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Wordless Wednesday – Rhododendrons

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Cherry blossoms

Wordless Wednesday

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6K of fun

Well, I don’t know if it will be 6K of fun, but how can it not be? Especially since we have the loveliest day for it, and the walk itself is along one of Bergen’s prettiest foot paths (Fjellveien) with a spectacular view of the city below. We have a pure Norwegian summer day today, […]

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Thinning the trees

Some folks with chainsaws have been hard at work today, thinning the woods on the little hill behind my building. Really thinning them. It remains to be seen if what is left will fill in so much as the leaves come in that I won’t notice the missing trees. I rather like the illusion of […]

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Explosions and minerals and irony

I went to work today, yesterday being a national holiday in Norway, and the day before being a sick day. So since I last walked to work, the world has exploded into green. It is amazing how green the lawns are, a sharp green, an Irish green. The trees are dabbling in various shades of […]

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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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Finally – signs of spring

Sometimes I have to remind myself it’s still only April. But we seem to be really wanting spring this year. Or maybe I’m just getting old. Naw, we really want spring. That’s it. We had a very dreary winter. We want light and flowers now. Bergen just had a nine-day run of sunny weather (and […]

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Snake and lobster and cat

It has been an exceptionally lovely day, warm enough to crowd the lawns of the parks with people in short-sleeved garments. I took this picture in our city park on my way to the Picasso exhibit. The Japanese cherry trees are starting to bud, and I like how the gardeners planted a yellow flower snake. […]

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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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I think I’ve discovered something

I think I know why I am always surprised by the junk that shows up in my photos. I don’t have ADHD (I don’t quite fit all the criteria), yet I tend to see the world the way they often do: Either I notice all the details, or I don’t notice them (or at least […]

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Filling in the silhouette

It is almost imperceptable, but at some point, the silhouette of the trees change and get more filled in as winter ends and spring cannot be denied, as evidenced by the birch outside my apartment building.

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Småsko

Småsko, literally “little shoes”, is a rather odd word in the Norwegian language (well, I think so). There is no storsko (large shoe), for example. But it has a very specific meaning: Småsko is simply any kind of regular shoe that doesn’t cover your ankles, and is generally used of children’s shoes. That’s one meaning. […]

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More snow

All of winter has decided to show up after the vernal equinox, apparently. As I left the grocery store this afternoon, it started to snow. Again. It has been gently snowing since (four hours and counting). I looked out my living room window and got rather fascinated by the snow settling on the street lamp […]

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Recharging

March can’t make up its mind. It spent all of Easter Sunday snowing. Gently, consistently. This morning we woke up to smooth, untouched, beautiful, powdery snow, glittering in the sunshine. Said sunshine has been making the apartment warmer than usual. Feels good. Feels like…the end of winter! Oh, yes! The season where we don’t turn […]

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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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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 […]