Fortress on Fire – Oslo, Norway at dawn.

I attended an early morning business network meeting today. On my way to the office afterwards I met this wonderful view in the horizon behind Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Another wonderful picture of blended sky on fire and of course I had to use my mobile phone to capture the phenomena. The town was quietly waking up to the 13th day of Advent and not only the anticipation for Christmas, but also the atmosphere was smoothly electrifying. The fortress is built on a hill in front of Oslo’s harbour; build in the 12th century to protect the capital of Norway. At the bay you can see some sailing ships still in use for tourists and sight seeing on the Oslo fjord and for learning new recruits to sail ships for the Norwegian fleet. You can also have one or two weeks manoeuvre as a civilian if you dare to climb the 160 feet high masts in storming weather. You’re welcome :-)

At the dock you can also see a fisher man offering his last night catch of fresh delicacies from the Oslo Fjord. Today it was cod, cat fish, flounder, shrimps and crabs. I was thinking I am glad I have an ordinary office job and don’t have to go out in the middle of a winter night to earn my living. Never the less, I love fishing and make my own sea food meals, but normally at holidays in the summer time.

With this wonderful and colourful experience as a great start to the day, I went to work thinking of how lucky I am being alive and able to capture a glance of this atmospherical sensation. It’s soon the darkest day of the year (the sun turns at the 23rd of December) but if you take notice, there are wonderful moments to catch. I count my blessings and am glad I can share some with you.

For you who would like to know more about this Akershus Fortress, you can take a look here!
If you like to know more about one of the ships: Norways Grandest Sailing Ambassador, look here!

City on Fire – Oslo, Norway at dawn.

I had some more quality time with my wife the other day. Living in a suburb we took the express buss to work. We do not talk that much during the ride as we are waking up together. Besides, I usually read the news paper and she got her peek on the headlines too. We started at 7:30 AM and the morning broke in a lovely, colourful way. Approaching the Oslo city, the sky was on fire. We both agreed this was a wonderful view and of course as easy as always, I captured some of the fascinating scenery with my mobile phone camera. Conveniently, I used my wife as a tripod to have the very best result:

Isn’t this beautiful, powerful and electrically fascinating. Again I was thinking of Luis Armstrong: “Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day”. The marked places in front are quiet and people are walking behind us rushing to work and not noticing anything but the time and getting in the office at the right time. On the left side you see Oslo Dome Church, at least the tower. The Dome was built in 1697 and the most spectacular ceremony happened last, was when our Crown Prince Håkon Marius, married the coming Queen. You find more information about the church by clicking here.

My wife and I went our separate ways, but I could not let go the wonderful view and shot some more which I gladly share with you:

Tomorrow it’s Thanksgiving, which means nothing for an ordinary Norwegian. But I married to an American, and we will have turkey on a family gathering. Stay tuned, I might share the celebration later!

The moon is shining so brightly

On my way from home to the office yesterday, I obeserved a lovely fall scenery – the moon was shinging so brightly. I was thinking: why worship the sun as it shines only at day when daylights after all? The sun is much braver and helpfull as shining at night! So I had to capture this fenomena and as easy as always, I used my celluar phone camera. It was 7:21 AM and to quote Louis Armstrong: “Ohhh what a beautiful morning, oh what a wonderful day”:-)

We are moving against the winter season in Norway and then the days are short and it is fairly cold. But the Norwegians saying is: “there is no such as bad weather, only bad cloths”. So we manage and really are enjoying the mysterius snow covered landskape. And of course we should ->we all are born with skies on they say:-)

How cold is it and how dark/bright is it then? Well from the net I’ve found some facts and figures from the 18th of November 2005:
UV Index: 0 Low – Wind: From NW at 5 mph – Humidity: 56% – Pressure: 30.06 in. – Dew Point: 23°F – Visibility: 6.2 miles.
And the sun set and rise: 8:22 AM – 3:39 PM.

Some may ask: Isn’t Norway the Land of the Midnight Sun? The answer is yes of course, but it is up north – on top of the world. At that part the sun is not up from November to February, but then again the sun never set in the summer time. Imagion a place where there are far below freezing in the winter and a natrual posibilety to get tanned at 2 AM. It’s a great place for candle light lovers in the winter and a place to charge you’re soule batteries day and nights in the summer time.

Don’t miss the chance to visit the mystifying country!

My model of the Earth

Today I learned about the mysterius word: Terella – A model of the Earth designed to illustrate the magnetic field. From the net I found this about the phenomeno:
Electromagnetic waves led to radio and television, and to a huge electronic industry. But they are also generated in space – by unstable electron beams in the magnetosphere, as well as at the Sun and in the far-away universe, telling us about energetic particles in distant space, or else teasing us with unresolved mysteries.

In Norway, aspecially on a clear winter night, you can easely see this in the Northern Lights, described as: “Of all naturally occuring heavenly phenomena, few come close to a night with a magnificent northern lights display. Flickering curtains of dancing light against the dark skies, northern lights is certainly one of the most spectacular of nature’s phenomena.” See a wonderful picture of this in the links in this article below!

And of course there was a Norwegian who started the surch of this phenomena: “Birkeland published the first realistic theory of the northern lights, the main point being that electrically charged particles ejected from the sun are captured by Earth’s magnetic field and directed towards the polar atmosphere. To prove his theory, Birkeland performed his famous “Terella” experiment, where he artificially created the aurora – and by doing so he amazed the entire scientific community.” Copied from the linked site of this article.

Update – links:
Nother Lights – about Birkeland and his Terella
Wikipedia about Terrella and
about William Gilbert, Terrella inventor in the 15 sentury.

Welcome to Norway to experience this magic yourself!