Yesterday's photo by Mark was from the Vigeland park. This photo is also by Mark, and even though we've showed you this statue before, I think it deserves to be posted again. I like this photo because of the angle and the evening light.
Mark took this photo and also chose the title. It fits, don't you think? :)
I'm not sure what the story behind this statue is, he may be balancing the babies or throwing them... Anyway, it's one of the many statues by Vigeland in the Vigeland Park. We've showed you lots of pictures from this park earlier, just click on the labels and you'll find more.
From Oslo last night. My very first picture of lightning.
We have had some really fast-changing weather in Oslo lately. From heavy rain to sunshine in just a little while. We have had some thunderstorms too, but it's hard to take pictures of it during daytime. I have been waiting for it to happen during night-time, and finally..! Last night I could hear this really loud bang. I went out on the balcony and spent the next couple of hours taking pictures of the sky, hoping there would be some lightning at the right time.
I did get several photos of lightning, and this is probably the best one.
The building was set up in the 1920's and is one of Norway's finest examples of classical functionalism. The restaurant has always been a popular place, but unfortunately had to be closed in 1997 due to decay. After extensive restoration, it was re-opened in 2005.
This picture is from Langgata ('the long street') in the Rodeløkka area. These wooden houses dates back to 1850-1880. Some of these houses used to be shops, with apartments above them. The shops are turned into apartments now. I've visited one of them, and the back garden is like a little oasis. :-)
The area used to be a typical working class area and early 1900 it was regarded as a slum. For a while it was decided that the whole area would be torn down, but after demonstrations a lot of the houses were kept and renovated. The remaining 137 buildings were declared worthy of preservation in 1988.
The National Gallery has Norway's largest collection of Norwegian, Nordic and international art from the beginning of the 19th century up until today. The main exhibition displays Norwegian and international paintings and sculptures from the 19th century up until today, including many of Edvard Munch's major works.
Photo by: Mark Wilkinson
This picture is from the other side of the building. You have seen parts of this before.
Flying to Gardermoen Airport, Oslo, this is the view the pilot gets as he approaches the runway, in this case it's runway 19L (19 left). Sagmoen lies to the bottom left of the photo and the road you can see is the E6.
We have run this blog for quite a while, and feel like we need a break to do other things. We will still post photos, but not as often as before. Hopefully you will continue to visit us from time to time. :-)