Ron Azevedo

Life of the Crystal

“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.” ~ John Burroughs

Sunrise? Sunset? It’s was actually closer to noon when this was taken. On a clear winter day, daylight runs from around 10am till 3pm, with the sun never rising above the horizon(this is as high as it get’s in December & January). The Polar Nights of the Norwegian winter bring cotton candy skies and a steady beautiful pre-sunrise/post-sunset light that lasts for a few hours. Also, notice the wooden structures off to the left? They are drying racks for fish. Cod stockfish are air-dried on these racks to the consistency of bark…retaining their nutrients for half a decade. It was the food that allowed the Vikings to travel farther and longer than any of their contemporaries; more than a millennium on, Norway’s polar explorers had discovered no improvement on it, and dried cod was first on their expedition packing lists. For centuries, cod was the country’s biggest export.

Reine ~ Moskenesøya-Lofoten Archipelago ~ Norway 1/2/2017