Although 2017 wasn’t a great year, it was an interesting year from a photography point of view. I upgraded big time to a very nice camera and I’ve been to many interesting places and have taken lots of photos. So take a deep breath and see my 2017 photo journey…
In the winter I usually don’t take a lot of photos because everything is dark and dull, and 2017 followed the same pattern. I actually joined an online photography course, but I quit after a month or so because every other homework task was about taking a photo “in a well lit place”, and surprise, in Northern Europe well lit places don’t exist between November and March. However, January is the month of the Burns supper, which is everything but dull. Good food, good whiskey, good music and nice people.
February must have been an incredibly boring month, because I can’t find one single photo taken then!! I’ve posted one on Instagram, and that is also from a whiskey tasting.. I don’t even have it anywhere else than on Instagram.
In March I must have still been in the photography class, because I’ve taken this picture that I know was for that class. I don’t remember what the theme or lesson was. But these are some wonderful instruments..
March is also the month of the local whisk(e)y fair, and it was there I fell in love with Smögen whisky, so much that now we’ve bought a private cask from them. We’re still waiting to get news that they’ve filled it with new make. But at least we have the certificate that we own one!
April is when things are getting more interesting also outside.
And in 2017 in April I went to Ireland to attend a whiskey workshop at the Midleton distillery. I’m very sad that I can’t found any photos from the coopering lesson, and there’s a risk I may have thrown them away by mistake when cleaning my photo collection..
However, the workshop was brilliant, and I got to taste the Midleton Dair Ghaelach for the first time, visited the enormous Midleton distillery warehouse area, and learned lots of interesting things about whiskey making.
In May we did something we had wanted to do for a long long time. Rather spontaneously we had decided to join a group trip to the isle of Islay, Scotland, the Mecca for lovers of peated whisky. It’s the home of Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig, to name a few. The trip included distillery visits and lovely cask tastings in the warehouses. The only thing I wish we could have had more time for was visit out to see more of the scenery, but it was a whisky trip, after all. 🙂
June is the month when Swedish people celebrate Midsummer. There are lots of different traditions but the only one that really interests me is the one of playing fiddle tunes in local traditional costumes. After the celebration some of us have a party at my aunt’s house, and continue the music there.
In June we also visited some of Orsa finnmark, the most interesting and beautiful area of Sweden. I’ll write more about it in a separate post eventually.
In June I also bought my new camera, and found my first zebra spider.
July is the month of photographing flowers.
In the beginning of August we went to a concert with the Swedish country singer Jill Johnson, very nice indeed! And what a surprise that I managed to get such good photos. It was such fun to take them.
In August we also went to Ireland. You’ve seen lots of photos already (and there are more to come!). This is from Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.
In September I found the first spider since a long time, because for once, there was almost no wind.
I went to see friends out by the sea.
This year we didn’t go to Italy in the summer, but in October instead. We experienced everything from 1 degree C and snow..
..to nice autumn
..to around 25 degrees C or even more.
And we had the opportunity to join the family in harvesting olives.
We had the privelege to taste the brand new oil, which was absolutely fabulous. 🙂
In November we had the first snow, and I did a Dingle whiskey batch 1 photoshoot, while waiting for two bottles of batch 2 to arrive.
And finally december. We had a fabulous whiskey themed New Year’s party.
I wish you all a very happy 2018!!