Mount Hood

Mount Hood

If the weather is great when you are flying into Portland Oregon you can get this view of Mount Hood with what I believe to be Mount Jefferson in the background. please correct me if I’m wrong.

I was half asleep, as you would be if you just had 13 hours flight into Dallas and a two-hour turn around before the four and half hour flight to Portland, when I got poked in my ribs by Peli my partner-co-photograher showing me this great view.

Well worth the rude awaking I’ll say.

PhotoFriday : Huge

Wienerbrød

Wienerbrød

Wienerbrød or as it is know in the rest of the world – Danish pastry. Which is really Viennoiserie (French etymological sense: “things of Vienna”) pastry.

Just like Guinness Wienerbrød can’t travel, the versions of pastry you get outside Denmark that calls itself Danish pasty is edible but is not fluffy, crispy, light and utterly deliciously tasty. We have travelled the world been to some very good bakeries in Melbourne, Portland and London and even Solvang in California a Danish town with a Danish bakery did some good pastry but nothing like wienerbrød.

I have been away from Denmark for many years so have somewhat become used to the lesser. So when visiting Denmark like we did last week, where we were in Copenhagen, we just had to try one or two, didn’t we numnumnum 🙂

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PhotoFriday : Delicious!

Vaux's Swifts in Portland

Vaux’s Swifts in Portland

If should ever find yourself in Portland, Oregon in September time you just have to go and have picnic and watch the Vaux’s Swifts at Chapman School and enjoy the show – Tens of thousands of tiny birds swarm into one school chimney every fall.

It starts slowly but build up to a fantastic show, you might even get a visit from a Hawk and that gets the crowd going – who are you supporting – very dramatic.

Just a word of warning : Tens of thousands of birds above you doing what birds do naturally – flying and well I’m sure you can guess the other thing – so bring some tissues and cover your picnic 🙂

PhotoFriday : Swift

Once there were twelve

Once there were twelve

Or was there ever Twelve Apostles?

According to wiki there were only nine, made twelve if you counted the three sisters, I think, which are now only two sisters, but there is now only eight after one eroded away, approximately 2 cm per year. Well I’m confused and I forgot to count when there so see how many you can count, remember there is a few behind me so that might make it a wee bit hard for you to count since you can’t see behind me … Ok I’ll stop now.

PhotoFriday : Body of Water

Golden Sky

Golden Sky

By the shores of Lake Wakatipu – on the south island of New Zealand as far as you can go past Queenstown all the way past Glenorchy, do remember to stop and enjoy this wonderful part of the world – we camped up and while we cooked our dinner a very nice man came up and told us not to dive into our tent, to get away from the sand flies, but stay up and enjoy the coming sunset. He had experienced a stunning sunset the previous night and the weather forecast was looking to be the same tonight. I could bore you with 20-30 photographs of the stunning sunset we experienced, at first we were thinking that we were out of luck as the clouds were drawing in thick and fast. But then the golden colours came out in force, hitting the different layers of clouds, just stunning and changing all the time.

PhotoFriday : Season of Sun

sun in forest

Sun in forest

Early morning sun in Kalaloch Forest Camp ground.

Just a few miles down the road from where the Twilight series was filmed, you nearly expected to spot werewolves running amongst the trees. The only thing we saw was people dressed up as characters out of the films, with t-shirts saying “we love – insert favourite person from the films name here” and best of all the local motel had a sign outside saying “Dr. Cullen did not stay here”.

PhotoFriday : Twilight

Our kitchen window

Our kitchen window

Weekly Photo Challenge : Happy-PlaceWhere do you go when you need to think? What do you do when you need to restore yourself, to ready yourself to take on the coming week with energy and verve? How do you get your sense of humor back? How do you recharge your groove? – I go camping or cycle touring. This photo was taken in Patagonia, while having a cuppa and a dip in the lake (yes it was >< cold 🙂 ) I missed out last weeks photofriday with this photo. This is our “window” and the view out from our kitchen.

Killed by Indians

Killed by Indians

In a cemetery Onaisin in Chile on Tierra del Fuego.

John Saldine
Who was killed by Indians
on 20th of July 1898

With no disrespect to the family, but I wonder if he was totally blame free. From what I read about the first white people to this island, lets just say they were not all that nice – Selknam Genocide where people were paid per dead.

PhotoFriday : At rest

Aoraki Mount Cook

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Mt. Cook was probably my highlight of our visit to New Zealand last year. Though it is rather hard to pick one place, moment that really stood out. New Zealand is just a place you have to visit, a truly stunning place! You have probably already clicked past a few pictures taken on our tour of the south island last year and there will be more to come.

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PhotoFriday : Mountainous