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A love-in on Laugavegur, plus live from the eagle’s nest

From today until next Sunday, Iceland’s main drag Laugavegur, which sadly is showing too many signs of dilapidation and neglect in the kreppa [all those empty storefronts] will be the venue for an unusual exhibition: old love letters displayed in the store windows [the stores that remain, that is].

The letters are from a collection of such letters launched at the beginning of March by a Master’s student in Applied Cultural Communications [Hagnýtri menningamiðlun – my translation, I have no idea if it’s right] in conjunction with the National and University Library.

I don’t know how aesthetically pleasing the exhibition is, but there’s just something about love letters lining Laugavegur in these troubled times that makes me happy.

ALSO MAKING ME HAPPY
This live webcam from an eagle’s nest in Gilsfjörður, northwest Iceland.There’s one mama eagle and one chick and, well, their lives are pretty uneventful. But that’s not the point. The point is that it’s very cool to have a live webcam overlooking their nest. Plus the little chick is so darn good looking [I was gonna say ‘pretty’ but after all, this is an eagle we’re talking about and ‘pretty’ is a little under-dignified].

[UPDATE: just realized that what I thought was the chick is, of course, the mommy bird. The one that comes and goes is the daddy. Duh!! – Which of course means that we have some little chicks to look forward to.]

I logged on earlier this evening and it was in technicolor, but now – mysteriously – it’s in black and white. Maybe because the sun’s gone down. Anyway, watching them consistently is probably about as much fun as watching your toenails grow, but logging on every now and again is great. Because, let’s face it, you’ll probably never get this close to an eagle in real life.

MEH WIND MEH
I don’t want to talk about this wind ANY MORE. It’s downright claustrophobic around here because it’s impossible to open any windows without securing all objects weighing more than 1.5 kg in a five-metre radius. It’s10°c [50F], sunrise was at 4:19 am, sunset at 10.31.

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  • Bluegrass Mama May 14, 2009, 1:53 am

    I love the idea of a love letters exhibition! And I’ll have to check out the eagles tomorrow–it’s very hard to see the in the dark.

  • Deirdre May 14, 2009, 2:22 am

    Sounds lovely – how long will this exhibit be up? Hoping to make it to Iceland in August, but I assume the love letters will be gone by then…

  • David May 14, 2009, 2:59 am

    I’m not sure how to react to this but I will take a look ….

  • alda May 14, 2009, 10:16 am

    Ooh, the little baby eagle is all by his lonesome at the moment. Momma’s gone away.

    And the colour is back.

  • alda May 14, 2009, 10:17 am

    PS – Deirdre, yes this will be on until the end of the week only. Although I suspect they’ll do something else with them in due course – exhibition somewhere else.

  • Physchim62 May 14, 2009, 11:08 am

    Along similar lines, this is a webcam overlooking a falcon’s nest in Barcelona. The nest, in fact, is at the top of one of the towers of the Sagrada Família… High class avian real estate if every there was!

  • Ljósmynd DE May 14, 2009, 1:29 pm

    The eagles are very impressive, I hope, the little one is going to make it, but it looks quite strong already.

    Last year there was a live webcam on Vestmannaeyjar, which even allowed some remote control via internet, where you could watch puffins. Unfortunately it seems to be out of operation. Ok, it’s more difficult to get close to an eagle than a to puffin in Iceland, but I liked this webcam very much. It was possible to have the image filled just with a puffin’s beak – very close up.

  • Sigga May 14, 2009, 4:14 pm

    That is just so clever. Thanks Alda – made my day inside so much better. Now it is time to escape work and go into the sunshine – head north the wind is not gusting here today…

  • kevin o'connor waterford Ireland May 15, 2009, 5:56 am

    Cool back in colour 6.56 Irish time 5.56 Iceland Time just one question is that bird the chick or the mummy ????

  • kevin o'connor waterford Ireland May 15, 2009, 8:32 am

    Very Nice Pictures of the Eagle !!!

  • alda May 15, 2009, 10:23 am

    Kevin – of course!! That’s the mommy bird. The one that comes and goes must be the daddy bird.

    D’oh!!!

  • Ljósmynd DE May 15, 2009, 11:37 am

    Ok, then it’s really worth checking the webcam from time to time for the hatched chicks.

    Are those White Tailed Eagles like here or here or something else?

  • Peter May 15, 2009, 11:41 am

    Since live web-cams of nesting birds seem to be the topic of the day, here’s one we have at work:

    Main page: http://www.whoi.edu/science/osprey/
    Click on “Osprey Cam” for actual live view.

    This is on the US East Coast, so plan accordingly. Three eggs currently being tended to, probably another week or two until they hatch.

  • mary May 15, 2009, 5:58 pm

    I am fascinated by your eagle webcam.
    I go on every-so-often always hoping to see some feeding or something, so far no luck.
    We have ospreys just down the road from us (very rare) but I haven’t looked on line for coverage, I will soon. However, Icelandic coverage is much more interesting, and so far, no rain!

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson May 15, 2009, 8:27 pm

    Ljósmynd, yes, the Haförn or white-tailed eagle is the same kind as in the sites you mention.

  • mary May 15, 2009, 8:37 pm

    Yes , seen our ospreys on our webcam, about as interesting as yours!
    I think yours is a white-tailed eagle having consulted my bird books, including my Icelandic book.