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Thor Carlskov  Journalist, Denmark. Landscapes, streets, history, architecture. thorcarlskov@hotmail.com

Corporal Fidopova taking a nap under the truck. The Winter Palace seen from the sidewalk in front of the headquarters of Russia’s Western Military District. If ever there was a historical place ... it was Peter the Great who built the first Winter Palace here after having founded his new capital of Saint Petersburg in a mosquito infested swamp in 1703. Before that the Swedes had a secluded fort around here in what they called Ingermanland. Empress Anna Ivanovna thought up the current palace in the 1730’s, but that feat didn’t save her from a reputation as ‘dull, coarse, fat, harsh and spiteful’. This is where Catherine the Great lived when she began what has become the largest art collection in the world. And this is where the peaceful demonstrators lead by father Gapon were headed when they were cut down by the Imperial Guard on Bloody Sunday, events which fueled the 1905 revolution. Here the illiterate monk Grigory Rasputin exercised his mysterious power over Nicholas II through empress Alexandra and her sick son (that is until he was poisoned, shot and drowned). The whole Rasputin affair was part of the reason why the tsar felt forced to abdicate in February 1917 and leave both power and palace in the hands of a provisional government. Some nine months later and a hundred years ago this was the last stronghold of Alexander Kerensky’s government. The palace was shelled from the Peter and Paul Fortress across the river, held by Lenin’s Bolsheviks, then stormed by the Red Guard, which would later become the Red Army. Apparently the fine bottles from the wine cellar were subsequently emptied in the street to prevent the revolutionaries from getting as quality hammered as they always dreamed of being. Corporal Fidopova is dreaming of chasing rabbits in a meadow. She once saw a rabbit in a park, broke free from the leash and chased that fur ball into a hole in the ground. She can still smell that rabbit in her dreams. July, 2017. #saintpetersburg #piter #winterpalace #hermitage #leningrad #russia #architecturelovers #russian #tsar #architecture #russianrevolution #lenin #rasputin #moodygrams #storytelling #streetphotography #palace #history #military #dog #story

75 years after the most destructive siege in history, the Leningrad Blockade, a woman is selling fruit on Vosstaniya Ulitsa (Street of Uprising). Wonder what her parents and grandparents went through. July, 2017. #saintpetersburg #piter #russia #createcommune #ig_color #ig_dynamic #leningrad #russian #history #moodygrams #streetvendor #storytelling #streetphotography #streetlife #people

“At the start of the abscission process, trees reabsorb valuable nutrients from their leaves and store them for later use in their roots. Chlorophyll, the pigment that gives leaves their green color, is one of the first molecules to be broken down for its nutrients. This is one of the reasons why trees turn red, orange, and gold colors during the fall.” (earthsky.org) #copenhagen #denmark #abstract #birch #autumn #ig_color #mosaic #moodygrams #streetphotography #heatercentral #tree_magic #nature_perfection #soulful_moments #assistenskirkegård #københavn #nørrebro

“In my dreams I sometimes used to walk in dark houses that were strange to me - dark, terrible houses. There were black rooms which shut me in, so that I couldn’t breathe, and floors which opened up to depths just where I was going to tread, and stairs which gave way, so that I fell. But no dream house was so terrible as Sir Kato’s castle.” After turning Bohus Fortress black and white a memory from when I was 10 or 12 immediately sprung to mind: it was the castle of Sir Kato, the evil knight with the iron claw and heart of stone in ‘Mio, my son’ by Astrid Lindgren. Reading it again the passages about Sir Kato are still delightfully sinister: “When he said that name the air all around us turned cold as ice. A tall sunflower in the garden withered and died, and the butterflies lost their wings so that they could never fly again.” #bohusfästning #kungälv #fairytale #sweden #sverige #castle #moodygrams #bw #architecturelovers #blacknwhite_perfection #autumn #ominous_perfection #bnw #tower #literature #storytelling #astridlindgren

Bohus Fortress seen from the bank of Gothia River. The fortress sits atop an island in the river. #kungälv #sweden #bohus #castle #medival #fortress #architecturelovers #scandinavia #autumn #moody_nature #moodygrams

80 metres tall and 110 metres wide crane left behind when Eriksberg Mekaniske Verkstad (shipyard) in Gothenburg closed 1979. #göteborg #gothenberg #eriksberg #sweden #shipyard #architecture #heatercentral #industrial #landmark #urbanlife #moodygrams #streetphotography #architecturelovers #waterfront #crane #gantrycrane

Final proof of Bigfoot. When foraging for mushrooms and pinecones before sunset they usually wear camouflage. #bnw #scandinavia #autumn #nature_perfection #ominous_perfection #moody_nature #bw_society #sunset #bigfoot #sasquatch #moodygrams

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