For so many years, I was really missing a trick when it comes to taking my camera with me on holiday. I saw vacations as a chance to get away from my work and for so long, that meant leaving my camera at home. So sad now when I think of all the places I missed out on photographing with something other than my iPhone. The first vacation we took where I took my camera with me was Norway back in…hmm I wanna say…2014?
It was so long ago that it’s hard to remember the things I would have wanted to write had I jumped on here and written and not waited…you know…3 years. But I’ll try.
The most memorable thing about Norway is that it’s Heaven. Growing up in the deep south in America with very little knowledge of the world outside the USA (typical) I am still in utter awe that certain places in this world really exist.
We could hardly even hop in the car to go to the shop without me proclaiming, “Oh my gooooosh!” at every mountain, every grass-roofed cabin, every sheep on the side of the road.
And while we’re on the subject of shops…oh. my. lord. The prices. I swear we dropped about £700 in a week even though we stayed with friends, ate their food and just hung out at their house.
With the exception of one incredible journey through some Fijords to go camping and climb Prekestolen.
Prekestolen is also called Preacher’s Pulpit. It’s a travel destination for people world-wide. The hike up the treacherous and, often vertical, rocky mountain took us and the kids about 3.5 hours one-way. The summit (in the photo above) is a flat table-top of rock with zero fences or safety measures. It’s like the United Nations up there. Americans, British, Brazilians, Chinese…people from allover the world hanging over the edge, taking selfies…literally flirting with death.
Would you believe it that there have only been a couple deaths in recorded history? And those were intentional suicides. There have been no accidental deaths despite the Norwegian ethos that this natural beauty should remain untouched and unguarded and that people just need to use common sense. Can you imagine if this were in Britain? We can’t even film outside our studio without a risk assessment.
I can’t believe how well the kids too this hike even though they were only 8 and 10.
Sadly, this load of photos was my first opportunity to learn how to scan a hard drive for lost data because I was super clever in accidentally deleting the whole stash of images from this trip. C’est la vie!