This is a typical scene from the Stockholm archipelago.
The Stockholm Archipelago (Swedish: Stockholms Skärgård) is the biggest archipelago of Sweden. Stretching 80 kilometres east of the city, the archipelago comprises 24 000 islands, islets and rocks.
Connections in the archipelago are maintained by ferries which run from Stockholm or Vaxholm. They run according to a timetable but will only get you to the larger island which are inhabited permanently. To the other islands you have to take your own boat, something which many people do, especially during summer when many sailingboats can be seen.
Many Swedes (especially from Stockholm) have a summerhouse in the archipelago. The houses on this photo might be some of them.
In 1719 the archipelago had an estimated population of 2,900, consisting mostly of fishermen. Today the archipelago is a popular holiday destination with some 50,000 holiday cottages (owned mainly by Stockholmers). The biggest town of the archipelago, apart from Stockholm, is Vaxholm. Boating is an extremely popular activity. In the winter skaters make excursions over the ice.
The landscape has been shaped – and is still being shaped – by land elevation. It wasn't until the Viking Age that the archipelago began to assume its present day contours. The islands rise by about five millimeters each year.
Scanned from slide, taken from a boat, source wikipedia.org and stockholmtown.com
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carper (96) 2007-02-21 12:21
fraaie foto Harko,
zeker aangenaam om naar te kijken. dat rood en blauw werkt zeer mooi aan de fraaie compositie, goode pov, goed foto werk.
sothy81 (9542) 2007-02-21 18:32
Hi Harko, what a beauitful picture. Great colorful photo. A very nice place. A rvery relaxing place too. Full of nature. Well done. Sothy
molla (7127) 2007-02-28 16:29
Here i think you should cut a bit of the water to get more attention to the houses.
nicoz (1979) 2007-03-06 5:58
Looks like you know about the thirds law ;-) I like this photo because it's SO typically swedish. I've been to Stockholms Skärgård once, and the memory I have is just like your photo. It's a lovely place.
I like the simplicity of you composition together with the vibrant RGB colors.
I didn't know that the islands were still rising...
Your gallery is nice!