From 18 degrees to snow and almost freezing temperatures in a couple of days: April is as unpredictable as always. Still, the unusually long alder pollen season slid seamlessly into the birch pollen season. The reopening of Danish society after three months of Covid-19 shut-down is just as slow and tentative as the arrival of spring.
Most shops reopened at the beginning of March after two and a half months of near-total lockdown. Following a burst of winter in February, spring is coming. Vaccines are delayed.
With Denmark still in Covid lockdown and days filled with online classes and meetings, we had first snow and frost bringing some much-needed light and then a rapid change of weather. A major part of the lockdown is due to end on March 1, but most teaching is still online and museums, concert venues etc. are still closed.
When I joined the Project 52 – 2013 group I was a bit concerned if I could would be able to post photos for every theme. As it was, I missed by one photo (week 50) but given the way 2013 turned out, 51 out of 52 is an acceptable result in my view. Anyway, the theme for the last week of 2013 was zealous and the bargain-hunting shoppers entering and exiting Magasin in Copenhagen was an obvious choice despite the hopeless lightning conditions.
On a technical note, all photos were taken with my iPhone 4S. Some have been staged (teddy bears don’t really move by themselves) others snapshots. Also, some have been lightly edited with the apps available for iOS.
I posted this earlier but decided to use the photo as my contribution to the Project 52 – 2013 group on Flickr and consequently I deleted the first post and repost the photo in an edited version.
The photo was taken from an InterCity train passing the Great Belt Bridge during the storm which hit Denmark on December 5. Train traffic was limited during the day and eventually cancelled, starting in Jutland so the train which was originally bound for Flensburg and Esbjerg ended in Odense.
I had to spend four months on sick leave in early 2012 due to stress and the entire experience was a powerful reminder that you need to set up limits to your work and that it is essential to take time off to relax and put your daily routines into perspective. A quiet walk along the river is on of the things that can do the trick for me – and as this week’s theme was “therapeutic”, I offer you the reflections on the quiet surface of the river passing through central Odense.