The Christmas Walk – Luleå at its darkest

IMGP1366The drawing I published on Christmas Eve turned out to be prophetic; I had counted on company on my walk before hitting the Christmas buffet, but at eleven everyone was still sleeping, showering or making breakfast. Well, I was waiting for no one, I had a date with the sun! We see precious little of it this time of year, and you know you are hungry for light when you get excited and take photo after photo of things reflecting direct sunlight; like tree trunks or house fronts.

I was out for about two hours, and so was the sun. The temperature was about minus three, which was perfect for photographing, but I would have brought a sketchkit if I had known I´d be all by myself!

The elk on Köpmantorget (Trader´s square).
The elk on Köpmantorget (Trader´s square).
The Christmas Tree on Storgatan (Main Street).
The Christmas Tree on Storgatan (Main Street).
Through the woods on Gültzauudden (the promontory).
Through the woods on Gültzauudden (the promontory).
I´ve been trying to find out who made this, but no luck so far.
I´ve been trying to find out who made this, but no luck so far.
People were walking on the ice, but as you can see, it´s pretty wet towards land and I didn´t feel that it was entirely safe.
People were walking on the ice, but as you can see, it´s pretty wet towards land and I didn´t feel that it was entirely safe.
Neither did this couple, who decided to stay on the firm ground.
Neither did this couple, who decided to stay on the firm ground.

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A biker with the largest tyres I ever saw.
A biker with the largest tyres I ever saw.

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The old brewery.
The old brewery.
The sun!
The sun!
Someone left a fire burning.
Someone left a fire burning.

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A new, interesting-looking buildning. I hope it will be flats; we need them!
A new, interesting-looking buildning. I hope it will be flats; we need them!

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The old harbour office.
The old harbour office.

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The ice breakers.
The ice breakers.
After my walk, it was time to start Christmas proper - with some Disney!
After my walk, it was time to start Christmas proper – with some Disney!
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4 thoughts on “The Christmas Walk – Luleå at its darkest”

    1. The Chipmunks are favourites, called Piff & Puff in Sweden. It’s still hovering around zero here, and for me to feel safe on the ice it has to have been freezing for a week at least. Reelfoot Lake looks incredibly exotic to me, it would be wonderful to see it for real! 🙂

        1. I have never seen a bald eagle, I don´t think we have them here. We had an osprey at the lake where I grew up, that was pretty cool. He had his nest in a very big tree on a very small island in the middle of the lake. Almost archetypal.

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