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Notes on the Geography of Norway: Indre Sogn: Photo 24

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Here's the Sokni River, the old source of irrigation water for the crofter's potato field. The painter Dahl wrote in a letter in 1841 of a "lonely farm... situated on the edge of a deep valley.... [The] birches are stripped of their leaves for fodder for the animals in winter. These people struggle, often in danger of their lives, to collect hay for the winter on the steep mountain sides, which sometimes only goats could reach, as happened on my last voyage in 1839, when someone in Laerdal plunged to his death." (Quoted in Marie Lodrup Bang, Johna Christian Dahl, 1788-1857, 1987, vol. 1, p. 251.)

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