Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen!

DSC07819 Saami and reindeer
Sami and his reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)

"On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!

This Sami reindeer herder is making sure that Santa's reindeer are well fed before their long journey ahead. Another day, I will write more about meeting this reindeer at the North Cape (Nordkapp), inside the Arctic Circle, and the indigenous people who practice reindeer husbandry. In the mean time, I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

"To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

- excerpt "A Visit from St. Nicolas" by Clement Clarke Moore

UPDATE: My post about the Sami People and their reindeer is here.


Lisa Gordon said...

This is just fantastic! Love it!!

CC said...

Dear DB, The very best holiday to you and yours and a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Love the Reindeer and Sami herder in his
beautiful costume.

rochambeau said...

Fabulous Laplander Santa! And what a gorgeous Reindeer ta~boot!
You are such an interesting person, Dutch B. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to meet you!


Relyn Lawson said...

Well, tell us soon. It's very, very cool!

Ruth said...

Why am I not surprised that you have met reindeer!?


A very merry, happy Christmas to you, Dutchbaby, and to your dear family. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2011.

Unknown said...

I'm with Ruth. I wasn't the least bit surprised to see this fantastic picture! I love the native dress, especially the hat. So colorful against the greens and grays. The reindeer looks really soft. Did you get to pet it?

Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Dutchbaby!

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

Merry Christmas and all the best to you in 2011, db.

lorilaire said...

Je vois que les rennes du père Noël prennent des forces avant leur grande tournée !
Passe un joyeux Noël !
Je t'envoie une hotte pleine de bisous !

Yoli said...

Hands down my favorite holiday photo!!! Sending you warm hugs.

rochambeau said...

Hey there,
Merry Christmas to you and your Krewe.
Looking forward to making your acquaintance Dutchbaby!
Will you please email me your cell # and tell me the name your room in under?
We hardly use our cell, but I make an exception and keep it turned it on for you!!

Hope you have had a wonderful day!


Relyn Lawson said...

It's Christmas evening and we are having a lull while we prepare Christmas dinner. I wanted to stop by and wish you the merriest of Christmases. May you and your family enjoy laughter, love and peace. May you feel all the love that we feel for you. May you truly know you are blessed. Sending you much love! ~ Relyn

Anonymous said...

LOVE this....I want a reindeer now too! :)

Hope your Christmas was merry and bright...wishing you the best in the New Year!

Ginnie said...

What a story that will be, DB, when you tell it. How fun! I'm late on Christmas but early on HAPPY NEW YEAR. Hopefully you're having the best of holiday seasons!

Vagabonde said...

We met that guy too but I don’t think my picture is that close. The North Cape was breathtaking – I wonder how cold it is there now. Lovely picture.

Dutchbaby said...

Thank you everyone for your visits all year long. I hope you all had a great holiday season. I wish you all a happy new year.

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