Thursday, September 25, 2008

Powerful autumn in Sky Watch Friday

We need power to survive the coming winter.


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

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Reflections from an autumn

Autumn in Norway is not only many colours and clear air. It is often also completely quiet fjords and a totally clear sky, giving rise to very special photographic opportunities. These are from a stroll today.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

J is for the JOYS of Blogging

I started my first blog in 2006 for quite other purposes than the ones it is used for today. This blog was started soon afterwards as a site to place my pictures. I must admit that in the first period I posted mostly for myself, but that didn't matter too much - i did it partly to "learn the system" and partly as a form of self treatment after serious illness.

But then, slowly, I got more contacts and got more responses to my posts. I wrote more comments and got more comments. "You have to write'em to get'em". It is as true in blogging as in everything else. I got involved in several memes, among them ABC Wednesday. So now I have contacts from Seattle to Singapore - from Manchester to Melbourne. The JOYS of Blogging!

And if anyone should wonder why I have decorated this post with a picture of two Norwegian bridges, it is because one of my greatest Joys in blogging is the small meme called "Bridges between" ("Broer som binder" in Norwegian) which I host at Visual Norway the first Monday of each month. In this picture I have managed to fit in the two bridges I see every day, but never at the same time.


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 more Joyous Js! She has also set up a new site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Today's flower - Ivy with a guest

The flower on the Ivy has a guest that knows how to enjoy the goodies when she smells them. Beneath I have taken a closer look at the guest. As much as I dared (the enlargement - not the bee).



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

More flying friends


Here are three more flying friends who are not giving up the summer that easily. The whole ivy (I think) at our cottage was buzzing with their activity today. And who said that colour was the only ingredient in catching pollinators?

PS I am on a very limited bandwidth, so the surfing and answering capability is limited too.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A fly in the autumn

Even though the autumn is fast approaching, some remnants of the summer can still be found.

I found this fly close by our cottage..

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sky Watch Friday up high


Watching Sky Watchers watching the sky in Sky Watch Friday


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

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A squirrel in a London Park

Abraham Lincoln had yesterday a thought provoking post about environmental and other cruelty to animals. I took this picture of a fit squirrel in St .James's Park in London the other day. I know it is not up to his usual standard, but I will let this picture be my comment. Please read his post.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I is for Inspiration in ABC Wednesday

Or maybe the title should have been "I is for The lack of Inspiration" since I could not be inspired by my own pictures to find a title that covered the subject. However - here goes:

The pictures shows two of the veterans in the local traffic of the fjords between Bergen and the northern part of the county of Hordaland, Norway. The first one is the old steamer "D/S Oster" (mentioned here before). The ship is 100 years old this year and was a mainstay in the local traffic for many years. The other one is "M/S Bruvik", built in 1949 and serves now as a sightseeing ship. Many of my childhood memories are centred around these two ships as we travelled between Bergen and our summer cottage northeast of Bergen. The pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago when the ships were on their way to a yearly local festival at Modalen. They are here shown at the end of Osterfjorden.

The ships are here entering the tide current known as Mostraumen. It is about 600 meters long and 50 - 60 meters wide at it most narrow point.

And finally they are into the more open waters of Mofjorden - thr last 6.5 km long strech before Modalen itself.


Only, I lacked the Inspiration for a good title...


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 more Inspirational Is! She has also set up a new site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Today's flower - A white weed

I have been told that my contribution is a weed - I like it anyhow.

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

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back home once more

It been quiet on the my blogs lately, and why? I have been away for several reasons. For instance, was the larger part of last week spent in London on a conference. Luckily the Conference Centre was plumb in the middle of some famous sightseeing objects:


Some of my time had of course to be spent here at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, but right behind me was -

Westminster Abbey.

and right around the corner was -

The Parliament.


And while I have been away, I have received this nice award from Ida and Pernille. Thank you both - a real inspiration!!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A boat in the Sky(?) - Watch Friday

The sea - and the sky?















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

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

September Berries, II

Once again berries were to be found in the neighbourhood. I don't think these are more wholesome than the ones I found the other day, so I stayed away from these too.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

G is for Gulls in ABC Wednesday

Gulls are birds that all people living by the sea have a relationship to. They are as much part of the ocean environment as the fish and the sea itself. According to Wikipedia:

Gulls (often informally Seagulls) are birds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to auks, and skimmers, and more distantly to the waders.
Furthermore:
They are typically medium to large birds, usually grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They typically have harsh wailing or squawking calls. They have stout, longish bills, and webbed feet. Gull species range in size from the Little Gull, at 120 g (4.2 oz) and 29 cm (11.5 inches), to the Great Black-backed Gull, at 1.75 kg (3.8 lbs) and 76 cm (30 inches)
I'm going to show you four pictures of one gull. I have asked an expert which gull it is, but he could only say that it was one who was about one year old and hadn't acquired the white coat typical of adult birds. His guess would be herring gull, or lesser or greater black-backed gull. I'm sure that out there in Blogger space there is someone who would be delighted to tell me.

BTW - the pictures were taken in Bergen Harbour ("Vågen") a couple of weeks ago.



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.

September berries


I found these on my way. They look nice, but I don't know if eating them would be a good idea.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Bridges between countries / Broer land i mellom

A special kind of bridge leads these days from an airport terminal to the plane. One never thinks much about these things, but in reality it is a bridge between our own area and somewhere far away. In this case, we were even leaving the country.


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På flyplassen må man som regel krysse en spesiell bro for å komme ombord i flyet. Vi tenker kanskje ikke så mye på det, men egentlig er det en bro mellom vårt hjemsted og et sted langt borte. I dette tilffellet førte den til og med ut av landet.


But first take-off

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Men først tar vi av


Approaching the next airport - we can even see a bridge!

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Innflygingen er begynt - vi kan til og med se en bro!


In this major city there are many bridges - and many well known buildings

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I denne storbyen finnes det flere broer - og mange kjente bygninger






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