Mondfinsternis in Kiel

In the night of 27 July 2018 I had possibly to observe exquisite lunar eclipse. It was unforgettable experience to see how moon changed its colour from bloody red to bright grey.

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Kieler Vögel II

During my stay in Kiel I had numerous possibilities to observe different species of birds. However the most often I saw two species of geese Canada goose (Branta canadensis) and greylag goose (Anser anser). I noticed that these different birds gathered near Sport Centre of University of Kiel or Kleiner Kiel and there formed different flocks.

When I am working in my office I have also possibility to observe some wild species of birds. In the area of University of Kiel, I noted beautifully singed common blackbirds (Turdus merula), screaming carrion crows (Corvus corone) or numerous noisy Caspian gulls (Larus cachinnans), European herring gulls (Larus argentatus) and black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). I observed herring gulls or carrion crows really like to sit on a top of  Auditorium Maximum and observe area. In my opinion, when crow or gull sitting in this place it looks very majestic and powerful.

Ducks in Schleswig

On 4 July I visited Schleswig to examined bird bones from World Heritage site in Hedeby/Haithabu. Before my visit in zoological laboratory I had possibility, for the fist time ever, to observe pair of tufted ducks (Aythya fuligula). After my work, I also noted pair of mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) with chicks.

Tufted duck (Aythya fuligula)

Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)

Kieler Woche 2018

In Kiel between 16 and 24 June  the yearly organised event Kieler Woche took place. This event was mainly focused on sailing contest and presentations of different kinds of sailing boats. However during it also numerous concerts, food related events or lectures took place. I had possibility to visit area of this festival two times (on 16 June and 23 June). It was very nice to listen some bands on Junge Bühne, saw gymnastic show or to observe magnificent sailing ships and sailing boats during Windjammerparade. That was my second Kieler Woche. Photos from previous edition in 2015 are presented in the post ‘Die Windjammerparade‘.

Kieler Woche, 16.06.2018

On this day I had possibility to listen a very nice concert of StandBild on Junge Bühne. I also visited other areas of the festival.

Kieler Woche, 23.06.2018

On 23 June I had possibility to observe very nice Windjammerparade and various species of sea birds.

Kieler Momente

I Designmuseum Danmark

In the May (11-19.05.2018) I visited Copenhagen to conduct research in the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. I examined there bird bones from several very interesting Danish Viking Age graves. However, before days of my research I visited several very nice places and museums in wonderful city Copenhagen.

In the Danish Museum of Art & Design

I Roskilde

On 16 May 2018 I visited beautiful city Roskilde with aim to examine a very interesting artefact which was discovered in female grave A505 in Trekroner-Grydehøj (Denmark) (more about this grave you can read in Leszek Gardeła ‘‘Warrior-women’ in Viking Age Scandinavia?‘ and Jens Ulriksen ‘A Völva’s Grave at Roskilde, Denmark?‘). I analysed this object in the wonderful Roskilde Museum. Beyond this museum I also visited nice and well-known Viking Ship Museum which is located close to the harbour in Roskilde. 

In Roskilde

In the Roskilde Museum

Vendeltiden

Vikingetid

In the Viking Ship Museum

I Zoologisk Museum

In the May (11-19.05.2018) I visited Copenhagen to conduct research in the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. I examined there bird bones from several very interesting Danish Viking Age graves. However, before days of my research I visited several very nice places and museums in wonderful city Copenhagen.

On 13 May 2018 I visited exhibition in the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. I was impressed by a unusual collection of bird eggs and room dedicated to the biodiversity. It was very nice to learn more about various species of mammals and birds.

Bird Egg Collection

Biodiversity

I København (Bind II)

In the May (11-19.05.2018) I visited Copenhagen to conduct research in the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen. I examined there bird bones from several very interesting Danish Viking Age graves. However, before days of my research I visited several very nice places and museums in wonderful city Copenhagen.

Day III (13.05.2018)

Valkyrjen by Stephan Sinding

I discovered accidentally this wonderful sculpture in the Churchill Park. I think it is amazingly beautiful depiction of Valkyrie riding to battle. Stephan Sinding depicted real rage and battle fury of this supernatural being. When I observed is hear sounds of battle, sound of horse hoofs and neighing of other steeds.  In my opinion this sculpture is the nicest non-Viking Age depiction of Valkyrie which express real ‘nature’ of this being.

Following the locations from Carlsberg ‘The Danish Way 60″‘ advertisement

During my stay in Copenhagen, beyond visiting well-known buildings and museums, I also decided to see nearly all locations thought which famous Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen riding on their bike in Carlsberg advertisement. First locations from this fantastic advertisement is Marmorbroen majestic marble bridge connecting Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot) with Ny Vestergade. Next place is amazingly beautiful street named Magstræde which is full of colourful buildings (In my opinion it is the most colourful street in Copenhagen). Third place visited by Danish actor is the Kastrup Sea Bath created by White Arkitekter, which in my opinion is the very good example of fantastic Scandinavian design. Unfortunately I have no possibility to saw this place during my stay. In the advertisement from baths near harbour we move to the Amalienborg – home of Danish Royal Family. The next three locations (picnic in the forest, roof part and riding through flats) were most probably created in the studio. However in this roof part, when look carefully, dome of Frederik’s Church could be observable. It should be also mentioned that in the one flat we see numerous furnitures which were created by Danish designers and could be see in the Designmuseum Danmark (I will present my photos from this place in the separate post). The whole add ends in the Carlsberg Museum and brewery with a very nice gate with two elephants.

Whole advertisement can be watch on YouTube of Carlsberg.

More info about campaign ‘the Danish Way’ can be found on website of Carlsberg.

Cirkelbroen

Amagergade

Assistens Cemetery

Every time, since my first visit on cemetery in Århus inspired by fantastic posts by Professor Howard Williams on Archaeodeath, when I visited city in Scandinavian country or Germany I visited also local cemetery. I make there observation of way of remembrance, mourning and document every monument with bird depiction.

During my visit on the Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen on which Danish of outstanding merit were buried I made several interesting observations.  I observed that this cemetery is full of greenery (trees, bushes and flowers), people who relax (doing probably what Danish people calling hygge) and wild and domestic animals (in majority various birds and dogs). I know that it sound strange, but this cemetery seemed to me a happy place full of life, not a sad and grave place full of death and sorrow. I observed there that Danish left on graves toys, figurines, colourful calaveras and even real classic guitar(!). I also noticed that modern and old grave monuments are quite simple with minimalistic decoration (like some symbols or zoomorphic motifs). For me also interesting was that what I observed near grave of well-known Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. I saw near his grave monument scattered numerous colourful pencils, coloured pencils and short letters written by children. Question is what these object were/are? gifts for writer? maybe symbols of esteem?

In my opinion also grave monument of Bohr family deserve special attention. During my visits on various cemeteries (or grave yards) I observed grave monuments with simple carving of birds (in majority doves) and small figurines of Passeriformes. Bohr family grave monument is a first grave with three-dimensional depiction of owl which I saw. I suppose that owl sculpture representing tawny owl (Strix aluco) (or maybe Ural owl (Strix uralensis)) middle-sized owl which is famous of its deep voice.

Day VII (17.08.2018)

Diana til Hest by Carl Bonnesen

This sculpture showing Artemis/Diana riding a horse during hunt is my second favourite sculpture in Copenhagen. It beautifully depict hunting Artemis and mad gallop after shooting a mature deer.

Valkyrjen by Stephan Sinding

Magstræde

I Nationalmuseet