Category Archives: March

A first butterfly

A first butterfly

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Actually not the first butterfly I’ve seen this year, but the first I’ve photographed, and the first I’ve seen enjoying nectar from a flower. In a garden near my home.
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Like polished copper

Like polished copper

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The setting sun on the white paint of these two Stena Line ferries makes them glow like polished copper – on the river yesterday evening.
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Across the sound

Calm sea

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Above: The weather forecast had promised a stiff wind and I was hoping for some dramatic wave action, but all I got were gentle ripples breaking on the shore.
Below: Across the sound the islands and headlands off Björkö protect the water here from the heavier seas in the Kattegat. Seems hardly possible that a year and a month ago, the sea here was frozen all the way across to the islands.

Across the sound

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Still winter boatyard

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In the Winter boatyard: In the boatyard at Tumlehed the sailboats and motorboats still crowd together, up on the land, under their winter awnings and tarpaulins. Just a few look as if they may be thinking about the summer.

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Forgotten toboggan

Forgotten toboggan

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On what is now a lawn of grass but must earlier have been a snowy slope, a forgotten toboggan, plastic blue, yearns back to the winter. (Ah, c’mon – I’m a poet, doncha know it?)
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Little west-coast fishing boat

Fishing boat with barnacles

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This little, tubby fishing boat is typical for the Swedish west coast – or it used to be. It’s probably used as a shrimper or for fishing for lobsters or crayfish. Also, like the mussel shell on Monday, having problems with barnacles.
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Flying crows

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Strangely for the seashore, and despite all the evidence (see yesterday’s photo) there were more flying crows around than gulls. I love the way crows’ wings end in finger-feathers when they fly. At least I was able to photograph this (below) black-headed gull. (I think it’s a black-headed gull, though to be sure it looks more like a tern. Post Script: It’s called skrattmås in Swedish and Chroicocephalus ridibundus if you want to adress it formally. Thanks Anna!)

Black-headed gull

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