Monday, November 29, 2010


I went on a pre-Christmas visit to my aunt and uncle, who lives in the middle of a forest. To get there, you have to drive through acres and acres of fields. In the summer, it is full of colour and lights. Now?
It brings to mind those pictures of snow deserts up north. I had the hardest time driving back home, as it snowed and blowed. A few places the roads were clear, like here, because it got blown away by the wind. Other places I had a hard time driving, as the roads were piled up with snow. Again, because of the wind.
I am just amazed at the difference the seasons make in a place. So vitale and lively in the summer, but so desolute now. No one to see, no one outside. All the creatures, big and small, inside in the warmth.
I wish I could add a soundbyte to the pictures. The haunting sound of the wind blowing over empty places.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Early morning musings

It is a very different way of life having to get up at 6 am every morning and not getting home until about 12 hours later. I am also outside in the early morning, before the sun comes up. The light is so different.
I walk past this every morning - the Royal Castle in Oslo. It is not the biggest in the world and not the oldest, but it suits a fairly new monarchy (this last bout of monarchy only started in 1905). And contrary to many other castles in the world, there are no fences and gates around this on.
Though we have a few guys like these standing around. Such a cold job in the winter months. If I go slightly later in the morning, I get to see the changing of the guard. I will take pictures.
And this red flag shows the king is in:)

Monday, November 8, 2010

The faded gold of fall

Another place, same fall.Walking along the trails in the Colorado lowland, the afternoon sun made simple gras look like golden feathers.
A playground is all empty, except for the distance laugh of earlier play.
And the sky... the sky is as open and inviting and as endless as it always is in this place, my home away from home.
Thanks friends, for letting me share your lives for a few weeks again:)