Bergen Railway

5.23.15.7283
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway

On May 23rd we took the Bergen Railway (Bergensbanen) from Oslo (altitude 75′, 23m) to Myrdal (2,844′, 867m). The line crosses the Hardanger Plateau of Norway (Hardangervidda) at 4,058′ (1,237m) above sea level.

5.23.15.7288
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway

All these pictures were taken through the window glass from the train. Some by me and some by Tim. The scenery was so utterly breathtaking we took turns trying to capture it on camera and then sitting back to enjoy the panorama for a spell.

5.23.15.7291
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway

I was starting to get the feeling I was unprepared for the weather on this trip. Many passengers were bundled up in winter clothing and some got off at various stops carrying their skis. Apparently Norway was also having a late and cold spring.

5.23.15.7296
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway

Little did we know that there had been an avalanche the night before which was blocking the track between Myrdal and Bergen. No one was hurt. It didn’t affect us, though, because we were getting off in Myrdal. But I think everyone going to Bergen got off in Myrdal, too, and made the next train ride down to Flåm more crowded than it otherwise might have been.

5.23.15.7302
wondered if this person lives here year-round or if this is a vacation home ~ 5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7314
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7317
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7327
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7328
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.14.7338
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7347
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7349
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7352
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7374
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7378
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7393
one of my favorite shots ~ 5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7416
trying to imagine living here ~ 5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7418
turf roofs ~ 5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7420
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7430
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7440
look how deep the snow is on the sides of the plowed road ~ 5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7449
there was some amazing snowlight ~ 5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7453
snowed in? ~ 5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway
5.23.15.7474
5.23.15 ~ Hardangervidda, Norway

As dreamy as the scenery was, when we got off the train at Myrdal Station it was startlingly COLD!!! Fortunately we didn’t have to wait too long for the next train.

Next stop: Flåm Railway from Myrdal to Flåm.

one morning

LevLagorio.fjord-in-norway2
“Fjord in Norway” by Lev Lagorio

It is that dream we carry
that something miraculous will happen
that it must happen –
that time will open
that the heart will open
that doors will open
and that the rock face will open
that springs will gush forth –
that the dream will open
and that one morning we’ll glide in
to a harbour we didn’t know was there.
~ Olav H. Hauge
(The Dream We Carry: Selected & Last Poems of Olav Hauge)

shelter of the dark

OdilonRedon.thedream
“The Dream” by Odilon Redon

The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb-time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night.
~ John O’Donohue
(Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

For some reason I’ve been sleeping very well this winter. After the excitement of the holidays drifted away the days now seem very peaceful, the nights long and restful, and my dreams full of sweetness. Perhaps I am creeping back into my own nature. I’ve been “pruning” my family tree by day because it needs a lot of editing every once in a while.

A few Alberta clippers (fast moving snowstorms that seem to originate in Alberta, Canada) have passed through, leaving delightful snow flurries and light coatings of powdery snow. The bitter cold snaps have been more remarkable. The lowest temperature we’ve had here by the shore so far was 2°F (-17°C). Inland has been much colder. Today I will start putting away the solstice decorations. It would be nice to have at least one big snowstorm, a nor’easter, this winter…

dark places

theodorkittelsen.december
“December” by Theodor Kittelsen

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair; and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
~ J. R. R. Tolkien
(The Fellowship of the Ring)

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
~ Max Ehrmann
(Desiderata)