Missing the Motherland


Today is Syttende Mai, or Seventeenth of May, which is Norway's independence day. I always get extra homesick in the summer, because that's when we usually visit, but my dad went earlier than usual this year. So between his taunting texts and photos and Syttende Mai happening, I'm especially missing it and thought I'd share a few photos from the last trip in 2015 that I never took the time to sort through. Going through them has definitely helped me miss it just a bit less. :)


These are from one particularly magical evening, close to midsummer. We had gone to my uncle's summer cabin on the island of Halsnøy. It's only accessible by ferry, and the cabin is at the top of a hill on the tiny island that you have to park halfway up and walk the rest of the way. But the views...oh my goodness are they ever worth it.


The cabin is designed for the views, of course, and all around has that perfect, effortless, messy-planned garden that I'm always so jealous of. It also plays to the kids and grandkids - not one but two rope swings! I don't know if I've ever been so relaxed, sitting out there with a cold drink and everyone enjoying each other's company, refusing to go inside except to grab a sweater against the evening chill (or to check soccer scores).


Bear in mind these were all taken after 6pm - they call it the Land of the Midnight Sun for good reason! #thosesummernights


And then my uncle pulled out one of these floating lights from a trip to Thailand. Perfect cap to the evening!


With a sun that never *quite* sets at that time of year, the extended twilight is a photographer's dream. The only trouble is staying up that late when you've been sightseeing and traveling!


What about you guys? Do you get homesick at certain times of the year?


November Desktop Background

I have a secret - this photo was actually taken in June. In Norway. In my aunt and uncle's backyard on a rainy afternoon. But with the blustery couple of days we've been having here during my final days in SoCal, it felt pretty perfect. Hope you guys enjoy!

September Desktop Background

I didn't intend for this month's desktop to come out so macabre, but I suppose it reflects what's been going on for me personally. Lots of planning, figuring out what I really want and how to take control of my future, instead of waiting for things to happen!

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I shot this at the edge of one of the many farms surrounding my dad's hometown of Randaberg, Norway. Even in the harsh midday sun it's beautiful. Plus I love how this shows the glory of a 50mm lens when you shoot wide open (in this case, f/2.0).


P.S. Font is Mathlete.

August Desktop Background

This image screams Norway in summer to me - the stone wall, flowerbed bursting with color, white peaked-roof house in the background. We got lucky with truly perfect weather that day. This was shot in Gamle Stavanger, which is one of my favorite places in the world thanks to its steep cobblestone streets, perfectly preserved 18th and 19th century homes and (in summer) flowers and greenery everywhere.

So here I was struggling to work in a quote that didn't take away from the image, when I realized it was just so much better off by itself. (Gasp! Breaking my routine!) But here's the one I was feeling, in case you're curious. :)

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Past August desktop: 2012

I can't wait to share more soon. (Anyone want to come and be my editor? Because I'm too biased and want to share everything. I'll pay you in Mexican food.)


July Desktop Background

So I was sitting here, trying to find the right quote to go with the right image (from my trip to Norway, of course), when I finally realized what to do. Keep it simple. So I went with the mantra I kept repeating to myself while we were there, because I'd get so excited about what we were doing and start worrying that I wouldn't capture all the beauty I was seeing. There were a couple times I had to make myself take a step back, lower the camera away from my face, and just take some deep breaths and enjoy what was happening.

I can't be alone in this weird anxiety, right? It sure seems like living in/for the moment is something we all work on.

At any rate, I hope you enjoy. So much more to come from that trip. :)

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Past July desktops: 2012 

For those of you in the States, hope you have a wonderful long weekend!


P.S. The lovely font is Egregio Script by Fonts Cafe.