Friday, March 31, 2006

Spring is back!

The snow is gone, the rain has disappeared and the sun is shining. The colours are back on the ground and the world is suddenly not only various shades of gray. Who could ask for anything more?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Western Norway - back to normal?

Today it has been raining. That should not surpise anybody who knows anything about the weather conditions around here. But in fact, we have had a dry spell for more than a month with Bergen for the first time in twenty years issueing warnings about possible restrictions regarding the use of water. Well, no more. Today the clouds are back again. Compare today's picture with the one posted some days ago. Incidently, the ship on the picture is "Fjord Norway", a car-ferry connecting Bergen with Great Britain and Denmark.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Bridges - again?

I could not stop myself - I had to show some more bridges. Today's picture even shows several of them. In the middle is the "New Nygårdsbro" from the mid-70's with the "Old Nygårdsbro" built around World War 1 right behind it. These bridges connect the town center of Bergen to the southern part of the city. The bridge in the upper part of the picture is called Puddefjordsbroen and is also in reality two bridges; one built in the 50s with the other one connected to it into a dual carriage-way bridge in th 90s. It is the connection from the city-center westwards. The picture is taken from the most famous of the mountains surrounding Bergen - Ulriken. If you look closely in the lower middle of the picture, you can see a helicopter preparing to land.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Even more bridges

Today's bridge is called "Nordhordlandsbroen" and connects Bergen with the northern part of the county. This road is also the main route to the north from Bergen to cities like Ålesund and Trondheim. It was opened in 1994 and replaced the then busiest strech of ferry traffic in Norway. It is very special kind of bridge since it is partly built on pontoons and is partly an ordinary suspension bridge at one end to let sea-going traffic through.

The picture was taken from the top of one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, called Lyderhorn. It is not the tallest one, but it commands a magnificent view of the surrounding area - including far into the North Sea. If you want to see more of the pictures I took at the top, please look here.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

More bridges

The bridge shown today is called Askøybroen and connects Bergen with the island of Askøy. It was opened in1992 and I snapped the picture this morning from the middle of the bridge shown in the picture posted yesterday.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Norway - land of bridges

Norway has been known as "The land of the fjords". In many ways it may also be called "The land of the bridges". How else are we to cross the fjords in this age of the automobile? The bridge on the picture is called "Sotrabroen" and connects Bergen with the island of Lillesotra. It was built in 1971 and is today considered way to small for its purpose. A new dual carriage-way bridge or sub-sea tunnel is being considered at the moment.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

The last Christmas tree?

We thought we had finished with the white powder from above - better known as snow. Luckily we have been spared most of it this winter, but these last couple of days have given us a centimeter or two. A reminder of how it can be to live more or less on the 60th parallell. Or we can turn it all around and say that the Christmas tree and the Christmas spirit have returned. Make your own choice.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

But is it art?

I sometimes pass this wall when I am out walking. I don't know who made it, and it was made several years ago. Some say it is a disgrace and some say it enlivens an otherwise drab concrete construction. I prefer to keep an open mind. At least it has a lot of colours.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

King Edvard VII

I have dedicated this Blog to pictures from Norway. So what is the former British king, Edvard VII doing here?

Firstly, I have just returned from a trip to Aberdeen, where this statue is prominently situated along Union Street, the main street in Aberdeen.

Secondly, king Edvard VII played a crucial role in Norwegian history a hundred years ago during the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden. He was the father of the future queen Maud of Norway. He very much wanted to place her husband, the Danish prince Carl (later king Haakon VII) on the Norwegian throne. To this end he used his own diplomatic channels, often in direct conflict with the established British foreign office policy. And he got his way. He is the great-grandfather of the present Norwegin King, Harald V.

And, thirdy, I liked the picture.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Smog in Norway

Bergen is situated between seven mountains. This means that if the weather is relatively chilly, no wind and everybody is stoking there log-fires, we can get a lot of smog. Diesel exhaust and traffic in general doesn't help, of course.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Spring in Norway

We are late up here in the far North, but when the spring comes - it comes with a venegance. I got this bundle of crocus nestling in the sun. After month's of darkness, cold and whatnot, there is nothing like colour, sun and light. Also known as life.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Finally - a brand new picture

I could not have found a better day for venturing forth on my first excursion after my illness. The weather was perfect and the camera was at the ready. If you look for it, there is always a motive to be found. The present one may be an ordinary power-line pole, but with the sun coming partly from the front, the water in the middleground and the mountains in the background - I might be forgiven for making it a local version of the Eiffel-tower.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Bed continued - blogging did not

I my last post I reported that I had got the 'flu. I had not. Some "malignant microbe" (probably a streptococcus from my throat) had attacked my lungs. So I had to spend the best part of the last week at the hospital (fear not, dear reader, I'm now back holme). And although the hospital in question is said to have an open network for the patients' use - it did not work. Curious. But ths once again means that you will have to settle for an old picture. But what could be more appropriate than a photo of the said hospital? It was taken last spring and incidentally shows one of the tram cars on its way to Mount Ulriken in Bergen.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Blogging from bed

A touch of 'flu (not the avian one) has kept me in bed most of the day. That makes taking new pictures for the Blog somewhat difficult. But no matter; I have thousands of old ones I can use. Since we are more or less approaching spring I thought it might be appropriate to show a picture of a frequent visitor at our cottage outside Bergen last year. If you look closely you can also see why he had problems leaving...

Monday, March 06, 2006


Are we being invaded by the Netherlands? What is a Dutch naval vessel doing in the Norwegian fjords? Relax - it has been visiting Bergen and is probably heading for some "NATO-things". At least, it is not heading in the right direction for the Netherlands!

Another example of the benefits of a morning stroll. In a addition to the exercise and the fresh air, there is always the chance of a good motive going by. If you have brought a camera...

Sunday, March 05, 2006

"Welcome to my world"

A bit pretentious, perhaps, but since this is the first posting to my new Blog I think it is fitting. I will start with showing you a picture taken during my morning stroll. It is the car-ferry "Norrøna" leaving Bergen, Norway (in the background). The ferry is from Færøyene (Faroe Islands) and travels between the islands, Iceland, Scotland, Denmark and Norway. All the year round it crosses the North Sea, one of the most weather exposed oceans in the world.