The beautiful coast of Sweden

It was an outstanding walk in June along the Swedish coast of Halland with good friends.
Now I’m going to visit that coast again in August – September to enjoy the flowering heather. Just like Johan Frederik Krouthen did, a Swedish photographer and painter, when he caught the seascape so beautifully with his paintbrush.

Below you’ll find the lovely oil painting: Scene from Halland North Coast, by the Swedish photographer and painter Johan Frederik Krouthen. Birth and death: 2. November 1858 – 19. December 1932. commons.wikimedia.


Ice Fun in the Evening Glow

We grasp a few apples from a wooden box, on our way down the stairs. The snowy roads are quiet, and the snow sparkles in the low sun. We park our bikes up against the trees leaning over the frozen lake.

There are all kind of people out skating. Old and youngsters and those in between.

We can hear the children screaming when one of them gets caught on the frozen lake.
It’s a unified image of joy and desire for life.

The only light on the lake is the sun setting in the horizon and a few street lamps up upon the hill. Yet, it never gets completely dark. Later on the moon lights up the snow, and makes the evening unforgettable.

It is only when the cold overwhelms us that we find our way home after an experience of a lifetime.

This wonderful evocative painting from the Danish painter Anders Andersen-Lundby, refreshed one of many outings I had with my brother, when we were children.

When we had given our bodies to the wind,
And all the shadowy banks, on either side,
Came sweeping through the darkness, spinning still
The rapid line of motion; then at once
Have I, reclining back upon my heels,
Stopp’d short, yet still the solitary Cliffs
Wheeled by me, even as if the earth had roll’d
With visible motion her diurnal round;
Behind me did they stretch in solemn train
Feebler and feebler, and I stood and watch’d
Till all was tranquil as a dreamless sleep.

William Wordsworth from “The Prelude”

Merry Christmas Everyone

I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still…

Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares