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Mysterious gel balls, 3 feet wide, discovered off the coast of Norway

Posted in 2017, Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 23, 2017 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE


A giant gel ball found by diver Erling Svensen in Norway. (Erling Svensen)

Over the past 15 years or so, several giant gel balls have been found by divers off the coast of Norway.

The balls, about 3 feet (1 meter) wide, remain a mystery to scientists. But the number of ball sightings has been increasing.

Professor Gro van der Meeren at the Institute of Marine Research in Nordnes, Norway, is one of the lead researchers trying to gather more information about the balls.

Due to recent attention in local media, van der Meeren has received more photos of the balls from divers.(….)




Whispers of Ecological Change in the Arctic Are Trying to Tell Us Something. Are We Listening?

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2015 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE



Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Avery McGahaone of two master’s students who joined me in Tromsø, Norway to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference in January, 2014. It is supplemented with some additional reporting by me. McGaha’s trip was made possible by a grant from the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism

Following the recent announcement by NASA and NOAA that 2014 was likely the hottest year on record a loud controversy erupted over global warming. As DotEarth blogger Andrew Revkin pointed out, the fight was a distraction from the clear-cut, long-term trend of rising temperatures.

The noise about global warming overall has also tended to drown out relative whispers of subtle — but significant — change taking place at a variety of scales in the Arctic. These range from tiny organisms living underneath sea ice, all the way up to charismatic creatures like reindeer and walruses, as well as the food webs of which these living things are a part.

One example of the ecological whispers coming from the Arctic: Recent research has shown that warming in the Barents Sea north of Norway and Russia has caused an increase in the productivity of phytoplankton, tiny photosynthesizing organisms that sustain aquatic food webs. You can see a big, beautiful — and natural — bloom of phytoplankton in the satellite image above.

Satellite imagery and other forms of remote sensing comprise a powerful tool for monitoring the Arctic. But scientists also have been digging beneath these broad views and turning up other evidence of change.

Warmer and Wetter Winters


A possible outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds (PMCs) is underway around the Arctic Circle

Posted in 2014, astronomy with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2014 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE



Taken by Ivar Marthinusen on December 22, 2014 @ Skedsmokorset, Norway

Unlike normal grey-white clouds, which hug Earth’s surface at altitudes of only 5 to 10 km, PMCs float through the stratosphere (25 km) and they are fantastically colorful. Ivar Marthinusen sends this picture of the phenonenon from Skedsmokorset, Norway

“Right after sunset on Dec. 22nd, the clouds were so bright they were uncomfortable to look at directly,” says Marthinusen.

Also known as “nacreous” or “mother of pearl” clouds, these icy structures form in the lower stratosphere when temperatures drop to around minus 85ºC. Sunlight shining through tiny ice particles ~10µm across produce the characteristic bright iridescent colors by diffraction and interference. Once thought to be mere curiosities, some PMCs are now known to be associated with the destruction of ozone.

“Nacreous clouds far outshine and have much more vivid colours than ordinary iridescent clouds, which are very much poor relations and seen frequently all over the world,” writes atmospheric optics expert Les Cowley. “Once seen they are never forgotten.”

Some of The Best photos of the aurora borealis

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , on March 29, 2014 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE








Very Strange, At 7 years old, Angelina Jordan Sings well a Very Sad Song from Billie Hollyday, Gloomy Sunday

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

At 7 years old, Angelina Jordan quote Julie London, Nancy Sinatra and Shirley Bassey as his favorite artists. And to participate in the talent show in the Norwegian version, she chose to interpret Gloomy Sunday in its sung by Billie Holliday release. The result is simply astounding.

Gloomy Sunday , also called “suicide song”, is in fact preceded by its reputation.

It was composed by the Hungarian composer Rezső Seress in 1933. In January 1968, he attempted suicide by défenestrer. He ends up killing himself in the hospital with a cable.

Because of this history and particularly melancholy nature of the song, the title is accused of pushing his listeners suicide. When Billie Holiday takes it, his version is considered so depressing it is prohibited to broadcast by the BBC

The singer Leonard Cohen, not exactly known for its sense of fun, have always made sure never to sing in public for not pushing the audience to commit the irreparable. It must be said that even outside of the melody, the lyrics are not very cheerful. 

Then 7 year old girl knows it and does it include the words? Apparently so. Interviewed by Norwegian television about it, she said she“understood it very well,” and he was very “difficult to put words on these weird things she feels “ by singing. If its interpretation is particularly striking, difficult not to be uncomfortable to face this girl who sings the lyrics of a song of infinite sadness.

Sunday is gloomy,
My hours are slumberless
Dearest the shadows
I live with are numberless
Little white flowers
Will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of
Sorrow has taken you
Angels have no thought
Of ever returning you
Would they be angry
If I thought of joining you?

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday,
With shadows I spend it all
My heart and I
Have decided to end it all
Soon there’ll be candles
And prayers that are said I know
Let them not weep
Let them know that I’m glad to go
Death is no dream
For in death I’m caressin’ you
With the last breath of my soul
I’ll be blessin’ you

Gloomy Sunday

Dreaming, I was only dreaming
I wake and I find you asleep
In the deep of my heart, dear
Darling I hope
That my dream never haunted you
My heart is tellin’ you
How much I wanted you
Gloomy Sunday

Norway: The sea froze so fast that it killed thousands of herring instantly

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , on January 14, 2014 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE


Norway  reports on the instant dead of thousands of fish in a bay in the island of Lovund. An air temperature of -7.8 C (17.96 F) combined with a strong east wind froze the sea water instantly, trapping and killing the fish you can see in this fishapocalyptic image

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Adorable and unlikely friendship between a fox and a dog –

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2013 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

The adorable and unlikely friendship between a fox and a dog that’s being turned into a children’s fairytale book. They are the real life fox and hound, their touching relationship proving that friendship can survive despite background and social pressure, or in the case of these two, natural instincts.

Sniffer the wild fox and Tinni the domestic dog met by chance one day in the woods of Norway and their very unlikely friendship blossomed.Tinni’s owner who lives in the forest with his dog, is photographer Torgeir Berge and he has been at hand to capture every heartwarming moment between the two best of friends as they frolick and roll in the secluded woods.

The tender and playful relationship between the two is captured in these photos and Berge was so inspired by it that he decided to release a book chronicling the canine duo called The Fox and the Dog which will feature fairytales based on their friendship.

More so, Berge noted how similar his dog and Sniffer were and his thoughts on Norway’s controversial fox-fur trade changed so much that he is now campaigning to have it banned.Berge observed ‘how similar foxes and dogs actually are’ and labels the fox, the ‘dog of the forest’….

Images by Torgeir Berge

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is home to more than two billion seeds and cost £4million to construct

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

Just in case we come a cropper: The doomsday vault that keeps seeds for every type of agriculture mankind relies upon should a disaster ever wipe them out

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway is home to more than two billion seeds

The seed bank can withstand a nuclear strike and aims to preserve crops in the face of natural disasters and war
Rare images of the food ark, which has 4.5 million varieties of seeds, were taken by photographer Jim Richardson
Vault was started by conservationist Cary Fowler from the Global Crop Diversity Trust and cost £4million to construct

These incredible images give a rare glimpse inside the ‘Doomsday’ seed vault which protects the world’s food supply.
On an Arctic island off the coast of Norway lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is home to more than two billion seeds.
The secure seed bank which can withstand a nuclear strike, aims to preserve crops in the face of climate change, war and natural disasters.





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Rare Disney UFO documentary, this documentary was only broadcast once in five US states

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

In March of 1995, this highly unusual, Disney-produced
TV special was aired, presenting UFOs and alien
visitation to our planet as a matter of fact.

Those who tracked this incredible production state that
it was shown only once, and with no advance notice on
stations in only five US cities.

Thanks to a viewer who was able to roll the VCR and
capture it, we have a record of the startling statements
it contained.

Aurora : Helge Mortensen Image taken: Nov. 4, 2011 Location: Kvaløya outside Tromsø, Norway

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 5, 2011 by THE BOLDCORSICANFLAME AND CAPITAINE FLAMME INTREPIDE

Helge Mortensen

Image taken:


Nov. 4, 2011


Kvaløya outside Tromsø, Norway


After weeks with rain and overcast. It finally cleared up tonight. So I didn’t need much excuse to get my gear and head out tonight 🙂 Canon EOS 5D mkII, EF 24mm f/1.4L Shot at ISO3200, 20s. Holding my glove over the bright parts to get a good exposure on the foreground. The aurora is only exposed for 4-5s