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Friday, 30 July 2010

Greenlandic Fields



You can't take fields for granted in Greenland. Indeed, in much of the country there simply aren't any, but near Narsaq (in the south) there's a growing business of sheep-farming.

Mostly the sheep roam happily in the hills, grazing as they go, but there are a small number of fields where hay is grown for winter feed. Cultivated land is so rare and precious that you're not allowed to walk across it lest you do some accidental damage: to this end, the fields are clearly marked on walking maps of the area.

Map of Narsaq area 

But it's not like you could miss them - against the harsh greys of the surrounding landscape, these are fields of the most vivid green I've ever seen. These rare oases look lush and beautiful... I can only imagine how much work it is to keep them that way!

Field near Narsaq


14 comments:

liliannattel said...

It looks like a carpet laid down in the bleakness.

Tabor said...

I wonder how much of the rest of the world can live like this?

ScoMan said...

Okay, I think I've spotted the bit you're not supposed to walk on.

Even without a "Don't walk on the grass" sign.

Deirdre said...

Beautiful!

Writing Without Periods! said...

Love these virtual treks. Thank you so much.
From a bleary desert,
Mary

Stephanie V said...

Isn't that a wonderful sight? It must have been a treat for the eyes after all the bleak and barren landscape.

Fly Girl said...

Hardly any green in Greenland? It really doesn't make much sense.

smilla4blogs said...

Wonderful information and the image of the lush green against the stark hills is stunning!

Sandy said...

Hi Rachel.. wanted to thank you for your visit today and your kind words.. I need to read about your travels.. I did alot of that during my years and have settled down In Florida and aim to stay..lol
Let me go read more..
thanks again
Sandy
thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

Carrie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm always interested in travel and living vicariously through someone's trips. :) New follower!

Carrie
the5thgirl.com

Bitsy Baby Photography said...

wow, that's amazing, your photo really paints such a good picture! I take fields for granted out here, next time I'm driving along farm country where it's green beyond what the eye can see I'll think of this post and be more thankful for fertile soil =)

Moogie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I thought I'd return the favor and come by and say Hi.

Keep up the great adventures in your life. They will then keep you company in your old age. :)

MJ said...

Yay! You're back, and now so am I! Greenland looks amazing - so jealous! It's somewhere I'd love to go...

christine said...

makes you wonder where the name "Greenland" came from if the land wasn't green before this "new" farming created green patches of verdure, doesn't it? What a refreshing sight it must be:)

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