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Midwinter Most Ideal Sunrise Times Month

I was thinking of updating the mistYmuse today, as it’s over two weeks in now (started November 21st, a month before midwinter) and there are only two weeks until the Winter Solstice, when it will be midwinter in the northern hemisphere. The MIST of mistYmuse stands for Most Ideal Sunrise Time, and now that we are only a fortnight away from December 21st we are in the best four weeks for seeing the sunrise as late as possible, and it is now in the 8-9am hour in Blighty.

Advent Calendarists joined the December party on the 1st of course, and have to wait another four days for their biggest day on the 25th.

I’ve been seeing in the news that lots of people have thankfully been up popping POP (PinkyOrangePurple) pictures, such as this classic one featured on the BBC:

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I just wrote a blog post on this site’s sister site, fmpoetry, with an update about the POPolution.

Sun Dog-Wolf Wishes, Sun Pillar Reality, Same Photographic Evidence of Exquisite Serenity

As seen in the photos on yesterday’s blog, the sun had set by the time I returned to the road, and the sky had POPed (PinkyOrangePurpled):

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My Last Photo

The battery had nearly run out on my phone, and I took this photo with 1% left. I wondered at the time if it was a sky effect known as a sun dog, but checking up yesterday that’s more when it looks as if there is a ‘sun’ either side of the sun.

It would have been apt for my greenYgrey concept, as from the start it was supposed to be a sun wolf, rather than the more stereotypical moon wolf; its greenness was supposed to have been sun-dyed, and later its Y ascended, partly symbolising the yellow of the sun, and its enlightenment.

The fact that I saw brilliant sky scenes during the sunny daylight, and didn’t see the Northern Lights in the moony night (there was a cool crescent moon near the same seaside horizon as the sun in these photos) does fit in with the greenYgrey sun wolf theme.

This photo seems more like a sun pillar, where the sun’s light extends vertically, making it look as if it is really long, or there are more than one. That isn’t the sun in the photo, as it’s already below the horizon:

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I don’t think I’ve ever taken a better POP photo, although it looks even better on my phone gallery; inspiring me to this moment name such PinkyOrangePurple photos POPhotos, pronounced POP-hotos!

I apologise for loving my own photos so much. It’s not my photography I love though, it’s the beautiful scene of immaculate nature; just like the great artists of the Romantic era!

Iceland Mountain Fjord Sunset Photos

It was around or below zero all the time the week I was in Iceland, from what I saw of the temperatures, and it was supposed to be about -5c the day I spent on the Borgarfjordur beach. While I’d taken many photos during the day, the snaps I took after sunset turned the sky, land and water PinkyOrangePurple (POP) looked totally sublime in my phone gallery. They don’t seem to look as good transferred to the computer, looking lighter, but I think they’re still very nice.

After last post contained a silhouette reflection on Mount Hafnarfjall, here’s the scene below, as the mountain joins the fjord:

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Wildlife Utopia in Santa Rosa

Camping in the Santa Rosa nature reserve in the north-west of Costa Rica in 1994 there were iguanas around the campsite:

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I didn’t know if it was wise, in the days before the great Steve Irwin, but after inspiration from legendary David Attenborough etc, and knowing it would be a great photo:

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Night-time was a raccoon party:

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Howler monkeys sounded like lions:

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As MIST (Midwinter Ideal Sunrise Times: November 21st to January 21st) enters its second week in Blighty (now after 8am, with the latest around December 21st) and the Northern Hemisphere, and is joined by Advent Calendarists since yesterday, here’s a POP (PinkyOrangePurple) sunset photo (one I made earlier [than the POP MIST theories], remembering Blue Peter!):

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Stockholm Sunset and May Blossom Signals End

A sunny day in Stockholm ended with a long sunset; lengthened by walking up a hill near the hostel to see the sun above the city centre buildings.

So the last night ended similarly to the beginning in Bergen.

Knowing Me, Knowing You

In the morning, as I walked to the bus for my return flight, May blossom drew crowds of Saturday morning strollers.

I got lost once more before finding the bus station.

The sun was still shining.

My flight was from Stockholm Skavsta airport, 100km to the south. I saw lots of nice open countryside on the journey.

From the flight I saw  a long bridge. I researched it afterwards, and discovered it was the Øresund Bridge; linking Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark; the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

Abba‘s Eagle

My first cultural introduction to Sweden was probably Abba winning Eurovision in 1974, when I was nine years old.

Now, I left Sweden flying westward with the sun, somewhat like an eagle; the subject of my favourite Abba song.

That week, Agnetha Fältskog of Abba released her comeback album ‘A’. It was successful.

The End of the On The Road

It was the end of my 25th anniversary tour, that had begun in Brittany, September 2012. One year ago now.

This month I am due to turn 48, a year older than Jack Kerouac‘s final age.

But fifteen years younger than Agnetha.

Here’s some photos from my last day in Stockholm:

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Bergen, Norway, Fjord, City and Sunset Photos

After a mixture of sunshine and showers on the journey from Haugesund, the sun was thankfully shining bright when I arrived in Bergen. I’d been thinking about getting a city bus up to Hostel Montana, after reading it was up a mountain 5km (3.5 miles) outside the centre, but had also written out a rough map copied from the hostel website.

Bergen Mountain Houses Shine in Afternoon Sun

After seeing the colourful mountain houses circling the city centre shining in the late afternoon sun, as I’d seen in many photos, I felt like walking. So I headed south. After feeling a bit lost, I saw a #12 bus, which is the bus to the hostel.

So I followed the bus route up to the hostel, which was not a light stroll in the land of the troll.

Bergen Sunset Lights Fjord and Houses

While the walk had been quite tough, I was glad I was staying on the mountain when the sun set; which on that April 30th night I was surprised to see was already quite late at about 10.30-11; about the same time as British midsummer.

The fjord lit up like a real fire, and the mountain houses like precious topaz.

Here’s some photos:

Bergen mountain houses.
Bergen mountain houses.
Bergen street.
Bergen street.
Kong (King) Oscars Gate on the street of that name.
Kong (King) Oscars Gate on the street of that name.
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Trees line Kong Oscars Gate street.
A storm arrived from further south.
A storm arrived from further south.
Bergen sunset from the Hostel Montana.
Bergen sunset from the Hostel Montana.
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Bergen mountain houses lit by sunset.
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Bergen sunset darkens and deepens, providing another spectacular photo (in my opinion; not much photography skill required!).

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).