The postcard this week comes from a misty september morning in Newmarket in 2013. I am on Warren Hill seeing the horses run between the railings.
A magic night listening for bats by the pond by Hovdala castle. One could see the tiny Daubenton’s bats flying in circles over the water hunting insects. They also hunt insects in the water, not only flying insects. This was the last bat guide tour for the season at Hovdala castle. The bats were of course too fast to catch on the picture but as my son remarked they did not fly as fast as one could expect. We heard several more species and saw them out of the corner of our eyes. Fifteen of the nineteen species of bats that exists in Sweden can be found in the woods around Hovdala.
To see a film with the bats in the pond have a look on Youtube film below
You don´t have to go far from home to go on an adventure. We went to Österlen and saw the ancient stone ship Ale stenar, the biggest megalithic monument in the nordic countries. It is unknown when it was built but probably 1400 years ago at the end of the Nordic iron age.
The Swedish poet Anders Österling has written a poem about the monument. The first verse is like this. I have made the translation myself.
There where the coast dips between sea and sky,
Ale has raised a giant ship of stones,
Beautiful in its place, where the ears of bright corn
unites with blocks of dark stillness,
a hidden tale
by the sound of the Baltic Sea,
who alone knows what the memorial means.
The poem by Anders Österling has also been sung by the Swedish singer Östen Warnerbring.
One of the rivers flowing in western Sweden is Nissan. The picture is taken in Smålandsstenar in Sweden with an analog camera in the beginning of the 21st century.
Pondering the theme this week on The Daily Post´s weekly Photography Challenge: Elemental I decided to share this picture of the Swedish countryside.