This year’s edition of Nature 2018 in Vårgårda is completed. One of the better I have to say, very exciting picture shows and nice company. The pictures of this year’s NNPC are submitted, just to wait… Mats Andersson’s masterpiece has arrived, very strong, both images and text.
Otherwise it’s business as usual, it feels like it’s monday and friday all the time. Last weekend I managed to get into the woods between buying heating pellets and some other dutys, last time was in September I think. I like the dull light and colors in November before the snow comes. Following the path over the clearcut that the municipality did, a few more trees have fallen, and the “nature conservation” stripes flicker ironic in the wind. I just have to stay and photograph the stone that I have contemplated at so many times before, then it was covered with lush moss and in the early summer, the wood sorrel bloomed on it, it is no longer.
I turn off from the path and walk through a weeded forest against the bottom of the precipice at the Uvberget mountain. Here they have left some square meters of real forest with dead wood, mosses and lichens. Do not know if it is conscious or if they didn’t manage to use the machines on the slope. At the top of the mountain, Karl Hedin has taken his share of the woods, but here is a little oasis. Here I slow down and take in the beauty of the little. Got some pictures also before turning back to what’s left of the weekend.
Having a cold and feeling hectic, or maybe hectic because I’m having a cold. Actually, it’s business as usual. Not a lot of walks in nature lately, but that’s nothing new, but a few days ago I visited Våckelberget NR north of Falun. Been there 10-12 years ago but the next visit will not take so long, very nice forest.
Last Saturday I decided to visit Dan Viktor far out in the Hälsinge forest, although I didn’t feel to good due to the cold. He was going to run a Ferlin Interpretation gig for an upcoming album. Sorry to say, the evening didn’t went out as I have hoped. It would have started at 8, they started with another artist at 9:30, at 10 I went out and started my journey home through the woods to Sundsvall again. Do not know if he started after 10 or if it became even later.
Otherwise, some happenings here anyway. Have signed up for Gästrikkonst, on Easter 2019, the theme will be “Near Forest Landscape”. Then I will visit Nature 2018 in Vårgårda in halloween, it seems to be many good picture shows. Then I will change employer but not job… in just over a week from now, then I’ll be a civil servant again. Feels right.
And don’t foget, It’s the animals day to day.
The last weekend of my vacation I went to visit Skattlösberg on Grangärde Finnmark. A walk across the rugged meadows to Loussestugan where Heidi Baier was the host this day. We talked a little about the countryside, Dan Andersson, and the fact that the municipality does not invest more in preserving this environment for the future. Heidi also sang some beautiful songs before i headed back over the meadows.
(Free translation of the headline and the name of the place, “Tax free mountain”. Came from the 18’th century when the immigrants from Finland didn’t have to pay tax if they settled in the large forestland).
Been back from the 100 mile forest for a couple of days. I had an exhibition in an old slaughterhouse in Avradsberg, a small village on the border between Dalarna and Värmland.
Many thanks to all the people that are engaged in this event, many thanks for the nice hospitality from the people in Avradsberg and a big thank you to all new and old visitors who came by during these days.
A view from Avradsberg
Lately, I have discovered that I feel more and more connected with those who struggle for our nature trying to save our biodiversity than in the nature photography community. A little sad because I think they should join each other. Unfortunately, I feel that the latter is becoming more and more commercial. It’s mostly about selling trips and them self, often both and if you are not a potential customer, they loose interest in you. Luckily there are some exceptions and I was very pleased to see that the Swedish Nature Photographers agreed to openly show their protection of our last natural forests.
There has not been so much photo time for me so far this year, but on the other hand I have participated in some events for our nature. In January, I attended an interesting seminar on “Climate and Forest” a partnership between the Swedish Nature Conservation organisation and Protect the Forest. In April, I listened to Rebecca Le Moine in Sandviken, very good and an interesting meeting afterwards. In the beginning of the month I was in Stockholm to see “När skogen tystnar”, very good and interesting speakers Mats Karström, Sebastian Kirppu, Linda Berglund et al.
Sebastian Kirppu at Climate and Forest
Rebecka Le Moine talking about Biodiversity
Marcus Aspsjö at the movie “När skogen tystnar”
Linda Berglund, senior advisor at WWF
Mats Karström (have saved many forests during the years)
All speakers at “När skogen tystnar”
I’m back again from an Easter weekend at Gästrikkonst. Had a wonderful time at Högbo bruk with my exhibition. Many thanks to all of you that was there.
Here are my pictures from the exhibition, photography on canvas (45×67) edition of 3. Price €360 + shipping.