Today’s Post by John Larsen
Recently my partner and I visited family throughout my homeland, Denmark. While I’ve visited previously, our 20-day schedule was filled with numerous events in various parts of the country including two birthdays, a confirmation in perhaps the most historic Cathedral of Denmark, and a “Golden” anniversary for my Aunt and Uncle. I actually attended their wedding fifty years ago!
As we prepared for this trip I knew that I would have to keep my camera gear to a minimum as space was going to be an issue in the compact rental car that was to seat four adults and five suitcases. I was also aware that most of the photos would be family snapshots as we did not anticipate having much time to go sightseeing. As such, I carried a Canon SLR with an EF 18-200mm f/5.6 lens and a flash along with a mirrorless Fujifilm S1. I used the Fuji’s built-in filters, panoramic and zoom capabilities as well as excellent video on a daily basis.
During final descent into the Copenhagen airport it was obvious that Denmark is a strong proponent of renewable energy as there is a large windfarm off the shoreline between Denmark and Sweden. Wherever you drive you will see an abundance of modern-day windmills and solar panels. In fact, on July 9, 2015 Denmark produced 116% of its national electricity needs—and sold their excess capacity.
This high technology industry is in stark contrast to the history and structures that are frequently more than 500 years old! The Roskilde Cathedral is more than 800 years old. It’s been a mausoleum for all Danish royalty since the 15th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the conclusion of the confirmation service it was a contradiction to see a Tesla electric car parked in the courtyard of such a historic building.
To get an idea of the history of this small country, the original home of writer Hans Christian Andersen in Odense opened as a museum in 1908. The city held its 1,000th anniversary in 1988. One of the homes near the museum was dated 1588, was in immaculate condition and remains habitable. The colors and fresh look of the buildings lining the cobblestone street provide a fantastic photographic location.
Many homes and shops continue to retain classic thatch roofs, particularly in rural areas. Given that the country is surrounded by water, quaint harbor villages and fishing boats abound. Majestic bridges connect most of the country, as well as Sweden. There was no shortage of photo opportunities at virtually every stop we made during our hectic 20-day excursion.
Senior International Travel Correspondent, John Larsen is located in the Greater Toronto Area. His PhotoGraffics website contains samples of motorsports and hot air balloon photography from Canadian balloon festivals. He recently set up a site through Zenfolio to sell his motorsports photos.