Anders' Blog

Chrismas is over, but still no snow. The days are dark and moisturous with delightly saturated colours as can be seen on this Sibirian Jay (Perisoreus infaustus) photo.

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Källslätten a cold winter night is impressive. The open area and the complete darkness makes it a good place for star gazing and dreaming under the very old maple tree.

But summer time still excels. The apple orchard during blooming is a fantastic sight, not to be missed. The singing warblers, the meadows,..... It is not hard to understand why so many people take a Sunday walk and pick-nick up here.

The first time this place is mentioned in a document is back in year 1569, so it is a place with a long history. From that time the settlers have slowly shaped and increased the growthable ground by hard work. Cutting trees and cleaning the meadows from stone.The last farmer moved away from Källslätten 1954. After that the forest company STORA took over the ownership and most of the old buildings were pulled down. On the open land, on the meadows, spruce was planted. Twelve years later a small group, of young organised biology intrested people, started to clean up a part the garden and the orchard, under mutual understaning with the owner. This was the start of an admirable restoration by a non-profitable group. It is still ongoing.
Thanks guys!

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This protected creek is the most valued water in my cumunity (Falun), regarding its natural values. There are three reasons for this: There is a population of freshwater pearl mussel (margaritifera margaritifera) there; it is a breeding place for big lake trout (brown trout, salmo trutta) which are essential for the mussels; the creek has an unusaual high fall over its two kilometers run.
This year the water is so low, due to a very dry summer, that the trout run probable is jeopardized. Even the mussels are at risk.

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This bull fight was the highlight of our three-night tenting tour in the area. The sound, when 400 kg meat speeding at 30 km/h, collides bone to bone, can not be described in words, it must experienced to be really understod. Now I know, what is said, that the hit-sound can be heared kilometers away. It is like a shot! 
It is a fortune to have had the luck to wittnesing this live, real live!

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Pasqueflower (backsippa)

For the first time I visited the south part of Gotland, both the Ekstad coastline and the for birders so famous "Sudret". And I am just blown away of its beauty, particularly at this time of year with very few turist. The cherry trees were blooming intensly, the orchids stood plentiful on the fields and excotic birds in aboundance. It was fantastic, at least for someone coming from mid Swedens "pine-forest area" !

 

We made this tour to explore the areas potential for future, more dedicated, birding photography and also to find some uncommercilized area suited for camping.

 

 

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The Black grouse lek is the beginning of a very intense and very fantastic time - the spring. At this time of year there is not enough of time. Even though you try to be effective you have to realize that sleep is essential and it is sadly so that everything can not be done. But one thing I prioritize is to stay some nights in my black grouse hide on the distant moore. This year was less good regarding numbers of males, but instead the hens were in greater number. Close to the male numbers at one occation.

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It is still much winter here in Falun with a lot snow, ice and temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius, but there are signs of spring, though.

 

This beaver bever is one example.

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My "Hilleberg" home for some days.

When I left the car at "Grönbakken" the termometer showed -27 ºC. It was totally becalmed and the early sun was colouring the high snowy peaks in pink. Just a perfect day for skiing, even though the sledge was very heavy. Winter tenting is not a soft game and needs a lot more equipment than summer camping, but more it demands a very serious attitude to the situation.

 

 

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On Gotland, the large Swedish island in the Baltic sea, there is a lot to explore. At this time of year, mid winter, you are litterally alone in your adventure, i.e. quite opposite to the summer crowds. In this harshness and loneliness you find an overwhelming beauty. 

 

A photographic evening seyour, a quite windy day at "Gamle hamn" on "Fårö", resulted in some nice shots of waves and sea stacks in the setting sun. The local name of these fantasy trigging stacks is "raukar". Many of them have their own names and stories.

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Falu copper mine with its big pit is a well known heritage area. But it is not just the actual mine area that show tracks of old mining. All over in the surrounding area there are tracks to be seen. Particularly deposits from the enrichment process, dross and ore residues left in huge stacks. Most of these mounds are protected.

Due to the at that time very poor enrichment process, are these areas still open and not over grown with trees and plants due to high content of minerals.. This also means that the old mineral rich rock is open to the oxygen in the air, making oxidation possible and turning the copper and heavy metal rich residues into beautifully coloured stones.

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