:: The Vikings of Bjornstad ::
The Castello di Amorosa 2
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.



Welcome to the Castello di Amorosa!

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)



Use other door.

(Photo by Robert Pierce)

   



Inside the castle.


(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



Rick, Jack, Melinda, Ed and Henrik: our cast for the day.


(Photo by Robert Pierce)

   



15 minutes of fame - for about four hours.

(Photo by Rick Tang)



Shot from every angle.

(Photo by Rick Tang)

   



A good turn out for the photographers.

(Photo by Rick Tang)



Poetry in motion. Okay, maybe just prose.


(Photo by Rick Tang)

   



The casual warrior.

(Photo by Robert Pierce)



Staring at something that isn't there...

(Photo by Robert Pierce)

   



Battlement - with archer and electrical box.


(Photo by Robert Pierce)



The thing that isn't there has landed...

(Photo by Robert Pierce)

   



Living on the edge...

(Photo by Michael_Corsentino)



Norman sword.

(Photo by Michael Corsentino)

   



The lady of the house.

(Photo by Michael Corsentino)



A lazy afternoon in the courtyard.

(Photo by Michael Corsentino)



There's something on the walls.

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



Skeptical.

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)



Wistful.

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)

   



Leavetaking.

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)



The archer awaits.

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)

   



11th Century photo op.

(Photo by David Ludwig)



Point taken.

(Photo by Janet Meadows)

   



If we're ever attacked by gunny sacks...

(Photo by David Ludwig)



Now if I'd actually HIT the sack ...

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



My blade against your bow.

(Photo by Janet Meadows)



Can you hit that thing?

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



No, a little higher!

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



More to the right!

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)



There! Holding the camera!

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)

   


I've got a bad feeling about this.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)



Somewhere a paperback is missing its cover...

(Photo by David Ludwig)

 

 

Some assembly required.

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)

 

Perfect for a cozy dinner.

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)

   



Someone needs a timeout.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



"Did not!" Did too!"

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



We could just do rock, paper, scissors!

(Photo by Robert Pierce)



"Great! Now it's stuck."

(Photo by Robert Pierce)

   



Unconcerned.

(Photo by David Ludwig)



For the hardcover edition.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)

   



I thought you had the day off.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



Was it something I said?

(Photo by Hughes Photography)

   



Well, since we have these swords and shields ...

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



Maybe I should take that job with the Christian Brothers.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)

   



The work's not hard and the view's good.

(Photo by David Ludwig)



The world awaits.

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



For tethering your dragon?

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



Nice night light.

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



... I could go non-profit or maybe bed-and-breakfast...

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)



"Henceforth all archery will be banned within the castle."

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



Lunch is late again.

(Photo by David Ludwig)



Maybe we should order a pizza.

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



That thing's on the walls again.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



Eventually, someone will HAVE to answer the door.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)

   



It's a nasty job, but someone's got to do it.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



Posing for our action figures.

(Photo by Hughes Photography)

   



If I sit here long enough...

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



If I stand here long enough...

(Photo by Hughes Photography)

   



Well as long THEY'RE not moving...

(Photo by Hughes Photography)



Probably not a doorbell.

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



"It's First and Ten on the Thirty..."

(Photo by David Ludwig)



"I had a helmet when I came in here..."

(Photo by David Ludwig)

   



Let's make them an offer they can't refuse.

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



I think I just sat on my dagger.

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)

   



14th Century vending machine.

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)



Have you seen this Redistricting Plan?

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)

   



Nothing like dragon spit for cleaning up ...

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



Someone left the portcullis open again.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



Our play room has everything but a mini fridge.

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



Waiting for customers.

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)

   



Iron Maiden. Heavy metal. There may be a connection...

(Photo by Robert Pierce)



It's a good thing tomorrow is CASUAL Friday...

(Photo by Robert Pierce)

   



Let's see ...you take the temperature in Celsius,
multiply it by 9, divide by 5, then add 32...


(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



I thought the 27 Bus came by here.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



Yup, the neighbors finally mowed their lawn.

(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



No jokes about knockers need apply.

(With apologies to "Young Frankenstein.")

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



First I'd have to take off the gauntlets, then the poleyns,
then the cuisses, then the cuirass, then the ...


(Photo by Pat Mitchell)



"... large walk-in closet..."

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



Now if I just had the scabbard to match.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)



The neighbors only have a lawn elf.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



"That's SIR Robin of Locksley."

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)



My kingdom for a horse. Or an SUV.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



We have a motion to adjourn ...

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)



Coming soon: "A Fist Full of Ducats" ...

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



It's a good day for a shoot.

(Photo by Janet Meadows)



"These are the DUMBEST captions ...
"

(Photo by Janet Meadows)

   



None shall pass.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)



Time to hit the road.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)

   



Was that an African or European Swallow?


(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)



There goes the neighborhood.


(Photo by Hughes Photography)

   



Now where did I leave my keys?

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)



Well, we COULD wear masks and fight crime...

(Photo by Nancy Sherry)

   

 

Dramatis Personae.

(Photo by Dennis Urbiztondo)


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