December 2009 Archives

Honolulu, Hawaii - Swimming at Kapiolani Park Pier

Kapiolani Park is on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki. The pier is a hangout for the local kids, a place to impress friends by taking a long jump into the water.

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This will be the last posting until January 7, 2010, when I return from a trip to Cuba. Enjoy the holidays and have a happy New Year. Thanks for viewing.

Honolulu, Hawaii - Merry Xmas

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(click to enlarge) Christmas tree light, Hawaii style?

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(click to enlarge) Dove of peace

Honolulu, Hawaii - International Market Place

International Market Place is an open-air bazaar. It has over 130 carts, shops and artisan stands along Kalakaua Avenue, the main drag of Waikiki.

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(click to enlarge) This banyan tree seemed to be the one designated for self-expression by visitors.

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(click to enlarge) An intent shopper

Honolulu, Hawaii - On the Beach at Waikiki

We're about to begin a predicted 20-inch snowstorm here in Minnesota, so I thought I'd inject some contrarian thinking.

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Honolulu, Hawaii - Banyan Trees (2)

Two more rather spooky banyan tree photos from Fort deRussy Park in Honolulu.

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Honolulu, Hawaii - Banyan Trees

For connoisseurs of the grotesque, it's hard to beat the banyan tree. Here are two closeups of banyan trees in Fort deRussy Park, at the west end of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.

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Honolulu, Hawaii - Floating Barriers

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Honolulu, Hawaii - Infinity Pool

The Infinity Pool at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel produces some interesting illusions.

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Honolulu, Hawaii - Bishop Museum

From a museum in Stockholm to a museum in Honolulu... The Bishop Museum is a wonderful repository of Hawaiian and Polynesian arts, crafts, and artifacts.

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(click to enlarge) Detail of a larger painting

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Stockholm - Historical Museum

As its web site says, "The Museum of National Antiquities is packed with history spanning thousands of years, from as far back into prehistory as we can go, via the Viking era to the Middle Ages." Here are a couple of exhibits from the early times. Ancient objects, but up-to-date displays.

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Stockholm Nationalmuseum - Sculpture Closeups

A room in the Nationalmuseum, near the sculpture galleries, had some photographs of closeups of the sculpture. I liked them and decided to try it myself.

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Stockholm - Nationalmuseum

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(click to enlarge) The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm has a grand entryway, with large murals depicting scenes from Swedish history.

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(click to enlarge) The sculpture exhibit did a nice job of pretending that the viewer had been allowed behind the scenes.

Funky Art in Stockholm

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(click to enlarge) Seen on the street

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(click to enlarge) In the Nationalmuseum, which is not as fusty and staid as the tourist guides would have one believe.

Swedish Iron Towns - Oregrund Harbor

Oregrund was the port from which the iron manufactured in Uppland was shipped to England and other places. It's pretty quiet now.

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(click to enlarge) This clean wooden boat looked like it had just come from the wood shop.

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(click to enlarge) I wonder how decipherable this would be, without the context.

Swedish Iron Towns (3)

Some details from Osterbybruk, the third Swedish iron town that we visited.

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Swedish Iron Towns (2)

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(click to enlarge) The iron foundry towns were self-contained "company towns", with forges, storehouses, worker housing, church, shops, etc., all in a compact cluster. The boss/owner also lived there, albeit in a grand manor house. This photo, from Lovstabruk, shows the manor house in the background and a clock tower in the foreground. The self-standing clock tower, not crowning a church or other public building, seemed a typical arrangement.

Swedish Iron Towns

An hour or so drive north of Uppsala are a number of towns that used to be centers for the production of iron ore. According to the Wikipedia article on Oregrund, "Uppland underwent an industrial revolution in the 17th century, with the Swedish iron industry becoming the foundation of Sweden's status as a Great Power. Bar iron was exported through Öregrund. In England the best quality wrought iron was known as Oregrounds iron." The iron was forged according to a process developed in Walloonia, the predominantly French-speaking southern part of Belgium, and most of the Swedish iron-making towns were established and run by Walloons. Iron is no longer produced in these towns, but some are maintained as historic attractions. We visited three of them

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(click to enlarge) "Forsmarks Bruk, Uppland, Sweden, is an authentic mill village of the late 18th century. Forsmarks Bruk, meaning the mill at Forsmark, was built as a model community, a self-contained and self-supporting world. The single street gives shape to the village, being lined with houses, blacksmiths' forges, schools, and stores, with the church situated at one end and the manor at the other. Thus, the village reflects the outer world in a miniature scale."
http://www.jrank.org/gardening/pages/605/Forsmarks-Bruk.html#ixzz0ZJbWQdO9

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(click to enlarge) A statue of Neptune stands guard over the pond at Forsmarks Bruk.

Royal Mounds at Gamla Uppsala

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From Wikipedia:

"Gamla Uppsala ("Old Uppsala") is a parish and a village outside Uppsala in Sweden. It had 16,231 inhabitants in 1991.

"As early as the 3rd century AD and the 4th century AD and onwards, it was an important religious, economic and political centre.[1] Early written sources show that already during pre-history, Gamla Uppsala was well-known in Northern Europe as the residence of the Swedish kings of the legendary Yngling dynasty.[2] In fact, the oldest Scandinavian sources, such as Ynglingatal, the Westrogothic law and the Gutasaga talk of the king of Sweden as the "King at Uppsala".[3]

"The Royal mounds (Swedish: Kungshögarna) is the name for the three large barrows which are located in Gamla Uppsala. They are dated to the 5th and 6th centuries. As Sweden's oldest national symbols they are even depicted on the covers of books about the Swedish national identity."

Uppsala - Reflection

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(click to enlarge) Looking from one bridge to another in Uppsala near the university. Pretty colors.

Uppsala University - Cemetery

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(click to enlarge) There's an old cemetery nestled among big, old trees on the outskirts of the Uppsala University grounds. A rather striking place.

Uppsala University Botanical Garden - Trees

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Uppsala University Botanical Garden - Heads

One doesn't expect these rather spooky objects in a botanical garden whose roots date back to the 17th C.

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(click to enlarge) Part of a banner advertising an art exhibition in the botanical garden's Orangerie.

Uppsala University Botanical Garden (3)

Not all of the flowers in the Uppsala University Botanical Garden are isolated wallflowers. Some are in crowded groups of vivid colors and shapes.

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Uppsala University Botanical Garden (2)

Two more photos from along the wall of the Garden.

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Uppsala University Botanical Garden

The Uppsala University Botanical Garden is the oldest in Sweden, having been founded in 1655. Carl Linnaeus restored the garden in 1741, but it has since been relocated to grounds adjoining the university. It spans 34 acres, and contains over 11,000 species and cultivars. I was attracted to a few isolated plants along a wall that provided a suitable background.

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According to Wikipedia, Linnaeus, Uppsala University's most famous faculty member, "was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature. He is known as the father of modern taxonomy, and is also considered one of the fathers of modern ecology."

Uppsala University Portraits

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(click to enlarge) We were told that this is a statue of a 19th C rector of Uppsala University.

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(click to enlarge) A scientific/medical staffer who works in the proton therapy facility. The blue mold in the center immobilizes the patient's head so the proton beam can find its target.

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