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  • #16
    A new year and early spring in Aalesund.
    Snowbells have been out for a couple of weeks now:




    Pussy willows have shown themselves:


    According to smp.no Primerose (Primula Vulgaris) has been blooming in Hessa for at least two weeks and the first Danderloins have appeared at the other islands.

    BTW Svalbard is warmest place in Norway these days: http://norwaytoday.info/news/svalbard-warmest-country/
    Even North Cape and Kirkenes is expected to experience temperatures above 0C for the nearest two day

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    • nari
      nari commented
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      In a book I am reading called Letters from High Latitudes, by Lord Dufferin, he goes off in a schooner to explore the Arctic. He becomes rather disappointed that Iceland is so warm - 86 C for over two days. Off to Svalbard and there is more ice but he can land and spend time with the locals whom he describes as Lapps. Jan Mayen traps him for some time and its famous mountain is shrouded in mist - so it becomes rather perilous. He survives it all - and heads to Bear Island - but again is disappointed by its relative warmth....the date of his adventures??? 1846. That must be at the end of a geological warm period.

  • #17
    More spring pictures from Aalesund.
    This is familiar territory in Kattavaagen (near Sunnomore Museum) where the swans and ducks are back in their normal habitat:








    There appears to be some young'uns among them:

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    • #18
      Kattavaagen with no swans:


      Not much snow on the mountains to be early February:

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      • #19
        Spring, Singapore style:

        The nearest to spring we have is the end of the NE Monsoon season, which is NOW!!

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        • #20
          Back in Aalesund and there are more snow on the Sula mountain than when we left 2 months ago:


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          • #21
            OK there are some signs of spring around. The daffodils, known as Paaskelilje (Easter lilies) in Norwegian, are blooming on cue:




            The seagulls are pairing up and making a lot of noise:


            And the Borgundfjord Cod is in the fjord:

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