Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Bears: Real and copies

For many years, my wife Anna and I have taken a days visit to the west coast of the Hurum peninsula where there during our short summer are several art exhibitions. Everything from real art, paintings and sculptures to the more naïvistic type of art and handicraft and gifts. We can even go swimming if it’s not to cold in the fiord.

Usually we do not buy that much, but we have one tradition: We started collecting ”teddybears” some time last century . We buy one – and only one - each year. They are all the same shape, made by the same artist every year, but he colors and patterns differs. The challenge become more and more obvious:

The more bears we have, how do we cope with our minds: Anna what color will we bring home this year? Do you remember what we do have allready?

You can see for your self if our brains still are at work or …. Have the bears taken over the party well assisted by cats?

ooops don't fall down

Until now, I've only seen living bears in Zoo's and chained by "artists" along the road in Turkey.

So, it was a great surprise and a good memory to see 3 black bears hunting food in the litter containers in the middle of the night (Tahoma, lake Tahoe, CA). Only a couple of feet away. My blitz is not strong enough, so excuse the quality of the picture. Anyway it's real. And so good to see free bears. In Norway they shoot bears, the very few we have left. Shame.

The shadow: Is it me or bigfoot?


Blogger Expat Traveler said...

the bears, well that is a site. I never saw a Bear ever in California, especially lake tahoe area.

But we have bears up here. IF they are too dependent on looking into garbage and other places that are around people, they shoot them too. IT's just that people must comply with the rules and hopefully the bears stay away.

September 26, 2006 4:02 pm  
Blogger RennyBA said...

What a cute collection of bears Tor - and what a great tradition. Hope I can see them in reall life (your bears I mean LoL).
Like ET I haven't seen bears in Norway (brown bears, not polar bears!!), but they're here - far out in the forest though and I'm glad to say you need special permision to shoot them.

September 26, 2006 10:23 pm  
Blogger RennyBA said...

Btw: I could not resist challenge you so your tagged. Feel free to response if you like:-)

September 28, 2006 11:59 pm  

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