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Winter at Vardo at twilight time

Winter at Vardo

We needed some winter at Vardo photos. So one of the first days in the new year I took my wife and dog to coastal Vardø for a twilight photo session.

vardo When we left home the temp was 27 centigrades below zero. Halfway on the 140 km trip a snow blizzard met us. We had to go slooowly. At two different locations we nearly hit reindeer. In darkness and snow blizzard it it wise to be careful. Hitting a reindeer in such extreme conditions isn't the nicest thing you can encounter.

Arriving the tiny island where Vardø is located, we saw that the temp was 15 centigrades (below zero). But due to heavy wind, the 15 grades felt even colder than the 27 we had at home in Tana.

After a good nights sleep Musti and I went out into the twilight and wind for my photo session at about 11 a.m. Thankfully the snow had stopped pouring down.
(All photos: Olav E. Johansen)

vardohus cannons

The fortress

At the Vardøhus Fortress the old black cannons greeted us welcome. The starshaped, octogonal fortress dates back to the 12th century. But the present fortress was erected 1734-38. Around 1770 the fortress had 28 cannons and 120 shotguns.

But even today the cannons on the ramparts at least remind us that we have been living in an unfriendly world. My fingers and toes getting a little frozen, I even thought that these old cannons even is reminder of the fragile world we live in. Unfortunately cannons are needed more than ever in this world.

vardohus fortress As I wandered the ramparts I began thinking that we really live in a peaceful corner. Not even a fortress needs constant watching. No watchmen to see anywhere. I could see a bright TV screen behind drawn curtains. Musti checked out the fundaments of the cannons and marked them her way.

Want to see some winter at Vardo pictures taken by the commander of the Vardohus fortress?


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