Photographer's Note

Happy New Year Everyone! I really, truly hope it will be happy for all of you, not just "back to normal" or average. In fact, even thought I have said "have a normal New Year" to a few friends, I hope we are not going back to normal, I wish we, humans, have learned a valuable lesson of some sort and the new normal is not going to be anywhere near the same as the old normal but better. More tolerance, understanding, kindness to strangers and the environment. I'm probably deluded. But time will tell.

So yes, if you're looking at the date when this photo was taken... I did manage a brief holiday in December and I went to Sweden. I needed to get away from it all so, for three nights, I lived in my rental car, prepared to camp, with petrol the only necessity I needed to purchase. I did speak to a few people, as you will find out if you look at the WS photos and read the notes there.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the most important Swedish national treasure, a retired journalist and (I'm still hoping not retired) writer, who regularly entertains us on this website with scans from old Kodachrome slides as well as observant newly-made images of Stockholm. I wanted to keep him safe from coronavirus. Hopefully, next time.

As I said, I went to Sweden in search of solitude but also snow-sprinkled landscapes it has aplenty. But I also found many opportunities to photograph beautiful Christmas decorations. As you see here, some Swedish people take their Christmas seriously. I chose this image as it has a "Happy New Year" neon sign in it as well as a "God Jul" one.

This photo was taken somewhere along the road 83. I have no idea what the nearest town or village is.

Two more photos in WS.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1692 W: 9 N: 3499] (17676)
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