31 March 2008
Quintessential Danishness [and a wallpaper]
It's hard to explain if you've never been here but this shot is textbook Danishness.
Not Copenhagenness - a modern European capital with all the trimmings - but the whole essence of Danishness. That national sensation that exists just under the skin. A national-romantic and idealistic image of what a nation is, sure, but it is almost always makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Each country with a long history has their own, unique and simple sensation. This photo is, for me, quintessential Danishliciousness. Stormy seas and wind turbines are Danishness, too. As are the bike lanes on this blog. But this shot is special - because of the rolling wheatfields and the sea - but mostly because of the bike and the girl on the bike.
Made better by the fact that it's Wifealiciousness on that bike, in that wheat field, heading towards that sea in the background.
Taken on the 'Sunshine Island' - Bornholm, just south-east of Sweden in the Baltic Sea.
And I think it appropriate to remember that Danish women and men have been cycling daily down this lane since bicycles were invented.
Monday is Wallpaper Day
Or so I declared last week.