Here is my entry for this weeks photo challenge “community.”
The first is the community of Stavanger, Norway. Located on the Stavanger Peninsula in Southwest Norway, its official founding year was 1125. Stavanger’s core is mainly 18th and 19th century wooden houses that are protected and considered part of the city’s cultural heritage. This has caused the town center and inner city to retain a small-town community character with an unusually high ratio of detached houses.
The second photo is of a community of cormorants. The bird family cormorants is represented by some 40 species of cormorants and shags. There is no consistent distinction between cormorants and shags. The names “cormorant” and “shag” were originally the common names of the two species of the family found in Great Britain. The Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) is a black and white cormorant native to many subantarctic islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and southern South America, primarily in rocky coastal regions, but locally also at large inland lakes. This is a community of Imperial Shag hanging out on rocky outcrops in the middle of the Beagle Channel at the southern tip of Argentina.