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Mountains of Nordland

Mountains Viewed From Rødøy

The mountains in the northern part of Norway have a peculiar look to them. Even though they’re just above sea level, they’re mostly bare except for thin laces of moss and low-laying vegetation. They look like wrinkled and tormented faces of old men.

No wonder trolls look the way they do: they’re made to look like the mountains. Also, these mountains are otherworldly: cliffs soar straight up to the skies from the seas. Glaciers sliced and sculptured these big rock to give them grotesque shapes. To me, they often look eerie, melancholic, even scary. The raw material for horror stories that keep children awake at night. The trolls are going to come and get you if you don’t behave!

I struggled to capture the mood of these mountains, until I started to play with the photos in black and white. Vivid colors make them too cheerful and disguise their eeriness. Here’re a couple shoots I like. They look like scenes from the Lord of the Ring.

7 Comments
  1. Great analogy!

    October 4, 2011
  2. Wow, stunning photos.

    October 5, 2011
  3. I like the first photo a lot! Would you upload a larger version of it? I would love to have it as a desktop wallpaper 🙂 You could also place a small watermark in the lower right corner saying arcticdream.me 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this incredible life experience!

    October 5, 2011
    • I just uploaded a higher resolution version of the first picture. Enjoy!

      October 5, 2011
  4. These are beautiful pictures, I love your comparison of the trolley’s face to those hidden in the mountain range.

    October 7, 2011
  5. Winston! Great mountains! May I invite you to visit my place of living?
    Here http://kmvspa.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post_11.html#more
    you can see some photos.
    This is my first blog that now my daughter is managed as I began my new story http://www.105plus.wordpress.com – my dream about the club “105 is a very good age”
    But both blogs are in Russian 🙂
    May be one day I’ll do English translation:0
    Welcome!

    October 10, 2011

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