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September 2019



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Catching up: Today, history, new, morning, evening, wreath, candle, close-up


I took this pic when the prompt was called as I had just been rehearsing a piece for our next choir concert. I'm going to do the same later today, too, as our concert is next Sunday, so the prompt is still accurate.


On the Danish island we spent a week in Feburary, there's a small museum about the history of fishing on the island at the town we're staying, situated in an old storage hall right at the harbour basin. The entry is rather unassuming and easy to miss, so they took the cockpit (? - I'm sorry, I've no idea how this part of a fishing boat is called in English) of an old boat and fixed it to the outside of the building, painting it with the name of the museum. One of the harbour cats is also doing her duty in looking the part or so. *g*


It's spring, I long for new greens to sprout and bud, so this (older) pic of a sunflower bud seemed just perfect for the prompt: a brand-new flower is opening here.


I'm the opposite of a morning person, so I don't have a lot of morning pics to choose from - and let's not even speak of taking a new one right away! *g*
This one is from our Northland trip two years ago, where for once I didn't have any troubles getting up early as it never went dark at night. This was taken at about four or five in the morning on the Norwegian mainland, looking over the sund to the Vesterålen islands. It's definitely been one, if not the, most beautiful mornings I've ever experienced.


A beautiful, cloudy sunset at our holiday island.


During the winter months, services of the main church are held in the parish hall because heating the church is too expensive. I took some pics for the church homepage the other day, including the "winter" baptismal font which has been improvised from a large tin bowl borrowed from somebody and a beautiful evergreen wreath. (The regular one is made of stone and cast iron and too heavy to be moved anywhere.)


We celebrated my birthday on that trip, and Siljan made me such a lovely birthday table, decorating our traditional candle with shells and pretty stones he had collected at the beach. :o)


In the south of our holiday island, two large colonies of wild horses are living in large, enclosed areas and mostly without human intervention - ill and injured animals are treated by a vet, and every couple of years the stallions get exchanges to avoid inbreeding. Their enclosures border various holiday cottage areas or beach areas, and hiking trails go alongside or even pass through. It's forbidden to feed or interact with the horses in any way, of course, and they aren't really friendly, too, but outside the times when lots of people are around they aren't too shy either, and get close enough for watching and photographing. This one was coming towards me because she didn't like to be photographed, I think, or perhaps she wanted to tell me off for getting so close to her herd: I was stading right at the electric fence of the enclosure, while the horses were only two or three metres away. But I got a great close-up shot out of this! :o)
I was curious how she would continue to act - they were all grazing right at the side of the beach hiking path, and while at this time of the year only a handful of people was about, some were walking their dogs there regularly, and any dog could have passed easily under the lower fence wire, although they have to be kept on a leash. I've also only ever been so close to domesticated horses. So I remained, just standing and looking at her, camera back on my shoulder, not moving. She came as close to the fence as she dared, moved her head a little and looked me up and down, and then turned and nuged her herd (or part of it, about seven or eight horses) a bit further away to safe distance. She resumed grazing herself but didn't let me out of her sight until we left.


Siljan is a treasure. :)

What a gorgeous sunset! And awww, such a sweet horse encounter.
He really is!
It seems to be a part of spending a few days in winter on that island: so far, we've been given at least one breathtaking sunset each time.
The horse is going:
"Ok, buddy.... you watching me? Well, I'm going to be watching YOU!!"
*g* I wouldn't even count on it speaking regular horse, though. Rather some patois or other... it was really interesting to see how different those horses behaved to domesticated ones.
I'd love to watch them!

Oh, I bet they'd speak Base Horse!

If you don't want them to see you as a threat, put your eyes down, turn your back to them and make soft sounds by rubbing your palms together in slow circles just to make a low woooshwoooshwooosh sound while remaining standing with them behind you. Do it intermittently for about 3-5 minutes. Like... rub for 30 seconds, rest for a few seconds, peek over your shoulder at them before you start making the soft rubbing sound again.

If they get curious and try to flank you (I know there is a fence and you won't really approach the fence... but they might strafe around to try and see what is in your hands.. what WHAT THAT SOUND IS. Wild horses will be more skeptical to win over, but I bet they will listen!) so if they try and look around you... trying to see you better,... that is them getting interested. Keep your back or shoulder to them. Feel free to walk and pace slowly, keeping your back/shoulder to them. They don't trust things that stand too still, either... and don't wear a lot of jangly baubles, or carry noisy things like plastic bag.

Don't let them see what your hands are actually doing. Hide it like a secret and pretend to ignore the horses.

That is a very basic way for a human to make a horse comfortable and curious. If you do this sound with your back turned to them (not vigorous rubbing, just soft like you're balling cookie dough or something) there is a good chance they will get playful or at least stay calm in your presence. If you want good pictures... do this as a greeting if you see them nearby, hope they'd get a little closer.

A way to keep them comfortable around you and your camera is to sit down in the grass, and not raise/lower your camera a lot. Just sit and shoot and intermittently rub your palms together some more, deep in your lap so they can't see where it is coming from. Most horses LOVE that sound. You'll see their ears prick up whenever they first hear it!

But on the other hand, it sounds like you got great pics and pretty close contact just you doing your business and them doing theirs! Great job!
Great pictures. I really like the museum entrance - very imaginative. BTW - That part of a ship is called the bridge, but on slightly smaller vessels it is usually called the Wheelhouse. I think it would be the wheelhouse on a fishing boat.
The morning and evening shots are really nice. Especially the morning one - very tranquil.
And I like the wreathed font very much.
Ah, thanks for the clarification! Wheelhouse would be the direct translation to the German term, just that the dictionary gave me cockpit instead. *rolls eyes* Now we only have to visit the island at a time when the museum is open, too - we've never been inside since it's closed in winter.
Ah, cockpit would be the right term on an even smaller boat, like a yacht - the open area lower than the deck where the wheel or tiller can be found.
Well done on catching up - hard to decide which is my favourite!

I do love the wreath around the font, and the wild horse close-up. However that Spring bud is a special image.
I really love that bud, too. I found it also fascinating as it's rather large, which you don't see often for a bud, and you can see the details really well. I don't remember exactly, but I think the size of a tangerine?
Those are all such interesting, and beautiful, pictures. I think we'd probably call that bit of a fishing boat the wheel-house. It took me a few moments to find the cat :)

I love the bud, and the views, and your candles - and I think your winter font is absolutely beautiful.
Thank you! And yes, wheelhouse sounds most plausible, debris4spike said the same. It's even the same term in German, just that the dictionary gave me cockpit when I searched for it!
Service has moved back to the church two weeks ago, but they kept the wreath idea, just that the one for the larger font is even larger and more beautiful.