Image taken from onboard MV Waxholm III while cruising into Sandhamn, a sand island in the Stockholm Archipelago. The technical quality of the image is not important here. What is important is the number of activities being carried out within the single image. I couldn't stop our boat to get the perfect POV. I would have loved to have clearly included the activity of the little girl (and a friend not visible) on the beach near the bow of the boat at the left. I will include as a workshop another image that was taken about 100 m further away to show the extent of the activities taking place together in one very small time interval. The image says to me "This is the epitome of a Swedish summer, family holiday."
Ön ligger i Värmdö kommun i Uppland, öster om Brandfjärden i Stockholms skärgård.
My translation here (without using google translate): The island is located in the Värmdö community in Uppland, East of Brandfjärden in Stockholm's archipelago.
To my English ears skärgård when spoken in Swedish sounds something like quaregord (sk=qu, ä=air, år=oar)where sk at the start of the word sounds like qu made with a windy sound. My apologies to the Swedish speakers if I have this wrong. While the direct translation to English is archipelago I think that its literal translation (my guess at the meaning) is something like "rock garden" to describe the rocky outcrops that form most of the islands of the Stockholm archipelago.
Now from Wikipedia:
"Sandhamn (Swedish for "Sand Harbour") is a small settlement in the central-peripheral part of the Stockholm Archipelago in central-eastern Sweden, approximately 50 km (30 mi) east of Stockholm. Sandhamn is located on (på) the island Sandön ("Sand Island"), which is, however, colloquially referred to as Sandhamn.
One of the most important natural ports in the archipelago with easy access to the Swedish capital, Sandhamn has been popular for pleasure boating since the late 19th century. It is known for its tavern, its clubhouse, and its harbour.
While the settlement only has a hundred permanent inhabitants, the number of residents increases to 2-3,000 during the summer. Sandhamn receives an additional 100,000 visitors annually. Most of the inhabitants are entrepreneurs but many also have regular jobs. For example, two of the major employers on the island, other than the restaurants and bed & breakfasts, are the Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket) and the local police force.
The harbor can receive 350 ships, while up to 150 boats can be moored on the neighboring island Lökholmen. Sandhamn is connected to the mainland by ferry lines departing from Stavsnäs and Stockholm.
Sandhamn is the scene for the sailing race Round Gotland Race covering two days, the most prestigious race in the Baltic Sea and have an average of around 300 participating sailing boats, as well as hundreds of spectators invading Sandhamn in the beginning of July each year."
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Kielia (20657) 2012-09-12 3:59
you really had an eye for the potential of this lovely scene! I agree to you: this is the essence of the Scandinavian summer – and it is a wonderful and very pleasant impression where the joy of life is the important subject. My compliments also for the nice note!
chrisvek (5645) 2012-09-12 5:16
Very good composition and so nice atmosphere.Great colors and lightning.Very well done for your job.TFS
Have a nice day
snunney (67918) 2012-09-12 7:00
A pleasant animated image with lots to retain the interest. I like the view through the two boats toward the focal point offered by the Swedish flag. Very evocative of a summer holiday at the seaside.
kwekwekan (626) 2012-12-02 19:39
You have composed the scene well, espeically being on a boat. One definitely gets a sense of the busy, yet relaxed, summer life in Sweden's cottage country. The prominent Swedish flag is very striking as well. It would have been nice just to get a touch more separation between the tip of the flag pole and the top of your picture, but other than that very well done!
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (927)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-12
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: OLYMPUS E30
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Scandinavia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-12 3:43