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8 days

Finally my summer vacation and three whole weeks that I want to use to its fullest; get up in the mornings, grab my gear and get out and get some fresh air and hopefully some decent photos. So far so good. Eight days passed with the clock set at 6 in the morning. That didn’t use to be my idea of a holiday, but it actually feels very good. Elsie and I have managed to travel around in our local area every day,  to some places that were familiar to us and to some new places as well…

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Day 1 – Semsvannet
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Day 1 – Semsvannet

Semsvannet is a lovely lake that we have visited several times lately. This first day we had a very enjoyable stroll in the morning sun and finished it with ice-cream and waffles at the nice café Smia.

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Day 2 – Lomma

The second morning we took a hike up along the Lomma river that goes up through the valley Lommedalen in northern Bærum.

Day 3 - Ståvivann
Day 3 – Ståvivann

The next morning we decided to check out a nearby lake we haven’t been to before. It is called Ståvivann and is situated in an area with a few farms around. We found this beautiful old ash-tree on our trip. The ash (ask in Norwegian) is what has given the name to the Asker district.

Day 4 - Bergsåsen
Day 4 – Bergsåsen

Onwards and up. This steep path leads up to Bergsåsen which is the highest hill-top in Asker (459 m / 1500 ft). The blue marking on the tree is the what the Norwegian Tourist Bureau (DNT) uses to mark its summer routes all over the country.

Day 4 - Bergsåsen
Day 4 – Bergsåsen
Day 4 - Bergsåsen
Day 4 – Bergsåsen

The view from up here is beautiful and well worth the hike.

Day 4 - Hagahogget
Day 4 – Hagahogget

The view from the nearby Hagahogget. The closest lake is Semsvannet with Skaugumsåsen just behind. Further out we see the Oslo Fjord that leads into the Norwegian capital.

The fifth morning we wanted to do some bird-watching, and went to Oslo and the lake Østensjøvannet again:

Day 5 - Eurasian Coot, Østensjøvannet
Day 5 – Eurasian Coot, Østensjøvannet
Day 5 - Mallard, Østensjøvannet
Day 5 – Mallard, Østensjøvannet

June is the month for bird-watching I’m told. But what we see now in July is all the chicks taking their first trips out from the nest. Charming creatures.

Day 5 - Tufted Duck, Østensjøvannet
Day 5 – Tufted Duck, Østensjøvannet

But I guess handling 19 of them must be a mouthful. The tufted duck can lay up to 12 eggs, so I wonder how this poor mother got herself into this situation.

Day 5 - Graylag Goose
Day 5 – Graylag Goose

Mmmm, yes I splashed the cash for a new Canon EF 400 5.6L and BIF (Birds In Flight) photography have suddenly become much more enjoyable 🙂

Day 6 - Semsvannet
Day 6 – Semsvannet

The sixth morning saw us passing by Semsvannet again. This time we took a longer hike up in the woods to north of the lake.

Day 6 - wooden beast
Day 6 – wooden beast

One thing I love about the woods is how all the natural shapes evokes the fantasy. Rocks, trees, moss, anything can conjure up images of the mythological beasts we know from the old fairy tales.

Day 6 - Fløyta
Day 6 – Fløyta

Our hike took us up to a beautiful place called Fløyta.

Day 7 - Kalvøya
Day 7 – Kalvøya

A bit stiff-legged from the previous day’s hike we decided to take an easy morning stroll around Kalvøya island just outside the city Sandvika where we live.

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Day 7 – Kalvøya
Day 7 - Eurasian Oystercatcher, Kalvøya
Day 7 – Eurasian Oystercatcher, Kalvøya
Day 7 - Great Black-backed Gull, Kalvøya
Day 7 – Great Black-backed Gull, Kalvøya

Some peaceful plant- and bird-watching at Kalvøya this morning. Well rested we went for a long hike on the eighth day:

Day 8 - Øyervann
Day 8 – Øyervann

After a long trek around Brunkollen and Haslumseter we came down to Øyervann lake which used to be much bigger when it was dammed up a few hundered years ago. This was an area where iron-ore used to be mined in the old days.

Day 8 - Burudvann
Day 8 – Burudvann

We finally came back to Burudvann where we started our hike this morning. Like the guys in Tour de France we have decided to take a rest tomorrow. 😉