Snatteränder – Gadwalls

This year I discovered a new kind of ducks around our place in archipelago. It’s not the usual mallards that use to be around. They’re similar to mallards but this is gadwalls.

I år har jag upptäckt en ny sorts and i vårt område i skärgården. Vanligvis simmar gräsänder omkring i viken, men detta är snatteränder. Väldogt kul att få se ännu en andart.

Snatteränder

Anna

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A magic evening in archipelago

I live in a place that is heaven on earth.

Some evenings are magic. When you go down to the seaside you can, if you are carefully and quiet, be part of nature. At least it feels like that when the birds around you don’t take a hike as soon as they see you.

I did this drawing after such moment. Two terns sat just a few meters from me and a little further away a grey heron stood still beside a swan at her nest. In the trees above me little birds were singing.


This heaven on earth place is so worth to protect for all future generations. Sadly our nature protection authorities doesn’t think so. It’s a big shame and actually it’s against the rules. But authorities doesn’t care to follow rules anymore in our area. 

I can’t understand what can be more important than to protect heaven on earth or nature as some call it 😉

But I will keep fighting for nature. Future generations must get the chance to experience this magic.

Anna

Last boat day this summer – sista båtturen denna sommar

To the right Bokö-Askö nature reserve. Up – clouds with some rain soon coming.

Till höger (styrbord) i bild Bokö-Askö naturreservat. En ö där bland annat havsörnen syns ofta. Uppåt i bild – regnmoln som inom kort håller vad de lovar 😉


We did a short landing on a little shore on Askö and found this. I don’t know it’s name but I think the leaves are beautiful.

Vi gick i land en kort stund på Askö på en liten strand och fann denna buske. Jag har ingen aning om vad den heter men bladen fångade min uppmärksamhet. Så vackra.

Then the rain came and we went home to mainland.

Sen kom regnet och vi fort hem till fastlandet.


Bokö-Askö and a rainbow. Regnbågen 🙂

Last boat day for this season but I hope for some more kayak tours before the w season.

Sista båtturen för säsongen men jag hoppas på några kajakturer till före den kallare säsongen.

Anna

Julaftons fyr – Christmas Eve lighthouse 150 år years

Trosa skärgård har en fyr, som i stort sett alla, som far söder eller norröver i inre farleden omöjligt kan missa. Fyren heter egentligen Bokö fyr, men i folkmun går den under namnet Julaftons fyr. Den fick sitt udda namn en julaftons natt för många år sedan när ett fartyg förliste alldeles i närheten, säger legenden. Sedan dess kallar de allra flesta fyren för Julafton. Fyren leder antagligen också fotoligan över turistfotografier från Trosa.

Trosa archipelago has a lighthouse that no one with boat passing by can miss. The name of the lighthouse is Bokö lighthouse, but people call it Christmas Eve lighthouse since beginning of time, or the lighthouse beginning of time… A shipwreck on a Christmas Eve gave the place the name says the legend.

I år fyller fyren 150 år. Fyren har sedan urminnes tider inspirerat till fotografier och målningar. Fyren bär också på många historier om människorna, som haft anknytning dit under olika generationer.

This year the lighthouse turns 150 years young. Many stories, photos and paintings is to find about this lighthouse. I have done som art for an example 🙂

Julafton på vintern – Christmas Eve lighthouse at wintertime

Julaftons fyr i kartong – Christmas Eve Lighthouse in cardboard

Julaftons fyr – Christmas Eve Lighthouse

Ett stort grattis på födelsedagen till Julaftons fyr i Trosa skärgård, må du leva i minst 150 år till för att vägleda sjöfarare rätt.

So, a big congratulations on your birthday Christmas Eve Lighthouse in Trosa archipelago, may you live at least 150 years more to guide ships in the night.

Anna

 

I went to my church


I’ve said it before and I say it again. Nature is my church. Especially archipelago nature where my home is. Nothing beat this in my book.

Can you believe there are people who wants to destroy this beautiful piece of paradise?

I will fight as long as I can to preserve nature. 

Have a great day you all!

Anna

Kayak water

Soon I hope I get time for some kayaking. 

This is also why I’m fighting for nature. Can you imagine that some people wants to destroy archipelago life? 

It’s heaven on earth, still some think they can improve it by exploitation.

I like the archipelago just the way it is. Everyday we can watch many wild animals. That’s a gift from nature. We can learn a lot from them. They just are the way they are. They don’t “improve” nature by inventing grandiose projects that effects nature negative.

Have a great day!

Anna

End of Easter

Found this little nest the other day


My guess it’s Mallard eggs, but I’m not sure. I hope the parents come back and take care of the eggs. I’m worried about the eggs, it was some cold days this Easter. 

And it’s not just humans who fancies eggs at Easter


Sad sight. I don’t know who has been here. Could be any bird that eat eggs or some other animal. 

I hope you all have better luck in life than this destiny 🙂

Anna

White throated dipper – Strömstare


Today I saw something amazing. Two dippers in the outer archipelago. They are so fascinating to watch. They look like a ordinary land bird, with tiny legs. But that bird is like a mini mini penguin in water. The bird dive and swim. When they are up on land they do funny thing with their knees.
They hang out in streams, rivers and creeks mostly, but sometimes they visit archipelago and they certainly did that today. I’m so lucky that I got the chance to see them.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_dipper

There are lots of YouTube films showing this bird, here’s one of them:

Nature magic always gives me hope of a better world. We can’t be serious when we think we are allowed to destroy such beauty and perfection.

Anna

Blue skies

…but different kinds of blue


Nope, there was no rain in this cloud


Nope, there was no rain before this rainbow, strangely 


Moon is up before sun goes down right now. August moon 🙂

I hope you all have a good day

Anna

Askö runt Sailboat race in Trosa 2016

Saturday 13 August 2016 it’s time for the sailboat race Askö runt in Trosa Archipelago.

I like sailboats.

Just look at this




I hope the Askö Runt sailors get a good nice windy day 🙂

How do you feel about boats?

Anna

Happy Midsummer


Me got some chalk crayons and a rock and it’s Midsummer here in Sweden 🙂

Read more about Midsummer celebrations here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midsummer
Happy Midsummer everyone!

Anna

First wild strawberry this year

I ate my very first for this year. Tasted really good.


Anna

My dreams come true Door

I have discovered my favourite door ever.

At Baltic Sea Centre Askö Laboratory in Trosa Archipelago I found the perfect door.

Here’s the door from outside 

Boathouse Askölab

Here’s inside the boathouse 


Here’s the door


The white sign on the door says


That’s the Swedish word for sea!

For me “Havet” is the what Heaven on earth is for others. No sea no life. Water is where we come from and I can feel it everytime I’m in our archipelago.

What if I could find that door everywhere I am missing the sea. Just find it and open it and then get to see the sea 🙂

I think SOB96 will agree with that thought.

Maybe all of you will.

I will tell you more about my visit at Askö Laboratory in other posts.

If you want to read more about Baltic sea you can visit the Baltic Sea weed blog.

Anna

New alarm clock?

  

This time of the year, we know for a fact when Spring has arrived here in my town Trosa, Sweden.

We get a new alarm clock. Very efficient, very hard to ignore, but also impossible to control.

I’m talking about the seagulls. The come here every Spring, making noise all over town and eventually settle down on the chimneys to build nests to raise their kids when they come.

Seagulls never seems to sleep. They shout out early in the morning before sun goes up and late in the evening when no one wish alarm clocks making noise. Maybe the sleep in daytime you think. Noooooo! They shout and scream all day too.

No, I’m not actually complaining. Somehow I like the seagull sounds. They reminds me of Summer and archipelago. I can almost imagine I hear the sea waves and feel the sea breeze. I like that.

Anna

Painting challenge final result

In this post:

https://fargaregardsanna.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/painting-challenge/

I told you about a painting challenge and here’s the final result from me.
Feel free to accept the challenge in the post above. It’s a fun way to make art 🙂

Anna