wondering 😉

    the building one is my favorite.

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