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It seems we were up early almost every day and today was no exception. We had to catch an early train to Røros, Norway. We were actually going to Trondheim but we made a three hour stop in Røros. to look around this historic mining town. My wife at the train station.

The train passed lakes and farmland. The morning started out sunny but quickly became overcast and rainy.

We spent about three hours wandering around Røros. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded in 1664 and is one of the best preserved mining towns in Norway. It is noted for its many wooden structures.

 

The existence of the town was dependent upon the mining and smelter but mining is never attractive. We spent quite a bit of time looking around the mining operation.

A classic shot of the Hyttklokka with the Røros church in the background. The Hyttklokka was used to call the miners.

The Røros church is one of the most prominent landmarks in Røros. It was built in 1784 by the Røros Copper Works. It has 1600 seats within. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited.

 

Of course we had to stop at the Kaffestuga, the oldest in Røros, for some Norwegian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. One of the first things my wife did upon returning to the states was to purchase a Norwegian waffle maker.

No visit to Røros is complete without a visit to the Røros Museum. It is well worth the time and money with some great operating displays showing how mining took place throughout history.

It was late in the day and raining when we arrived Trondheim.

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Day 11 was our last full day in Oslo. Once again we were up early and walked down to the harbor area to catch a bus out to Bygdoy where some of Oslo’s most popular Museums are located. We had to wait for about 15 minutes for a bus which was the longest we waited for public transportation in Oslo. There looked to be an issue from the direction the bus was coming from because several police cars went by.

 

I spent the time photographing flowers by the bus stop. It had been raining and the flowers were covered with water droplets. I also couldn’t resist photographing the Pigeon that was posing for me.

When we got to Bygdoy we ended up getting off at the wrong stop. Rather than waiting for the next bus we decided to walk to The Fram Museum. I took a few photos as we walked through a residential district. The construction site was interesting because everything is built on rock the same problem we have in Duluth, Minnesota.

At the Fram Museum we toured the125 foot ship Fram that took Amundsen and Nansen into the Arctic and Antarctic.

This was a display outside the Museum protesting the pollution of our oceans.

We then stopped at the Kon-Tiki Museum to view the ship. The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl.

We then walked over to the Viking Ship Museum.

It was a beautiful day so we decided to walk to the Norwegian Folk Museum. I was mainly interested in getting some ice cream but the line was too long. This is a This stave church was built in the 13th century in Hallingdal.

There was a reenactment taking place while we were at the Museum. The group was marching through the Museum and firing their guns. While we watched them at the encampment we noticed someone was selling Norwegian waffles with whipped cream and strawberries so we purchased a couple.

We then walked around the old farm houses in the Museum. There were a number of artisans at work around the Museum.

I just had to take a photo of these two little kids looking in the door of one of the buildings.

While we were watching some woodcarvers we noticed another couple doing the same. Turns out we met them in Stockholm at the train station. They had just arrived from Finland and were on their way to northern Norway. They also happened to be from a small down just east of Duluth.

We decided rather than take the bus back to the harbor we would walk back down to the docks through a residential district and take a water taxi back. We weren’t sure our pass would work but it did.  It was a beautiful day and a weekend so there was a lot of activity in the harbor.

When we arrived back at the harbor docks we encountered this street artist working for tips. I still recall our visit to the same area in 1999 when our son was little. He got excited to find money on the sidewalk in front of what he thought was a statue. He was a little disappointed that he couldn’t  pick up the money.

We walked over to Karl Johan’s gate where I finally got my soft is.

We took the train to the Munch Museum. Unfortunately “The scream” was not in the Museum. The trees were in full bloom.

We then took a train to the main station and then take a metro out to Nydalen in the early evening. Unfortunately we made our only mistake using public transportation. We somehow missed a connection and found ourselves heading for the outskirts of Oslo. When we discovered or error we got off and picked up another train. We finally found our way to Nydalen.

Our goal was to walk along the Akers River which would take us back to our Airbnb. On the way we found this strange structure. It was an insect house. First one we had ever seen since most people don’t want insects around.

We also noticed a lot of graffiti along the river. I’m really not a fan but it seems to be common in the larger cities.

There were some waterfalls and children’s playgrounds along the river walk.

It was late in the day and the local restaurants along the river were starting to get busy and it was time for us to call it a day.

Our last stop of the fall color trip was Black river Harbor. I love to photograph the landpools under the bridge but they were not all that good this year. There were some nice shots of the bridge across the Black River and boats in the harbor. Incidentally, this is the last year you will be able to visit the harbor for free. Next year there will be fees imposed.

I just happened to be looking out the window when I notice a strange bird fly up to my feeders and all of the other birds scattered. It turned out to be a Northern Shrike. Its been four years since I’ve see one of them on the farm.

We made a brief stop at Overlooked Falls for a few photos. As I mentioned it was 80 degrees and way to warm to hike.

One of my favorite winter past times is photographing birds during a snow storm. Fortunately our first significant snowfall occurred during the day so I was able to photograph a wide variety of birds. A good snowfall always brings out plenty of birds.

Northern Cardinal female

Northern Cardinal male

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Hairy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

 

Nonesuch Falls is located at the former town of Nonesuch where a copper mine operated off and on from 1867- 1912. At it’s peak it had a post office and a population of 300. Now the only thing remaining are some foundations. The waterfall is not all that impressive.

The hike out was spectacular with deep blue sky and lots of color in the trees. Unfortunately it was 80 degrees in late October and way to hot to be hiking.

Lake Superior Magazine used one of my photos of last years Northwoods Harness Club Sleigh and Cutter Rally held in Ashland, Wisconsin. This years Rally will be held this coming weekend. More photos from the event can be found on my website.

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One of my favorite fall photography subjects is landpools (reflections). With the beautiful day there were plenty of reflections shots in the streams along the Union Mine Trail.

These are some of the birds that have been turning up at my feeders at the start of winter.

Northern Cardinal

Blue Jay

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker

Common Redpoll

American Goldfinch