Saturday, November 13, 2021

From a strange planet - 32

Church webcams at night. Wonderful and awesome!

"One moment of worship is worth more and spiritually more fruitful than the most busy work." - Pope John Paul II

During the winter holidays of 2020 I discovered the Irish church webcams. It was late at night after a long evening of browsing. I was immediately captivated by the spiritual atmosphere of these silent and calming pictures. Dark spaces lighted only by the altar lamp. The visible presence of Christ. Here I invite you to visit these places, especially at night.

 St. Patricks Church - Church Media live streaming

In Catholic churches, the lamp of God is an oil lamp near the tabernacle that stays on as long as the Holy Sacrament is present in the tabernacle. The lamp of God bears witness to Christ's True Presence. Most God lamps have a red glass, to distinguish the lamp from other votive lights in the church.

The beauty of Eucharistic Worship is the atmosphere of a secret that is approached not with reason, but only with the heart, which is addressed by symbolic language. The atmosphere around eucharistic worship is one of benevolent silence and warm intense security. We are invited to bask in the sun of God's love. Remember the word of Jesus: "the Father in heaven who raises his sun over the wicked and the good, and makes it rain over the righteous and the unjust" (Mt 5).

Sunday, November 7, 2021

From a strange planet - 42

We start near Kristiansund on the E39.
We go West and cross the Romsdalsfjorden. 
We then go further West.
We traverse several bridges, some under construction 
and pass through some calming landscapes. 

E39 Gjemnessundbrua - Google streetview

Rv. 70 Kristiansund - Google streetview

E39 Fursetfjellet - Google streetview

E39 Vestnes ferjekai - Google streetview

E136 Tresfjordbrua - Google streetview

Then we find a nice landscape.

E39 Brusdalen - Google streetview

Looking up towards the camera from the Fv. 111.
We cross the water. And see a beautiful bridge.

Fv. 659 Skjeltene - Google streetview

We skip E136 Ålesund.
We find a nice bridge.
And then we find a final nice landscape.

Fv. 658 Giskebrua - Google streetview

Fv. 61 Hareid - Google streetview

Sunday, October 24, 2021

From a strange planet - 40

Today we start in Fodnes on the Sognefjord. Then we go South and then East along the E16. And then we go South again. We have been in many of these places before, during another trip. We celebrate the first snow of 2021.

Rv. 5 Fodnes - Google streetview - Google streetview

The water in the background is the most interesting part of the picture.
And sometimes the autumn colours.
Fog does not add much to this bland scene.

E16 Ljøsne - Google streetview

Sometimes the evening light is just perfect.
At night you see the glowing rectangles.
But not often.

E16 Borgund - Google streetview - Google streetview

Camera houses versus streetview houses.
Low-res camera houses have more atmosphere.
More mystery.
Camera houses look more lonely.

E16 Borlaugkrysset - Google streetview

There's a lamp in the middle of the roundabout.
We have seen many lamps before.
Often, they're mysterieus and show strange, unexpected behaviour and stimulate storytelling.
At other times they grow tentacles.

E16 Honing bru - Google streetview

First snow on 17 October 2021.
More snow on 24 October 2021.
Night constellations in the background.

Rv. 52 Breistølen 1 - Google streetview

Empty landscape with obscured houses.
Tarot card: the two of staves, the two of wands.
First snow on 24 October 2021.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

From a strange planet - 41

Today we drive a circle west of Trondheim, centered on the E39.

Fv. 700 Voll - Google streetview

That's not a white boulder.
It's a plastic covered ball of grass.
The wooden house of ghosts is gone now.
The road signs are still there.
On 16-10-2021 I saw that the camera view had changed.
Here it's looking this way: Google streetview.

 Fv. 65 Bye - Google streetview

The bare earth on the fields is beautiful.
It reminds me of "Vom gehen im Eis" by Werner Herzog.
He took a jacket, a compass and a duffel bag of the barest essentials and, wearing a pair of new boots, set off on a three-week pilgrimage from Munich to Paris through the deep chill and snowstorms of winter.

Fv. 714 Våvatnet - Google streetview

We drive north.
A featureless boring landscape.
A tedious drive.
Today the camera points here: Google streetview.
We drive further north.
We pass the bridge to the island of Hitra.

Fv. 714 Hitra - Google streetview

We drive by a frozen lake in 2010.
Then we drive back south to the E39.
From there we go east.

E39 Hemnekjølen - Google streetview

Grass covered wooden houses in the parking place.
A statue advertising ice cream.
We continue east.

E39 Valsøyfjord - Google streetview

A Switzerland landscape. Lake Thun. Same geology.
At Betna we leave the E39 and go south along the Fv65.

Fv. 65 Nordmarka i Surnadal - Google streetview

Here we find another "end of the road" on streetview.
Meditate a moment upon this place.
Let the calm and silence pervade you.