Believe in Adventure

There are days we replay in our minds countless times, dwelling on the joy and laughter they contained.  The discovery of a new place, a sandy beach on the shores of the Barents Sea.   Hunting for shells, polished sea glass… a message in a bottle.  On a magical day last August, our beach combing lead us to an unexpected gift from an unknown stranger:

“Believe in…adventure, yourself, love, honesty, people, the earth, nature, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, the King”

Yes!  Let’s live our days, recapturing our childlike wonder at the world around us.  Let’s dare to dream, seek out adventure, believe in the impossible.  Let’s love, laugh, dance and skip. Let’s look for and appreciate the beauty in one another.  There are treasures waiting to be discovered.





(Photos are taken on a beach between Berlevåg and Kongsfjord, on the coast of the Barents Sea.)

The Secret of the North Cape

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of watching “The Seret of the North Cape”, created by Peter Szivolt. Since then I’ve watched it several times, totally in awe of the beauty of the aurora borealis and grateful that I live in a place where I’m privileged to observe them.  If you want to be mesmerized by the mysterious northern lights, I recommend watching Peter’s 3 1/2 minute film.

I asked Peter if I could share this video, as well as some information about creating this short film.

Here are some of the “secrets” behind the making of this 3.5 minute film – which took over three months.  As we have many overcast, winter days, it wasn’t easy to collect this footage.  For 10 seconds of footage, Peter needed 250 photographs with long exposure.  Each photo was exposed for 25 seconds, so he needed 100 minutes for 10 seconds of footage.

I was amazed and surprised to hear how time consuming the projects was, and admire him for his patience as well as his willingness to endure the arctic wind and low temperatures.

Thank you, Peter, for making “The Secret of the North Cape”.  Looking forward to seeing more of your creative endeavors.

You can see Peter’s photography and follow his journey at

Affairs of the Sun

After living 4 years in the North Cape, 71 degrees above the Equator, I see the sun in a whole new light.  As the expression goes, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”, and after two months without the sun’s appearance, I’m longing for its return.

The days are getting a little brighter and the sun’s reminding me it’s on its way back.  It’s enticing me with its peachy-pink glance.

waiting for the sun's return

In fourteen days, (yes, I’m counting), it will show me it hasn’t abandoned me forever.  It will set skies, houses, hearts on fire.

house on fire


No matter that its arrival will be accompanied by icy, wailing winds.  I’ll meet it face to face, eyes stinging, cheeks burning, toes aching.

IMG_2393And I will thank it for coming back to me.  I’ll treasure its presence until we part ways again… a distant horizon in November.






Hide and Seek


Autumn is here and the colors are glorious!  The the grass in the fields is the perfect height for a little game of hide and seek.


The Ghosts of our Past

I couldn’t help but take a closer look and snap a few photos when we walked past this abandoned house/cabin… full of stories, secrets, lives led.  Black and white seemed fitting.

ghosts, abandoned building


ghosts, abandoned