Friday, 19 January 2018

Jackdaws galore

In late autumn thousands of Jackdaws gather in the Hittarp nature reserve. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Russian Imperial Navy ship crew members performing a comedy in 1904.

Life on board a navy ship is often rather monotonous. That is why commanders, who care about their crew, often organize various activities in order to avoid boredom. 
In this photograph, taken in 1904 on board a Russian Imperial Navy ship on its way to the Russo-Japanese war, members of the crew have been performing a comedy for their fellow sailors. 

 As we all know, the Russo-Japanese war in 1904-1905 ended in a catastrophe for the Russians. There is no way of knowing whether these "actors" survived the war. 

(The photo - here coloured by me - was published in the Swedish magazine Allers Familj-Journal in 1904.)

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Imperial Japanese Navy´s first class cruiser Izumo in 1904

Izomo was a ship in admiral Togo´s squadron in the Russo-Japanese war 1904-1905.

"Izumo (出雲, sometimes transliterated Idzumo) was the lead ship of her class of armored cruisers built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) in the late 1890s. As Japan lacked the industrial capacity to build such warships herself, the ship was built in Britain. She often served as a flagship and participated in most of the naval battles of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05. The ship was lightly damaged during the Battle off Ulsan and the Battle of TsushimaIzumo was ordered to protect Japanese citizens and interests in 1913 during the Mexican Revolution and was still there when World War I began in 1914.
She was then tasked to search for German commerce raiders and protect Allied shipping off the western coasts of North and Central America. The ship assisted the armored cruiser Asama in early 1915 when she struck a rock off Baja California. In 1917, Izumo became the flagship of the Japanese squadron deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. After the war, she sailed to Great Britain to take control of some ex-German submarines and then escorted them part of the way back to Japan.
The ship spent most of the 1920s as a training ship for naval cadets and became flagship of the IJN's China forces in 1932 during the First Shanghai IncidentIzumo participated in the Battle of Shanghai five years later and was not damaged, despite repeated aerial attacks. The ship played a minor role in the Pacific War, supporting Japanese forces during Philippines Campaign until she struck a mine. She returned to Japan in 1943 and again became a training ship for naval cadets. Izumo was sunk by American carrier aircraft during the attack on Kure in July 1945. Her wreck was refloated and scrapped in 1947." (Wikipedia)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Urban art in Höganäs

Urban art in Höganäs ... :-)

A rose

This is one of my favourite roses from the summer gone - a "Königin der Rosen"
 in the Krapperup castle garden. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ladies of Russian aristocratic families making underwear for soldiers in the Russo-Japanese war

The noble ladies in the picture below gathered in St. Petersburg´s Vladimir Palace in order to make underwear for the Russian soldiers fighting in the Russo-Japanese war 1904-1905. The photograph was published in the Swedish magazine Allers Familj-Journal in September 1904.