Botanical Wednesday: Norwegian wood

Tomorrow, I’ll be on a plane for Norway, and I’ll be spending the weekend in urban Oslo. Wouldn’t it be nice if the World Humanist Congress could be held in Kongsvinger Forest?

(via National Geographic)

(Also on Sb)


  1. Lofty says

    Why does this photo give me the willies? Are there bears or fundies just out of the frame?

    Looks great, wish I was there…nothing like a conifer forest in fitful moonlight. The sighing, the creaking…

  2. Molly says

    Beautiful. No wonder the Norwegian people have legends of trolls and gnomes, etc. Those woods look like the perfect habitat for such creatures.

  3. Mike K. says

    You should come to New Zealand and see our beautiful forests then. Dawkins was welcomed “like a rockstar” according the papers so you’d be very appreciated to do a talk or something.

  4. Birger Johansson says

    John* Bauer’s book illustrations for stories about trolls, princesses and assorted supernatural denizens of the wood looked a lot like this. I am not surprised about the reactions of Lofty and Molly.

    * no relation of Jack Bauer.

  5. nemo the derv says

    Lennon said of the song:

    I was trying to write about an affair, so it was very gobbledegooky. I was trying to write about an affair without letting my wife know I was having one. I was sort of writing from my experiences … girls’ flats, things like that.

    Didn’t want your wife to know so you wrote a hit song about it? Oh John.

  6. hullgra says

    I’m not sure if this is just my browser but your posts past the James Randi post do not show up on the main page of this blog. I’m only getting to this on via the link from the SB Pharyngula.
    -back to topic, that’s a beautiful shot, thanks :)

  7. says

    I don’t think the attendants would appreciate the cold, or the moss appreciate all the trampling.

    Of course, I have a redwood forest to look out upon, which stays dry four months of the year, so who am I to speak? We’re reinforcing our glade with dry masonry fill from the house’s trash heap, removing the trash and invasive plants, and covering the ground with riverstone and quartzite paths where walking is to be done to protect the roots. It’s pretty sweet.

  8. Mikko says

    The title makes me think of a tall blond Norwegian guy sporting some wood. Yes, I’m gay (a tall non-blond Finn).

  9. Jeanette Garcia says

    Just what Kongsvinger woods needs, a bunch of atheists stomping around on its delicate eco-system.

  10. Sili says

    Careful Nøkken doesn’t take you if you cross a stream.


    Anyone have an opinion on Murakawi?