:: The Vikings of Bjornstad ::
The Castello di Amorosa
The Vikings of Bjornstad - as Photo Models
The Vikings of Bjornstad were invited to become photo models at the Castello di Amorosa winery in Calistoga, California in May, 2009. The winery was designed as a castle at a cost of $50 million and provided an ideal backdrop for the right clothing, weaponry, armor - and people. The photography club numbered about 20 and Bjornstad provided five models. Several thousand photos resulted. Here's a sample.

The Vikings of Bjornstad - temporarily in the 14th century.
(Photo by Hughes Photography)


Castello di Amorosa, a castle in the vineyards.
(Photo by Jack Garrett)

   


Now if we had Rick's trebuchet set up ...
(Photo by Jack Garrett)


Ready for the assault of the photographers - and Bjornstad.
(Photo by Jack Garrett)

   


The castle provides perfect photographic backdrops from any direction.
(Photo by Jack Garrett)


Jack becomes a 14th century warrior for the day.
(Photo by Ron Crain)

   


Ed, the archer king. We specialize in intensity.
(Photo by Ron Crain)


Henrik is happy to take on all comers.
(Photo by Ron Crain)

   


It's good to be king.
(Photo by Ron Crain)


Rick, Ed and Jack plan the next campaign.
(Photo by Ron Crain)

   


The king hands out the orders.
(Photo by Ron Crain)


A knighting ceremony in the courtyard. The campaign went well.
(Photo by Janet Meadows)

   


A plot may be hatching. You can't trust anyone.
(Photo by Ron Crain)


The king may suspect something.
(Photo by Ron Crain)

   


The plot is uncovered while Melinda looks on gleefully.
The pellet with the poison's in the chalice from the palace...

(Photo by Ron Crain)


Blades are more reliable than poison anyway.
(Photo by Ron Crain)

   


In charge for the moment, but it's only a matter of time.
(Photo by Ron Crain)


Jack prepares to defend the banquet hall's murals.

   


We're ready for our closeup - even if we have to do it ourselves.
(Outstanding poster by Ed Berland and Hughes Photography.)


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