A walk on the beach at sunset on Lauttasaari in Helsinki, Finland on Christmas Eve 2015.
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.
The postcard this week is from 2010 and the picture shows the restaurant boat Prince Bernhard reflected in the water of Malmö Harbour in 2010. This is the quay where the ferries for Copenhagen where moored in the days before the Öresund bridge between Sweden and Denmark. Sadly there are no ferries any more.
The postcard this week is from the beginning of 2016 and the picture shows the small lighthouse by Universitetsbron in Malmö harbour. The picture has been publish on My Horizon before as Harmony in Blue.
In the southeastern corner of Sweden there is a reservation for seals. You are only allowed on the premises during the winter so we went there in december 2014. It is called Måkläppen and lies in Falsterbo in Sweden.