Cool Outdoor Activities images

Cool Outdoor Activities images

Some cool Outdoor Activities images:

Norway

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Fjords
Norway is famous for its fjords, two of which, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, feature on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Sognefjord, the longest of them all, and the Hardangerfjord, famed for its cherry and apple trees, are among the most visited.

Northern lights
The Northern lights are a common natural phenomenon in Northern Norway, and are most commonly observed above the Arctic Circle between late autumn and early spring.

Midnight sun
The sun does not set in summer over the Arctic Circle, meaning visitors to Northern Norway enjoy 24 hours of daylight this time of year.

Weather
The weather in Norway is much milder than one would expect. Because of the Gulf Stream, temperatures along the coast of Norway are 5-8°C higher than at comparable latitudes elsewhere.

Vikings
The Vikings have a bad reputation as raiders, but they were also traders, explorers and settlers, and the legacy from the Viking Age (AD 800-1050) lives on.

The Sami people
The Sami are the indigenous people of Norway. Known for their colourful clothes and the huge herds of reindeer they look after, the Sami have been living in northern Scandinavia for over 10,000 years, and today they have their own parliament in Karasjok.

Famous Norwegians
These include explorers Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and Thor Heyerdahl, composer Edvard Grieg, violin virtuoso Ole Bull, artist Edvard Munch, playwright Henrik Ibsen, novelist Knut Hamsun, and politician Gro Harlem Brundtland, among many others.

The Royal Family
King Harald V, the King of Norway, and Queen Sonja have two children: a son, Crown Prince Haakon, who is married to Crown Princess Mette-Marit, with whom he has two children and a daughter, Princess Martha Louise, who is married to Ari Mikael Behn.

Trolls
Trolls are an important part of Norwegian folklore. They vary in size and appearance, but are invariably ugly and messy creatures, and always mischievous (if not downright nasty). They usually live in caves or deep in the forest, and only emerge from their hiding places after sunset – legend has it that they turn to stone upon contact with the sun. Several places in Western and Northern Norway have been named after them, such as Trollheimen, Trollstigen, Trollhatten and Trollveggen.

In Norway everyone has the right of access ("allemannsretten") in the countryside – including the national parks.

Marked trails
Several national parks have arrangements for outdoor activities with a network of marked paths and trails and overnight accommodation in either staffed lodges or self-service cabins.

In vulnerable areas where it is desirable to limit the impact of visitors, paths and accommodation are minimal. General regulations concerning free access and special regulations concerning preservation in the individual parks may limit what is allowed.

Wild reindeer
National parks are particularly important for species that need relatively large and undisturbed areas to survive, such as wild reindeer, predators and birds of prey. Many of these are at great risk from human intervention and some are even threatened with extinction. Norway has an international responsibility to look after endangered species and their habitats.

Nearly 85 per cent of Norway’s national parks are mountains. The mountain landscape varies from endless gently rolling high plateaus to sharp peaks, ravines and glaciers.

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Hotel Happy Stubai
Neustift, Stubai Valley, Tyrol, Austria

At the foot of the Stubai Glacier, 4-star Hotel Happy Stubai welcomes with an easy-going and creative 70s s-happy chic vibe for active holiday experiences in Tyrol. This is Alpine vintage for young people and families, the perfect place to chillax, escape the mainstream and connect with nature in a great location with tasty food and service that sparkles. Action, fun and family are at the Happy’s heart. Within minutes you can be enjoying any one of 1001 outdoor activities in the spectacular natural scenery of the Stubai Valley and Stubai Glacier. Whether mountain biking, trail running, climbing, Alpine or Nordic skiing, snowboarding, freeriding, ski touring, rafting, bungee jumping or hiking, the Happy Stubai makes the perfect base. And younger guests can benefit from even more fun and action at the hotel with football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, billiards, darts and much more on site.
Sweet dreams are guaranteed in the 55 rooms and junior suites, happy moments await in the sauna, steam room, Kneipp therapy pool, conservatory, BIG green sunbathing lawn or year-round heated outdoor pool.
Energy and strength for activities is supplied by great food from the happy kitchen: from fitality breakfasts and happy snacks to happy dine-ins, every day sees fresh delights at the Happy Stubai hotel in Neustift.
www.happystubai.com

Photo credits: Happy Stubai

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Cool Parenting images

Cool Parenting images

Some cool Parenting images:

know your parents
Parenting
Image by gagilas

Well if she come walkin’ over
Parenting
Image by Mike+Tiffy
Now I been waitin’ to show her…

Proud Parents
Parenting
Image by Javcon117*
Kristin & Walter braved a cold and snowy afternnoon for their maternity photo shoot. We had a wonderful time at Constitution Park on February 3, 2013 doing the shoot. They are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their son, Brayden Horton Rich. Brayden is due to arrive mid-March 2013. Congratulations to the proud parents!

Cool School Holidays images

Cool School Holidays images

Check out these School Holidays images:

June

Image by Tom Newby Photography
Life is pretty awesome right now. I’m on school holidays for 3 weeks. Basically half-way now, but it’s been awesome. I’ve been pretty busy and stuff, and as so – haven’t found the time to do much stuff photo-related and haven’t made an effort to put much up in the way of new photos. I was pretty sick of photos after taking 2000+ in the last few days of school. But, life still went on, and I still took my camera places and have found a few decent photos on my memory card.

As I said, I’ve been pretty busy. We had a social gathering at John’s house which was sweeeeet, Toy Story 3 came out (which, by the way, is amazing – go see it if you haven’t already), I’ve had some friends over, went to a movie night with friends, drove out in the country for a few hours, had brunch at John’s and today, I had an amazing day with my girlfriend.

Life is awesome.

This photo is from pancake/pikelet brunch at John’s, Sony 50 f/1.8 DT ambient light only. I ordered wireless trigger(s) and umbrellas and all that shebang.

Evesham Vale Light Railway – Evesham Country Park – Twyford Station – Severn Lamb 0-6-0STT Dougal

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We were heading to Bourton-on-the-Water, so didn’t expect a 2 and a half hour stay at Evesham Country Park!

There is a light railway at Evesham Country Park – the Evesham Vale Light Railway.

The Evesham Vale Light Railway operates in Evesham Country Park in Worcestershire, England, where it opened in August 2002. Constructed at 15 in (381 mm) gauge, the line runs for over a mile through the park, including a lengthy section through the fruit orchards. Passengers are conveyed throughout the year, although operations tend to be limited to weekends during school term time, becoming a daily service during school holidays.

Trains run from Twyford Station, opposite the country park’s main Car Park. The run takes around 10–15 minutes, through the Apple Orchard and around the Balloon Loop to Evesham Vale Station. Here, there is a few minutes break. Passengers can either break their journey here and enjoy a picnic or country walk (returning on a later train), or simply get out for a look at the locomotive. The EVLR staff are always on hand to answer questions. The train then carries on, out of the Balloon Loop, upgrade towards Twyford Station. The locomotive is then turned and run round ready for the next departure.

Severn Lamb 0-6-0STT Dougal

Pink Cube

Image by StuRap
Inflatable cube for school holidays in the city