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A dark land­scape, and dark wea­ther. It fits nice­ly tog­e­ther, in a way. A Sun­day mor­ning on Barent­søya. We paid a visit to the local gos­pel choir, which pro­du­ced an arc­tic sym­pho­ny from thousand beaks with a lot of gus­to.

The­re is hard­ly a more lush tun­dra than here in the sou­the­ast, on Barent­søya and Edgeøya. You could pro­ba­b­ly keep sheep here. Someone is alre­a­dy doing it. The sheep have got ant­lers here.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

And if the­se sheep-reinde­er have real­ly got bad luck, then their ant­lers get ent­an­gled in pla­s­tic ropes and nets care­less­ly thrown away from fishing ves­sels. Such as the 3 or 4 reinde­er who­se ant­lers we found as a big knot wound up with green pla­s­tic rope. Parts of the skulls were still atta­ched to the ant­lers. Shame on zivi­li­sa­ti­on! The idea that most likely a polar bear shor­ten­ed the suf­fe­ring from weeks down to days (only … only days! We are tal­king of real­ly ter­ri­ble suf­fe­ring!) does not real­ly make the thought more beara­ble.



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last modification: 2014-08-01 · copyright: Rolf Stange