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Uncle Henry´s Universe.

About the blog

I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

We all have our own universe, welcome to visit mine.

Visit CERN!

Everyday life, Travel Posted on Mon, October 21, 2019 19:55:28

Although nuclear physics is not my strongest side, 😉 the visit provided at least some idea of what it is all about, and it’s an absolutely amazing world to discover!

If ever visiting Geneva, I highly recommend a visit to CERN. The CERN Laboratory was established in 1954 and the name is originally an abbreviation of Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire.

Their work helps to uncover what the universe is made of and how it works. They do so by providing a unique range of particle accelerator facilities to researchers, to advance the boundaries of human knowledge. And if I borrow some more information from their website: CERN’s convention states: “The Organization shall have no concern with work for military requirements and the results of its experimental and theoretical work shall be published or otherwise made generally available.” That’s nice and wise!

When you hear about CERN, I guess most people think about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, smashing particles together at unprecedented energies. These collisions enable physicists to study the phenomena that govern particles and forces. We got to visit an older model that has now been taken out of service, but with the help of a fantastic light and video show, the visit was very rewarding.

The researcher who led our guided tour was inspired by the story of the infant universe and all the research they conducted on the subject. We listened and were amazed, listened and were taken aback, listened and were amazed again … And in that way the tour continued.

Mysterious Neutrinos, The Higgs Boson, Antimatter, Dark Matter…“The possibility that dark-matter particles may interact via an unknown force felt only feebly by Standard Model particles motivated LHCb to search for “dark” photons, setting tight new constraints on the coupling strength between dark and conventional photons. Also exploring the dark universe is the CAST experiment, in which a large superconducting magnet is pointed towards the sun to search for dark-matter axions as well as solar chameleons (candidates for the dark energy sector) “…. WOW!  

Their website is very readable! There is a universe to discover for you too!

Even if you do not have time or manage to get a guided tour, their permanent exhibitions are so good that they provide value for the visit. It also describes some small side projects that happened to be created in connection with their research, such as computed tomography and the World Wide Web.



The Longhorn Beetle.

Nature Conservation Posted on Thu, October 17, 2019 07:58:26

The Longhorn Beetle, Tragosoma depsarium, are categorized as “Near Threatened” (NT) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as that may be considered threatened with extinction in the near future.

The big beetle has disappeared from large parts of our country, but it occurs on some premises in our landscape. It needs older sun-exposed wood for its egg laying, preferably coarse pine trunks. Today, the species is threatened due to lack of suitable habitats.

10 years ago, we got hold of several very rough pine logs from a local sawmill. They were almost 6 meters long and up to 80 cm in diameter. Too rough for the sawmill to handle. I ordered a timber car to place them in sunny places in the Stormyren nature reserve and still remember the driver and his very suspicious look … He was used to transport wood out of the forest not the other way around!

It took 10 years before we could see that it succeeded. This summer we found lots of holes after the beetle. Now the rough logs can serve as nurseries for generations of beetles for many decades to come. Nature conservation can take its time but when it succeeds it pays off with interest.



Coupe Icare 2019

PG / PPG Posted on Mon, October 14, 2019 16:27:15

This year´s Coupe Icare, the 46th edition, was dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. It is 500 years since he died, this absolute genius of all times, who has meant an incredible amount for the development of human flying.

The church in Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet had a fantastic exhibition with copies of his very early models for aircraft. As early as the middle of the 1400s, he sketched on the ornithopter that would allow man to fly like birds.

There is almost nothing more spectacular, innovative, acrobatic, and off- the-charts in terms of ultra-light air sports than the programme of the Coupe Icare. The Parabatix sky racers stands for speed and acrobatics in its playful competition, all kinds of madness combine in Icarnaval (where Leonardo and his creations of course were frequently used this year) and the children stand for play and creator joy when they build pinweels, kites, gliders or birdhouses. Hot air balloons, different types of aircraft, delta wings, birds of prey, music and street shows… There was something for everyone!

Like every year since 1974, The Coupe Icare have been held at the joint site of Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet / Lumbin, in the heart of the Isère Alps between the Chartreuse mountain range and Grésivaudan Valley. It is not-to-be-missed. It is an amazing on-going 4-day show that attracts about 100,000 visitors over 4 days each year.



One evening three weeks ago

Everyday life Posted on Sat, October 12, 2019 19:11:47

Live in the present, do not wait until tomorrow; pick the roses of life today… (Pierre de Ronsard)

We are too tired after the day’s experiences at Coupe Icare in Saint Hilaire du Touvet and not hungry enough for a restaurant visit. A pizza slice, a ripe tomato from the neighborhood shop and cold beer in a plastic mug. A happy ending to an inspiring day.

The evening is lukewarm, weak winds play along Rue Gabriel Peri; we are at our favorite hotel in Grenoble. Sometimes the laughter rises from the outdoor seating where the regulars gather, the black cat with harness and leash catches the attention for a while, everyone wants to cuddle.

The moon strokes along the eaves, a dove chirping in his sleep. Life is good! We pick a rose and fall asleep to the suggestive sounds of street life through the half-open window.



The light in the tunnel!

Nature Conservation Posted on Mon, October 07, 2019 11:22:31

Since Alice Cooper wrote on his Facebook page that he would like to walk through Tilas Stoll, the nature reserve suddenly became a much hotter tourist destination!

Today we have a little over 200 nature reserves in our county Värmland. Högbergsfältet is one of them. It was founded in 1979 and is a mining area near Lake Yngen. Tilas Stoll is a mining corridor leading into the Krakbo mine. For security reasons it has been closed for a few years but is now open to visitors.

Go there! It is a strong experience, well worth a try.



Seasonal change!

Everyday life Posted on Sat, October 05, 2019 17:04:23

Woke up this morning to 5 minus degrees and frost. Fresh! Lovely. Season change, new hopes, new dreams.

I really enjoy the changes of the seasons, it’s a favor, a gift! How boring it would be with the same season and weather all year round.

Thin ice on the garden pond. Crispy. Silent. Now the bird bath is soon out for the farm’s tomtits, it is only a few weeks since the last frog was silenced. Nature begins to pave for a long winter, it feels as if it’s coming early this year.

Now we have a colorful time before winter really arrives and embeds everything in white quilt.



Golden eagle 2019

Golden eagle Posted on Mon, September 30, 2019 11:54:42

This spring I was convinced that 2019 would be a record year for the golden eagles in our area, and maybe it was, but without our knowledge…

In other parts of the country, the golden eagle breeding seems to have been successful, in some county even new record.

All the eagle pairs in our area showed signs of wanting to nest, but when we later visited the nesting sites we knew, most nest were empty. Some had collapsed during the winter but since eagles usually have alternative nesting there is rarely any problem. The problem is for us to find these nests!

Although the golden eagle is a big bird and they build very large nest, it is remarkably difficult to find them. The eagle is very discreet around the nest and an alternative nest can be located more than 5 km from another. The eagle territory in our area are often around 30 square kilometers, so there will be extensive forest areas to look through.

In our oldest golden eagle territory, which I have inventoried for 19 years, it was successful nesting this year too. It´s an old couple who often manage to breed chicks. Whether it´s been the same eagles all the time is hard to say, but I think so. They can get quite old. Our oldest eagle was probably at least 32 years old.

Often eagles only succeed in breeding every two years, but this pair often succeeds two years in a row. Here the results was the same as last year. A kid lay dead under the nest and a large and powerful one was ringed.

Later in the summer a colleague found a new alternative eagle nest and a kid so in summary, at least two eagle nesting´s succeeded this year.



A wolf called Ylva

Wolf Posted on Mon, July 01, 2019 15:02:08

Over the years I have spent quite a bit of time with sleeping wolves. Both in the wild and in zoos. A great benefit I received both through work in various game projects and through own studies. It’s an experience I treat everyone who likes wolves. It gives peace and tranquility to the soul and provides useful time for reflection. Genuine quality time!

In the nineties I worked with a transmitter-supplied female wolf that became almost world famous, at least in Sweden. Of the locals she got the name – Ylva. She is probably still the wolf that has the greatest place in my heart, a fantastic personality that gave me several unique experiences during the years we got together.

After several unsuccessful attempts to anaesthetize the wolf and replace her transmitter, which was extremely important because our project was dependent on it functioning, I examined the possibility of sneaking at her when she sleeps.
Something that most people considered to be crazy and totally meaningless
because wolves are so incredibly vigilant and shy animals.

The morning of 5 june 1991 I got my chance. The radio signal revealed that the wolf slept in the middle of a small marsh, she had been at rest for some hour and only lifted her head a few times to check that everything was calm in the surroundings. I approached very carefully, moving a toe at a time… at least figuratively speaking. Every meter I advanced got to take a lot of time. When after an hour I had the wolf lying just 17 meters away, it was enough. I had more than proven that it could be possible to access her in this way.

Sitting on a marsh a summer morning with a deeply sleeping wild wolf next door was a strange experience. Suggestive and present at the same time. The wolf had made herself a soft and comfortable sleeping pit deeply submerged in the bog, the only thing I saw of her was a little fur and the right ear.

I expected that she would at any time notice my presence and rush from the place, but the minutes went by and nothing happened. In the end I started to worry. She didn’t move, had she died? I started talking a little low … no reaction. I raised the voice … no reaction. In the end, I coughed dry, like the wolf’s warning sound, and a fraction of a second later, I looked straight into the eyes of a very new awake wolf. (she didn’t even comb herself)

a fraction of a second later she rushed off and first stopped about a hundred meter away to look at me again and probably ask herself, what the hell happened…

Together with an extremely skilled shooter and colleague, we succeeded later that summer, on the third attempt, to sneaking us on the wolf as she slept, anaesthetize her and replace the transmitter.



Bad blogger…

Everyday life Posted on Mon, May 06, 2019 14:54:59

I’m a bad
blogger. The ambition is to blog regularly, but the reality has turned out to
be something completely different. Days pass, weeks pass, even months disappear
before I have plotted something new on the blog. Unfortunately, that is the
grim truth. I do not know if it helps to promise fine and improvement but here
at least a summary of what has happened since last …

The winter
wolf tracking was not what I expected. Not so many wolves to track, mostly a
tiring search along poor forest roads. There were thousands of km in car,
terribly boring! I was hoping for puppies in Kockohonka territory but found
none. Just before Christmas, I tracked the alpha pair that crossed the border
and disappeared into Norway. The next contact with the alpha male was right
after the Christmas holidays and then on a new site 30 km to the south, far
from Kockohonka territory. There he went with a new female. What happened
between 18 and 27 December, we will probably never know.

Even
between the lynx tracks it was sparsely. Found no female with young, only a few
solitary lynxes.

The royal
eagle work in the spring, however, became a more positive experience. Very good
weather and good success with the work means that with excitement, I look
forward to several visits to eagle’s nests at the end of the month. Just don’t
hope that the cold weather we have right now, with rain, north wind and wet
snow, is causing problems.

At the end
of February, we took a week off and visited Madeira. It can be recommended!
Nice climate, very sympathetic people and an exciting nature. Walking along the
island’s “levadas” is a balm for the soul. Maybe I write a little more about
the week’s experiences in blog post in the future.

In April,
it suddenly became early summer! 20-25 degrees and lukewarm south winds. Nature
literally exploded with greenery, before winter was suddenly back in early May,
with snow, hail and freezing temperatures. We at least enjoyed the weather as
long as it lasted and got time with this year’s first kayak trip on mirror-shiny
water.

So, now I’m
catching up. New ambitions, new goal…



Dublin

Travel Posted on Mon, February 04, 2019 12:02:22

Although I
prefer wilderness in front of urban sites, there are some capitals that go
directly to my heart, Dublin is one of them. With its mild coastal climate, it
is a nice destination even in the winter. We were there a January week, a few
years ago.

The hotel
was a little worn, the bathroom door couldn’t close, the view not directly
captivating and a ice-pail on the table next to our table, caught the
water dripping from the ceiling in the breakfast room … Charming! The hotel
was simple but at the same time very affordable! There was nice reception and
central location. We loved it!

It is
impossible to miss where the dark stout Guinness comes from, it characterizes
the whole city. Are ubiquitous. A heavenly kingdom for those who appreciate the
drink as the undersigned does. If you visit Dublin, you must not miss the Guinness Storehouse. A fantastic museum that tells
you everything you want to know about the iconic stout, at seven packed floors!

The city center
is no bigger than you can easily discover it on foot, but there are of course
several different companies with Hop on Hop of buses, if it is preferable. In
addition to museums, whiskey distilleries and other cultural events, there are
several fine parks. St. Stephens Green is one of them. A small oasis in the
middle of the city with lush greenery, statues, ponds and a rich bird life.
Fearless robins sing from bushes and fences.


Temple bar area
is
another must. Charming district full of good pubs and restaurants. Many pubs
have live music in the evenings, an atmosphere of Ireland at its best.



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