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After-School Vikings

 

You wouldn't believe their job:  extracting the tongues from the drying cod-fish heads.

Cod-fish tongue is a delicacy in the Lofoten Islands of Norway.

See Astrid's post today to get the full impact!


(This is NOT selective coloring!)

 

Henningsvaer, Norway

 


After-School Vikings

 

You wouldn't believe their job:  extracting the tongues from the drying cod-fish heads.

Cod-fish tongue is a delicacy in the Lofoten Islands of Norway.

See Astrid's post today to get the full impact!


(This is NOT selective coloring!)

 

Henningsvaer, Norway

 


comments (51)

Great picture. Ghastly thought.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Graeme. I know!
  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 11 May 2011, 01:09
They look like champion tongue extracters, Ginnie...love this pic.
Ginnie Hart: They we singing a boisterous Viking song as they crested this bridge, Ray. It was quite something. smile Thanks.
Like the curve and style of the railing that gives dimension to this image. Beautiful sharp colors that contrast so well with this natural greyscale landscape. You're right Ginnie, I wouldn't have believed what their job is, unless you told me.
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine growing up and telling your grandchildren what you did after school when you were in your teens! Unbelievable. Thanks, John.
  • remla
  • France
  • 11 May 2011, 05:53
excellent le traitement des couleurs !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rem. Merci.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 11 May 2011, 06:22
did u taste the Cod-fish tongue?
Ginnie Hart: No, Kanyi--we were, thankfully, never given the chance. I think I would have gagged and lost my own tongue! smile
I love their faces warm and healthy! The joy of this group of young people is contagious! Sure! their lives are different!! I'm going to see Astrid!
Ginnie Hart: They were singing a boisterous Viking song as they crested the bridge, Mathilde. I think they enjoy putting on a show for all the tourists that come through their town. smile Merci.
very pleasant low perspective, nice work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: This was the bridge from my previous post, Fabrizio, and gave a great view of these boys as they came up from the other side. Gracie.
Healthier after school spend time than most kids in Holland, that are only sitting in front of screens, either computer or console or tv. At least these are outside, sniffing up fresh air!!
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Marion! Well said. I bet they have lots of fun and camaradeie. Bedankt.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 May 2011, 07:24
Lovely Photo. Great perspective. They look like they actually enjoy it lol. I actually thought it was selectively coloured as well smile
Ginnie Hart: They were having lots of fun, singing loudly, SAVO, as they crested this bridge. I think they quite enjoyed putting on a show for us. smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 May 2011, 07:27
Good photo it look very cold,they seem to be having fun
Ginnie Hart: It was indeed cold, Vintage, but still above freezing. We all were having fun. smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2011, 07:44
smile I passed them right there.
They were singing 'tough' songs, yes in English and the nice thing is, we greeted when we passed.
I think it is a great way to earn money and for them it is 'normal'.
Great picture, the colours do stand out.
In those few hours we got a lot of education, glad we 'sneaked' out of the group and took pictures.
Ginnie Hart: I'll never forget this, MLMA. We had so much fun in that one hour away from the group. We were partners in crime...so fun! grin Bedankt.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 11 May 2011, 07:44
eeewwwwww!!! nice pic tho!!!
Ginnie Hart: I know. Who would have thought! Thanks, Elaine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 May 2011, 07:44
Haha- a nice scene you captured here! I can imagine the rough, hard life in this Norwegian area, but the boys are in a good mood and seem to enjoy their job, one of them is sticking out his tongue, but not to fool us! And they are singing as I read -happy youth! Yes, the stockfish belongs to Norway - we know the German phrase' to be like a "Stockfisch" = as stiff as a poker, without any (e)motions ..., but I never tried stockfish but I know how important this food was in former times for the sailors and still now is...
Ginnie Hart: It was like stepping back in time, Philine, to another place, another world, another way of living. I've never tasted stockfish either and am not sure I'd want to. But most educational. Bedankt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 May 2011, 08:05
Life never ceases to amaze Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Chris!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 11 May 2011, 08:10
terrific shot, great location
Ginnie Hart: You'd have a heyday there with your camera, Aussie. smile Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2011, 08:19
Euwh! They are a proud and fierce tongues extractors team
Ginnie Hart: I think they totally enjoyed the show they were putting on for us, Scarlet. grin Bedankt.
  • Theys
  • Belgique
  • 11 May 2011, 08:33
An admirable composition! , to spend a beautiful day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland. smile
I suppose everybody has to have some sort of job Ginnie. I'm glad I had one in the salt industry
Ginnie Hart: The stories we could all tell, Stanley! smile Thanks.
Henningsvaer, I was there too, great to see this again.
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that fun, Chantal. I love seeing images of places I've seen with my own eyes. Bedankt.
Cod tongue is common in - you guessed it - Newfoundland.

I love the shot. I'm glad you mentioned it was selective colouring as I thought it was.
Ginnie Hart: I'm learning a LOT about Newfoundland, Mary! HA! Thanks. I'm guessing you meant to say that it was NOT selective coloring. Indeed. It's a good thing they were wearing colorful shirts because we might have missed them altogether. grin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 May 2011, 10:11
A great picture and they seem to enjoy it as well.
I think they may be discussing you as well. Hope you had your make-up on tongue
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure they were talking about us under their breath...even while they were singing, Louis. grin They clearly were proud of the show they were putting on. Thanks.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2011, 11:08
I did not know that, I'll stick with the oil smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Me, too, John. That's an easy choice! grin
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 11 May 2011, 11:40
Great contrast with sharp colors and grey background!
such a weird job they have, Ginnie, but they look happy wink Thats an important point!
Ginnie Hart: Happiness is worth the world, Arash. You're so right. That's all that matters. smile Thanks.
If that is their idea of a delicacy................

Mind you i like Haggis!
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You may have them beat, Bill! :
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 11 May 2011, 13:56
Oh my!Great capture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Sil. Grazie.
Now there is a part of Norway I would not like. It looks bitterly cold. I'd probably be wearing 5 layers of cloths. I look like the kid in a Christmas Story, who fell and couldnt get up. I like the blue, red, and yellow, it give this shot a nice contrast.
Ginnie Hart: HA! It always helps to know where you would or would not fit in, Ryan. grin Thanks for the smile.
Ginnie I've heard the expression "tongue in cheek"
I wouldn't fancy a cod's tongue in mine thank you very much !
Ginnie Hart: HA! That's a good one, Martin. grin Thanks.
When I saw the title I expected those opera helmets...smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Those helmets are, bottom line, totally foreign to the Vikings (or so we heard). So Disneyland. smile
  • alex
  • United States
  • 11 May 2011, 15:54
mmmm, I remember my summer jobs in high school fondly as well!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Alex. I'm sure we all do. smile
  • Margaret
  • United States
  • 11 May 2011, 17:02
The color pops! Love the rosy cheeks and windblown hair. Can't even imagine what the southerners here in NC would be wearing... double down coats I think. smile Not sure I would enjoy their job, but I would love to join them for that walk smile
Ginnie Hart: It's a different world there, Margaret, for sure. We really got our education. smile Thanks.
Sturdy Nordic types!
Ginnie Hart: They made my day, Tom. grin
I have known about the Cod tongues for a long time Ginnie...i have worked with a few Newfoundlanders over the years and yes it is their delicacy....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: UGH. Mary is also confirming this, Peter. I guess good news gets around fast. HA!
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 11 May 2011, 21:11
so lifelike Ginnie, it's almost seeing a video. great shot.
Ginnie Hart: It really added to the ethos of the place, Maria. smile So fun. Thanks.
You must be kidding! ;p
I watched an Icelandic film couple of days ago.
Guess what they normally have for their dinner out there?
Boiled sheep's head!!!
Ginnie Hart: Don't you love hearing what rocks their boats! My, oh my!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2011, 22:53
I know I wouldn't like that job!

The photo is lovely as ever smile
Ginnie Hart: I bet they have a lot of jokes to go along with their camaraderie, Cherie. smile Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Spain
  • 11 May 2011, 22:56
Super! After school is the best moment
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, Oscar. I'm sure we all have stories to tell. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 12 May 2011, 01:37
lol! that's a clever title.. smile you got me curious how cod-fish tongue tastes.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Rian. I have no interest in finding out what it tastes like. I'll take your word for whatever you find out. smile
They sure stand out against that background. Very nicely done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Such a happy scene beautifully framed and captured from a wonderful POV! The compression of background and foreground and the colors are all superb! Great shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. This was an 'eternalized moment' for me. smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 12 May 2011, 09:05
Superb image, they all seem to be very happy! For them the language, I willingly leave smile) Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: They appeared to be having so much fun, Tede. Boys after school doing their thing. smile Merci.
Presumably they were producing salt cod Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Or extracting the tongues, Stanley. smile Surely at least sea salt is there a-plenty.
  • didier
  • france
  • 12 May 2011, 10:30
une image très bien réalisée !
une belle ambiance pour ce groupe d'enfants qui semblent assez joyeux !!smile
Ginnie Hart: It may be the best time of their life, Didier! Merci.
  • Pixeluz
  • Brazil
  • 12 May 2011, 12:35
I like the contrast between their colored clothes and the natural black and white landscape.
Did you know that seals eyes are a delicacy for Inuits?
Ginnie Hart: Oh my, NO, PixeLuz. I have never heard that about the seal's eyes for the Inuits. I think we'd be surprised about a lot of 'delicacies' like this all around the world! Gracias.
Four fabulous examples of a healthy environment, Ginnie. Look at those rosy cheeks!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Beverly. We have a lot to learn from them! Thanks.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 12 May 2011, 14:08
I love the colour against the greay background, it looks so jolly.
Ginnie Hart: Jolly, indeed, Chad. Thanks. smile
They seem to have forgotten their winged helmets, sheepskin mantles and double-bladed axes, Ginnie...what? They're in training? lol! I bet they wish they *were* Vikings than the jobs they do have. smile
Ginnie Hart: We had to laugh, Alex, when we heard those helmets were a creation of Disney, never worn by the real Vikings. HA! Oh well. I bet this is the best time of their lives, never to be the same again! Thanks.
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 12 May 2011, 15:32
I can't imagine codfish tongue is enough to satisfy an appetite.
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Rob. UGH!
  • Glo
  • United States
  • 12 May 2011, 16:43
what a fascinating post Ginnie, and very cool shot to go with it. TFS smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Glo. smile
Una bonita toma, me gusta el encuadre que le has dado, queda ideal para definir una situación.

Saludos
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, Bernardo. They were having the time of their lives. smile
That sounds really revolting Ginnie but they don't seem bothered.
Ginnie Hart: I think they actually take pride in how gross it sounds to the tourists, Brian. grin Thanks.
Une belle brochette ! ;-)
Surtout une belle photo de copains. Ils ont l'air super heureux et c'est beau à voir.
Un très beau cadrage, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Olivier. These guys will remember these days all their life! That's the fun of it.

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