Icelandic music #01

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Featured in this post:

Apparat Organ Quartet
Árstíðir (Seasons)
Fjallabræður (Mountain Brothers)
Rokkkór Íslands (Rock Choir of Iceland)
Valdimar Guðmundsson and Sigríður Thorlacius

 

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Spider day: Eriophora transmarina (again)

Sunday, 5 February 2017
Eriophora transmarina, ventral view

Eriophora transmarina

With summer comes a host of these Australian Garden Orb Weaver spiders. They weave their very large webs at night and go hide during the day until alerted to the presence of prey.

Eriophora transmarina, dorsal view

You like my face. You know you do.

This big cutie built its web on the hills hoist on a hot windless day in March 2013. That was nice.

One of its relatives has decided that the main entrance to my house is an appropriate place for its home, and I keep walking into it. That is annoying.

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Ísland farsælda frón

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Ísland farsælda frón is set to the famous poem Ísland (Iceland) by Jónas Hallgrímsson. The poem was published in 1835; I haven’t been able to find out who created the music (click the link above for a detailed translation and discussion).

Voces Thules (0:47)

The Voces Thules version was my first encounter with this piece.

Árstíðir (1:35)

Rokkkór Íslands (Rock Choir of Iceland) (4:44)

ÞÁSKI

This last version is really fun, wacky and out there. The band has little or no internet presence and may no longer exist.


Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, 2016 #3: Devil and echidna

Saturday, 30 July 2016
Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii)

More photos from the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park!

Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park 2016 #2: Roos

Friday, 29 July 2016
Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) boxing match

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) boxing match

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) with joey

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) with joey

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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #1: Wombats and Dingoes

Thursday, 28 July 2016
Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

Common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a lovely place to visit, with its large grounds, sense of quiet, and the opportunity to mingle with some of its native and farmyard/domestic animal collections.

For some years the property had been in danger of being swallowed up by a Rockla sand quarry project, but in December 2015 the wildlife park won its case and is now expected to remain in existence for a good while.

Southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)

Southern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons)

Some changes have taken place — the parrot tours have been stopped due to a lack of rangers comfortable with handling the birds (some of which are quite aggressive, having been rescued from abusive situations) and the quoll has died of cancer. There are now two wombats, Ally and Hippo.

Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)

Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)

So here are some of the photos from the latest trip.

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Brush turkeys in Port Macquarie

Wednesday, 27 July 2016
An Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami) walks up a tree

An Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami) walks up a tree

Ever wondered what Australian Brush Turkeys do when they are not walking around, wrecking your garden or setting up pitfall traps so they can mate with your head?

A roosting Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami)

A roosting Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami)

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