The Accidental Tourist: Of Moss, Mist, and Men (in case you missed any of the previous episodes) Part I: The Accidental Tourist: The other Iceland Part II: The Accidental Tourist: Stockholm's spires Leaving the inspiring spires of Stockholm behind us, we traveled near and far to find traces of our friend’s Ancestors. After posting the Stockholm’s Spires thread, I have found out that one of his ancestors, Carl Gustav Laurin, was the namesake of the building up on the hill with the corner tower and spire (Laurinskahuset) that intrigued me throughout that previous thread. Another ancestor was the commander of the fortress of Stegeborg; once it guarded the river inlet to Söderköping, now it is a decaying ruin. Stegeborgsslottsruin, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 100, 1/320sec Glimpses of this castle’s former glory could still be found here and there. Uncrowned Lions, NEX-6, OM28 2.8, ISO 800, 1/60sec. As we roamed the countryside, we discovered that many of his ancestors were buried not in a prominent gravesite near the ancestral church of the family, but inside the church next to the altar. While I was occasionally called upon to photograph something challenging inside the church, I spent most of my time poking around the grounds looking for other interesting subjects. Crumbling Steps, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 100, 1/400sec Just like when I was a boy, I was drawn to the deep, mossy forests as we drove through the countryside. There was an inviting and solemn air about them that is difficult to describe. Moss and Stones, NEX-6, SELP1650 @ 16mm, f/6.3, ISO 250, 1/60sec. Carpet of Green, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 800, 1/40sec Although the lingonberries were not quite ripe yet and the blueberries disappointingly watery, other treasures were unearthed. Fungal Gold, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, ISO 100, 1/400sec One early morning, while staying with some friends at their old farm, I awakened to some beautiful soft light. Scurrying to pull some clothes on, I hurried down to the dock to get some pictures as the fog lifted off the lake. Outrigger Dock, NEX-6, SELP1650 @ 16mm, f/9, ISO100, 1/250sec. Occasionally, it was so foggy there was no option but to go black and white. Mystic mist, NEX-6, OM135 2.8, ISO 100, 1/400sec Then the fog started to lift, lending a bit of a painterly impression to the image. Quiet Reeds, NEX-6, OM50 1.4, IS0 100, 1/400sec After breakfast, I was feeling pretty happy with my morning photography (right up until when I fumbled pulling the 120 roll of film out of my Bronica MF camera). With no time to cry over spilled milk or an unraveled spool of Ilford Delta 100, it was time to find another church with a noblemen buried under the floor.