Late November thoughts

It’s been a while since the Nature photography festival in Vårgårda and I have gathered my impressions. As always, it was a nice weekend, nice picture shows and meetings. Unfortunately I did not have the time to talk with all the friends that I wanted to and I also missed some of my friends that did not attend this year. With a little perspective on my own picture show, I feel “half satisfied”. I think I could have done it a bit better but I’m still looking forward for the next opportunity. 🙂 Now, looking forward to the festival in Ski, Norway.

It’s also time to start thinking about the theme and the pictures for the exhibition Gästrikkonst next Easter. I need to have a rough plan ready next week. Thinking of a “biodiversity theme”. This time I will hang my pictures at Högbo Bruk in Sandviken. That’s also something to look forward to.

In addition to personal problems and thoughts, I’m worried for our old forests here in Sweden, I’m afraid that the future is not so bright as long as the forest industry continue as they do. The hope is that people wake up and look through the propaganda they throw around.

A picture from a walk in my nearest wood last Saturday
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It’s getting closer

It’s getting close now to Nature 2017 in Vårgårda. On Friday it’s time again. On Friday, 17:15, I will show some of my pictures in short format along with six other talented photographers. By the way, both Friday and Saturday are filled with interesting slide shows.
Here is a link to the program (in Swedish).

A picture I will not show on Friday. Autumn in my nearest forest.
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Sustainable, renewable, bioeconomic, fossil-free?

Sorry but it will only be a short abstract here, the long version in my Swedish blog.

Sustainable, renewable, bioeconomic, fossil-free, the new buzz words that industry and politicians are turning to now sounds very good, useful and green, but what do they really say. Of course everything depends on who says it but in 99 percent of cases, it’s just a sales pitch. All just to buy their “solutions” for increased “green” growth. We will also be happy because it’s convenient to be able to continue as before, but a little “greener”. The uncomfortable truth is that we can not continue as we have done. Eternal growth and increased consumption do not work if we care about nature and wildlife, and in the longer term the climate and our own survival.

 

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What does the forest industry and politicians mean by “sustainable use”

I’m mainly involved in the preservation of our last real forests, ie continuity forests which have been used but never been clear cut in the past. They are the last remains of true forests with rich diversity of plants and animals and trees of all ages from small plants to pine trees hundreds of years old. We can almost forget primeval forests because there are only small fragments left in this country, but continuity forests are very important to preserve for the future. The big problem is that the forest industry that need a never-ending stream of raw material to their plants lacks raw material, ie forest. The plantations that began in the late 50’s and which have escalated since then are not really mature to be harvested yet and then they look at the last “real” forests we have left. They will stop at nothing to get over this land and the propaganda machine is in full swing.

In the virtually allotious use of clear cutting, one begins with a clear cut land that causes most of the life to dry out or flush and die. Then gradually rows of similar tree trees of the same kind grow up. The plantation also becomes much denser than a natural forest, and in the end, it all start over again when the forest is between 70 and 100 years. The difference to a natural forest is huge, a spruce can be 200-250 years, pines can be hundreds of years old and when they die they last for hundreds of years and become home for birds and other species. After that, they can lie on the ground and give life for other species for another several hundred years. The forest industry is marketing the importance of forestry to save the climate when the best thing for the climate actually is to let the forest stand and grow old. They talk about the sustainable forestry of Sweden while lurking for the last real forests. The only sustainable thing about this is the forest industry’s economy. The forest industry is completely dependent on a never-ending flow of raw materials and they are afraid of the least disturbance of this flow.

Then, the forest industry give the impression that we who want to save the little that’s left are threatening the entire forestry, countryside and jobs. What we want is to save about 20% of an average of our production forests for the future. Thus 80% can be used, but hopefully with a little more careful methods than they use now. Is that too much to ask for.

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Some preserved traces…
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RIP. This view does not exist anymore due to a clear cut a couple of years ago..

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Today 20 years since the torrential rain disaster at Fulufjället.

I came to think of the storm over Fulufjäll in August 1997 when I saw the devastation in the US and in Asia. Compared with that this was nothing but for our region as it was extreme. Small streams at the mountain side became raging rivers that tore away everything in its path, roads and bridges were washed away and Göljån took a new furrow. Among the debris you can see in the pictures were found a moose that was washed away with the water.

The pictures below are from 2011, 14 years after the disaster.
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Preparing for Nature 2017, Vårgårda

On Nov 3’rd it’s time for the annual photo festival in Vårgårda again, for the 35’th year if I counted correctly. I have been a visitor there for the last 10-12 years, with one or two years off. But, this year it will be another premiere, on Friday I will get up on stage to show some of my pictures along with six other talented photographers in something called 20×20 (Pecha Kucha). It’s 20 pictures x 20 seconds. Looking forward to that. See you in Vårgårda!   Program (in Swedish).

A picture from this week.
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Vacation soon

Working my last days now before it’s time for three weeks off. Looking forward to “own” my time (almost anyway 🙂 ). No big plans, just to experience an early morning somewhere in the woods would be enough. Watch when the mist lighten up and a new day begin. Later in the autumn I hope to find some time for a longer photo trip but have not decided when and where yet.

Gettjärn, Grangärde finnmark, August 2016
Per Lissel, +46 706272302

Silvhytteå, August 2006
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