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Wordless Wednesday: Wild Mushrooms Found While Hiking

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Wild Mushroom Wild Mushroom
Location: Elvesæter, Boverdalen, Norway (click any picture to enlarge)


July 27, 2020 at 7:53 am 8 comments

Wordless Wednesday: It’s a McDonald’s For Sure

Location: Bergen, Norway

February 26, 2018 at 9:13 am 4 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

Fløibanen Ride
Location: Bergen, Norway

This picture was taken while riding the Fløibanen (funicular) up to Mt. Fløyen in Bergen, Norway.

Among my fellow passengers, one person stood out. While everybody was scrambling to get a good view, she kept to herself. She remained seated with her arms crossed and seemed uninterested amidst the commotion around her. I assumed she was a local or just afraid of heights.

I can assure you that I didn’t intend to target her. It was more like collateral damage. I usually don’t take pictures of people without their permission.

Fløibanen Ride

If you’re visiting the area, I recommend going on top of Mt. Fløyen. At 1,058 feet above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of Bergen and vicinity. Trust me, even the climb at 30-40 degree angle would be a memorable experience in itself.

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February 23, 2018 at 9:19 am 2 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Jonsok (Kati Casida, 2011)


Location: Skjolden, Norway

March 20, 2017 at 9:42 am 8 comments

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

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