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Wordless Wednesday – Reflection

Wordless Wednesday

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Romance for lunch

The pair sat side by side on the railing, gray backs facing in one direction, gleeming white chests in the other, yellow beaks moving as they surveyed their surroundings, shoulder to shoulder. Tenderly they’d nudge each other. Sometimes they’d open their beaks up wide, extending their necks, and call together. Then they’d shake their tail […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Sings of spring

Wordless WednesdayMĂ„ltrost/Song Thrush

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Sunrise walk

I took a day off from work, and decided to photograph the pink glow of a winter sunrise. So at about 9:05 am I walked out my front door and headed for our local pond. I realize this is why I am a sunset girl: It’s only in wintertime I can get up before the […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Black coot family

An adult black coot with one of its children – a smaller, grayer version of its parent. Wordless Wednesday

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At the fountain

Lured by a free outdoor concert I took a trip to town on a glorious Sunday afternoon. Me and my camera. Among the things I wanted a picture of was the sparrows’ favorite drinking spot. I had noticed them a couple of times before as I walked by on other occassions. They had found the […]

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Constitution Day and oystercatchers

I went digging through the archives and apparently, I’m more fascinated with oystercatchers having sex sitting on eggs than I am Norway’s Constitution Day. It’s a day of sack races, balloons, ice cream, hot dogs, throwing up in the bushes only to go right back for another ice cream, and forced to do all that […]

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Sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Sunday morning I was making myself coffee, when I noticed a starling couple on the lawn outside my kitchen window. Both birds were pecking away at the ground, looking for edibles. Suddenly, the female hurried over to the male, they “kissed” (touched beaks), then the male mounted the female – for one second. (Had I […]

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The charms of dawn

For the third time, my birdwatching friend Torleif and I went to the recreational area and former fort called Kvarven, which looks out over the city harbor and fjord and various mountains and islands to the north and west. Those islands are what make Bergen a safe harbor, protected from the worst of the North […]

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Wagtail prediction

One sign of spring around here is the return of the migratory bird, the white wagtail. It’s a pretty common sight here in the summer, and it has a striking monochrome coloring, and that characteristic and cute flipping of the tail that gives it its English name. In Norwegian, it’s called “linerle”. There is a […]

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Romance on the roof

The addition to our office building of one extra floor has given those of us on this new level an excellent view of the sex life (and nest-building and child-rearing abilities) of the gulls that like to breed on our roof. This couple is madly in love and expressed it this afternoon by sitting very, […]

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Woodpecker wonder

Today it started to rain as I was on my way home from work, without an umbrella. I decided that since I was carrying groceries, I had no free hand for an umbrella, anyway, and it wasn’t raining that hard, and so I was going to have a happy walk home. Which is about when […]

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Easter Eve sights and sounds

Remember my telling you what a dream Easter is in Norway? How the perfect Easter is brilliant white snow and brilliant yellow sun? We have that right now. I wore wool underwear and sunglasses for my walk home from the store, carrying a generic automated coffee machine cappuccino which tasted surprisingly good if not cappuccino-y. […]

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Wishing I were there

There are a few photos that make me wish I could trade places with the people in them: (Photo from Tom Dempsey’s Antarctica) Isn’t that the coolest thing? (No pun intended.) Curious Gentoo chicks will approach humans and even lie on them for warmth. Can you imagine being the human? I think that would be […]

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Spring break

We finally got a break from the wet, the gloom, the gray, the chilling. Today we got a break from winter, and a sneak peak at spring. So I took a walk, a slow walk around the local pond. Delighting in the fact that I actually needed my sunglasses, and in all the little signs […]

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Now, what did I come in here for?

I know there was something I wanted to say, but darned if I can remember… What follows is blogpost padding. Read at your own peril. I re-read the book “You Are All Sanpaku” which has made me somewhat paranoid, and very curious about other people’s eyes. I’m also eating a lot of brown rice. The […]

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Entertainment value

The magpies were scolding incessantly for several minutes. It finally got my attention, so I got up and looked out my living room window. I saw the problem almost immediately: Settled in the crook of the tree, looking rather comfy, was a white cat I’ve seen around the neighborhood before, and I’m sure, the same […]

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Everyday magic

After a rather sucky two weeks, with my mood absolutely out of control (probably hormones, but I won’t go into details), it helps to be reminded of where to put one’s focus. Noticing the magic in everyday things helps. A great tit perched on my open window sill, eyeing my room with curiosity. Venus brilliantly […]

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What I’ve learned this summer

Alice has inspired me to do this post, thanks to her own on the same subject. I’ve learned what it’s like to travel by air in the US. The stories about delayed flights were all true. The security checks and necessity of Ziploc baggies also true. However, I must say that, in all the repeated […]

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Birds, bulges and benches

Yes, another four days since I last posted. Here’s why: SATURDAY: “Dawn’s at 5:45 am. I’ll pick you up at 5 am.” So I got up at 4:30-ish, starting making the coffee for the thermos and gathering the breakfast sandwiches I had made the evening before, dressed warmly, stuffed a small rucksack and grabbed my […]