Archive for December, 2021

Norway Skies

Posted: December 30, 2021 in Norway, Norway's Coast

Some more pictures from our recent trip to Norway

This is the garden taken in February 2021. I wonder if we will see any snow this winter?

Those Northern Lights

Posted: December 23, 2021 in Norway

One of the main reasons for us going to Norway was to see the Northern Lights, We were fortunate to see them on 4 occasions during our cruise, the last of which was definitely the best. It is odd that they seem far more coloured in the photos than they do to the eye (this was explained to us as being due to the differences in the way the two lens collect and process light).

A fantastic sight!

Norway’s coastal towns

Posted: December 14, 2021 in Norway

One of the problems with visiting Norway at this time of year is the light. In the very north, the sun never rose above the horizon and so it was difficult to appreciate the best of the towns which we visited – Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim, Bodo, Tromso, and a number of other smaller ports. So much so that Sue and I have resolved to return and redo the cruise in the summer, when we can fully explore these lovely places.

Stunning Scenery

Posted: December 8, 2021 in Norway, Norway's Coast

Sue and I are just back from a cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes along the Norweigan coast. The scenery was stunning!

I was reminded the other day of just how much our bird life has changed over the course of my birdwatching life (c40 years). Many of the species I regarded as regulars even 20 years ago have now become rare in, or indeed disappeared from, the UK and some species which we regarded as Mediteranean then are now common. Predominant amongst those are the white ‘Herons’ – Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Little Egret and Spoonbill. I remember it taking me around 10 years till I saw my first Little Egret. It became a species I kept missing, always arriving after it had moved on. Now I see them in my local park and more often than not, I see more of them than Grey Herons on trips to estuaries. They even breed in London now. The other 3 species also now breed in the UK and are found in increasing numbers and are no longer considered rarities. A sign of the changing time and climate.