måndag 25 februari 2013

Looking back on Humpbacks

Earlier in the winter, the overwintering herring has provided some of the largest marine predators with a "Smörgåsbord" here in Northern Norway.

By now, the herring has moved further south on its spawning migration, but three months ago my friend and colleague Audun Rikardsen and me went out to document the spectacular feast together with the film crew of "Ut i Naturen" that can be seen tomorrow (26 Feb) here.

The first humpbacks we saw on the trip were feeding together in Skulsfjorden outside Tromsø in the last rays of the sun before the polar darkness period that begun the day after our trip (21 Nov 2012).

fredag 1 februari 2013

Aurora Photo Exhibition - Winterlude, Canada

Today, the Sun is shining on newly fallen snow on the mountains around Tromsø in Northern Norway - a wonderful, and longed-for sight after the long period of polar darkness. A perfect time to celebrate the beauty of the winter!
 Part of the Exhibition: Northern Lights; Nature’s Own Magical Lantern"
Presented by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ottawa, Canada

In Canada, they have understood this perhaps better than in any other place. Today, 01 February, the three-week long festival - "Winterlude" - that celebrates the winter starts and on the programme is musical concerts, skating displays, ice-sculpture competitions and much more.

In Confederation Park in Ottawa (also known as Crystal Garden, being the site for the ice sculpture competition), my photo-exhibition “Northern Lights; Nature’s Own Magical Lantern” will be on display daily during the festival. The exhibition is presented by the Royal Norwegian Embassy together with the National Capital Commission (NCC) in Canada.
I wish the amazing organisers of Winterlude in Ottawa, Canada all the best luck with the weather and the festival - few things are more beautiful than ice, winter and a dark clear sky with northern lights!
The Sun has returned again! Here shining on the face of Tromsdalstiden
(a summit rising 1238m above sea level) in central Tromsø