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Medieval Norway by RobertCross1 (off and on) After the Vikings, but long before anyone thought to ask “What does the fox say?”, Norway gave us stave churches.

This is the Borgund stave church, in the west-central Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. It is a medieval wooden church built sometime between 1180 and 1250 AD, with later additions and restorations. Its walls are formed by vertical wooden boards, or staves, hence the name “stave church”. The four corner posts were connected to one another by ground sills, resting on a stone foundation. This is one of the best preserved of Norway’s 28 remaining stave churches. Of these, I have visited six so far. The craftsmanship, beauty, and durability of these structures is remarkable, especially considering that they are made of wood, and that they are upwards of 800 years old.

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Hello and goodbye: Norwegian sunset version by RobertCross1 (off and on) Rare winter sunset seen from the quay in front of the Oslo Opera House. I took this shot just before 2:30 pm. The sun had only just come out a little while before, and within minutes it would be gone once again, set behind that hill. Needless to say, I was snapping that shutter like my life depended on it.

The first of what will likely be several. This is a five-shot panorama, each shot taken in portrait format to capture the height and depth of that sky. I only had a 40mm FOV lens on me at the time (the 20mm f/1.7), so I had to get creative.

This one’s definitely best big on black. Click on it or hit “L” on your keyboard.

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