Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons – Intro

•January 10, 2015 • 7 Comments

Joining the Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons.

The project is created by Cardinal Guzman, a talented photofrapher and artist.The idea is to find a location nearby and take between 5-20 photos each month until december 2015. Interesting, creative, educational… and above all – Fun! So consider joining!

I will be presenting Mariefred – a lovely little town located about 70 km south of Stockholm, Sweden.
Besides the photos, I would like to add
some basic history.

The name “Mariefred” can be attributed to a monastery Carthusian monks began to build over here back in 1493. Monastery was named “Pax Mariae”, which i Latin means “Mary’s peace”. Its history dates back to the 1370’s when Bo Jonsson Grip – a counselor and marshal during king Magnus Eriksson’s reign – built a castle Gripsholm which after several expansions later (in 1530’s) became the Royal Gripsholm Castle of King Gustav Vasa. The old barn of Gripsholm Castle is now a centre for fine arts and it is an appreciated tourist destination for art lovers.

And now some curiosities: Mariefred is a hometown of the Swedish pop and jazz singer Lisa Ekdahl and a professional ice hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL – Mikael Samuelsson. Last but not least (for today): a famous Swedish actor – action hero – Dolph Lundgren has a summer house here in Mariefred. 🙂

More to come!

Here are some shots of Mariefred in December


  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month (between the 07th-15th), post 5-20 photos in a gallery
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots. (PS: I’m breaking the rule just once here…. Some of the photos have allready been posted but they all ar from december so I hope I’ll be forgiven… )

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•January 9, 2015 • 23 Comments

There is only one day left
always starting over
it is given to us at dawn
it is taken away at dusk

Jean-Paul Sartre

Photos by SteXenArts Photography
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December Night

•December 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck


Mariefred at night
Mariefred, Sweden
Photo by SteXenArts Photography

In fern (o)

•December 26, 2014 • 1 Comment

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita;
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura;
ché la diritta via era smarrita.
Ahi quanto a dir qual era è cosa dura;
esta selva selvaggia e aspra e forte,
che nel pensier rinuova la paura!
in fern

In the middle of the journey of our life,
I found myself again in a dark forest,
as dark that its straight way was utterly lost.
Alas how hard it is to describe it,
this savage and sharp and strong forest,
which even in thought renews my fear!
Opening lines of Inferno
Canto 1 by Dante Alighieri

Photo: In fern(o) by SteXenArts Photography

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Smile, Shine and Remember…

•December 20, 2014 • 2 Comments


candles 7

Photos: © SteXenArts 2014
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•December 13, 2014 • 2 Comments

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.

Marilyn Monroe


Drawing: © Eclipse2012

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A Walk Through December

•December 9, 2014 • 10 Comments

reaching out the arms
up to the blue skies in vain
dew drops became ice

Winter Haiku by Eclipse

Photos: © SteXenArts 2014
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When Warmth Is Just A Memory

•December 5, 2014 • 6 Comments

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•November 8, 2014 • 6 Comments


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Leonardo da Vinci



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Black & White

•November 1, 2014 • 2 Comments

Still Life

•October 24, 2014 • 1 Comment
“The Poet is a kinsman in the clouds
Who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;
But on the ground, among the hooting crowds,
He cannot walk, his wings are in the way.”
 – Charles Baudelaire

In Remembrance

•August 16, 2014 • 2 Comments

keepyourmind even

Remember when life´s path is steep to keep your mind even…



Photo: © Eclipse 2014

An Invisible Summer

•August 14, 2014 • 4 Comments

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower.
Hold infinity in the palms of the hand and eternity in an hour…

William Blake


Photo: © Eclipse 2014

They Said About Love

•July 25, 2014 • 12 Comments
Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing.
Torquato Tasso

Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.
John Lennon

We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe
Happy Anniversary Darling….
Photo: © Eclipse 2014