The Different Faces of Photography
Two weeks passed since ‘closing of Norway’ and reorganisation of the public life. During this time, I adapted this new and hard situation in this beautiful country. I avoid long walks in busy places, long shopping and I keep a safe distance. When I have free time, I walk to my favourite Vækerøparken, when I am relaxing and running between big pines. On 28th March 2020, I decided, after a long break to take my camera with me.
During my walk, I could observe and photograph different species of water birds. I spotted two pairs of common eiders (Somateria mollissima), Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus), European herring gulls (Larus argentatus), black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), greylag goose (Anser anser) and mallards (Anas platyrhynchos).
Moreover, I also observed European herring gulls which try to steal molluscs from female common eider. They try several times. However, the eider was quicker.
I also saw numerous purple, yellow and white flowers growing between yellow grasses. Among these plants were beautiful white flowers of a plant called in Norwegian vårpengeurt (Noccaea caerulescens).
By the end of my walk, I also had the possibility to see a wonderful butterfly called small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae).
In the middle of March 2020, due to an outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, the situation in Norway become very problematic and hard. On 12th March, when I for last time visited my office, the government decided to close schools, universities, museums and reduces flights. All employees of the Museum of Cultural History were advised to work from home. In the following days, I reorganised space in my home and started to work in the one room. It was not so easy to adapt to new rules and to apply new daily routine and lack of contact with people (and daily small talks). However, after one week at home, I used to this particular situation. I went for a shot (but intensive) walk, during which I try to avoid people as much as possible (and keep a safe distance). From the 15th of March, I also started to do a workout (including stretches and some exercises which I remember from kung-fu training). Moreover, in the late afternoons and evenings, I try to relax watching some films (or TV-series) or or listening to music. Because of this strange situation, unfortunately, I had no possibility to photograph some interesting places or landscapes in Oslo. However, on 21st March I waked up and I saw beautiful, calm sunrise, which I memorised on these photos.
8th March 2020 was a rainy and windy day. Despite this nasty weather, I take a quick walk to Lysaker. During my walk, I saw rough waters of Oslofjord.
The first day of March 2020 in Oslo began with soft and pastel sunrise. The capital of Norway was covered by a thick layer of snow. It looked incredible and magical. In this winter was so little snow in this city so I was very happy to see it in this scenery.
In the morning, I take a walk to Lysaker to enjoy this beautiful winter weather. I saw my favourite Vækerøparken covered with white fresh snow, which sounds I heard when I walked narrow paths in this park.
Later, I saw a gorgeous dog, which swam in the dinghy through cold waters of Oslofjord.
I also spotted first snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) growing among yellow grasses and bushes. It was nice to see these first features of the forthcoming spring.
Later, when I walked along Lysaker Brygge, I saw the two couples of common eider (Somateria mollissima). I was so happy that I could see this species of birds in the wild for the first time.
It was so nice and incredible day. It was a pity that this nice snow started to melt on the next day.
On 27th February 2020, I could observe beautiful warm sunrise over Oslo. It looked like strong glow over the hills surrounding this nice city.
Next day, I saw another wonderful colourful performance in the sky. Numerous clouds seemed to burn in the strong and warm light of the rising sun.
On 23rd February 2020, the weather was beautiful! I was nearly like in the spring. Therefore, I decided to go for a long walk on Fornebu. I walked till the end of the path close by the harbour. I discover that it ends by a small restaurant located by a bay.
From the very beginning of my stay in Oslo, I observed several beautiful sunrises over Oslo. However, this on 18th February 2020 was extraordinary! The whole sky was in the oranges, reds, yellows, blues and purples. Whole colours beautifully contrasted and mixed. Moreover, for several minutes sky above Oslo looked like it was in the flames.
In February in Oslo majority of the days were rainy. The weather during these days reminded me more autumn or early spring than proper winter. However, on Sunday (16 February 2020), despite rainy and windy weather, I decided to go for a short walk. I again visited Lysaker. I saw dark clouds gathered over the rough waters of the fjord. I also observed several species of marine birds which fought in flight with a hard wind.
On 22nd February 2020, just before the rain, I had the possibility to observe beautiful sunbeams which appeared from dark grey clouds.
On 13th and 14th February 2020, I attended a captivating PhD introductory course. It took place in Niels Treschows hus on Blindern. Before lectures of second day of this meeting, I took several photos of nice views behind the windows. From this building can be observed inter alia Oslofjord, Ullern and Holmenkollen.
On 9th February 2020, weather in Oslo was very hard. It was windy and rainy due to storm Elsa. However, the day after the weather was improved. In the afternoon of 10th February, I walk along Havnepromenaden. I observed that some parts of it are under the water of Oslofjord. There were also numerous branches laid on the paths. Sadly, there were also garbage floating in the water or spread on the shores. However, beyond that I also observed something positive – beautiful sunset over high water.
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Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though we pass them by today,
Tomorrow we may come this way
And take the hidden paths that run
Towards the Moon or to the Sun.'
J.R.R. Tolkien,'A Walking Song'
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