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Happy Father’s Day 2012


Even though Father’s Day is one of those “Hallmark Holidays”, it got me remembering this morning that ten years ago, in 2002, we took a wonderful family vacation to Norway – and to the original Loftesnes (spelled with just one ‘s’ on the end over there) homestead.

On June 18, 2002, we took a high speed ferry from Bergen to Sogndal – about a three hour ride up the largest fjord in Norway. A beautiful trip indeed! This photo shows my Dad (age 80) and me out on the bow of the ferry after we docked in Sogndal. Brings back lots of great memories about what a great Dad (and proud Granddad) he was.

Over the next few days, we toured the area around Sogndal and he had such a great time – his first trip to Norway. One of my best memories is sitting out on the lawn at our hotel watching the bonfires around the Sognefjord burn late on Midsummer evening. Dad was in his element!

Dad passed away just over two years ago and we miss him every day! He was especially one from the greatest generation!

Norway Photography

The Monolith at Vigeland – Oslo – 2002

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Monolith at Vigeland – Oslo, Norway

In June 2002 – over nine years ago – several of our family traveled to Norway to visit the home of our ancestors on my father’s side. It was a wonderful trip – planned for us by a travel planner from Norway who knew her way around the country and gave us the insider’s guide on what to do, where to stay, and how to enjoy our travels.

Our first stop was Oslo – where we spent a couple of days before heading over to Bergen and then, via high speed catamaran, up to our family’s homestead at Loftesnes just across the bridge from Sogndal on the Sognefjord.

While reviewing my portfolio of digital images earlier today, I stumbled across this image of The Monolith in the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, shot using my first digital camera – a Kodak DC290. This camera had a sensor with 1.5 megapixels of resolution – “hot” for its day! When I re-discovered the image this afternoon, I loved the strikingly simple composition with, in particular, the young boy in the lower right hand corner with his hand raised toward the Monolith.

I post-processed the image using both the Nik and Topaz tools in Photoshop – striving for a striking yet smooth image. This version seems to work. It captures the beautiful work of Vigeland and his sculptures with just a bit of extra energy from that young boy expressing his delight. I wonder who that young boy is and where is he today – almost ten years later? I’m sure he remembers the striking impact of Vigeland as I do.