"bLog means boring-Log"
day 06 in scandinavia, norway (0 comments)
it was time for art and a museum. namely the rock art of alta[001-066]. the main part of the museum is outdoor, including all the carvings, but there is also an indoor part, going more into details of the rock art.
the fine pieces of art were created by hunters and fishers, and most likely the drawings were part of their beliefs and rituals, and might also have been an aid in story telling.
most motifs show humans, animals, and tools they were using, like fisher boats, or fishing rods. reoccurring animals are reindeer, elk, bear, dog, wolf, fox, hare, goose, duck, swan, halibut, salmon, and whale. so all the animals that are still here today. other motifs include patterns and figures. also activities like dancing, hunting and fishing, gathering, and rituals are shown in the carvings.
the timespan for all the carvings is from 5000 B.C. to 200 B.C., with the oldest carvings being high above current sea level, while the younger ones are closer to the sea. this is, because the land rose over the millennia, thus exposing newer rocks at the beach, where all the carving usually took place.
then there was still the same boat, that i had already taken a picture, almost nine years earlier
. it lost the cabin, but the ship's hull was still the same. amazing how long it takes for this boat to decompose. i am pretty sure it will be around for another ten years, if left to itself.
the whole area was blooming[003,006,030,035,045,047,049-050,052-054,059-061], and there were bees and bumblebees everywhere. it was a constant buzz; so cute. also the colours were amazing.
after a visit to the indoor museum, the cafe, and the museum shop, we left the museum with its impressive rock art, and headed for the kobberverk kåfjord[067-104], an old abandoned copper plant.
actually there was almost nothing left from the plant, but there were plenty of leftovers scattered all over the area. like even more stone carvings, or huge slag plugs[073,079-090] from the smelting furnaces. due to corrosion, colourful patina and verdigris[081-088] formed on a lot of the plugs, giving it an amazing alien look. i really liked that a lot.
combined with a little insight and shared knowledge from robert's experience on cobber working we got to get a better impression of what might have gone on here in this area when the plant was still active and intact.
close to the old copper plant was the kåfjord kirke[105-115], a little wooden church from the 19th century, with a statue[105-106] of a family in front, and a graveyard[108-115] in the back of it. as it was closed, we only could walked around it.
however the northern lights cathedral, or nordlyskatedralen[116-134], was opened. so we went inside[118-132] this church, that also was rather small on the inside, although it looked pretty spacious from the outside.
from nina's parents hotel room at the scandic alta - where we will spend our second night in a row - one could look over straight to the church. our room unfortunately was to the other side, so no church for us.
the weather today was mild and sunny, with temperatures around 15°C, and a few clouds.
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