May 2014 wallpaper

May 2014 wallpaper


The May 2014 wallpaper was taken in Yngsjö in Skåne, the most southern province of Sweden. Yngsjö is nowadays most famous for it’s white beaches.

This small village at the coast of the Baltic sea with just over 300 inhabitants, however, was once famous for what has become known as “The Yngsjö murder”. In 1889 a young woman was murdered by her husband and his mother. Both perpetrators of the crime were sentenced to death and the mother became the last woman in Sweden to be executed.

More photos from Yngsjö beach can be viewed here.

Forsakar Waterfalls

Forsakar Waterfalls


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The Forsakar Nature Reserve is situated in the North-Eastern part of the Skåne province in south Sweden, in the Kristianstad municipality near the village of Degeberga. The 2.5 hectare large nature reserve was founded 1928 and mainly encompasses a 750 metres long and 40 metres deep ravine. The ravine runs from west to east and is likely a product of erosion during some of the ice ages.

The Forsaker Creek runs through the nature reserve and passes the Forsakar Waterfalls, the upper fall having a free fall of 7.4 metres and the lower fall having a free fall of 10.6 metres.





Nimis in north-west Skåne

Nimis in north-west Skåne

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In July we have been on sight-seeing in Skåne, the most southern province of Sweden. One day we visited the natural reserve Kullaberg in north-west Skåne. This is the area where the sculpture Nimis is build.

Nimis, which is Latin for “too much”, is a series of wooden sculptures constructed by artist Professor Lars Vilks. They are a massive, wooden labyrinthine structure connected by several wooden towers. The structure consist of 75 tonnes of driftwood the artist has found on the coastline.

Lars Vilks started to build Nimis in 1980 and it has been the subject of a long-running legal dispute between the Swedish authorities and the artist. As no permission was given to build on the site within the nature reserve, the County Administrative Board in Skåne has sought to have Nimis demolished, despite the fact that it has become a popular tourist attraction.

As Nimis’ existence is not sanctioned by the state, it is difficult to find – there are no official sign posts, nor is it marked on maps. It lies a few kilometers northwest of the town of Arild and somewhat farther from the town of Mölle, and can only be reached on foot following a well-worn path with yellow “N”s painted on trees and fences. The path begins as an easy stroll past Himmelstorp, a well-preserved eighteenth-century farmstead, but quickly becomes a steep and rocky climb down to the coast.

The coastline of Fårabäck

As earlier mentioned in a post, this summer I have been traveling on the east coast of Sweden. One of the last stops was the small summer house village of Fårabäck. This idyllic place has an amazing coastline, which is full with large stones. Since the water is very shallow even up to 50 meter from the shore, the large stones raise majestically above the water level. In the evening sunset there was a beautiful mix of blues and magentas in the water and the sky.

I was knee-deep in the water moving my tripod around, constantly fearing I would glide in the slippery soil and dump my equipment in the salty water. Additionally there was a lot of jellyfish around, but luckily I recognized them as the “non-stinging ones”. The things we do for our images!

This image was taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm lens @ 18mm; f/20.0 – 25sec – ISO100.

Agriculture in Skåne

Summer is one of the best seasons in Sweden, although it is often short (the pessimists usually say: “Summer is the longest day in Sweden!”), light is available almost around the clock, especially in the north. Also the south of Sweden is wonderful, with its vast agricultural landscapes.

Although landscape photography can be extremely beautiful in this part of the country I decided I wanted to do something different. When I recently visited Skåne, the most southern province of the country, I focused on some of the details in the landscape. My intentions were to create a collage of those detail images that would still breath a summer feeling and show what is so familiar to us while touring through the countryside. Here is the result.

These images were taken with a Nikon D2X and Nikon AF-D 24-85mm F/2.8-4.0 IF and Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 VR IF-ED lenses.