Saturday, September 29, 2007

in living colour

We took a poll around the head offices of starfish and waffles and the results came back unanimous: fall is the most colourful season of year. Unfortunately, in these northern climes, it also happens to be the shortest. So here's to enjoying it, while it lasts.

A morning shot of Adelgatan, one of the prettiest streets in southern Sweden. (2007).

A veritable spectrum of flowers and berries at the Lund Botanical Gardens. (2007). Anyone have any idea what kind of shrub this is? The editor dared me to eat a few berries, but I declined, sensing it was a trick. It was probably a good move since I prefer not having my head swell up like a beachball.

Doing a little tripod work under the changing canopy of Lund's towering aspens. (2007).

P.S. It's come to my attention that for those of you out there with Mac OS X and Firefox setups, the photos that we post on starfish and waffles and dingobear photography systematically turn out desaturated and washed out. We did a little investigating as to why this happens and, apparently, Firefox doesn't respect native colour profiles. While Mozilla fixes this issue, switch over to Apple Safari in order to see starfish and waffles in true living colour!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


It's past 2am. I really should be writing a paper, but instead I'm bouncing snapshots of me and the editor off my sixth-story, dorm room window. From day one, starfish and waffles has been about your picture window to my strange world. 137 posts later, it's become literally true.

Your picture window to my strange world.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

great dane

Got a bit bored yesterday afternoon, so I decided to daytrip it to Denmark ... Copenhagen, to be exact. Or Köpenhamn, as the Swedes call it. Or København, as the Danes say. Scandinavia is definitely nice - but sometimes it's confusing, too.

Anyway, the quick to jaunt to Copenhagen gave me an opportunity to do a little more street shooting with my camera, which I suppose is one of the reasons why I bought it in the first place. Here are a few pictures.

One of the first things you notice when walking down Strøget, the main pedestrian street in central Copenhagen, is the abundance of street musicians and performers. The guy pictured above had mad skills with the wine glasses and, although you can't really tell from the photo, attracted pretty big crowds all afternoon.

Up the spiral ramp to the top of the Rundetårn (also affectionately known as the "ice cream tower" according to Linda, my Aussie flatmate) ... for the best, 360-degree views of Copenhagen.

It's difficult not to notice the tones and curves on the way back down the Rundetårn.

Yul Anderson, a talented ex-pat Californian pianoman, provides a little street preview of his upcoming concert in Copenhagen. His bluesy-classical music style sounded brilliant in the open air on this September afternoon.

Happiness is a violin and a guitar.

Looking down Strøget at dusk.

The fun and colourful Tivoli Gardens in central Copenhagen. Built in 1843, Tivoli is one of the world's oldest amusement parks. I thought the giraffe on the merry-go-round was pretty cool.

I didn't expect to see Chinese lanterns and a pagoda in Tivoli but hey, there you go.

The main entrance to Tivoli, at night.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

skåne roadtrip

Last weekend, my flatmate Josse offered to drive me around her home region of Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden. Yes, roadtrip! (In a Volvo, of course).

Kasia and Josse walk along cliffs high above the deep blue Baltic Sea, near Kåserberga, in the Skåne region Sweden. (2007). Skåne is sometimes anglicized Scania, the word upon which Scandinavia is based. By deduction: Skåne is the heart of Scandinavia.

Ales Stenar (Ale's Stones), near Kåseberga. (2007). Sweden's version of Stonehenge, this structure was built by Vikings during the Iron Age, approximately 1,500 years ago.

Apples abound in Kivik, Sweden's apple town. (2007).

Kivik Harbor. (2007).

Boats at Kivik Harbor. (2007).

Monday, September 10, 2007


Orientalism. Eurocentrism. Post-colonialism. Subaltern theory. Apparently, these are all things I should be studying right now. Really.

Dear God, what have I gotten myself into? While I ponder dropping out, please enjoy a few more Sweden photos.

Chasing modern windmills at sunset near Lund, Sweden. (2007). According to my Swedish roommate, at least 30% of the electricity in these parts is generated by wind power.

Sugarbeet farm near Lund, Sweden. (2007). The southern Skåne region of Sweden is sugar country, supplying about three-quarters of the sweet stuff consumed in Scandinavia.

Volkswagen, wind turbine, sugarbeet field. (2007). To me, this seems very Europe.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

coriolis spin

Three weeks into my Scandinavian adventure, I'm surprised that many of the surprises I was expecting have been, altogether, so unsurprising. I suppose this should probably be comforting, but it's not.

Maybe waiting for the other shoe to drop has become some sort of chronic affliction?

Sea therapy in Lomma, Sweden ... on the straits where the North and Baltic Seas meet. (2007). There's nothing quite like the smell of the saline air and the rhythmic sound of the crashing waves to soothe the soul.

Or maybe, the process of unwinding and reloading just takes time. So whether you're on the periphery or in the middle of it all, the path is what it is, no matter how it looks from where you're standing.

And outside, the world keeps on spinning.

It's a long walk back to the beach from the end of the pier at Lomma. (2007).

Sunday, September 02, 2007

this blows

For those who have my questioned my power and intensity in the past: I attained hurricane status this weekend. Scoreboard!

Hurricane Felix - surely the best-named storm of the 2007 hurricane season - skirts along the the southern Caribbean on Saturday, September 1, 2007. Satellite photos courtesy of the US National Hurricane Center.

Update, 17:50 (EDT), Sunday, September 2: I'm now Category 4!