It was a dramatic night here with high winds, snow, hail and there was even a thunderstorm at 4 am (not common in winter here!)….a Polar Low (polar lavtrykk).
It was stormy on the fjord today, it’s now 8 days since the last frost, and no frost in the 10 day forecast…. :(
It reached +8C here on New Year’s Eve!
Goldeneye (kvinand) displaying (with great black backed gull /stormåke)
Jackdaws (kaie) coming in for landing below the house in the bay! It’s a hard winter for them with continuous snow cover!
Pushed the bike along a path through the woods with protrubing tree roots looking for some late edible fungi…
Some pictures taken on the beach and rocks below the house while being filmed yesterday harvesting seaweed!
On my garden help Daina Binde from Latvia’s last evening in Malvik, we went down to the shoreline to look at edible beach plants and to watch the sunset. The sun went down just after 11pm. Here are 5 short videos from the beach :) Enjoy!
Malvikodden is a fantastic mixed woodland area on the other side of the bay (Malvikbukta) from where I live, sadly largely felled by heavy machinery… anyway, it still has an amazingly rich flora with lowland species growing alongside plants you would normally associated with the mountains growing on rocks next to the fjord including purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) which normally blooms early in April. The south side of Malvikodden has/had one of the densest communities of song birds in our area thanks to the large diversity of deciduous trees. The only known breeding of stock dove (skogdue) in our region is here. A campaign “Bevar Malvikodden” (Save Malvikodden) lead by local man Pål Malvik luckily (by one vote) fought off plans to make the area a “Friluftsområdet” (recreational area) some years ago, including a large car park for hundreds of vehicles and a road to empty toilets on planned beaches on both sides of the area… We believed at the time that the area was too small that it would ever be felled…
A large Facebook album of pictures taken over many years: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151959609890860.1073741968.655215859&type=1&l=a1a2728485
Click the link below to get a list (Excel) of plants registered at Malvikodden and Malvikbukta, including 179 species of flowering plant, almost 10% of all found in Norway!