Veitastrond er i utgangspunktet en “jordbruksbygd” med bare 123 innbyggere der den ligger klemt inn blant fjellene og med Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark til tre sider. Da skjønner dere sikkert at på denne turen blir det en del naturbilder?
Veitastrond is a very small and isolated agricultural settlement with a population of only 123 people, sandwiched in between the mountains and the ‘Jostedalen National Park on tree sides. Then you will understand that on this particular trip there will be a number of pictures from Norwegian nature?
I tillegg kan man vel advare og si at Veitastrond er en av Norges mest avsondrede bygder. Og til tross for at den 30 km lange veien inn er nyasfaltert, så er den smal. Til dels veldig smal! Og den er ikke ufarlig å trafikkere fordi den går gjennom stupbratt terreng.
Jeg begynner vår reise like utenfor Hafslobygda, et sted som heter Straumene. Her gikk det en gang i tiden et mektig ras og steinblokker så store som hus raste ut i sjøen. Jeg trøster meg med at det nok er en tid siden. Det har vokst til litt skog i rasstedet og ting kan tyde på at trærne vel kan være 20-25 år gamle. Så da holder vel fjellet seg på plass i dag også?
In spite of a new asphalt on the road, it’s a narrow road. Correction: VERY narrow!
And it’s close to a 20 mil road to Veitastrond and another 10 miles on the other side before it ends in the middel of nowhere. And because the road is very narrow – and winding, it could be a road very dangerous to drive . . .
We’re starting our journey just outside the district limits of Hafslo. Long ago there was an avalanche here and stones the size of a house came tumbling down the mountain sides. I comfort myself with the thought that it was a very long time ago. Since then trees have been growing among the rocks left behind; trees that seem to be 25 years ore more, and I take the chance that the mountain will remain in place a few weeks more . . .
Titter man opp i fjellsiden er det lett å forstå at man har små sjanser dersom noe løsner …
Looking up, it’s easy to understand that yhour chances are rather slim if anything should break loose –
Man is creative! When the nature supplies blocks of this size, it’s tempting to make the best of it? For instance, what about a ‘natural boat house’?
Here in ‘Straumen’ we found a former farm house, today possibly used at a summer residence, ideally placed close to the river-
Dette er en ørretfiskers eldorado! For her var det ikke langt mellom vakene! Men akkurat da jeg trykket på utløseren, var det selvsagt ingen som hoppet!
This is the troutfishers eldorado. You don ‘t need to wait for long before the fish is there, but just as I pressed the camera button, there were of course none! My luck!
One one side of the road – steep cliffs. On the other side deep lakes. Just on this spot I’ve seen it worse . . .
Nå er jo ikke min bil spesielt interessant i natursammenheng, men den er plassert der den står med en hensikt: Forsøk å flytte den (visuelt) slik at hjulene kommer på riktig side av kantelinjen og forsøk å forestille dere hvor mye veibane som er igjen ved siden av bilen. Og hvordan det fortoner seg å møte en lastebil rundt neste sving!
My car wouldn’t be of particular interest to you in a perspectiv of nature photography, but I have parked it there for a special reason. And it’s outside the road (and nearly in the lake) Try to visualize my car placed on the road like it ought to be – inside the white edgelines. Imagine how much road there would be left on my left side meeting up with a 5 ton truck around the next bend?
With all these flowers on the roadside, I just couldn’t neglect to shoot this frame –
Nå tror dere sikkert jeg har manipulert fargen i dette vannet, men nei – det har jeg ikke. Vannet i dette vassdraget er i hovedsak “brevann” (grønt av algevekst), men det hjelper selvsagt at vegetasjonen speiler seg i sjøen –
You probably think that I have manipulated the color of the lake, but I have not! The green color is mainly due to a certain algae who lives around and in our glaciers, but of course, the reflections from the green vegetation will also have an effect.
On the other side of the lake I observe how big creeks of varying sizes create gushing waterfalls thundering down the slopes.
No, it isn’t water falls!
It’s snow banks – in July! Barely 300 feet above sea level!
Perhaps somebody start thinking of ‘Hardanger’ (out by the coast)? But we are drawing closer to Veitastrond in ‘Sogn & Fjordane’ – enroute to a glacier!
Dette vannet er langt! Faktisk like langt som veien! Men vi begynner å ane en mektig natur etter hvert som vi kommer lenger og lenger opp mot Veitastrond –
This lake is a rather long one – approximately 20 miles long! But we are starting to get an idea of thne nature to expect as we are stadily getting closer to Veitastrond
On the other side of the lake we can see ever more creeks falling into the lake . . .
It’s really getting pretty as we move along – The weather is still a bit hazy making it hard to obtain a good focus point, but we’ll manage –
Wildflowers on the fields above the lake –
Like an illustration on earlier warnings we suddenly found ourselves in the middel of a avalanche, or rather the remains of one! The auto railing has practically been cleaned away and left several hundred yards down the slopes.
This rock isn’t anything you’d wish to hit your house or your car. With a diameter of 5-8 feet, it probably weighs several tons!
Solid poles in the safety guard rail has been snapped like matches –
Yet another time the lake sverves towards right, but now we are really approaching Veitastrond
Heisann! Hva slags sommerfugl sitter nå der? Men det var naturligvis naturen som spilte oss et lite puss –
Hey, what kind of butterfly is this? But, of course, it was only the nature pulling a fast one –
At long last we have arrived in Veitastrond, but it was really worth the trip!
It’s a tough world living that far away from the sivilization and with an infrastructure that belongs to an earlier century. Here people use whatever is at hand to get by –
It’s a picturesque scene, but in this parts of the country agriculture is being performed at an angle!
Så er det kirken! Jo, de har en egen kirke her inne til tross for at det kun bor 123 mennesker her. En langkirke fra 1928 med plass til 100 mennesker!
Then there is the church! Yes, they do have their own church in Veitastrond even if there are only 123 inhabitants. A longchurch from 1928 which seats 100 people
Tvers over veien fra kirken finner vi stedets skole
Across the road from the church, we find the school in Veitastrond.
Through the center runs a small creek and – it’s not green! Instead it looks brown! That’s because the gravel in the riverbed itself is brown. The water is clear as glass.
Here you’d better not fall in!
A small mountain farm hugs the base of the mountain
The few buildings we find in these surroundings reflect the tough inhospitable nature in these parts. These buildings has resisted it all through hundreds of years!
Elva er rivende sterk her og inviterer ikke til noen balansegang på steiner –
The stream is incredibly strong and does not invite to ‘stone-jumping’ it across!
Her finner vi norsk natur på sitt beste og litt lenger inne i fjellheimen ligger Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark!
Bryter solen igjennom så er det dit jeg skal. Og jeg håper du blir med?
Here we find Norwegian nature at its very best! And a bit further into the mountains we find ‘Jostedalsbreen National Park’! If the sun breaks now, that’s were I’m going!
I hope you’ll tag along?
Det blir vanskelig å føre en samtale nær elva
‘A little piece of Norway’? Or should I say: ‘like a cow in green pastures’? At any rate, there are no signs of dissatisfaction?
The valley slowly seem to narrowing –
So, you thought you were up here by yourself? Think again! Don’t you have the necessary eye for ‘trolls’? It’s important! You should! Look closely at these mountains? (Distance to screen app. 25 inches) Squint your eyes! Don’t yo see ‘Jostedalstrollet and his sleeping wife’ guarding the admission to the park? No? Really . . . .? I’d look again!
The road ends another 300 yards ahead. The sun is about to break through an d I haven’t brought lunch. (Shit)
Her renner elva gjennom en slukt i noe som kunne se ut som et ‘marmorbrudd’ Stenene glitret når de ble våte. Og det var de nærmest permanent
The river is running through a gully looking like marble. Wet and glittery stones changing colors all the time. It took a while –
Jeg kan se enden på veien. Vi er fremme ved porten til Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark, og jeg skal inn!
I can see the road ending! We’re there: The gateway to ‘Jostedalsbreen National Park’ – and I’m going through!
Og dere mine venner må komme tilbake på et senere tidspukt. Dere orker ikke 50 bilder til nå! Men jeg lover: Jeg skal ta bilder! Og jeg skal lage en reportasje om denne parken! Foran dere ser dere nå ‘Austerdalsbreen’.
And you, my friends, will have to return at a later date. You can’t stomach another 50 pictures just now (I’m sure). But I’ll make you a promise: I will take pictures and I will publish a report on my trip into this park. And I will show yolu pictures from the glacier itself! Promise! In front of you now you may see ‘Austerdalsbreen’, which is the glacier in this national park.
(Compliments of SRB )
So long for now!
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