Through Lani's Lens

January 26, 2011

Swans in Simrishamn

Filed under: nature photos, Sweden — Tags: , , , — norekefoto @ 11:25 am

Not far from the harbor in Simrishamn is this lovely rocky shore.  When we got there, my friend and fellow photographer, Amy Archer and I were promptly greeted by this swan.  When we moved further down the beach, another swan got out of the water and came up to us.  I was bitten by a swan as a child, so I’m wary of them, maybe almost as scared as Amy.  If you’ve never been up close and personal with a swan, they really are HUGE!  Of course they’re beautiful too, and with no teeth or claws, that’s probably enough to put most people at ease.  I’ve never met anyone else who was scared of swans, so I thought this was pretty amusing.  In retrospect I suppose they were expecting us to feed them, but at the time we were on our guard.

stretching swan


Normally I post only my own photos on this blog, but Amy took this picture of me in action, so I’ll share that too.

Lani photographing a swan


January 23, 2011


Filed under: Documentary, Sweden — Tags: , , , , — norekefoto @ 10:38 am

Last week I was in Simrishamn to check out the gallery where I will be one of a group of photographers exhibiting during the Easter art week.  While there, I spent some time taking pictures with my friend and fellow photographer, Amy Archer.

We started off at the harbor by the fishing boats.

fishing nets

bulletin board

Simrishamn is a beautiful town full of quaint houses and charming details.

Simrishamn details


January 15, 2011

Good continuation!

Filed under: nature photos, Sjöbo kommun, Sweden — Tags: , , , — norekefoto @ 4:15 pm

In Sweden, people wish each other a good continuation of the holiday season.  It’s time to eat the gingerbread house and put away the decorations now, but the sentiment still applies.


With all this snow, I haven’t been so inclined to leave the house so often, but I’ve managed to get some nice pictures even through my windows.  This forest dwelling bird is a “nötskrika”, Garrulus glandarius.


kronhjort i snö

Windows are also useful for jumping out when snowdrifts block the doors.

jumping out the window

November 14, 2010

Light up the night

Filed under: Documentary, events — Tags: , , , — norekefoto @ 3:54 pm

A few years ago, an idea was hatched for extending the tourist season around here. November is generally miserable in this part of the world, so that was no easy task. It’s cold and dark and wet. The fall colors are off the trees, but it’s not cold enough for snow to stick. What they came up with is Österlen Lyser. Österlen is the name of the area; lyser means shines or glows.

Pretty much every little town in the area comes up with their own way to light up the night during the first weekend in November. Some have performance artists or artwork or fire or light. In the little town of Lövestad, it has become tradition to launch Asian paper lanterns then parade around town with torches.

I estimate that at least a hundred people of all ages participated.  In short, it was a pyromaniac’s dream!  (More of my photos can be seen on Flickr.)

October 21, 2010

Sign of Winter

Filed under: nature photos, Sjöbo kommun, Sweden — Tags: , , , — norekefoto @ 8:55 pm

This is a sign that winter is here: leaves are frozen to my car after a night of sleet and snow.



August 30, 2010

Trash the Dress!

Filed under: Portraits, Trash the Dress, weddings — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 1:35 pm

Trash the Dress is a style of wedding photography which has been gaining in popularity around the world, and I believe it will soon catch on here in Sweden too.  Last week, I had a couple that was willing to give it a try.  In fact, they gave it their all.  It was two days after their wedding, and the dress needed to be cleaned anyhow.  They were totally fearless and also so clearly in love.  It was a joy to photograph them.

Up a tree

Despite expecting a baby in a few months, they couldn’t resist climbing in the magnificent oak trees at Knäbäckshusen in Österlen.  A heard of cows watched us suspiciously but declined to be photographed.

on the beach

On the beach, we started out easy with the type of shots that many of my couples don’t mind doing even before the wedding.  It was a treat not to have to worry about getting dirty.


The bride’s first step into the water came with that “Oh my god, what am I doing?” look of horror, but it passed quickly, and a moment later she was enjoying herself again.  I can imagine it must be rather therapeutic to let go like that.


from here to eternity


in the water

This was a “surf’s up” kind of day for the Baltic, so I got plenty wet too.  Luckily the water was surprisingly warm.  Honestly, this was so much fun that I can’t wait to do it again!


June 30, 2010

A visit from our neighbors

Filed under: nature photos, Sjöbo kommun, Sweden — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 8:29 am

One of the up sides to living in the middle of nowhere is your neighbors.  While the human variety may be few and far between, we are often visited by our wildlife neighbors.  Roe deer and red deer are common, and we see them nearly every day in the summer.

Roe Doe with Fawn

Roe Doe with FawnThis roe doe brought her adorable, spotty fawn to practice its running and jumping in the relatively short grass of our back yard.

Roe doe and buck butting heads

Roe doe and buck butting heads

Roe doe and buck butting heads

About a week later, this roe pair, a doe and a buck, grazed their way from the field into our yard.  While that’s pretty common, I found it unusual that they stopped every few minutes to butt heads.  I wonder why?  I imagine June is too early for courtship behavior.

Roe deer buck

May 4, 2010

Spring Flowers

Filed under: nature photos, Sjöbo kommun, Sweden — Tags: , , , , — norekefoto @ 1:05 pm

It just isn’t spring here without the white anemones which carpet the forest floors.  It’s so beautiful that I can’t resist taking more pictures.

Vit sipa

Vit Sipa

white anemones

White anemones

vit sipor

April 27, 2010

Welcome Spring

Filed under: nature photos, Sjöbo kommun, Sweden — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 10:35 am
Purple Crocus

Purple Crocus

Antique Daffodils

Antique Daffodils

March 19, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Filed under: nature photos, Sjöbo kommun, Sweden — Tags: , , — norekefoto @ 9:59 am

The visitor information package for the greater Miami area which I ordered in December arrived this week, so late that it’s value can only be to taunt me.  Here it is still snow that dominates the landscape, though there is also ice, mud and slush in abundance.  Today it feels like spring is in the air, so hopefully these pictures and memories will be all that’s left of this unusually snowy winter.

Ice Crystals on a Frozen Forest Stream

Ice Crystals on a Frozen Forest Stream

Snowy Road

Snowy Road

Snow Frosted Oaks & A Walk in the Snow

Snow Frosted Oaks & A Walk in the Snow

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