The Old House

The Old House - One of my favorite motifs under the northern lights

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen a few pictures of this old house. It is one of my favorite motifs, and I used to live about one kilometer (less than a mile) away from this house, so it was easy for me to go there to take pictures when the sky was clear.

The house, which is part of a small farm called Bogatunet, consists of three parts, and the oldest part was built around year 1600. After the people who lived there moved out in 1905, the house has been restored, and it is now a museum.

Since I moved to the city earlier this year, I had not been back to visit this house, as it is located about one hour's drive north of the city center. But last week, I was contacted by Åse, who I know through a photography group. She was interested in visiting a few of the places from my pictures, and I was happy to give her the tour.

After visiting a couple of the spots by the ocean where I've taken many of my pictures, like the one above of my dog, we stopped by Bogatunet. And even though there were no northern lights that night, we both ended up getting some nice shots.

The moon lit up the landscape, and even though it outshone most of the stars, we were still able to capture some of the brightest ones.

One of the things I was very happy with, was capturing "The Big Dipper" (also known as "The Plough", which you can see above the house in the upper right hand corner of the picture.

"The Big Dipper" consists of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major. The "handle" is defined by the three stars Alkaid, Mizar and Alioth, and the "body" is defined by the four stars Megrez, Dubhe, Phecda and Merak.

If you'd like to learn more about "The Big Dipper", you should check out this article on Wikipedia.

Åse and I ended up having a lovely evening, and I highly recommend you check out her Instagram account.

And as always, if you'd like to see more of my pictures, I try to put up a daily post on Instagram. Should you have any questions about for example photography, northern lights or traveling to Norway, I'm happy to help you. So just comment below, or contact me with your questions, and I'll get back to you.