"A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders." -Lord Dunzany

Archive for April, 2013

Air – Johann Sebastian Bach

It’s been way to long since I have time to play. And – from the looks of my calendar, and people totally stressing me out, there will be a long time until I have time to sit down by the keyboard and concentrate again.

Fortunately I have done a few soothing pieces that I listen to, during stressful times. I did a series of classical pieces a while back, where I tried to use only my favorite synth ANTIDOTE by Synapse (a German built, 800 oscillator synth). I will share these with you – piece by piece.

First one out is the timeless “Air” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Please read the comment on my Soundcloud-page – soundcloud.com/northernblogosphere for further info and feel free to subscribe there to listen to other pieces!


Young Female Moose

Young Female Moose trimming the tree buds in between the houses

Young Female Moose trimming the tree buds in between the houses today


Shooting Moose

That's close enough mate! Neighbor taking a close-up of the local moose

That’s close enough mate! Neighbor taking a close-up of the local moose

This young Moose (Alces alces) female is wandering around in the area, mostly trimming the wild tree buds – but occasionally also helping herself to some of the more exotic and delicious shrubs in the gardens around here. And she isn’t very much afraid. In fact, one of the neighbors came driving home today, but she wouldn’t move, so he had to park down by the road and take a detour to get up to his house. The other neighbor wanted to take a close up, and walked near enough for her to raise her leg in warning that he was close enough. One shouldn’t be afraid of these animals – but they demand to be respected and kept at a distance. A kick from the fore legs can easily be deadly. Usually they don’t attack, unless you startle them, come between a cow and her calves or are perceived as a challenge from one of the bulls during mating season.

The Norwegian female Moose is usually between 180 and 210 centimeters tall (shoulder height) and weighs between 200 and 400 kg. The bull is about 190 and 220 centimeters and weighs 200 to 600 kg.

Their fantastic ability to digest cellulose through an intricate system of bowl enzymes has been studied so that the same enzymes could be used to produce sustainable biofuels from wood.


Very Early Morning Light

The Midnight Sun is just around the corner. I shot this photo at 3:37 am (+1 DST) last night. The sun briefly dips below the horizon now – before it rises again. Soon it will be shining through the living room windows at midnight.

The Midnight Sun is not far away now

The Midnight Sun is not far away now