Polarization has become a buzzword, but a word used treacherously. The forest industry talks about polarization while independent researchers, conservationists, biologists see a disaster for our remaining forests.
It does not matter what the forest industry says. If you cut down a forest, replant with a single tree species and then cut it down again after 60-80 years and then start all over again, there is no chance that the “forest” that grows there in the meantime will ever resemble the one that once stood there before the first clearcut. Many species do not have a chance to come back within that time perspective and that conditions. It’s not opinion and polarization, It is real facts.
Yesterday I went to Svanö outside Kramfors for an interesting event. It should have taken place in May, but as most people know, something happened in between.
Po Tidholm gave his lecture “The Map”. Interesting but at the same time it gives a rather hopeless picture of the future, at least if you want to live and work outside the big cities.
Where will the government invest and where will the companies investments end up? How does the media portray the city and the countryside, what does it do to us? Is there a future in the countryside?
After a short break, Sara Parkman goes on stage with her band. Absolutely wonderful and I don’t think there is anything like it. Hard to describe but feel free to listen here.
A few days ago I visited Meken in Smedjebacken. Meken is an art gallery housed in an old smithy. Helene Schmitz had a vernissage and showed a selection of pictures from her work “Thinking like a mountain”.
Helene’s words: “In this work, I wanted to portray the violent transformation of nature in northern Europe in our time. My experience is that during my lifetime, the notion of the wild, and man-untouched nature, has broken down. My photographs can be seen as meditations on man’s relationship to nature’s resources – a global, highly industrial and automated transformation of landscapes. Something that has been going on in large parts of the world for the last three hundred years at an ever faster pace”.
The exhibition is open until November 8, 2020
Opening hours: Thurs – Fri at 12 – 17, Sat – Sun at 12 – 15 | closed: 31/10 – 1/11
The next stop for the exhibition is Washington …
Long time since I wrote something here. Don’t know why, perhaps because not much happens… But I’ve managed to get out into the woods a couple of times during this autumn. Here are some pictures from a visit at Rostbergets nature reserve in the western part of Dalarna, Sweden. Decided to make it monochrome this time, I do like the feeling you get when you remove the colours.
On Wednesday I went to Ensillre lime stone forest north of Ånge to check out the Fairy slipper. It was three years ago since last time, then I was there on June 6th and they bloomed in full. Now I did not see a trace of them, probably I was too late. Plenty of mosquitoes were also there so the visit lasted not so long but I took the opportunity to catch some other impressions anyway.
The first picture shows what it looks like there. Much of the forest is like jackstraws after a storm some years ago, but the trails are cleared anyway.
Everything is as usual, yet nothing is normal.
Halting the train commuting ticket, will use the car until November.
8000 kilometres commuting by car in front of me, at least.
I enjoy being behind the steering wheel, but I miss life with the train commute.
Every second week job at home, the other week on site…
For how long will it be like this, to late autumn, next autumn 2021, or…
Nothing can be planned, new decision for November.
After a bit of dither we decided to visit the Sofieberg hill outside Eskilstuna on Good Friday. Quite special times, so it was not entirely obvious to make the trip. But we packed both coffee and lunch from home and did not intend to come close to a single person on the trip. On the way down I had to take a tour in Eskilstuna for old memories sake. At half past nine we arrived at Sofieberg and we were alone at the parking lot. Started with a cup of coffee before we went up to experience the pasque flowers and the fine pasture with their junipers. After half an hour, it started to drop in cars and crowds of 70-plus mixed with families with children occupies the hill. Did not see any signs of social distancing here. We started to feel uncomfortable with all the people and on the way back to the car we had to take turns around people to avoid the worst.
It was a little early for lunch so I made my way up to Björsund and out on Fogdö. Also here old memories from the time when I cycled here and took the ferry… From Strängnäs towards Västerås we found that we could go out to Ängsö and have the lunch there. Once out there it looked like half of Västerås had come up with the same idea but in the end we found a place for ourselves. After that, it was just to go home on the usual roads. A pretty nice trip after all.
It’s a very strange feeling now. A couple of months ago life passed on as usual, but a few weeks ago most of that was changed in it’s foundation. It feels unreal, like a dream… But it’s the reality. Spain and Italy report nearly a thousand deaths every day. It’s not possible to plan more than for the day, tomorrow may be completely different conditions.
Virtually all events are cancelled and if not I’m extremely hesistant to attend anyway. Easter’s exhibition, which I have planned for will be postponed to Easter 2021. I hope to be able to spend more time in the nature instead. Maybe a trip to the pasqueflowers at Sofiebergskullen some time next week. I hope for a different and better world when this has passed by, although I’m afraid that everything will go back to “business as usual” in a few years, with continued environmental devastation, more threatened nature and less biodiversity.
A picture from Utanmyra taken a couple of weeks ago.