Saturday, October 31, 2009

Autumn by a Norwegian lake

This week's reflections are from a lake that once was part of the water supply in Bergen. Now it is only used for recreational purposes.



James at Newtown Area Photo has started a meme called Weekend Reflections. Post a reflection during the week-end, log on at his site - and you're on.

I have not been able to access Blogger or indeed any Blogs through my normal ISP all day (this post add-on is via another system). The same is true for many others around the world. I will thus not be able to answer any comments, make new comments or make new posts until this has been fixed by Blogger.

The problem has now been fixed, so then it is back to normal business!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bench along the trail

When you walk along a trail you are usually glad to see a place where you can sit down, relax and enjoy whatever sight there might be to see. In this case I was walking along a trail in The Forest of Canada.

No, I have not moved away from Norway. However, in Bergen there is a forested recreational area called The Forest of Canada (Kandaskogen in Norwegian). One might imagine it looks a bit like it too - judging from the pictures I have seen, for instance on Barbara Martin's blog.

The name stems from a group of boy-scouts who in 1918 went hiking in "Canada".

I only hope the authorities in Canada take better care of their benches than we do.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

O is for Otter

Wikipedia has this to say about otter:

Otters are semi-aquatic (or in one case aquatic) fish-eating mammals. The otter subfamily Lutrinae forms part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers, as well as others. With thirteen species in seven genera, otters have an almost worldwide distribution. They mainly eat aquatic animals, predominantly fish and shellfish, but also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals.

The word otter derives from the Old English word otor or oter. This and cognate words in other Indo-European languages ultimately stem from a root which also gave rise to the English words water.[1]

Some of you might like to know that Oter, which is mentioned above, is also the current Norwegian name for this very animal.


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

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

After a night on the town

A statue outside our former Stock Exchange...



This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at The Monochrome Weekly

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Autumn by a Norwegian fjord

These photos were shot at a small marina not far from where I live.








James at Newtown Area Photo has started a meme called Weekend Reflections. Post a reflection during the week-end, log on at his site - and you're on.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Empty benches in the autumn

The amusement part of Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park has closed down for the season.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

An experiment in contrast

Too much of a good thing?




This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at The Monochrome Weekly

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Reflecting Young Gull

He has made it through his first summer. Maybe he is reflecting on his future prospects there on his stone?

James at Newtown Area Photo has started a meme called Weekend Reflections. Post a reflection during the week-end, log on at his site - and you're on.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ancient Benches

This week I post benches that are definitely not Norwegian and may well be (at least some of them) very old. We are at the Acropolis of Rhodos (Rhodes) in Greece. This area consists of several buildings and constructions that date to the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic periods (3rd-2nd c. BC). However, there have been large excavations and rather heavy reconstructions.

Above you see an Odeion.

It held some 800 spectators and is thought to have been used either for musical events or for attending lessons in rhetoric given by famous Rhodian orators.


If you doubt that they sat on benches - look below. The picture was taken half-way up the left-hand stairs.

Right adjacent to the Odeion there was a Stadium.

The Stadium, with a N-S orientation, is on the SE side of the hill; it was excavated and restored by the Italians. It was one stadion in length, namely 600 feet or 210 metres. The authentic original surviving parts are the sphendone (rounded end with turning post), proedries (seats of officials) and some of the lower seats in the auditorium. Also preserved is the starting mechanism for the athletes.
And of course - the spectators had to sit on something...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nature's revenge

A colourful autumn, in more ways than one. Shot today.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

M is for the Mane of the Male Master

The Mane of the Male lion is the Mark of the Master of the Mammalian world. The Maximized Might Mastered in so Marked a Manner by this Monarch of the Males cannot be Mastered by the Most Macho of Men.

And where there is a Male there is a feMale - Meaning this Matriarch of a Member of the species.

And the Minors? In the Meantime they are Manhandling the Meat off a no More Mobile (if I am not Mistaken) Morning Meal.


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


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Monday, October 12, 2009

Grooming Mallard

I see that I haven't shown you a bird for some time, so today I'm posting a grooming mallard I saw yesterday - the female of the species...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The British Museum - inside

The "Millennium" roof - looking up



This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at The Monochrome Weekly

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Reflection of an Antelope

In yesterday's post I hoped for a closer look at one of the savannah's animals. We did - here is an antelope at the waterhole.


James at Newtown Area Photo has started a meme called Weekend Reflections. Post a reflection during the week-end, log on at his site - and you're on.

Friday, October 09, 2009

A bench - in Africa?

I found a slightly unusual bench (at least for Norway) that I could post this week. Exotic and comfortable. A feeling of far away.

Obviously placed in a well protected shelter with a good view and possibilities for photography.

This is what a Norwegian savannah looks like in October - at least at Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park. The animals are at the other end, but maybe we can tempt one to come closer?

Sunday, October 04, 2009

La Sagrada Familia - inside

Inside one of the towers of La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. Shot in 2005.




This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at The Monochrome Weekly

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Evening at Toftøy

James at Newtown Area Photo has started a meme called Weekend Reflections that is very promising. Post a reflection during the week-end and give him a notice - and you're on.

My contribution is from a small island called Toftøy, close to the North Sea.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Bench of the week (27) - Goathland station

I had sort of thought of using some benches from London this time. Not so. The one(s) I had were even below my standard. So I thought - why not use some British railway benches I had on file, and then I would also be able to continue my motif of station benches from last week? So here they are:

Goathland railway station is a station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and serves the village of Goathland in North Yorkshire, England. It is famous for appearing in the television series Heartbeat and as Hogsmeade station the Hogwarts Express stop at in the Harry Potter films.
All information from Wikipedia, of course. I also did them in black & white. I felt it suited a veteran railway.


I have now been showing benches once a week for half a year. Maybe I should do something else?