Nødebo Denmark: Skovskolen

Nødebo Denmark: Skovskolen

 

Kurt and I are in Nødebo, Denmark home of Skovskolen, the Forest and Landscape  College of the University of Copenhagen.  We are here to participate in the 2017 QGIS Conference & Developer meeting. QGIS is a mapping software that is unique in that it is a free and open source (FOSS) program.  FOSS means that it is created, shared and supported by a grass roots community, as opposed to a top down corporate model. There are  29 countries represented here from 6 continents. Kurt and I are the only people from North America. We are sleeping in the student dorms. The food is superb and the weather is rain, rain, rain, which is a welcome change for the New Mexicans, but the Danes are ready for sunshine.

Harpa & Hallgrimskirkja

Harpa & Hallgrimskirkja

Harpa is Iceland's magnificent concert and conference hall. The design was inspired by Iceland's basalt landscape. Hallgrimskirkja is the distinctive landmark that towers over the city. The weather was uncharacteristically cooperative, offering  phenomenal views and a few good pictures. A couple of pictures here of the Solfar Sun Voyager as well, which children (and adults) love to climb on.

 

Reykjavik Art

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Reykjavik Art

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Pacific Grove, California

Pacific Grove, California

Kurt and I drove from San Jose, through strawberry and artichoke fields, to Pacific Grove. PG is the home of Asilomar, a camp-like retreat just 200 yards from the marine reserve of the same name. We attended the 20th meeting of the Society for Conservation GIS, where Kurt taught a QGIS workshop. 

 

We explored the coast...

We visited the aquarium... twice!

The highlight was our whale watching trip with Blue Ocean and Captain Kate. Here are their photos... and here's a video Kurt took. 

In a few days we head east. More ocean pictures to come!