Stormy beauty

It’s been hard taking photos as the sun sets around 11 pm

And rises again at about 2.30 in the morning – and even then it’s never really dark.

Sometimes, however, you get lucky —

A cold front comes in, the fleece goes on —

And you go out to enjoy the beauty

Of a summer storm.

Midsummer rain copy

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100 responses

  1. that is cool…wow….like 3 hours of night….that is pretty crazy….
    it is a beautiful shot though….we have been getting storms most every evening…

    June 26, 2014 at 15:10

  2. daryledelstein

    our sunsets are getting later and later and sunrises earlier but never as late/early as your’s or as pretty

    June 26, 2014 at 15:19

  3. If this was because of a cool front, I wish I was there!!!…:)JP

    June 26, 2014 at 15:26

  4. This is beautiful but gosh I would have such a hard time adjusting to the sun setting that late and rising that early:)

    June 26, 2014 at 15:26

  5. Tante Mali

    Oh yes, nature can be very beautiful while it is wild!
    Wonderful picture, as all on your blog!
    Have a happy time and all the best from Austria

    June 26, 2014 at 15:37

  6. Beyond the beauty……WOW…:)

    June 26, 2014 at 15:44

  7. Wow, what a drama in the sky. Fantastic colors and image. Great !
    Best regards, Synnöve

    June 26, 2014 at 16:04

  8. Wow, that is a winner, bright sky against vermilion lake, you couldn’t have caught better.

    June 26, 2014 at 16:28

  9. How beautifully dreamy looking!

    June 26, 2014 at 16:29

  10. You do have your hands full with the time lapse of the time sunsets. It is lucky you can take any photos with this situation…but as always you pull it threw like magic.

    June 26, 2014 at 16:39

  11. Oh WOW, just WOW….how gorgeous to be able to capture images like this.

    June 26, 2014 at 16:45

  12. wow! just gorgeous!

    June 26, 2014 at 16:50

  13. This looks wonderful, as always. In North Norfolk we are little bit more south and the nights are longer, but the evenings are long and we love the twilight at this time of the year.

    June 26, 2014 at 17:05

  14. Glorious skies, colors and terrific capture as always!! Truly breathtaking!! Not sure how well I would adjust to such short nights!!! Have a great weekend!

    June 26, 2014 at 17:12

  15. Do you ever get a scary sky, or are even the stormy ones serenely beautiful?:-)

    June 26, 2014 at 17:21

  16. Such gorgeous tones! Quite breathtaking.

    June 26, 2014 at 18:26

  17. What vibrant colours – almost blinding!

    June 26, 2014 at 18:29

  18. Wow, its an amazing picture (like all the others too) and such colors I don’t never sene in Germany…

    June 26, 2014 at 18:39

  19. I love it – indeed very pretty!

    June 26, 2014 at 18:42

  20. Lovely!

    June 26, 2014 at 18:50

  21. Love the violet/purple/pink layers and how the steeple anchors the scene. Your lake is such a wonderful mirror.

    June 26, 2014 at 20:02

  22. What a glorious photo! The colors are breathtaking!

    June 26, 2014 at 20:30

  23. Wow! You have a lot of daylight hours. I think I would love that.
    This is a truly beautiful image!

    June 26, 2014 at 20:33

  24. Very pretty!

    June 26, 2014 at 20:40

  25. Don

    I can’t even begin to imagine that kind of sunset and sunrise. Beautiful image.

    June 26, 2014 at 20:58

  26. I’d completely forgot that you lived… up there!:-) Yes, you’re having long days now. How do you manage to go to sleep? Mind you in winter it’s the other way around. How do you manage to wake up?:-) Beautiful photos.

    Greetings from London.

    June 26, 2014 at 21:58

  27. Jim

    Thank goodness for those ‘cold fronts’!
    Beautiful photo, Fiona.

    June 26, 2014 at 22:17

  28. Pat

    Breathtaking image!

    June 26, 2014 at 22:20

  29. Magic. Here at the moment the sun has retired to bed by five, and drags himself out again (reluctantly) at around seven the following morning.
    Hooray for your cold front and storm.

    June 26, 2014 at 22:56

  30. Such a stunning image Fi….the combination of heavy storm filled sky and deeply vivid reflections is delightful.
    And yes I’m missing those sunrises and sunsets….although you have even longer light than we do:-)

    June 27, 2014 at 01:12

  31. Magnificent capture ….. wonderful hues. Thanks for braving the elements and sharing with us!

    June 27, 2014 at 02:22

  32. Hudson Howl

    I must admit to being a little envious of your long days When I once spent my summers in the North as a boy, those longest nights were put to go use. Fishing long into the next day. Or up early, on our bikes and down the hydro tower corridor to pick blue berries with the old female bear waited , so we thought, in the blush summer light of dawn.

    Storms in the summer sky, we seem to see them as invaders but I suppose in actuality a storm is simple an mood of the sky we gaze into.

    June 27, 2014 at 03:03

  33. adoro le sfumature dei tuoi colori cono inconfondibili
    see you soon

    June 27, 2014 at 04:11

  34. thesmittenimage

    Oh that’s such a stunning image, Fiona. I love the colours you capture in your world. So nice to have all those hours of daylight. It’s the flip side I wouldn’t like very much.

    June 27, 2014 at 04:27

  35. Fiona, How do you do it !!!! Your photos are just amazing. That has to be one of the most beautiful photos ever. The color is wonderful and the composition with the tower, the trees, and the lake is just perfect. Mickie😉

    June 27, 2014 at 04:43

    • Many thanks! This was a lovely sight and you can really see the church across the water.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      June 27, 2014 at 06:27

  36. So enjoyable, again the lighting is amazing.

    June 27, 2014 at 05:42

  37. Just what we are experiencing, but not photographing so beautifully, in Alaska. I feel so stupid, because I didn’t realize that Sweden would also have such long nights . Now that I think about it of course you do. (When I was in school I spent Geography class with a comic book hidden in the pages I was supposed to be following.)

    June 27, 2014 at 05:56

  38. Spectacular view.

    June 27, 2014 at 06:27

  39. Fabulous Lady Fi. Thank you for losing sleep to share with us the beauty that is your world.

    June 27, 2014 at 06:42

  40. Fantastic colors and sky. Take care.

    June 27, 2014 at 07:03

  41. Simply spectacular!!

    June 27, 2014 at 07:23

  42. Jim

    Sydney – City and Suburbs

    June 27, 2014 at 07:55

  43. Beautiful colours and composition here. I like the way you managed to capture the lovely sunset underneath, concurrently with the dramatic clouds above.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    Alex’s World! –

    June 27, 2014 at 08:00

  44. Just superb!

    June 27, 2014 at 09:22

  45. wow… Iove the pink hue. Beautiful capture

    Oh Snap – My Blog

    June 27, 2014 at 09:45

  46. Awesome contribution to SWF!

    June 27, 2014 at 10:02

  47. WOW!!! This is absolutely breathtaking!

    June 27, 2014 at 10:11

  48. Stunning! What a lovely colorful sky.. Happy skywatching and have a great weekend!

    June 27, 2014 at 10:38

  49. Gorgeous. Those colors are spectacular.

    June 27, 2014 at 11:19

  50. Storms have a beauty and the beast relationship with us.

    June 27, 2014 at 11:48

  51. indrani

    A wonderful scene.

    June 27, 2014 at 12:36

  52. what a stunning photo. So special.

    June 27, 2014 at 12:43

  53. There are no words to describe the beauty of a Scandinavia sunset and sunrise!
    Wil, ABCW Team

    June 27, 2014 at 12:47

  54. Wow!

    June 27, 2014 at 13:10

  55. Love it, beautiful colors and a beautiful sky!

    June 27, 2014 at 13:32

  56. Superb shot!!! The water makes all the difference.

    June 27, 2014 at 14:41

  57. That’s great! You’ve managed to catch some wonderful colours in this stormy shot again.

    June 27, 2014 at 15:36

  58. even your storms are pink.:)

    June 27, 2014 at 15:53

  59. Your lake is an absolute delight! What a gorgeous shot.

    June 27, 2014 at 16:02

  60. I remember that midnight sun when I lived in Labrador. We had to cover out windows to be able to go to sleep while the sun was still out. Your lake shot is simply gorgeous!

    June 27, 2014 at 17:31

  61. JM

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    June 27, 2014 at 17:40

  62. Oh, that is gorgeous. I love how the color is reflected in the water below.

    June 27, 2014 at 17:59

  63. Seems like you are similar to the Great Frozen North…Yellowknife? Land of the midnight sun.

    June 27, 2014 at 18:34

  64. Majestic sky shot for SWF ~ Just beautiful! ~ thanks,

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    June 27, 2014 at 20:39

  65. I see you have fantastic light all day long. So, your photos are so different. In Mediterranean countries light is hardest.
    Well, as usual. great photos.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    June 27, 2014 at 22:57

  66. Such intense and vivid beauty! I’m still wearing fleece here – thought the snow in my yard has finally melted.

    June 27, 2014 at 23:18

  67. Magnificent sky and water scape.

    June 27, 2014 at 23:59

  68. Wow – these are amazing!

    June 28, 2014 at 00:03

  69. That’s beautiful. If you look closely, you can see a glowing edge on the cloud.

    June 28, 2014 at 00:30

  70. It sure is so pretty!
    I wish to have that long of light:)

    June 28, 2014 at 01:37

  71. Evi

    Breathtaking! I would love to experience night that isn’t dark!

    June 28, 2014 at 01:53

  72. Al

    Gorgeous – there’s nothing like a summer storm. I’ve never experienced a “night” like that.

    June 28, 2014 at 02:07

  73. Marvelous colors!

    June 28, 2014 at 04:57

  74. Such a stunning scene! Wow! It’s like a painting. Thanks for visiting my SWF.

    June 28, 2014 at 05:55

  75. Was just about to comment how you come up with so many pink shots – till I read your text! I don’t know if I would want to sacrifice my time… (which means you can tell photography is not my real passion!

    June 28, 2014 at 07:53

  76. magnifique ces couleurs

    June 28, 2014 at 10:58

  77. Fantastic scene capture! Pretty stormy Fantastic scene capture! Pretty stormy

    June 28, 2014 at 12:26

  78. Beautiful colors! There is a new TV show coming on over here called Sweden…I wonder what it will be like:)

    June 28, 2014 at 14:58

  79. What a beautiful capture of the summer sunset. With the ever changing cloud formations, it is a great time to take the photos – but the waiting is longer than usual:-) Take care x

    June 28, 2014 at 15:51

  80. Nature has created a beautiful lighting effect. What a glorious sight. The result is a remarkable photo.

    June 28, 2014 at 16:04

  81. you will never know when a beautiful one will come,
    reminds me to go out an shoot some photos in a storm.

    June 28, 2014 at 17:54

  82. Så vacker bild! Urläcker!

    June 28, 2014 at 17:57

  83. The most beautiful photo ever. I love it. It must be strange not really having any night though.

    June 28, 2014 at 21:37

  84. Pat

    Hello, I discover your beautiful blog
    The beauty of the weather! intense colors, I love
    have a nice day

    June 29, 2014 at 09:18

  85. Breathtaking!

    June 29, 2014 at 17:00

  86. Magnificent as always dear Fi!

    June 29, 2014 at 17:38

  87. We have long days too, but not quite as long as yours.:) And I never seem to find such beautiful skies either. Maybe I need to look harder.:)

    June 29, 2014 at 19:12

  88. –This is exactly the way I see heaven))!! xxx

    June 29, 2014 at 21:56

  89. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. It is a beautiful painting for one of my walls.
    You know I love your skies.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    June 30, 2014 at 00:08

  90. Wonderful shot!

    June 30, 2014 at 01:21

  91. Gorgeous colours, esp. as mixed in the reflection. We used to live much further north too (not quite as far as you) and it was always amazing in summer (a little less so in the winter ;>)

    June 30, 2014 at 07:07

  92. Gorgeous! I am so jealous of your long summer daylight!

    June 30, 2014 at 23:03

  93. came back to say congrats on your POTW!

    June 30, 2014 at 23:42

  94. Lovely shot. Getting pounded with summer storms, our sun is blocked by continual clouds.

    July 1, 2014 at 01:08

  95. Maggie May

    3 and a half hours of semi darkness! In the Winter time it must really drag all that darkness and only a tiny amount of light.
    However, the picture now is really outstanding. I expect you feel you need to make the most of every moment the sun shines.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

    July 1, 2014 at 16:31

  96. Sublime image Fiona, you certainly captured that ‘in-between’ time beautifully!

    July 1, 2014 at 16:32

  97. Stunning beauty!

    July 2, 2014 at 05:01

  98. Stunning mood and photo, nice colors and reflections

    July 12, 2014 at 14:11

  99. daniellafrance

    Fiona, the sky’s swatch of colours are quite pretty to these eyes.

    July 13, 2014 at 06:34

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