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Early autumn colours – Medicinaregatan

Early autumn colours - Medicinaregatan

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Early autumn colours – left to right: an oak, an ash and part of a beech tree catch the sun at the end of the carpark at the top of Medicinaregatan.

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Himalayan balsam

Himalayan balsam

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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.

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Sloe berries

Slo berries

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Guest photoblogger Annicka Carlund writes:

Det här är inte vindruvor om du trodde det. Det är slånbär, som det ser ut att bli en hel del av i år. Skall nog plocka några och göra saft. De skall helst plockas efter att ha frusit, för då omvandlas garvsyran i dem och den bittra smaken försvinner. Det går visst bra att lägga dem i frysen också har jag hört.

These are not grapes but sloe berries and there looks to be a bumper crop this year. I shall probably pick them to make juice. The berries should really be picked after a first frost because then the tannin in them is changed and the bitter taste has gone. It also works to put them in the freezer, I’ve heard.
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Wild rose hips

Rose hips

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Guest photoblogger Annicka Carlund writes:

Att vandra i bergen på Hönö är trevligt och så här års lyser det rött mellan stenar och berg. Nyttiga färggranna nypon är både vackra att titta på och goda att göra kräm eller soppa av.

It’s a pleasure to wander over the rocky hills of Hönö, and at this time of the year there are glimpses of red between the rocks. Colourful wild rose hips are both good to look at and good to harvest for syrups and fruit soups.
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Curved reflections

Curved reflections

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The curved reflection of a clump of plants growing from the still waters of the little pond in Keillers Park seem to form a part of a much larger curving wheel of life.
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Wayside poppies

Wayside poppies

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A corn poppy flower (Papaver rhoeas) and a couple of poppy seedheads growing by the wayside.
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Harebells at Ragnhildsholmen

Harebells at Ragnhildsholmen

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Harebells (called bluebells in Scotland and blåklocka in Sweden) – Campanula rotundifolia. Photo taken at Ragnhildsholmen, the ruins of a late Viking age/early Medieval castle on what used to be an island (holm) on the north shore of Hisingen. Behind the flowers to the right you can see a bit of the castle wall and in the distance Norra Älven – the northern arm of the Göta River.
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