Thursday, September 30, 2010

Falconry 6

Sometimes the falcon goes AWOL and enjoys a spell of freedom, leaving the falconer swinging the lure in the air. It usually find its way back to the free food after an hour or two, but if not it's time to break out the radio beacon and go look for it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Falconry 5

After a few failures this falcon succeeded in catching the lure mid-air.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Falconry 4

The barbary falcon almost got the lure at the show at Møn's Cliffs, and normally it does take quite a few tries before it succeeds.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Falconry 3

Critics claim falconry is cruel to the birds, but having witnessed the closeness between birds and falconers I dare say these birds are very well taken care of. And if they where treated badly, they could (and probably would) fly away at the first opportunity, as they are not on a string when trained or at a show.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Falconry 2

For getting great photos of birds of prey, the falconry shows at Møn's Cliffs are perfect. They are done at the top of a hill with open fields all around, and as there's only a few other spectators, you can really experiment with your camera without too many shutter bugs.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


When at Møn's Cliffs on a Sunday, you might get the chance of seeing a few birds of prey in action, as this is the day that the Møn's Klint Falconry has a show in the area. Over the next few days I'll show you some of the photos I took on the day I went there.

Friday, September 24, 2010

White Cliffs 4

The last of my photos from the cliffs of Møn. A nice place to visit on a warm sunny day, if you're up for the long wooden stairs down...and up. You can find more about the cliffs here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

White Cliffs 3

The view from top of the Cliffs of Møn is fantastic, and on a clear and calm day, you can also see how clear the water is around here. But mind your steps, the drop down will not be good for your health.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

White Cliffs of Møn 2

These cliffs of chalk are filled with fossils from 70 million years ago, so a walk alongthe beach might bring home something interesting.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

White Cliffs of Møn

Today I'll move on from Brede Open-air Museum to the chalk cliffs of Møn. Møn is a small island south of Zealand, and it's most prominent feature is these cliffs, which rise to a height of 120m. More about them in the days to come.

Monday, September 20, 2010

More grass on the roof

I guess that when you use seaweed for your roof, you'll have to live with a bit of grass as well, as can be seen on this house from Brede Open-air Museum.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

More details at Brede

I don't know if it was intended, but this façade at Brede Open-air Museum looks almost like a face to me.

Saturday, September 18, 2010


The houses at Brede Open-air Museum are full of details like this colourful piece of masonry.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A true countryside

It's hard to believe that Brede Open-air Museum is surrounded by suburbs no more than a few kilometres from central Copenhagen. The horse on this photo could as well be very far out in the countryside and the time could have been a hundred years ago.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mother Goose

When visiting Brede Open-air Museum you'll have to go around the free-ranging poultry there. The geese might look cute, but they have a sense of ownership, so keep clear of them or they might hiss and peck.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Also goats are on display at the Brede Open-air Museum, though these are behind non-historical electric fences.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Portrait of a sheep

At Brede Open-air Museum even the sheep is part of the experience of having being transported back in time, though the tagging of the ears is a new thing.

Monday, September 13, 2010


This inscription carved above the door to one of the houses at Brede Open-air Museum, is a prayer in Danish. It asks for protection against fire and thieves in the Lord.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Flax kiln

This is not a bread oven or a oven for smoking herrings, as some might think. No, in this one the flax was dried prior to being processed into cloth.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A dog house

No farm in Denmark, or anywhere else for that matter, is complete without at least a couple of dogs and a pack of cats. At this farm house at Brede Open-air Museum they have decided that the dogs should sleep in style as well, so the doghouse is in whitewashed bricks and with a red tile roof, just like the rest of the farm.

Friday, September 10, 2010

What is this?

Quite a few years ago we had a TV-show in Demark called "Hvad er det?", literally "What is this?", where the presenter, Piet van Deurs, had found some obscure, old things and a panel of historians and archaeologists had to guess what it was for. This one could have featured there, so I'll ask you, what is this?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Another water pump

Another water pump from the Brede Open-air Museum, also in working order of course.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

For kids?

I sometimes wonder aloud about some of the stuff found at museums. These gallows at Brede Open-air Museum was one curious thing at this family-friendly place, but maybe they are used for unruly kids?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Water pump

Even the old-style water pumps works at the Brede Open-air Museum. And maintenance is the hard way too, as can be seen by the can and brush in the background.

Monday, September 6, 2010

No electricity here

Inside the houses at Brede Open-air Museum there's a lot to see as well as outside. All the houses have furniture, cutlery and tools, so you feel like you have been taken back in time. So don't expect to find a place to plug in your Iphone!

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Apart from the windmills in yesterday's post, Brede Open-air Museum also got a couple of fully functional watermills.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


When the Danish King Christian 2. in 1521 invited Dutch farmers to settle on the island of Amager, the purpose was to get more vegetables to the queen and the capitol. One of the new things they brought with them from the Netherlands was a new type of windmill where only the top could be turned into the wind. These watermills are not for looking at, they are actually fully functional and are used to make flour for sale at the museum's kiosk.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A townhouse on the farm

One of the more peculiar houses at Brede Open-air Museum is this one; a townhouse with room for 4 or 5 families, each with their own "apartment". It wouldn't have been placed in a town but at a farm for the use of the families of the farm workers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Grass on the roof

Imagine having to cut your roof like it was a lawn. On some of the houses at Brede Open-air Museum this seems to be necessary.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Not only the big and rich farms are display at Brede Open-air Museum. Also poor and rundown hovels like this one from the Faroe Islands can be experienced.