I think this is an example of Himalayan balsam (in Swedish Jättebalsamin and in Latin Impatiens glandulifera Royle). It’s actually a bit too red – the descriptions I’ve seen say “pink or white” – but the colour may depend on soil pH (or the light when I took the photo). Photo taken in the woods near Härlanda tjärn. … Continue readingHimalayan balsam
This big fly – larger than my thumbnail – was resting by the window of the bus next to my seat. It didn’t seem to mind me pointing a massive camera at it for this macro shot. I’m not used to flies with this banded colouring – in my imagination all flies are black, except the big blue bottles and green bottles Swedes call spyflugor (vomit flies). I know there are other colours, but this one seems to be imitating a wasp and I’ve never noticed that before in a fly so large. … Continue readingFly by bus
This is probably another flowering cherry like yesterday’s photo, but this is blossoming in the churchyard – specifically the cemetary called Östra kyrkogård (Eastern churchyard). Photo taken about midday on Easter Sunday 20th April. The temperature had risen by 7 degrees since the day before. … Continue readingBlossoming in the chuchyard
This was the little yellow wild flower I was so pleased to find on my walk yesterday. The only flowering plant I found – spring is slow coming to these latitudes. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m going to guess winter aconite (vintegäck, Eranthis hyemalis). I’m probably wrong – it seems to have too many petals – perhaps someone can tell me? … Continue readingWinter aconite perhaps?
Macro photograph of a tussilago (coltsfoot) flower just opening. Swedish sign of spring. At first I thought this was probably the same plant in last year’s Sign o’spring – but looking at last year’s photo now, I’m not so sure. It’s in nearly the same plasce though, just by the overpass that crosses Lundbyleden in front of the eastern opening to the Lundbytunnel. … Continue readingTussilago