About Picture Pia

Originally from Norway, I spent years living & working abroad; London, Syria, various places in Africa and finally, New York City. Then I fell in love and moved to Canada. I decided to spend less time pursuing a career and more time pursuing happiness. Part of what makes me happy is taking photographs. On this site I will share some of my favorite photos. I hope you enjoy them as well!

Life in Liberia

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In 2009 I travelled to Liberia, a country in West Africa bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Ivory Coast to its east. Continue reading


Magnifique Montréal


In September 2014 I was lucky to spend a weekend with me, myself & my camera in the magnificent city of Montréal located in the Canadian province of Quebec.

I had no agenda except to explore the city and its café’s – and take photos.

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The Cows & Colours of Prince Rupert



The city of Prince Rupert is actually situated on an island: Kaien Island, just north of the Skeena River in northwestern British Columbia, Canada.

The island is linked with a short bridge to the mainland, however the bridge is hardly noticeable so do not expect the traditional “island” feel.  Expect a small town by the west coast in northern Canada feel: Meaning, a mix of exotic weather, wildlife, cute cafes, cows (?) & all the colours of the rainbow… Continue reading

Irene’s Visit to NYC (2011)

As the storm Sandy is about to show her strength through the Tri-State area, I suddenly had a déjà vu to last year’s visit from a different lady: Irene.  She didn’t have as much to prove as Sandy, and although she caused destruction and fatalities, the consequences in New York City were luckily not as severe as initially predicted.  I hope all New Yorker’s stay safe & recover while Sandy “vents” and hopefully soon looses her power….

Here are a few photos from my stroll around midtown Manhattan & SoHo the day & evening before Hurricane Irene planned to visit.  All photos taken on August 26, 2011.

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The Ferry to Vancouver Island

There is a large island located on the west coast of Canada, in the province of British Columbia.  The island is the size of a small country (32,134 km2/12,407 sq mi), so does not necessarily give the “island feel” one might expect!

The island is called Vancouver Island.  But the city known as Vancouver is not located here! I know…it gets confusing. Continue reading

Craigdarroch Castle

One of the landmark tourist attractions in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is the Craigdarroch Castle [pronounced “Craig Derek”].

It is located in the beautiful Rockland neighborhood of Victoria.

Built in the 1890s by the wealthy coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan, the castle has 39 rooms and is over 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2 ).

Today it is owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is open to the public as a National Historic Cite of Canada. Continue reading