Gone to See Norway 2013 Chasing the Northern Lights. Day 6: Hurtigruten MS Nordkapp Norwegian Coastal Voyage Northbound (Brønnøysund to Svolvær).
On the third full day of the northbound Hurtigruten voyage, the ship stopped in seven ports: Brønnøysund (00:30-01:00); Sandnessjøen (03:45-04:15); Nesna (05:25-05:30); Ørnes (09:00-09:30); Bodø (12:30-15:00); Stamsund (19:00-19:30); and Svolvær (21:00-22:00).
The ship crossed the Arctic Circle at 07:20, while it was still dark out. Champagne was served for those up early enough. Baptism for those that were crossing the Arctic Circle for the first time would be celebrated later in the afternoon. At this time of the year, and this far north dawn lasts a long time. The panorama view at dawn shows the unique pink color of the Belt of Venus and blue Earth Shadow below. Conditions have to be right to see these colors.
While in Bodø I took the bus tour — the city and out to the Saltstraumen. When conditions are right this has one of the worlds strongest tidal currents causing whirlpools or maelstroms. We weren’t there at the right time, and the weather was deteriorating. The bus driver wanted to make sure we got back to the ship before it left. Watch the time-lapse video, a scary ride in a snowstorm.
In addition to all of the crickets making noise outside, I heard one in the house last night. When I woke up this morning, I found Jiminy in the laundry room. He stayed still long enough for me to grab a camera with a macro lens. Afterwards, I helped him find his way back outside to be with his friends.
Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 36: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Scotland.
Ten, Twelve, Eighteen, and Twenty One Year Old Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Image taken with a Fuji XT-1 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 800, 32 mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC.
Morning and afternoon walkabouts with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens. The afternoon set was after a thunderstorm leaving some of the flowers wet. I am really liking this lens. One note, when the lens is out of the camera, or attached to the camera when the camera is off there is an internal part of the lens that slides back-and-forth making a knocking noise. When the camera is powered on this does not happen. I have seen reports on the internet, but have been told that it is not a problem. Now that the Fuji X-H1 and X-T2 cameras have firmware updates that will allow the camera to do focus bracketing. I look forward to trying focus bracketing with this lens.
The Yucca and Prickly Pear flowers are in bloom. There are several new wildflowers (and I am not sure of the ID). I also am seeing more poppies (Red, Icelandic, and California). Individual images from the slide-shows are available here.