DOMBÅS MOTELL  - Mountain Experience
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Snow on our playground...

I worked as a teacher a lot of years. Once there was a free moment in the schoolyard. Noone had given the kids footballs. After all; it was 25 degrees celcius below zero, and deep snow... Five minutes later, an indignated group of ten year-olds: "Where is the football?!"....

So... Theese kids don't play football. But they play. 
Five kids playing on a frozen, snowcovered playground!

Big...but small...

50 kilo? 100 kilo? Hard to tell. Theese two younger animals may be big in weight, but they are both children. Standing on stony ground in Dovrefjell. Winter. Kold. Short days. Very little; hardly anything to eat...

But most of them will survive. Visit us here in Norway, when the temperatures fall below 20 degrees Celcius. When days have only a few hours with light. When everything is covered with snow and ice. Visit the stubborn life that survives this cold, brutal but beautifull reallity...


(Photo; Terje Rian)

Alaskan husky...a dog. Or partly wolf?



Isn't he just beautyfull! A genuin alaskan husky! Kind, good looking, stubborn and wild! And also his own master...

I let him out yesterday evening. To...well...you know. Toillet things. So we could go to bed. 
And then he was gone! Eleven o'clock evening. Dark.
What is to do about that? Shout, to tell him I wanted him to come back? So I could go to sleep? After one hour he stood outside my door. A little ashamed. Hungry. Tired. 
I let him in. A little offended. Frustrated. But also relieved. My friend was back again. And I was reminded of the little difference between an alaskan husky and other dogs... 

Dear deer, and dear Neighbour; don't die!

Say "hello" to my neighbour! One of the fourlegged. I have twelve of theese, two ordinary deer, a moose with a calf, foxes, owls and a woodpecker. Nice, peacefull individuals.
Inge is my only twolegged neighbour. Peacefull and nice he also!

Typical Norwegian fauna, is BIG and round animals. Short legs and tails, short snouts and ears. A shape like a ball, a big ball, ist much better for surviving winter conditions in Norway.


A roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is a longlegget, thin, rather small mammal. The smallest in this family.
(Photo: Terje Rian 2017)

 And beleive me; they struggle! Lots and lots of theese small creatures die every winter. Nature is merciless. Beautyfull, but brutal....





Food! MORE food!

Eating, eating and eating...

The three most important things to do for a muskox during our relatively short summer in Norway. Their food consists of leaves, grass, mushrooms. Stuff like that.

So what do they eat in the winter? The grass, or what's left of it, is covered With snow. The trees have lost their dry leaves. No mushrooms off course. So they eat...nothing. Or close to nothing. A muskox can loose up to 40 % of its bodyweight during a winter.


(Photo: Terje Rian -17)

If it had been me, I would have been around 35 kilos in april...
During the summer they eat...and eat...and eat! Untill they have gained 15 cm fat under their skin! Their food supplies for the winter....
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