Tuesday, March 31, 2009

K is for Kristiansand in ABC Wednesday

Why should I make a post about Kristiansand in this series when I am born and bred in Bergen? There are very good reasons for this:

  • It is Norway's filth largest city with about 80.000 inhabitants.
  • It was founded by the Danish-Norwegian King Christian IV. ("Kristian Kvart") in 1641
  • It is beautifully situated in the best part of Summer Norway.
  • I once lived and worked there.
  • I now have a daughter living and working there.
The panorama picture above shows only part of the city. The picture is dominated by a hill on a peninsula called Odderøya. It was once a Naval Fort and served as a training camp for coastal defence artillery until 1997. After that it has been most famous as the site for the Quart Musical Festival ("Quarten").

The map shows more or less the same, but now with the sea at the bottom. To the right in the map is the Eastern harbour and mainly residential areas, while to the left is the Western harbour with the older part of the city - Kvadraturen. This part of the city was more or less laid down by the king himself with all the streets in in a square pattern.

The main shopping street in Kvadraturen in Kristiansand is called "Markens gate", or locally "Markens". This is just a small part of it. The picture was taken in the beginning of May 2008.

There are also quiet residential areas in Kvadraturen. This is from one of the streets leading up to Kristiansand Domkirke (The Cathedral in Kristiansand).

The church dates from 1884 (the one before was destroyed by fire) and is one of the largest in Norway as it has a capacity of 1500 seated - initially 2000 seated and 1000 standing.

Kristiansand has also its own ship, the full-rigged ship "Sørlandet", one of the three large sailing ships left in Norway. She dates from 1927 - and beautiful she is (for a picture of her at sea, look here).

It you enter Kristiansand in your own vessel, chances are that you will moor in this area, beside Christiansholm Festning (The Fortress of Christiansholm) which dates back to 1672

But Kristiansand has more: It has Norway's largest and best known zoological and amusement park, Dyreparken i Kristiansand ( Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park). There you might meet someone like this. The picture is courtesy my youngest daughter.

Kristiansand is also a communication centre with airport and ferries to Denmark (formerly also to England). The main route is European Route E18, which according to Wikipedia:
European route E18 runs from Craigavon in the United Kingdom to Saint Petersburg in Russia, passing through Norway, Sweden, and Finland. It is about 1,890 km (1,174 mi) in length.

Such mighty bridges can of course be seen from the sea level - we are in a boat-concious area after all.

And where there is a sea there is a bird...


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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Monday, March 30, 2009

Odd one out

There is a difference here somewhere. I can't quite put my finger on it...



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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gothic in Oslo in Monochrome Monday

A bit spooky...


The Monochrome Monday concept came from Aileni at LOOSE ENDS

Mini-daffodil in Today's Flowers

The daffodils don't bloom quite of themselves just yet around here, but I found this mini-version on public display in Bergen yesterday.



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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rhododendron praecox



Found today in the City Park ("Byparken") in Bergen.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Rhododendrons have arrived

My favourite flowers have started to show themselves off in parks:

Rhododendron thomsonii

Rhododendron fulgens

The pictures were taken almost two weeks ago at the Arboretum and Botanical Garden - no doubt about it - spring has come to Norway! Or at least our part of it...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Watching the Sky




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The J got a POTD!

One more day with my head in the clouds: My J-post to ABC Wednesday got a Post of the Day from the well-known Australian journalist and super-blogger David McMahon. Thank you very much indeed, David! You have made my day - once again!

Now I just have to continue blogging.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

J is for Joy in Photography AND in Blogging

I usually have decided on what letter to use for ABC Wednesday several days in advance. However, J proved to be an unexpectedly difficult letter to work with. Nothing seemed to fit. So I did what I usually do in such circumstances - I grabbed the camera bag and went for a walk. At first I was not in the mood for photography at all (photography is a "mood" thing for me). That is, until I found the subject above. Something was sticking its tongue out at me! Joyfully I crept close and snapped it with my 17-70mm lens. Perfect. No cropping needed.

But what it is, you may well ask? Look at the picture beneath and guess again. Still no cropping.

Here I had taken a step or two backwards to include a bit more of this wooden monster. A sort of angled eye had appeared.

Still no clue? Look beneath again.


A quite ordinary cable drum, but of fairly large dimension. And a picture I have obviously cropped for effect.

That is the Joy of Photography and Blogging: There is always something to be found that can be used for both if only you keep the mind open and the finger on the button. And of course, carry a camera.


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

A bucket full of - Odd Shots?


Have you ever been up a tree?


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Sunday, March 22, 2009

The tram is coming in Monochrome Monday


MOVE!!

The Monochrome Monday concept came from Aileni at LOOSE ENDS

Please, sit down


Please, sit down and take the weight off your weary feet. Enjoy the spring. There is no haste.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sky Watch on Crete

The famous Venetian lighthouse in Hania, on the island of Crete, Greece.



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Post of the day to Greek Icons

I'll be walking on clouds today: My pictures have received Post of the Day mentions from the well-known Australian journalist and super-blogger David McMahon. A top contender yesterday for my "stiff Norwegian", and winner of Post of the Day today for my post on the icons in a small Greek Chapel. Thank you very much indeed, David!

PS I must admit to my share of pride: A quick search revealed that I have been mentioned 16 times - and five of them among the winners.

A great inspiration for me to continue blogging.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I is for Icon in ABC Wednesday

Last autumn we visited the Greek island of Rodos (Rhodos, Rhodes). Like many other tourists we joined some of the guided tours that the tour operator had on offer. One of them went into the mountains where we should see something or other.

I wandered a little bit off by myself and found a small chapel nearby. It was open, so I entered - and found this:

A tiny, whitewashed, beautiful, little chapel filled with a large amount of icons. Wikipedia has this to say about icons:

An icon (from Greek εἰκών, eikōn, "image") is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Orthodox Christianity. More broadly the term is used in a wide number of contexts for an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy, as in semiotics; by extension
And furthermore:
In Eastern Christianity and other icon-painting Christian traditions, the icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Jesus, Mary, saints, angels, or the cross. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, done in mosaic or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc.
On every wall there were neatly arranged small icons. I was the only tourist who went in, so I used the opportunity to take some photos. I may be non-religious myself, but I never use flash-light in other peoples sacred places without being expressively told to do so. It is called respect. However the door was open, there was light from the window and the walls were white. No problem to get decent pictures with ISO 1600 and 1/125 seconds exposure.

But look below for yourself:


And the chapel itself? Whitewashed and maintained in the most impressive manner.



Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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Monday, March 16, 2009

Odd Shot of a stiff upper lip


Norwegians are sometimes accused of being a bit stiff, but maybe not quite like this one who was standing in a street in Kristiansand, apparently in deep thought.




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Sunday, March 15, 2009

My first Monochrome Monday

This is my first attempt at Monochrome Monday, so I took the easiest - and most difficult - subject there is: The Moon.

The Monochrome Monday concept came from Aileni at LOOSE ENDS

Mauve crocus in Today's flowers

Time for me to show some flowers again. This one was found in Norway two days ago.




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Friday, March 13, 2009

Time for a gull

I haven't posted a gull for long time, so it is about time to show you one. I caught this one in Kristiansand last week.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Grey Skies in Sky Watch

Even when the sky is grey it might be worth your while to look up when you walk around in another city



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