søndag 27. juli 2008

1.-24. juni Feltarbeid

I sommer jobbet jeg med Elin, Liv og Arvid i felt ved Kongsvoll, Grødalen i Sunndalsfjellene og ved Gauldal i Hessdalen. Prosjektet lignet mye på deler av det vi gjorde i fjor sommer i Nord-Norge. Vi skulle legge transekter fra skoggrensen og minst 200 høydemeter opp mot fjelltopper og deretter lete etter bjørk til toppen av fjellet. Transektene la vi ved å følge en bestemt kompasskurs mot fjellet og registrere og måle alle bjørk-, furu (tall)- og granindivider innen ti meter på hver side av midtlinjen. Vi la inn gps-posisjon, målte høyde, kronediameter, basaldiameter og tok en aldersprøve (boreprøve eller vi saget/klippet planten om den var for liten). I tillegg til transektene skulle vi samle inn planteprøver av 17 fjellplanter, 12 prøver av hver art på hvert sted, til sammen 612 prøver.



Vi jobbet 11 dager av gangen i to perioder med 3 dager fri imellom. De andre fortsatt å jobbe en periode til etter jeg var ferdig. Som vanlig når man jobber i felt var det hardt arbeid med lange dager og lite fritid, men muligheten til å være ute hele dagen på fjellet gjør at det ikke føles like mye som en jobb. Vi dro ut i felt etter frokost og pakking av dagstursekken og dro hjem igjen stort sett ved 6-7-tiden, noen ganger senere, andre ganger litt tidligere. Så lagde vi middag, limte boreprøvene på lister slik at de skulle tørke, sjekket at vi hadde fått med oss alle prøver og skrev inn data på pcen.



Været kan lett beskrives med ett eneste ord: variert! På Kongsvoll den første uka hadde vi sol og varmt og til og med lite insekter. Så fikk vi en dag med regn og hagl, deretter sol i Grødalen, men en iskald nordavind som gjorde at vi til tross for solen hadde på oss flere lag ull. I Hessdalen var det en del regn, litt kaldere og vi fikk både hagl, tett tåke med under 50 m sikt og sludd. Egentlig var det ganske herlig med såpass varierende vær, man nøt alltid været man hadde for tilfellet, og før man begynte å irritere seg over insekter, kulde eller regn skiftet det igjen.

søndag 13. juli 2008

Paddling 22-25th June

Staffan and I first spent a few days at his family's summer house on Björkö in the northern part of the Stockholm archipelago. There we celebrated Midsummer's Eve, a big event in Sweden, which can be compared with Norway's national holiday 17th May. Each neighborhood sets up the Midsummer pole, and children and adults dance around it and sing traditional songs. Then we paddled during four days to their other summer house farther south, east of Stockholm.





22nd: After a few hours of packing and preparations we were finally ready to leave towards Älgö. The kayaks were heavy and full with all our equipment, food and drinking water. The first day we paddled to Plomman, a small island with a sand beach in a protected cove. In the beginning of the day we had nice weather, but when we got closer to Plomman and out of the inner protected part of the archipelago a southerly wind started and did not stop until the last kilometers before Älgö three days later!





23rd: There was fog in the morning, but the sun soon came out. We tried to choose a route among the islands to avoid the wind, but especially the last few hours after Rödlöga the wind was very strong against us and there were fairly high waves. For a while I don't think I even managed to move forewards! Still, it was fun to experience another side of the archipelago, with more challenges than on a regular windstill summer day. Even though it was tiring to constantly have the wind against us, I enjoyed really having to use my strength and it gave a good sense of accomplishment. We spent the night south of Svartlöga on a small windy island, with the tent flapping in the wind during the night.





24th: During our lunch we were visited by a hungry gull. We threw some food to it and took pictures before we packed away the cameras. Then, the gull flew about a meter straight into the air, dived into the water to catch a fish, threw it into the air, caught it and swallowed!! Of course, nothing was caught with a camera! By the afternoon we had paddled into the inner parts of the archipelago, from small sparse islands to bigger and closer islands covered with woods, and after a while also specked with summer houses. Both parts have their own charm, as with the weather. In the outer parts we are mostly alone, there are lots of wildflowers to take pitures of, birds and few trees. The water is wide and open. In the inner parts everything is more closed, both the islands and the vegetation, and there are more people. Summer houses in the archipelago are very popular and are often inherited within families, as with Staffan's family's house on Älgö.

25th: We paddled the last stretch to the cabin, and the wind actually blew in our direction the last few kilometers!
We both spent two days on Älgö with Staffans grandparents, uncle and cousin, before I traveled back to Trondheim to start my job of fieldwork. Staffan stayed on Älgö about ten more days before starting his fieldwork on the Kola peninsula in Russia.

fredag 11. juli 2008

Sailing 15th-17th June



Dad, Staffan and I sailed with Dad's new boat in Oslofjorden, south to Oskarsborg and Jeløya.

15th June: The weather forecast said rain and southerly winds during the three days, but we actually had northerly winds on the way south and southerly winds on our way back north! The first day we stopped in the afternoon at Oskarsborg, a fortress at the narrowest part of Oslofjorden. There the German warship Blücher was sunk on the first day of the German invasion of Norway on 9th April 1940. The delay allowed the Norwegian royal family, parliament and cabinet to escape. We walked around the small island and looked at the old cannons and a museum. Since it was Sunday the port was almost empty by evening.

16th June: We sailed south to Jeløya by lunch. The winds were a bit weaker than yesterday, but still northerly. After lunch we decided to stay there over the night as well, and anchored a bit farther east in a small cove. Staffan and I went for a walk through the woods before dinner.

17th June: Time to head home again. The winds turned toward the south around noon and we made fairly good speed homeward. During the first few hours we practically stood still in almost no wind, but appreciated the nice clear weather. We took a detour around Brønnøya (where I grew up) through Middagssundet before coming back to Vollen. There Dad served us a very good dinner of scallops.