Romancing the earth

Sizzling orange, a glowing setting sun —

That’s when the sky romances the earth

With its beauty.

(Picture taken in Ericeira, Portugal.)


For gorgeous sky shots, please visit: Skywatch.

Out of the blue

It’s always fun finding

The quirky side to a new place.

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Ericeira, a small coastal village in Portugal,

Blue me away with its lovely azure glass tiles

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And hand-y door knobs.

Aren’t they just blue-tiful?


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Mist has magical powers:

It can transform ordinary objects

(Here a crane on the jetty in Ericeira, Portugal)

Into classic suspense movie shots.

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It turns a sunrise

Into a moment of purple-tinged drama —


And if it lingers all day,

A misty sunset can turn

Landscapes into paintings.

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For more mist-ical moments, please visit: Skywatch.

Sunset surf

After the heat of Lisbon,

It was wonderful to escape

To the seaside village of Ericeira in Portugal.

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We stayed in a beach house

With gorgeous views of the sunset


And surfers gliding over the golden sea.

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For more golden skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Oh, that golden light!

Sometimes it’s worth setting the alarm for 4.30 in the morning

In order to capture the magical, golden sunburst

Of sunrise over the Manhattan skyline.

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(Photos taken in Hoboken Park, New Jersey, last week.

This week, it’s back to snow in Sweden.)

For more magical photos, please visit: Skywatch.

The Twisted Pier

Oh, the things we do to get a photo!

While I was in New Jersey, I had some fabulous photo sessions with friends.

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One was a sunset session in a (secret) location on the New Jersey shore

With a marvellous view of the Manhattan skyline and the Freedom Tower.

I may or may not have trespassed on some waste ground

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In order to capture the twisted pier

And the buildings glowing in the perfect lilac twilight.

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For more great shots, please visit: Skywatch.

New York, New York!

Travel is a way of keeping yourself humble;

Of opening up to new people and experiences —


Of finding love and beauty

Everywhere in the world we live in.


I’m so lucky to be going back

To the vibrant city of New York.


I won’t be around until the end of next week —

Until then, take care!


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Feast for the eyes

Walking through Lisbon is a delicious feast for the eyes.

Wherever you look, there are tiles and mosaics

Golden tiles

And beautifully decorated shop fronts

Like this one – it’s the oldest cod cake shop in Lisbon.

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And the colour — so warm and delicious

Like this lemon sorbet building;


Or deliciously purple

And happy.

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Even the faded old grand buildings near the harbour

Glitter with the gold of the setting sun

And transform into beauty.

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For more colourful sights, please visit: Our World.


It’s amazing how much a sky – and a beach –

Can change in the space of a day or two:

From cloudy drama


To the joyfulness

Of dogs frolicking

In a glorious sunset.


For more joy, please visit: Skywatch.

The walled town

Óbidos in Portugal is famous for being

A perfectly preserved walled settlement.


The castle and its walls date back

To Roman times

Walls looming

But as you walk the narrow and steep cobbled streets,

You meet all kinds of buildings ranging from Gothic

To Renaissance and Baroque standing shoulder to shoulder.

Church and wall

The city gate is a gorgeous

Blue tiled balcony.

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The town was very much geared for tourism

So my favourite parts of it

Were the secret alleys,

Secret stairs

The quirky old stone houses

Blue striped house

And far-away glimpses

Of purple splashes against old tiled roofs.

Purple splash

For more historic sights, please visit: Our World.