Weather vanes

 

 

A weather vane, also called wind vane or weather cock, is an instrument for showing the direction of the wind. It is typically used as an architectural ornament to the highest point of a building. (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_vane)

 

 

Bornholm 2016a
Sverige 2015
Sverige 2016-18
For unknown reasons, the most common subject depicted on weather vanes is the rooster, giving rise to the term weather cock. These pictures show three examples, from the island of Bornholm, Denmark (top), on Föra Church, Öland, Sweden (centre), and on Källa Old Church, likewise on Öland. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Vorsø 1988-99
Weather vane, shaped as a great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo ssp. sinensis), Nature Reserve Vorsø, Horsens Fjord, Denmark. For a number of years, this island was home to a large colony of this bird. However, it has declined dramatically in later years, as most of the birds have moved to more suitable colonies, i.e. closer to shallow waters with abundant populations of fish. – Read more about the cormorant colony in this reserve elsewhere on this website, see Vorsø on my mind: Night in the cormorant city. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bornholm 2008a
A popular theme on weather vanes is sailboats. – Christiansø, Bornholm, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Californien 2013
Sverige 2015
Another popular theme is whales. Here are two examples, a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) from the town of Mendocino, California (top), and an unidentified whale from Öland, Sweden. (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bornholm 2016a
This weather vane in the town of Melsted, Bornholm, Denmark, is suggestive of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale ’The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep’. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Fyn 2005-08
Fyn 2010-18
Fyn 2010-18
The owner of this weather vane on the island of Funen, Denmark, is named Bjørn (‘Bear’), so his choice of theme was simple (top). In the second picture, a male barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) chases away an intruder from this weather vane, on which his mate is sitting. Late in the summer, when young swallows have left their nest, many of them often gather on this ‘bear’ (bottom), in this case mostly barn swallows, and also two house martins (Delichon urbica). (Photos copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

Fyn 2005-08
Young barn swallows and house martins, gathered on a weather vane, depicting a horse, likewise on Funen, Denmark. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Californien 2013
Due to widespread usage of DDT and other pesticides, the white-headed, or bald, eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was largely eradicated from the Lower Fifty American States. Today, fortunately, the population of this iconic bird is again increasing, among other places in California, where the eagle is often depicted on weather vanes, here in Mendocino. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bornholm 2016a
This humouristic weather vane in the town of Gudhjem, Bornholm, Denmark, depicts a bird, sitting on a pig. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Norden 1992-98
The moose (Alces alces) is very common in Sweden, and, naturally, it is often depicted on weather vanes, in this case in Himmelsberga, Öland. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

 

Bornholm 2008a
Fishing is an important trade on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, making the choice of this flatfish, depicted on a weather vane in the town of Gudhjem, quite appropriate. (Photo copyright © by Kaj Halberg)

 

 

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