This year, for the first time ever, I decided to participate in Inktober.
I’ve always wanted to but never even dared to try in fear I would drop out and fail, BUT NOT THIS TIME! I participated and against all odds, I completed it too! ✌?

If you didn’t know, Inktober is a yearly drawing challenge. A bit like NaNoWriMo and similar projects, except here the focus is art. You’re supposed to draw something every day for a month.
Drawlloween is basically the same thing, only with fun spooky prompts. Since I’m such a massive Halloween lover I decided to do Inktober but with the prompts from Drawlloween.

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Imaginary Karin - park first snow 2016

The first snow of this winter fell yesterday, on November the 2nd! ?
I know not everyone is as enthusiastic about semi-frozen water as I am, but winter is my favourite season after autumn and it has become a tradition for me to post about the first snowfall every year. And this year it’s a serious snowfall too…

Yesterday morning I woke up to a world covered in a thin layer of mushy wet snow. It was only 0°C so I expected it to melt pretty soon but over the course of the day the temperature dropped and it just kept snowing.
In fact, a day later it’s still snowing! There have even been warnings on TV about severe weather, but I’m not worried. I already have winter tires on the car so I’m good.

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It’s autumn again! At last! 😀
We have all the other signs of the season, like yellow trees and migrating birds and such, but the weather doesn’t seem to get the message. I actually look forward to the cold, so last week when we had only 1°C in the mornings I was feeling very optimistic, but now it’s warm and sunny again. But then again, it’s only September still.

Anyway, I wanted to post about autumn, and when you have nothing real to write about you can always do a list, right? 😉

Imaginary Karin - my autumn list

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Imaginary Karin - view from the top of Skule mountain

Let me introduce you to one of the most beautiful parts of my country: the High Coast.

During the last ice age the immense weight of the ice sheet crushed the land under it, pushing it ever down, deforming the very crust of the Earth. Apparently though, our planet’s surface is more elastic than you might think, so as soon as the ice melted the land started rebounding.

What makes the High Coast special is how extreme the uplift is. Since the last ice age this particular coastline has risen 300 m (984 f), the highest post-glacial rebound in the world. Even today the land is rising about 1 cm (0,4 inches) a year, which is incredibly fast.

As a nice side effect, this has created a pretty cool landscape with lots of hills and cliffs, making the High Coast a popular destination for outdoorsy tourists – and for me and Markus.
Markus grew up in this area, and his parents still live here (this may or may not have slightly increased my attraction to him when we first met, haha! 😉 ) so we come here a few times a year.

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