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Friday Theme, Wall...

A picture from France, makes me think about: The hills are alive...with the sound...

This Friday theme is "Wall", I had to think for a while to come up with the english word, all I had in my mind was "Mauer" for some reason. The english word is not that as specific as the Swedish word "Mur". My first thought was that this would be such a challenging picture theme, because when have I ever taken picture of a wall, of any kind. But then I remebered that hey, I actually lived in the UK for a go figure, I do have some old pictures of walls. Not only from UK, but mostly. What I think about when I think about a "wall", is something that separates my side from your side, maybe I have lived in the US for to long...

Anyway, moving on to an actual wall, stone wall, which there are thousands of around dartmoor, peak district, lake district and other place in the UK. [gallery type="slideshow" ids="1221,1222,1223"] They cut down all their trees and all that is left are sheep, stonewalls and sheep. No, not really but there is a great abundance of those two.

I have to say though, that I don't think the landscape would be the same without all their walls, stonewalls, hedges and so on. It really makes the landscape more interesting.

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="1226,1227"] It is amazing the labour it would take to build all these. I remember someone telling me that they are constantly repairing and rebuilding them and that labour is insane, but then they get paid good for it.


There are other types of walls too. Snow fence, to keep drifting snow from building up on the wrong place.


Or you could just put up a regular fence, to keep your animals in place, or to tell people that someone owns this land.

Fence In Victoria

Time to go now, I finish up with a last picture. A picture from Victoria of a really nice fence.

Soon enough I will have snow walls building up, with the help of My Labour.

Oh, but one more, something that I have to look forward to

Have a nice Friday!

Friday Theme * 3 again.. - Water, Right Now, and Green is Delightful

April_in Fairbanks

Friday Theme - Water

This is the second time water is on the Friday Theme list, but no worries, I love water and have lots of pictures of water. When I was back in Sweden for a short while I took lots and lots of pictures of water, mainly cause Stockholm, my hometown, is surrounded by water. When we left Fairbanks we hade temperatures below 0F and snow on the ground still, We arrived in Sweden with around 40F and sunny sky.


One day we went out to the archipelago and I took some nice pictures of Waxholm and the surroundings. Stockholm really is beautiful. Waxholm below, a beautiful little town.


W and I walked a lot when we were in Stockholm, public transportation is expensive, and if you are not in a hurry why waste money when you can explore your surroundings, and enjoy being outside. Ok, not everyday was beautiful and sunny, but you get the picture.

Friday Theme - Right Now

Since we got back from Sweden me and W has tried to make the most of the last time W has here in Alaska, in a couple of weeks W is moving to Wisconsin. I will most likely end up there too, but that is a long ways into the future. We have been on a couple of adventures. Like biking in Denali,


It was so beautiful, such a warm day. We biked around 15 miles, and then we turned around. Lots of tracks, like this wolf track (above). Wolves are so BIG, but so are also bears!


It was awesome, until we almost biked into a grizzly, and had to take the bus pass that point. On the bus I took a good picture of the bear. And we decided that biking in Denali wasn't really that nice any longer.

Both me and W has had bear safety training and we know what to do if you do run into a bear, and we did have bearspray, one can each. The whole situation was really unfortunate though, with 2 tour buses blocking parts of the view, the left side of the road being a vertical hill (as in the bear or us could not take to the left), the road was up a hill around a bend and the view was awful. Either way it turned out well.

It was such a beautiful day, driving down to Denali the leaf-out hadn't happen yet, but on the way back it had already happened.


The weekend after that we went down to Talkeetna, for a little more mellow adventure. We got great views of Denali, again.

Mountains_in _Clouds

Imagine all tourist that come to Alaska and don't get to see Denali. Denali is big enough to create its own weather pattern. Other parts of Alaska can can be really cloudy too and if you don't know, you would never realize that there in fact are mountains around. One second the mountains are there, and the next they are gone. When my parents came to visit there was a lot of times when I had to say, "no really, the mountains are there, I promise".


Talkeetna is a really artsy town/community. During the summer it explodes with tourists that are stepping off the train to get a different view of Alaska, or mountaineers whose only wish is to concur that big big mountain, that is big enough to create its own weather pattern. Denali isn't the one of the hardest climbs per say, but it is very challenging weather wise. Every year in the summertime you read about mountaineers who die trying to conquer Denali. And you say: how many have died so far..this year including this guy. It always adds up to a too high number at the end of the summer.


After Talkeetna we went to Byers lake, which I had never heard about, but it was a beautiful place. Kind of hidden in the woods, and we stayed at the nearest cabin to the parking lot.

The loon made an appearance every now and then which further amplified the spooky feeling we got walking around the lake.


We also spotted an angry otter with a fish, he was hissing at us as we walked by.


We had a wonderful weekend


Friday Theme - Green is Delightful


As I mentioned above leaf out just happened a couple of weeks ago, around May25th to be more precise, and that is extremely late. The trees have looked dead since October, that is around 8 months without green plants... But now when summer is back, we can finally experience that wonderful green and lush colour again


Oh well, that turned in to a pretty long one. Hope you all will have a wonderful week!

Friday Theme: In My Neighborhood


So far I have lived here about 4 years, not in the same place but the neighborhood is still the same. Well, it depends on the perimeter you use, I use a pretty large one, which mean I can show you more. But it's walking distance to all the places. The University is about 2.1-2.4 miles from here depending on what way you choose, but I still count it as my neighborhood. During the summertime you usually see smoke, cause there is always a fire somewhere, and everything kind of centers around Fairbanks no matter what it seems like. That same view, the parking lot (above) is probably the most common view I have, leaving my office to go to places, and I always make sure I take a picture every once in a while. I also like the fields down the slope from campus.

The fields

The mountains of course, and the sunsets. I like our campus, it's really pretty, and in the summertime it is really calm, no students (almost) but lots of tourists, mostly around the museum though. We have the university trails around there, walking and running in the summertime, and Skiing in the wintertime.

Museum of the north
trails 3

The pretty lake. Closer to home we have the dogmushing trails. We have a nice field right outside our cabin, even in the bitter cold it's pretty. On the other side from our driveway, there is a restaurant and a golf course. In the wintertime the sun always sets between the restaurant and the end of the field, and calls for beautiful sunsets.

The lake
Dogmusher trail2
Dogmushers trail

And of course we have our cabin, and the neighbors cabin to the left, but most of the time it is empty.


And that is about it, I think I showed you a lot of my neighborhood. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!