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My Seventh Spring

Production year: 2008 | 1x49' | Genre: Documentaries
Six-year-old Ragnar enjoys an unforgettable spring in the wilds of Norwa …
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK
Original title: Min Sjuande Vår

Six-year-old Ragnar enjoys an unforgettable spring in the wilds of Norway's rugged west coast. Together with his father, he roams the shore and mountains, and sleeps beneath the stars. This is his last chance to spend a spring out in the open, before starting school.

Ragnar Heggdalsvik, from the small town of Molde, on Norway's west coast, is six years old. The last spring before he is due to start school, he is allowed to accompany his father, a noted nature photographer, on his expeditions into the wilds.

This is Ragnar's last chance to roam free all through the spring, and he is determined to make the most of it. His father knows that there is extra much to see and do at this time of year. Accordingly, he takes his young son with him on his travels up and down the coast, with all the challenges this involves for a six-year-old.

At home, the two put up nesting-boxes on the terrace, and watch, fascinated, as Great tits and Pied flycatchers vie with one another for possession of the same box. After a ding-dong battle, the victor settles in, lays her eggs and raises her ever-hungry brood.

Thanks to a small camera his father has concealed in the box, Ragnar is enabled to follow the breeding cycle from beginning to end.

What Ragnar loves most of all are the many excursions he makes with his father, especially when they camp on a secluded island out in the fjord. But his patience is sorely tried when he has to remain quiet for hours, cramped up in a hide, to observe a wary Goshawk.

A major challenge is presented by the stiff climb up a rocky path to watch the courtship display of posturing Blackcock against a breathtaking backdrop of sea and islands stretching away to the distant horizon.

To gather wood and make a fire, a true backwoodsman has to know how to use a knife and axe. It is a magical experience to sit warm and snug beside a campfire as darkness closes in; and sleeping out beneath the stars isn't so scary after all.

 

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