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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sky Watch Friday from a Danish Minnesota

'Yes, I will go with you!' said Thumbelina. She sat on his back, put her feet on his outstretched wings, and fastened her sash to one of his strongest feathers. Then the swallow soared into the air over forests and over lakes, high up over the great mountains that are always capped with snow. When Thumbelina felt cold in the chill air, she crept under the bird's warm feathers, with only her little head stuck out to watch all the wonderful sights below.

Just a bit of whimsy from my favorite fairy tale growing up, Hans Christian Andersen's Tommelise [Thumbelina]. Illustration from Andersen's Stories for the Household., A. W. Bayes, illustrator. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1889. These chattering swallows seemed to be retelling the story this week.

Visit more sky photos from around the world at Skywatch Friday. Happy Friday!

29 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice post today. I like it and the birds. Are they swallows?

Nice photography.

Abraham

SandyCarlson said...

Those are lovely flowers on the wire. And a wonderful post. God bless.

Hildegarde said...

Thumbelina : my favorite fairy tale too !!!! Very nice sky shot with the swallows.

Marianne said...

I have always and still do LOVE Thumbelina! :^)

Aileni said...

I wouldn't be surprised if the swallows leave early this year.
Nice picture.

Marit - "Som Mine Dager Er" said...

How sweet with the birds on a string.

Nice.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Very nice and sweet shot:) Love it:)

bobbie said...

I enjoyed your fairy tale. I'd forgotten that one. And your photo illustrates it rather well.

Pretty Life Online said...

Hope to visit denmark oneday... Cool catch for SKYWATCH! Mine's up too hope you can drop by and asking for your help.... I was nominated for pinoyworld blog of the week, voting poll located at my side bar... Hope you can vote for me... The way of fortune is like the milkyway in the sky.... Thanks a lot! Happy weekend!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I love to see birds sitting on wires. Thanks for reminding me of the Thumbelina fairy tale. I need to read it to my granddaughter.
Nice Sky Watch.

LUIZ SANTILLI JR. said...

A great sky!

Beautiful post in SWF!!

Blue said...

What a lovely post!
The photo is so well caught, and I'd forgotten about Thumbelina & the swallow.

magiceye said...

brilliant blue and lovely tale!


Do check out my Independence Day SkyWatch post herest

Greyscale Territory said...

The whole post is absolutely delightful!

Leora said...

Thank you so much for adding the Thumbelina story. I'll have to tell the story to my daughter (again!).
Great photo.

RuneE said...

very fitting - especially since I imagine that quite a few of the people in Minnesota have Danish (or other Scandinavian) ancestors.

Bob Dylan said...

Very nice post. I enjoyed it a lot.

The Urban Buddha said...

Lovely picture and great story. I grew up with the Thumbelina fairy tale so this post sure brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend! :)

Louis la Vache said...

Nice post! "Louis" also likes the Motherwell quote in the right sidebar!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent.. picture and story.. I think I have such a book as this somewhere in the house.. and another of Grimes Fairy Tales..

Kelly said...

Excellent photo and story! Great job and well done!

Luke Wiley said...

lovely birds up on the power line!

Ces said...

What a neat blog! I love looking through your previouys posts and enjoyed the old photographs very much!

Louise said...

Maybe there is a Thumbelina on one of those birds!

Powell River Books said...

Our swallows have disappeared now that the chicks have flown away. I really miss them and all their antics. My pictures are of a mackerel sky before the storm. I invite you to come see. - Margy

Kahshe Cottager said...

Thanks for a beautiful SkyWatch and bringing back some childhood memories along with it!

Thank you for visiting my SkyWatch too!

Donna said...

Cute post sweetie!! Love your pictures!!hughugs

John said...

Wonderful post!

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