This time of year here I’m not very active. Working far from home and in the weekends, heating pellets should be bought, snow should be shoveled and the bird feed should be filled up. On Sundays I take the opportunity to rest before it’s time to travel up north again. Now I’m longing for the spring, I will try to catch up with the spring flowers this year, then it’s time for Gästrikkonst (Gästrik art). Also this year I will have my exhibition at Högbo Bruk in Sandviken. But first, I will make a visit to the Norwegian Nature Photo Festival in Ski in mid-March.
A picture from Västerdalälven in Björbo on Christmas Eve and a couple of pictures from my backyard the last days of 2018.
Sitting here thinking about how it all have become like this.
I, myself and my have become the new watchwords and this applies to both the business world and among the majority of the people.
We do not care if we walk over others, or if we destroy the nature, environment and wildlife for an unpredictable future, as long as we only satisfy me, myself and my for the moment.
Sitting at my stream, mid December
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