Saturday, August 30, 2008

A wee drop in the morning


We had a bit of rain the other night, and when I went for a morning stroll, some traces of it were still visible.

For instance these.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Not a sail in Sky Watch Friday

Today we take it easy.













PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.

Happy birthday!

A young lady who is very close to me reaches the age of 29 (and some months...) today. We have a tradition in our family for celebrating such occasions in a low key manner. It is in
the daily hazzle, when life gets hard, it shows.

She has for long periods during the last years had to take on far more than her allotted share in the running of this family. But she is still here. I think I have all our four children with me when I say:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

F is for Fountain in ABC Wednesday

According to Wikipedia:

A traditional fountain is an arrangement where water issues from a source (Latin fons), fills a basin of some kind, and is drained away.
And furthermore:
One of the most common features of a fountain, if there is enough pressure, is a jet or multiple jets, where water is forced into the air under pressure to some height.
The examples I'll show you feature the same fountain. It is located in Byparken, Bergen, Norway. The pictures were taken at different times using different equipment from different angles. Only the fountain and the photographer were the same.

August 2008

May 2006

April 2008


Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you a nice Encyclopedia of Es! She has also set up a new site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

Another yellow flower - with a guest

The harvest today included more yellow flowers - this time with a guest.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Today's flower - found by the side of the road

We may grow all our beautiful and fancy flowers, but to me it is very often the small, ordinary ones found by the side of the road that enlivens my day. These I found on Friday.


PS The Today's flowers meme is hosted by LUIZ SANTILLI JR. . Please visit and enjoy.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

"The Bridges" on the move



The project "Bridges between" will for practical reasons be moved to this blog ("Visual Norway"), starting with the next post Monday September 1. Otherwise, there will be no changes to the rules, so you can still post in a Scandinavian language, English or both.

Friday, August 22, 2008

A rowanberry stroll

It has been a great summer. However, even though the day has been magnificent it becomes ever more obvious that the autumn is closing in. One indication is the great amount of ripe rowanberries to be seen. So today I went photo hunting for some. Care to join me?

First some alone in the sky


Then the moon wanted some


Some just wanted a bit of the sea.


Enjoyed the trip?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

With the back towards the sunset in Sky Watch

Experienced photographers recommend that one should not only look at the sunset - one should from time to time turn around and look the other way. One should also wait a while after the sun has set. This I tried the other night.

And this is what I saw: A nice reflection in the windows of my neighbour's house - but not only that. The clouds to the south were covered in a pinkish/purple light with a strange structure bowing upwards. And the structure? It was a rainbow hit by the coloured light against the clouds.

You don't believe me? Then look below. I turned 90 degrees east and here is the other end of the rainbow.

But then I turned back. The strange light was gone. The rainbow was gone. Only the reflections were left. Though not without its own splendour.




PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

E is for Early Rivers in ABC Wednesday

I am showing you one of the most important memories of my childhood: The Early Rivers Plum. This plum grows on a tree that is more than fifty years old and the taste is still as good as ever.

Imagine climbing such a tree and eating plums to your heart's content. Imagine doing the same fifty years later. A bit stiffer (me, not the plum) perhaps, but the taste is still there - fruity, sweet, delicious - like a gigantic, sweet, blue grape.

The grape of the North.


















Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you a nice Encyclopedia of Es! She has also set up a new site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

A boat mooring revisited

Some of you might say that they have seen this mooring before, and indeed they have. However, I was not satisfied with the "rustiness" in the published version of the photo. Something had been lost on the way. After some technical info from Jim and John and some additional reading about colour spaces, colour profiles and what-not - a new trip to the quay with the camera seemed indicated.

I think I got it better this time. Even the knot on the mooring is better.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A week-end is over


A warm and magnificent weekend is over. I found this lily (I think?) beside my cottage and used the opportunity for more testing. Learning is difficult, but enjoyable.


PS I have been invited by LUIZ SANTILLI JR. to take part in Today's flowers. I 'll let this "unknown" be my hesitant contributuion.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Another leaf in my blog

It has been a dry summer around here. I found these leaves yesterday. They seem to have collected a bit of the rain that came earlier this week. They will need it, for the the weather forecast is splendid for the week-end, and I intend to exploit it.

Have a nice week-end!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Manning the yards for Sky Watch Friday


At the official opening of The tall Ships' Races in Bergen last Saturday, cadets from The Norwegian Naval Academy manned the yards of the barque "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" for the singing of shanty songs. They concluded with the Anthem of the City of Bergen. That one they did not sing alone...


Do you care to join them?


PS Please visit Sky Watch Friday's own site for more.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Leaves of many colours

It may still be summer in the northern hemisphere, but we all know that autumn with its many-coloured leaves are getting closer. However, coloured leaves can be found in summer too. I'll show you a couple of examples.

The first one is from a copper beech that we have beside our cottage. It is close to 50 years old, but we have tried to cut and shape it every year so that it doesn't overwhelm the cottage completely. It always amazes me that the new leaves get red - not green. BTW, The leaf is still on the tree - I haven't removed it for the photo.


I found the next bush while out walking the other day. I have never, ever, seen a blue leaf on an ordinary bush or tree. Somebody must have been playing around with a spray can.

Anything for a good shot!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

D is for Departed in ABC Wednesday

The Tall Ships' Race has now Departed from Bergen to start the last leg of the race to Den Helder in the Netherlands. They lined up for a massive Departure in a long line, headed by the Norwegian ship "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" from Bergen, closely followed by the Russian ship "Mir" from St. Petersburgh. It has been a pleasure to have them here and the festivities in the city has been unparallelled (at least since the last time the Race visited Bergen). We wish them a happy voyage and hope they will return soon.


I can't possibly show you photos of them all now (although I think I have them), but here follows some close-ups of a few of the larger ones. The first one is of course our own "Statsraad Lehmkuhl".


Then comes "Mir"


The next one is the Norwegian ship "Sørlandet" from Kristiansand.


Which is followed by the third of the large Norwegian sailing ships, "Christian Radich" from Oslo.


Last in the parade, but not least, came the Mexican ship "Cuautemoc". It is famous for manning the yards with the sailors standing on the yards singing when entering a new harbour. The ship and its crew quickly became the favourites of the locals. It is worthy of a post all of its own...



Today's post is part of the the fourth round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical, and has set up a new site where you can log on to Mr. Linky if you want to take part. There is also a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you a nice Dictionary of Ds!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tall Ships' Races in Bergen - preliminary report 2


As this photo shows - there are lots of TALL ships in Bergen Harbour at the moment. And this is not all of them!

One of the largest vessel to take part in the arrangement is the Russian full-rigged ship "Mir", here first seen approaching Bergen harbour


It is is the third largest sailing vessel in the world, reckoned to be the fastest and is the winner of the most trophies in the "Tall ship's regattas. Below you can see her moored in Bergen.


The next one is the Canadian barque Picton Castle from Nova Scotia. This one is on a 10 month around the Atlantic tour. Today she is Bergen


I promised you one more look at the ketch "Loyal". Here she is. She is the sister ship of Roald Amundsen's Gjøa.



Not all ships you see are tall, here is a Swedish naval barge, maybe going visiting?


A Viking ship was also present, though I suspect that these guys were more interested in drinking beer that raiding the area.


Sailors come in all shapes and sizes. Personally I fell for this Polish mascot!.


That will have to be enough for today. Don't be surprised if more photos appear: Some new and som improved. You have been warned.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tall Ships' Races in Bergen - preliminary report


According to the homepage of Sail Training international,

The Tall Ships' Races are held every summer in European waters. Each year between 70 and 100 vessels from 15-20 countries, crewed by some 5-6,000 young people from over 30 countries worldwide, take part in this unique event that combines four days of activities in each port with racing or cruising-in-company between ports. During the race series the young crews get the chance to gain experience by sailing with their contemporaries from other countries while facing the physical and emotional challenges that only the ocean can provide.
This year's race started in Liverpool and the first leg was to Måløy in Norway. The ship s are now in Bergen. preparing for the second leg from Bergen to Den Helder, Netherlands.

In this post I'll just show some hastily collected pictures from the first couple of days's stay-over. I promise that I'll be back with more.

The first one shown is "The Pelican of London" approaching Bergen.

A couple of others are passing beneath the Askøy bridge.

Now we are entering the central part of the Bergen Harbour "Vågen", together with the Norwegian Ketch (Hardagerjagt) "Loyal." My favourite, for personal reasons. We will probably see more of her later.


The ships have moored. The large barque is the largest Norwegian sailing vessel, "Statsraad Lehmkuhl", of Bergen. The second one, seen from the aft, is the Swedish Naval Schooner "Falken".



As you can see - these ships are TALL!!


Do you want do join them up there? These two last photos are from the Bulgarian ship "Kalikara"


And of course - there was entertainment.



More to follow - watch this space!