In Memory of Gunhild 1978 – 2017

I shot these with my first digital camera back in the summer of 1999. They’re all I have left now. These and a handful of faded memories.

In Memory of Gunhild 1978 – 2017

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Jötunheimr

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From Wikipedia: Jötunheimr (or Jǫtunheimr; often anglicized as Jotunheim) is the homeland of the Jötnar, the giants in Norse mythology.

The Legend
From Jötunheimr, the giants menace the humans in Midgard and the gods in Asgard. The river Ifing (Old Norse, Ífingr) separates Asgard, the realm of the gods, from Jötunheimr, the land of giants. Gastropnir, the protection wall to the home of Menglad, and Þrymheimr, home of Þjazi, were both located in Jötunheimr, which was ruled by King Thrym. Glæsisvellir was a location in Jötunheimr, where lived the giant Gudmund, father of Höfund. Utgard was a stronghold surrounding the land of the giants.

The Place
Jotunheimen (Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈjuːtʉnˌhæɪmən], the home of the Jotnar) is a mountainous area of roughly 3,500 km²[citation needed] in southern Norway and is part of the long range known as the Scandinavian Mountains. The 29 highest mountains in Norway are all in Jotunheimen, including the very highest – Galdhøpiggen (2469 m). Jotunheimen straddles the border between the counties of Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane.

 

New Year, Same Face, New Gravatar

I’ve had the same Gravatar for a while now, so I figured out it was time to make a new one.

Self portrait, by Cardinal Guzman.

Self portrait with tie, by Cardinal Guzman.

Here’s some of my old ones. As you can see they all play with the same theme:

Ace of Spades, by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

The Ace of Spades, by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

Three versions of the same one:

burning skull self-portrait

Skull self-portrait by Cardinalguzman.wordpress.com

Skull self-portrait by Cardinalguzman.wordpress.com

I wasn’t satisfied with this burning head, so I never used it as a gravatar:

burning head self-portrait, by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

burning head self-portrait, by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com

Trivia: The English word “skull” is probably derived from Old Norse “skalli” meaning bald, while the Latin word cranium comes from the Greek root κρανίον (kranion). (Wikipedia)

Here’s one more: http://artishorseshit.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/the-cardinal/

Life On Mars?

Ok, so it's not Mars - it's Iceland, but Iceland surely seems like another planet!

Ok, so it’s not Mars – it’s Iceland, but Iceland surely seems like another planet!

“Life on Mars?” is a song by David Bowie first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory and also released as a single. BBC Radio later called it “a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dalí painting” – a description that can also be suitable for Iceland were this photo was taken.
Did you know that the word geyser comes from the old norse verb geysa? The phenomenon geysir is named after the great Geysir in Iceland, thereby naming all they geysers in the world.

Here’s our previous entries for David Bowie week

The Weather & Vikings of Iceland

For those of you who follow the blog, you’ve already know (from my last blog post) that we just visited “the last unknown frontier in Europe to have been discovered & settled by man, this was the land known to the Greeks as Ultima Thule, a place beyond the borders of the known world, where it was said land, air & water all converged.”

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