Posts tagged ‘Elvesæter’

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

Amanita muscaria

Location: Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
 
In 2015, I was hiking in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland when I saw this red-colored beauty. I’d never seen anything like it, so I took its picture.

Amanita muscaria

Location: Elvesæter, Lom, Oppland, Norway
 
In 2016, I was hiking in Elvesæter in Lom, Oppland, Norway when, to my surprise, I encountered its long lost cousin. What were the odds?

After some research, I discovered that it’s called Amanita muscaria, a mushroom classified as poisonous due to its psychoactive compound called muscimol. Some cultures have learned to eat it by weakening its toxicity. This is done by putting it in boiling water until it’s partially cooked.

I also learned that it’s a very common fungus found in the Northern Hemisphere known for a variety of uses like insecticide, intoxicant, and entheogen. Perhaps the reason why I didn’t notice it before was because I wasn’t paying attention. Sometimes, I tend to look but don’t see.

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February 24, 2017 at 11:55 am 9 comments

Inside Norway: Maihaugen and Elvesæter

Maihaugen View
Location: Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum, Lillehammer, Norway.
 
We left Oslo early in the morning and headed northwest to Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum in Lillehammer, Norway.

Espa Boller
 
On the way, our tour guide set us up for a surprise treat. At a Shell gas station, we stopped to enjoy the buns that it sells. The buns have become so popular that it has sold millions since it started selling them. I’d say they’re good but no better than what you can buy at Cinnabon.

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October 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm 4 comments


From The Book Thief

i have hated the words and i have loved them, and i hope i have made them right.

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