Last weekend I witnessed something utterly amazing, something that's right up there next to, or even above, the Aurora Borealis. They are Nacreous clouds, better known as Mother-of-Pearl clouds. They are rare, and once seen are never forgotten. I was returning from an early visit to Bergen, and was on my way to the ferry at Halhjem just as the sun was rising. This phenomenon lasted for 1,5 hours, and I got lots of photos. What a way it was to start the day!
Norsk tekst under bildene.
Forrige helg opplevde jeg noe helt fantastisk, noe jeg bare har lest om før, på høyde med, eller over, nordlys. Dette er Perlemorsskyer. De er sjeldne, og har man sett dem, glemmer man det aldri. Jeg var på vei hjem fra et tidlig ærend i Bergen og fikk øye på skyene på vei til ferja på Halhjem. Fenomenet varte i over 1,5 time, og jeg fikk masse bilder, både fra bilen, ferjekaien og fra ferja. For en flott start på dagen!
I live on an island on the west coast of Norway. In order to get anywhere we depend on bridges, tunnels and ferries. Until 2001 our only option for getting off the island at all was the ferry.
Then in April 2001 a triangular traffic system of 2 big bridges (and 1 smaller), and a sub sea tunnel, was opened, and we could almost stop living by ferry schedules.
We can get off our island ferry free now, and even continue across the country to Oslo, but to continue along the coast north to Bergen or south to Stavanger, there are still half hour ferry rides to be caught.
Sunsets have been scarce here lately, well, the visible ones anyway. The days are just grey, and then it gets dark. So I looked back to my wonderful month in Australia, where blue skies were ample.
A pair of australian galahs curiously looking down on our picnic in Centennial Park near Sydney. These were unusually white in color, and there was a big flock of them.
Det har vært langt mellom fine, synlige solnedganger her i det siste. Dagene er bare grå, og så blir det mørkt. Så jeg har gått tilbake til bildene mine fra Australia i sommer, hvor det var masse deilig blå himmel.
Disse to galahene var svært nysgjerrige på vår picnic i Centennial Park nær Sydney. De var uvanlig hvite på fargen, og det var en stor flokk av dem der.
and that the new year has treated you well so far!
The sign says "Fire Station". It's from a small village in northern Norway.
I think I would be kind of worried if I lived in a place where this was the fire station. On the other hand, it doesn't look like they get called out a lot, so maybe they don't have many fires. Or, the final option, they just don't care any more.