No birds in here

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Subject: No birds in here
From: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <>
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:04:30 +0000

These last few years there are increasingly often patches of dark blue and 
light pink lupines along the roads in the Tromsø area in N. Norway. Today I saw 
lots of them and they seem to spread a bit for every year. They are the garden 
lupines, stately and spectacular flowers,  that really stand out among the 
local flowers. So why do I hate to see them there?

I have my reasons for myself; 'the flowers are ostentatious and somehow too 
garishly prominent' and they push out local flowers; they are also officially 
black-listed here in Norway.  But probably the main reason is in reality the 
same xenophobia, that hits me when I watch the Egyptian Geese in Holland and 
the Canada Geese in Norway: 'these are stangers and I don't like strangers. And 
this uneasiness seems to diminish over the years: I look at pheasants with 
equanimity, and at the 'Tromsø palms', the gigantic exotic Heracleum flowers 
(also black-listed) that are so much a feature of Tromsø now, but that were 
introduced 150 years ago,  with only vague displeasure, mainly because the 
juice from the leaves combined with sunshine can give serious itches.

 I know all that, but still I greatly dislike the lupines every time I see 
them. Not all that civilized, I'm afraid.

Wim Vader, Tromsø,  Norway

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