Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Auroras magic dance

Last night she was back and danced at the south coast. And I was there with her..
Not as spectacular as in northern Norway, but fantastic anyway.

"God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
    God-craft on exhibit across the horizon."
(psalm 19:1, msg)



Some myths about the Northern Lights

* Nordic countries thought the northern lights were and active volcano in the north, 
placed there by the Creator to provide light and warmth in those cold, murky regions. 
They also thought the northern lights were a vengeful force which killed those who mocked it. 
The mythological role of the aurora was important in religion. 
Many believed it a message from the creator.
Flaming auroras reminded people that their creator still cared for them. 
An old tale from the Nordic countries said that, "God is angry when the aurora flames." 
It was a common interpretation during medieval times that northern lights were an omen of war, 
or disasters or plagues.

* Scots called the Northern Lights "Heavenly Dancers" or "Merry Dancers." 
"Merry Dancers" were supernatural beings warring in the heavens, 
and the battle is for the favour of a beautiful woman. 

* Ancient times most people were afraid of the lights. Children would be brought inside when 
the mystifying flames of the auroras spread across the heavens, 
for the lights could descend and cut their heads off. Thus, in many places northern lights were 
a threat to people's lives and health. 

* Chinese believed that the northern lights were fighting dragons (good/evil).

* In Alaska they believed the lights were the spirits of animals they hunted: 
seals, salmon, deer and whales.  


When we talk about light.. 
I was reminded of the little town Rjukan in Telemark today. 
This town is located deep in a valley with high mountains on all sides and 
the sun has just said goodbye. It will be gone for 6 months. Can you imagine?
Last year (I think) they got a sun mirror.
A mirror is built up in the mountain side, to capture the sunlight and send it into the market square. 
 You can read more about it here

Sunday, October 19, 2014

At the platform

From time to time I clear his memory card. He never uses the pictures,
 so I do not understand the thing about having a camera.. 
Always interesting to see what he has caught in the lens, about half of the photos were from his work. 
Here are some pics of what he is doing when he is not home

Is this posing for the camera? Or is it some sort of mission to hang this way..


This is an exercise in survival. Something they do when they are waiting..

This was a bit funny
OBS cards (observation cards). Both written by my SpiderDan. 
Wonder if there is some kind of competition to submit such cards.

Left description: Praise to the Chef and the helpers, for good food, BBQ evening was enjoyed.
What is done: Good food is served, continue with this!:-)

Right description: Found an old mayonnaise tube lying at Derrick. Risk of drop.
What is done: Nice view at Derrick, but is not suitable for dining.

Special heavens in the North Sea when the weather is good.
Romantic view of another platform far out there.
The orange thing on the left side is one of the lifeboats

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. 
It is located at the foot of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem and was established in 1953 
by an act of the Israeli Knesset. 
It is a big complex that contain a historical museum, memory exhibitions, art galleries, 
archives, outdoor monuments, synagogue and education centers. 
Non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust, often at great risk to his own life, 
is honored by Yad Vashem as "righteous among the nations".

"Til dem skal jeg gi et minne og et navn (et "Yad Vashem") i Mitt hus og innenfor Mine murer.
Jeg vil gi hver av dem et evig navn, som ikke skal utslettes"

"And I shall give them in My house within My walls a memorial and a name 
(a "Yad Vashem").. that shall not be cut off"

(Isaiah 56:5)

6 million!
The Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazis during WW2.
The word holocaust comes from the Greek word holòkauston, meaning burnt offering (also known as annihilation). 
In 1942, the word was used about the Nazi regime's treatment of Jews. 
The most extreme and systematic extermination policy was directed against the Jews. 
It was drawn up detailed plans to destroy all those who were defined as Jews...

In the museum there are pictures, clothes, personal items and stories from both the survivors and the dead. 
Here you meet the faces, innocent frightened eyes before the gas chamber..
Pictures, movies, numbers - millions of names of individual destinies, 
here's executions and people in extreme poverty. 
The documentation and all testimony from survivors Jews make a deep impression.

Part of what made ​​extra strong impression on me was a glass floor where you looked down 
at shoes from the victims in the concentration camps. 
It makes it all very closely when trying to imagine who went with these shoes..
And all the movies.. Interviews with survivors. 
No words can describe what I feel when I'm standing there next to a Jewish man and watching 
a movie of one of Hitler's speeches.. And I do not understand how he manages to look at this..

The main part of the museum is built so that you start by going under ground in the dark and go 
upwards towards the light. The output of the museum is on a balcony overlooking Jerusalem Valley. 
This is built in this way to represent the Jewish people's struggle through the dark days of the Holocaust until..

...the light of Israel and the Jewish future

Childrens Memorial 
The pillars symbolize family portraits that were never made​​, 
and some of them are cut off to remind the interrupted lives. 
"Childrens Memorial" in memory of the 1,5 million children who were killed during the Holocaust. 
One enters a totally dark room full of mirrors and lights everywhere. 
Light reflects in walls, floors and ceilings. 
The children's name, age and hometown is spoken over a speaker.
I thought of each child as a star, a light..

Strongest sights in Israel 
I left with tears in my eyes...

This was my first visit here and it was so much that I did not have time to see everything in one day. 
I will go back next time I'm in Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem should be the duty of each of us to visit and not to forget.


"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, 
that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies 
I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for ever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity 
of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and
 turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live
as long as God Himself.
Never"
Never Shall I Forget from Night by Elie Wiesel.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

From darkness to light

It is so typical here in Southern Norway
One day, it seems that the weather will drown us all in the deepest darkness
The next day is just WOW, the light and the sun is back for the most beautiful day ever!

God has put his signature in nature!
I think I will look forward to the magical winter light and frost..:-)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dark days get closer


My phone rang me about 20 minutes this morning before I managed to wake up. 
Thought I had overslept for work, pleasure when I realized it was Saturday. 
The weather has been anything but good last week, 
so the only reason to go out of the house today was smoke filled landscape

All these short, dark days get closer every day. 
I know many people who like it, but I will never understand them. The darkness is to sleep!

One of these roads I often drive when I want to take pictures. 
Here are the snow sticks set up already. 
It is a house for sale here on the right, a very nice one, notched wooden house with grass on the roof. 
I did not take a picture of it, but you can see it here! Approximately NOK 4 million.

I found some boats that had almost drowned..

I think this is a graveyard for boats 
What a shame! 
On some trees stood posters that these boats had to be removed ASAP

Lonely red one

Okay, I'm not depressed (yet). 
I try to find good things for fall 
How about.. 
- Autumn sun (it will be there one day) 
- I do not have to shave my legs several times a week
- I can use my large collection of merino wool
- I do not cut grass (or ask someone else to do it, is perhaps more correct)
- I do not have to eat barbecue for long time (thank goodness)

Lovely,  the last one made ​​me really in good mood!
I have decided to become almost vegetarian. 
Since chicken has reached "dangerous list", then it's only fish left for me, as long as it last..


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fresh air and still water


Today Mr. SpiderDan decide that he was going out to paddle..
I did not really want to, but I'm always afraid to miss something amazing in nature, 
so I went with him

He needs a lot of activities and hobbies. 
And it is actually quite normal when he thinks that we are lazy and that we do nothing.

A place to drink coffee.. 

He always has a toy..

Well, it was a beautiful day. Although it was a bit gray, just before rain.

I've seen a lot of things in nature, but this must be one of the strangest things I have found.
What do you think about this?

The colors of autumn are the most beautiful of all seasons

I am glad that I joined him
I love the fresh air and still water!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Colors in Haifa

Some of the colors I saw in Haifa/Israel


Sorry Grandpa, I just had to post this picture 
He's ready for everything down there!

Fits best in black/white. 
I am always impressed by those long fishing rods

House no 16!

Messy laundry
Colors for a lady?

When I saw these, I said to Mr SpiderDan: 
Look at those big melons! 
He: Where?? 
I: Right over there to the left 
He: Oh.. you mean watermelons?
I: Hm.. did you think I was talking about boobs? 
He: I hoped so.

The sunset hit the train

We took the cable car to Mt Carmel


I will think of this blue, when I remember Haifa 

And I will remember this bird. 
The picture is too bright, but I like it and the bird is beautiful
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