Ever-changing Light

From my house, I view the mountains and sea and never cease to be fascinated by the play of light and shadow.  The solid rock and steady waves displaying different faces throughout the day.

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11:00 AM

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12:00 PM

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1:00 PM

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2:00 PM

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3:00 PM

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4:00 PM

And I contemplate how the circumstances around me affect the constants within me?

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Unexpected Journeys

We’re all on this journey called life.  Along the way, there are adventures and experiences we get to choose, create, and share with others.  My course lead me to a life at 71˚ North of the Equator and “Experience North Cape” evolved out of a desire to share this amazing arctic region with others around the world.

As in all of our journeys, we don’t always have control of what lies around the next bend.  My recent post, Arctic Sun, holds a clue as to why I’ve been out of the blogging world for quite some time.

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My scarf is the outer part of a Jonas thermal mask.  Inside is a mask with a steel filter that warms the air and helps with breathing.

The short and to-the-point version of the story is that this non-smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015.

Our lives were turned upside down in an instant, and we’ve been navigating our way through this unexpected journey ever since.

Radiation and chemotherapy treatment worked well on the 5 centimeter tumor in my right lung, and the spreading to my mediastinal lymph nodes. And my current biological therapy has kept 7 brain mets from growing larger the past 7 months.  One day at a time, as the saying goes.

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So, I’ve decided to take up blogging again.  I don’t know which direction it will take.  Unexpected journeys lead to uncharted territory, but I’m still along for the ride!

All the best,

Erica

 

 

 

 

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Arctic Sun and Moon Video

On days like this, we can’t help but be happy: The sun in front of us, the moon to the left (video taken at 1:00 Pm/13.00)

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Arctic Sun

img_0006The sun left us in November and for 2 long months we dreamed of its return. However, it didn’t grace us with its mighty presence on January 21.  It alluded us for days, hidden behind stormy, snow-filled skies and gale force winds.

But all is forgotten when we stare into its bold, glaring brightness – we don’t care about the frigid temps and stinging wind.  Reunited with our Arctic Sun, at last we are content.

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Snow-Blasted

We just had a storm called “Ole” that blasted the northern part of Norway this past weekend.  Ole has left us with lots of snow to shovel, and frosted our buildings from basement to roof.

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IMG_4735And now, while the rest of the world is counting down the days to Spirng, we are counting down to the next storm, which is hours away.

 

 

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A Noonday Stroll

A noonday stroll in -8C, wind 14 mps (Windchill -17C/-3F).  Beautiful light, cold fingers and toes!

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Eco Art Project in the North Cape

I just started a new blog that will share more details about the Eco Art Project I started in 2012.  If you’re interested in following our endeavors to clean up the majestic North Cape coast, please follow the new blog 🙂  Thanks

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Cleaning up the coast one step at a time

Cleaning up the coast one step at a time

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