Where will 2017 take you?

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Spreading your wings, ready to fly – which Path will you choose for the new year?

I am hoping mine will give me many inspiring photo moments. One of the highlights this year was a visit to bird watchers paradise Hornøya – located in arctic Norway.

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Magic

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Witches’ Memorial – a memorial for the witchcraft persecutions in Finnmark in the 17th century.

During the period 1600-1692, 91 people were convicted of witchcraft in Finnmark and burned to death at the stake, most of them here in Vardø where the memorial is located.

You can enter the 410-foot-long wooden structure.  Inside it is dark, only lit up by small light bulbs hanging from the roof. Each light bulb commemorating a convicted person.

On the walls are short texts about the trial and execution for each of the persons convicted for magic, or witchcraft.