One of the nice things about staying in Valla Folkhögskola is that it's right next to lovely walks through Valla Gård - with all of its historic treasures of rural life in Sweden - and into the forest beyond. Of course, it's also handy for going to conferences on the Valla campus of Linköping University which is... Continue Reading →
A couple of days ago we visited Kate's sister at Harbottle. It's an enchanting village, quite remote at the upper end of Coquetdale, where spring flowers are still to be found in full bloom at the end of May. I've never seen clematis look so enchanting. The air was full of their delicate blossom and... Continue Reading →
Old buildings have always appealed to me. There something about their solidity and history that makes me want to picture them. This past six weeks I've been right in their immediate vicinity. At Valla Folkhögskola in Linköping we were housed next to the 'fritidområde' with all of the old farming and railway buildings. We strolled out... Continue Reading →
This past six weeks I've been exploring new ideas and finding some new directions in my nature photography. Since finishing Symmetry in Nature in January I have been full of the urge to create but I was only able to follow this once I got to Sweden and Finland in April and May. The places... Continue Reading →
Friday last week was taken up entirely with the public defence of Per-Olof Hanssons' PhD thesis: New Ways of Learning: Participatory Action Research and Kenyan Runners' Appropriation of Smartphones to Improve their Daily Lives and Participation in m-Learning. I was invited to be the opponent and soon learned that meant I had to make a... Continue Reading →
It's the shortest day today (for us in the southern hemisphere) and distinctly warm here in Grahamstown (+25 forecast for this afternoon). Time for a bouquet of flowers to celebrate the turn of the seasons.These flower pictures were all taken during our nine weeks in the Nordic region and England.
This panorama was taken the night after I posted the evenings with rainbow .... it was immediately outside our window.
At sunset on Friday and Saturday it was cold with clouds and rain. But there was a narrow letter box of clear sky between the clouds and the horizon so as the sun slid down we were treated to some lovely light draped softly on the trees and barns. I grabbed my camera and ran... Continue Reading →
On the other side of the paddocks outside our room, beyond the horses and the open air museum, is a stretch of woodland. We've been meaning to go across for a while but waited for a sunny day to get out and explore. On the other side of the woodland lies Gamla Linköping - the... Continue Reading →
When you walk up the rise and on to Valla campus your first impression is bikes, bikes and more bikes. There must be several thousand on the campus and they congregate outside Kårallen (the student's centre). What a difference to Rhodes University where there are maybe a hundred or so - and how this must... Continue Reading →