The old ugly tree

Life doesn’t go unnoticed – if it’s lived correctly

The old ugly tree has seen much over time – summer drought, autumn storm, winter frost and the unpredictable spring – survived countless attacks from insects, from sheep, from birds, from cattle, from humans – it creaks loudly as soon as the wind whistles around it – the energy off the ground encounter many obstacles in the battered old ugly tree
before it has come up to the foliage and all the fresh – but year after year, so it let the past behind and start on a fresh – when it is confident that now is the season started

no false starts like a lot of other plants and trees – itsn’t impatient as those who can’t wait  but looks if the weather “stay tune”.

Nature (and therefore humans too) often feel threatened by disabilities – especially other people’s handicaps – and in many contexts is age considered as a handicap

 both missing age and too much age

but isn’t life goes right from the start to the very end..?

Weekly Photo Challenge (summer)

In the summer of 69” sings the canadian musician Bryan Adams
if there had been a little more light and by looking properly
‘Le Drake Noir’ was seen as audience at this concert


but no it ain’t about 1969 this story, but the summer of 1981 it’s all about
the theme of Weekly Photo Challenge is “summer”
this weekly task is to show a photo
either gives the feeling of summer or brings memories of summer
here it is not so much a feeling but a fun memory.

 and the story can begin:

The (last) Wall Tour with The Pink Floyd

at Earls Court southwest London June 13th in 1981

In the start of 1973 “Le Drake Noir” as a bigger duckling got hooked on the rockgroup “Pink Floyd” when they sent out their album “Dark side of the Moon” – so much that all their albums including their old old mono recordings have place in the music rack.

But music must be heard live, it’s number one.

 Through youth were many concert places visited not only in Denmark but all over Europe mostly a 4-5 young people in my red Opel Ascona A19S – where we spliced on gasoline  typically we drove off in the morning – to be at the destination in good time – waiting time was then used for relaxation, lots of coffee and chatting with others who were going to the concert – the others drank maybe some beer – never I, firstly I drive the car and partly because it acted for me to hear some live music – beer, one could always get.

The trip started on friday just before midnight – when the others jumped into the car at Aarhus University – after about 750 kms driving – which is probably approximately 460 miles – via Hamburg, Bremen, Antwerp – we land in the belgian port town Ooestende about 7 hours later – enjoy some breakfast at a crafty cafe – find a safe place to park my car – and have bought tickets for the ferry from Ooestende to Dover

 Joins all the others travellers from the east southeast by train from Dover to Victoria Station in London – what a station not new at all, but what a number of people on the platforms – it felt like all londoners are there – and so it’s only the second largest railway terminus in town – Waterloo is biggere – it makes Aarhus Central Station look like a tiny train stop in a deserted town – said with a twinkle in the eye.

 We had plenty of time for the concert that started at 8 o’clock – so we checked the train timetable and found out that ‘the last train to Dover departed after midnight – it was a perfect fit as we could reach the ferry and be home early sunday evening.

We all 5 have to be at our studies or jobs monday morning.

So we went quietly to Earls Court, no hurry – the closer we got, the more it began to look like people on the way to Pink Floyd concert – there were all sorts of people – old hippies, rockers, skinheads, punks, suit ‘people, jeans’people – not boring – we happens to walk beside a small group of germans in our own age – who believed in London that they could only speak german together so did nobody understand them – but when one has lived much of his childhood quite close to the danish-german border and also in Schleswig in a period – then the german language is not a problem – that there was “viel spaß” (very funny) out of that chat – especially one of the girls got red cheeks addition to that there was no language barrier was yo hide behind – we found out at our 2 groups should be in the same section – so we went together all the way.

About the concert itself, there is said and written enormous – and posted footage on YouTube – so I’ll just say that it was an amazing experience – just fantastic.

Earls Court in “ready for Olympic Games 2012 dress” (public photo)


The german girl with the “red cheeks” and “Le Drake Noir” stand side by side in the mixed danish-german group – the music was good, atmosphere was nice and light very very soft, at least among the audience – so what is much more natural than to taste how a kiss taste – it tasted damn good so you might as well go kissing on. – then suddenly was the amazing concert finished – and the light in the hall was lit – schedules won’t, at least for concerts, never or almost never go as planned.

My companions from Denmark was a little panicky, more than a little – much more – they were afraid to miss the train to Dover and then the ferry too – so there were many, who disturbed the 2 kissing heads – so it had to quickly write our numbers down – this was before mobile phones – on separate piece of paper – and rings together monday – we only knew each other’s first names – we swapped the piece of papers in a hurry, farewell kissing and “Le Drake Noir” chased behind its stressful traveling companions – we reached Victoria Station – just to see the rear of the last train – there weren’t many people on the platforms – and no train – the others were even more stressful – yes they gave me the blame for the reason, we came too late – but I had not slowed down the concert.


 While the others were so sorry the selfish way and verified the others in that it was terrible – then discovered “Le Noir Drake” – a strange train at the inner platform – went over to the platform – the others followed reluctant to – I talked to a nice elderly gentleman in uniform – it was a postal uniform and a post train – it was about to run and had to stop at all stations on the way to Dover and Folkestone – with it we could reach a ferry not in Dover but in Folkestone to Ooestende and my car.

But it was not allowed with passengers on the train – but “Le Drake Noir” got the kindly elder gentleman to talk about his career in post-government service – so when the train was running – he was not finished the story – so he asked,

if we wanted to go to Folkestone.

Towards Folkestone I discovered that the piece of paper I had in my pocket
that it was my own phone number was written on it.

So there was a german girl, Marlene from Dusseldorf, who went around with a piece of paper in her pocket – where her own phone number stood on.

When I look at my photo of Pink Floyd ticket – not often – so I think with a smile at how random life is – and think with a smile about summer of 1981 too.




Weekly Photo Challenge (hands)

Weekly Photo Challenge

theme: hand(s)

An adage that is “world famous” in Denmark is
“If you give the devil a little finger, so he takes the whole hand”
(perhaps also known in other countries)

The beautiful yellow dandelion is called in danish
“Fandens Mælkebøtte” (Devil’s Dandelion)

there’s no doubt that danish dandelions know this proverb

About not to know own limitations
it’s not a weakness, as the dandelion has alone
it is also known in many other contexts.

So it’s almost a human characteristic of dandelion.

The grown up ugly duckling

This one, he became a swan

probably after being an ugly duckling among hens in his younger days

Beautiful clear white – he goes strutting around in the green grass with the yellow sea of dandelions – besides the tiny lake with all the reeds – keeps a sharp eye on the cattle, which uses the lake as a drinking trough.

Yes and keeps a watchful eye on everyone else – in the middle of the tiny lake his beloved soulmate sitting on the large nest between the rushes.

He is a passionate guy, if someone or something gets too close.

and defends his loved ones
as a crude fighter

The stories take up most of those who are born or hatched as swans and grow up as ugly ducklings – instead of, as Hans Christian Andersen, to tell the story of the ugly duckling who became a beautiful swan – these stories could be a model for those who sit in a nest and do not know which way to go (or fly).

The swan has been selected as Denmark’s national bird several years ago

it came at the behest of journalist Poul Thomsen from ‘Danmarks Radio’

in his program “Dus med dyrene” (Getting with the animals)

held a public vote among his many viewers.



When the sun rules

Walk in the park or work in the park.

For a man who have been at work since he was 14 – primarily in agriculture and the military and now is in the late 70s – it might be easy just to sit in the armchair and say out loud  “I have done my part”  so let’s relax – but it ain’t easy at all – when det sun shines.

During the danish winter, which often are more cold rainful and gray than cold and white,  it’s easy to sit in this chair while enjoyed a good movie on DVD or read a good book in the lamp’s “shadow” – while the wind howls outside – but – when the sun shines.

Then pulls outdoor life in the old boy -.though “the enemy” now only stubborn blackberry bushes that spread too much – so it bothers all other trees and plants.

Then there’s all the vegetables, which just as well can be grown
since there is enough room for it – in the large vegetable garden.

More work to do.

Not a word about, the rest of the garden

with all the flowers (when the summer comes) and bushes

The property’s landmark is best in headwind.

So outdoor are not outlaw – the sun rules, when it’s shining…!


WordPress Award Nomination

(My) WordPressWorld

Most of all I love to read all the good posts and see the many great photos – which are here in WordPress World – read and see what ideas other people have done and what impressions they have gained through either their camera or through their ears or eyes – other times I even wanted to express myself with either words or photo or both – a good international communication platform among all of us “ordinary” people.

Did not know there were these different WordPress Awards

so “Le Drake Noir”  is very surprised to be nominated by these 2 excellent bloggers

The Rules are you have to thank the person who nominated you for the award and link to them – then copypaste the Award nomination sign to your own profile – I am going to try and do that now – I hope really that I do this right 😉  – but let me know if or when I do something wrong – choose a numbers of blogs to each Award nomination among all blogs – that I think are worthy of the award they have to be under 200 followers (how do I know that ?) – link to them and leave a comment letting them know – but it is hard to only nominated so few – because there is so many good bloggers on WordPress

even that I only been on WP in relative short – I’ve found out

there’s a lot of great bloggers worldwide


Liebster Award nomination

Thanks to “strassenfotojournal” for this nomination (see post),

As per the rules of being nominated, I am to:

  •  Thank the person who gave me the award (Le Drake Noir done that)
  •  Include a link to their blog (Le Drake Noir done that too – above)
  •  Select 5 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Tell 5 public unknown about Le Drake Noir:

Speak and write 5 languages – read and understand 4 more 

If one lack the ability to laugh at oneself – it clearly should be reason enough to automatic to get the highest disability pension

Favorite authors Alexandre Dumas (F). Ken Follett (UK) and St. St. Blicher (DK)

Had bats as pets in my attic room as boy – so did the mother not often controlled cleanup

I’m not stubborn, just persistent 😉


  • Nominate 5 bloggers for the Liebster Blogger Award
  • including a link to their site., here they are:

Soma Mukherjee

(write with the heart and it’s a big heart)


(shows us empathetic the world she sees through her camera)


(Write in danish, a man of feeling and sympathy for the whole world in many genres – like politics, art, sports, passenger ships and trains – always with flairness)

Liverpool FC talks

(Barry Ringstead a serious and analytical L’pool FC supporter, who writes with the heart)

Bella Remy Photography

(I like it)


Sunshine Award nomination

Thanks to “ManoliRizoFotografia” for this nomination (see post),

As per the rules of being nominated, I am to:

  •  Thank the person wh gave me the award (Le Drake Noir done that)
  •  Include a link to their blog (Le Drake Noir done that too – above)
  • Tell 10 public unknown about Le Drake Noir
  1. Favorite music is Pink Floyd since 1973
  2. Favorite sportsteam is Liverpool FC since 1966
  3. Favorite animal are dogs and mustang (wild horse)
  4. Favorite plant / flower is rose and cactus
  5. Favorite bird is the pheasant, all species
  6. Drank coffee first time as 3 years old and still love coffee
  7. I’m more pragmatic than ideological, much more
  8. Favorite painter is Vincent van Gogh
  9. Favorite travel destinations is “visiting” the Earth world wide 
  10. Loves to cook – “women out of the kitchen or just chat with me with a glass of wine in her hand while she also holding mine glass of wine” (joke) 😉
  • Nominate around 10 bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award
  • and include a link to their site – here they are:

BehindtheLens Photography 

Simple Pleasures

Manoy Maniniyot

Photobach’s Blog

Ana Lucia Silva


Cornelia Lohs


Eric Benoist


Yiwei Peng

Cardinal Guzman

Fresh Era

Edith Levy

Cruz del Sur

Totally on purpose so I do not write anything about these of my “sunrays”, but check them.

it’s my sunshine nominated from my WordPressWorld

Recover the past

No don’t tell me something I already know 

that’s funny that my +76 year old dad

have a more modern mobile phone than I have

my Nokia 6110i have follow me nearly 10 years

and this couple of photos

they are catch by help of my dad’s m’phone

when I last visited my parants at home

They live on the little danish island Samsø

far far away from civilisation (joke)

One of the island’s distinctive buildings are just now being transformed back to the original look – the building was erected in 1900 after designs by renowned architect, Anton Rosen (1859-1928) as the island’s technical school – until 1962 it served as the island’s highest education – but the population base meant that there were no students enough for the kind of school on the island – so the school was closed in the middle of the 1960s – in 1970 there was a large municipal reform in Denmark – where the management was merged – so on the island they went from a lot of small “parish councils” to a large local authority control – it should have its own place – the choice fell on the former technical school – in fact they started i 1967 to prepare the new order – however, quickly proved to be too small – so therefor was built to the building – at that time have things to be very rational   

they were indifferent to how it looked – just it meet the needs 

 so the new extension was terribly ugly

and extension has never been called anything but “Madkassen” (the food container)

it has now been removed again

the municipal office is now relocated at the old nursing home,

there’s built a new one to old people on the island, who can not live at home

Almost next to the building, there was a tree that had grown up – so it bosom warmly hid the building from one side – the tree is now significantly cut back – it looks very funny – that the way it always be – on the other side of the road the old tree facing a new small tree

 Wondering about if the old tree says to the young tree – that it must be careful – because now it can been seen what happens – if it sticks its nose too far – but maybe the trees is like human that young people do not hear according what the old folks told them.