14. More Than Seven Wise Men Can Answer [the Finnmark heath, June 24; English version]

agency/self-governed behavior (in animals) animal behavior Birdlife / Fugleliv heath in spring sexuality/propagation/pollination spring plants / vårplanter

For a long time I sat on the hilltop looking down on the lakes below me – Joatkajávrrit – that lay shimmering in the evening sun. Alt that glitters is not gold; some of it is much far more precious – like the golden sheen on this fresh and pure […]

13. Alienated from Nature? What Baloney! [the Finnmark heath; June 24; English version]

animal behavior Birdlife / Fugleliv heath in spring Sami / samer spring plants / vårplanter The Finnmark heath / Finnmarksvidda

Two and a half months have passed since I last wrote on my blog. Scandalous, to say the least. (Partly due to summer vacation; mostly due to work with other stuff.) But now, as you see, I am back. I will try to write two blog posts a week, sometimes […]

12. The Incarnation of Life above the Treeline (the Finnmark heath, June 24; English version]

animal behavior Birdlife / Fugleliv heath in spring The Finnmark heath / Finnmarksvidda

After having crossed the small stream between the Joatka lakes at the edge of the Finnmark heath and hiked a few hundred yards up the tender-green slope, I soon found myself above the treeline. At the top of the barren ridge in the distance, a couple of snow patches remained […]

10. Spring on the Heath: A Ubiquitous Carnal Orgy [June 24; English version]

Birdlife / Fugleliv heath in spring spring plants / vårplanter The Finnmark heath / Finnmarksvidda

This snapshot from another place on the heath serves to accentuate my main theme: Here in the sub-Arctic – in the northernmost regions of the globe – Genesis happens anew every spring. The world sprouts afresh everywhere, even around a skeleton left by a merciless winter. (The fact that the […]