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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

The Rest of the Days in Central Sweden

2018 midsummer in Sweden: Hot, clear, vivid, bright days with endless lake-reflecting sunsets that seamlessly drifted like orange bush fires into dawns to begin day all over again.
I closed my eyes with pink and orange trying to creep beneath the lids, and woke to the same colour.
The family swam in the lake, we made bread and cakes and salads, bbq'ed and ate together during the long evenings, watched the deer silently step out of the cover to graze, ate early blueberries in the forest, heard the falcons scream, and saw the eagles soar.

And, blissfully, if prosaically, I took lots more photos of insects:





















9 comments:

  1. I really need to go around with my eyes more focussed on the minutiae rather than the bigger picture. There is so much that I love in the world of insects.

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    1. Well, sometimes, maybe. The big picture is of course very important too.
      The irony for me is my eyes are not good and I often don't see anything smallish *unless* I photograph it and look at it on a laptop screen.

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    2. You seem to do pretty well seeing that they are there and photographing small creatures though.

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  2. A good selection of cereal beetles but the star is the Demoiselle. Calopteryx virgo I think it is.

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    1. Thanks for the id Adrian! Always good to have them. I am rather fond of the fluffy yellow teddybear weevil too. One of the Lixus app, but exactly what I don't know.

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  3. You have so many pictures of pretty insects. I have not seen most of them before.

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    1. Emma, sometimes it's about looking out for them, and in the right places. I would like to look again at insects in The USA. I once saw the most amazing sight in the Smokey Mountains - about thirty large butterflies drinking from puddles after the rain. Unfortunately it was a long time ago, before I was really interested in insects...

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  4. Your insect photos are very good. I like seeing them. One of my shortcomings is that I don't slow down enough to get insect photos, so I always enjoy them when I do see them.

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    1. I am glad to bring you enjoyment Ratty.

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