Autumn photo Island

We signed up for an exhibition about a year ago and now the date is coming up very rapidly! The exhibition is made of pictures or any kind of art made with the nature reserve Ersdalen in mind. There are actually two nature reserves on Hönö but Ersdalen is where you get a mix of wild water, woods and amazing rocks.
So we went for a jog and took loads of pictures. My daughter has a plan to draw from a snap of the mobile(of a beer can…?) and I will of course do some kind of photo but haven’t decided what technique yet…

I have been so busy in the darkroom now though, which I’m very happy with! The last few days I’ve used up almost a whole pack of photo paper and almost my whole stack of film, it’s a good sign! I need to be very productive for the Xmas market coming up.

Tranquil

IMAG3300 Yesterday was one of those rare days on the island when it wasn’t windy, completely still and beautiful. Looking at what the wind did to our flag explains a lot about how windy it gets out here. The flag tied itself around the pole in the beginning of summer and I’ve been looking at it since dreaming of taking it down. Finally we did! It wasn’t an easy job the pole is huge and from the end of the war. It last came down 30 years ago and you have to take it down into the road(or the house). It didn’t occur to me until someone said that the risk of it breaking off when we are underneath is very big. Six adults, a rope and a ladder, we managed and now it’s down waiting for a lick of new paint. After the opening of the gallery. It feels like everything is being put forward to life after the opening, only a few days left. Nice to get out in the nature reserve to clear my head. I picked more blackberries and some rosehips. The water was like a mirror. I couldn’t run with my bag of berries but walked as fast as I could across the mountains and I was soaked by the time I got around to where I started. Felt like a warm summers day!  IMAG3295

Chillin’ in the woods

Swedish s'mores

Swedish s’mores

Tarzan

Tarzan

Behives

Behives

In the woods

In the woods

We went to one of Hönö’s two nature reserves to have a barbecue. There is a place where you can bbq next to the playground in the woods. Usually there is a grate on top of it but now it was missing so we had to put our hotdogs on sticks which is actually easier said than done. Two ended up on the ground, I tried a double stick technique with a burger but wasn’t very successful. The s’mores were good though! My son and his friend went bananas in the trees climbing and going on the rope swing while me and my daughter went looking for blackberries. We soon realised it was way too early, all the berries were red far from going black. Then suddenly I hear a mjaowing and a cat comes walking down the trail. It walks past but keeps looking back and my daughter starts following it. The cat speeds up and its belly is going flip-flap back and forth for every step, looks like it’s pregnant. She goes off the trail and my daughter follows until it jumps over a small ditch into a bush, lo and behold, there’s a blackberry bush with one black blackberry on it! She is so pleased with herself. Now I really want to find some myself but my daughter goes -Well mum you know it’s not gonna happen you have to find a cat first to show you where they are. Considering the odds, seems pretty unlikely it’s gonna happen twice in one day, so I give up and we cycle home.

Planet of the apes

download (1) download (3) download (4) download (5) downloadI went out to look for chanterelles, I found some on the island last year but nothing now. Instead I headed for the nature reserve Ersdalen, or Erstan, like they say in Hönö dialect. Or as a friend calls it Planet of the apes, it really is the most beautiful place on earth and parts of it looks completely surreal. The rocks are full of markings from the ice age, different colours, patterns and shapes. That area of Hönö is called Hönö Röd(red) and I’ve always thought it’s because the rocks at the far end of the reserve are a rusty red.
I am forever grateful to my mother who took us out to enjoy nature when we were kids. I used to know the names of every wild flower and berry and could easily pick out the eadible mushrooms from the poisonus. Ersdalen was a favourite excursion and we would spend the whole day there fishing, not falling in the sea and climbing rocks.
It’s great to go out to the far end on a windy day like today and get “blown through”.
On the way back to the house I found the best blackberry picking place ever! So I didn’t come back empty handed. Lesson of the day: Do NOT wear a skirt if you go blackberry picking. I don’t think I need to give any reasons for it.