Sweden, Part 2

The next part of my Swedish adventure comprised a hike out to a pretty stretch of white sand beach and a walk in Trädgårdsföreningen, or the Garden Society of Gothenburg.

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1. This was our ultimate destination that day, a beautiful stretch of white beach. Unfortunately, a storm was racing us there. It did not quite beat us, however, and we were able to swim for about five minutes. Don’t mistake that for disappointment; I was just proud to get in the water again for a while because while I like to and can swim, I may or may not be terrified of the sea, the ocean, possibly even lakes. And ponds. I’m okay with puddles, though.

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2. Lichen. As my friend told me, it’s not a photo album of mine unless there’s some lichen.

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3. Wild lupine was everywhere

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4. See?

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5. Prince Bertil’s Path

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6. The tall rhododendrons blew this girl away.

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7. Wild geranium everywhere

Now we’re going to Gothenburg (Göteborg). Everyone, hold onto your butts.

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8 – Inside a greenhouse

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11 – If seared flesh were a beautiful flower

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12 – I find the placement of the flower on this branch beguiling and wonderful. It’s like the tree is wearing a bracelet.

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14 – More wild geraniums

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15 – Pretty damn Swedish, if you ask me. Not as Swedish as it gets, but pretty Swedish.

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16 – A more expansive view of the grounds at the Gothenburg Garden Society

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17 – The yellows popped on the cloudy day

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18 – Magnolia (?) and geraniums

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19 – Double columbine

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20 – Viburnum?

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21 – Redvein Enkianthus. I didn’t know what this was when I took the picture. I Googled “pink bell-shaped flower.” I figured it was in the same family as blueberries, and hey, guess what. I WAS RIGHT.

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22 – Some day I shall have such a nice mix of textures in the garden.

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Sweden, Part 1

One month ago I was still on vacation in beautiful Sweden. I think you all — yes, even you– should go there if you have a chance. Maybe not all at once. Don’t crowd them. Try some Swedish pizza–see what you think of it.

I took about 700 pictures during the ten-day trip. Not bad — I’ve taken half as many pictures of leaves in various states of decay in a single day in my backyard. So, while I was excited to take pictures in a new(ish) place, I was there to relax with a very special Swede, and I only wanted to be taking pictures, like, 60% of the time, not 85%. 700 pictures is still a fair number, though.

It should surprise no one that most of the pictures are of landscapes and plants. A couple feature cats. (Well, one cat.) I will never stray far from my roots, even if I am over 3,000 miles away from my geographical ones.

This first set of pictures was taken one of the first days when I went on a little solo ramble about a nearby beach and the forested path that butted up against it.

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3 – I like to think of this as a sweet throwback to my river wandering days in southern Minnesota (still in progress). Realistically, if I got this set of pictures mixed up with my other sets, I would never be able to tell that some of them were taken in Sweden. I had to consciously tear myself away from weird junk on trees and remind myself to take pictures of things I don’t get to see that much, like, you know, the ocean.

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4 – But I just really like wooded paths, so there are a lot of pictures like this.

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5 – A curiously dry swampy area with wild irises

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6 – One of the narrow paths leading from the woods to the beach

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7 – This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip.

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8 – Wild iris

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9 – Big, beautiful single roses in white and pink everywhere. They just love this scruffy landscape, I guess. They were on the beach, in the woods — everywhere.

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10 – Inside a rose

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11 – Rosy roses

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12 – Oh yeah, that’s what I came here for. We went swimming once the whole trip (weather was not permitting, but we did it anyway).

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13. I wasn’t lying when I said there were roses everywhere.

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15. Looking across the water towards industry.

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16. Inside a white rose

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17. Unopened white rose bud is rosy pink

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18. It’s woodland…but it’s grassy…but there’s sand! How many more landscapes can this girl handle?

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19. A few nice, wizened old trees here and there

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20. I don’t know what this grass was, but I loved how its flowers looked. Like little chunks of oatmeal nodding to and fro. Mm, oatmeal flowers.

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21. Path o’ mystery

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22. Fern ‘n’ friends

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23. Why’s it so irresistible to take a picture of a path curving slightly, oh, why