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 inย 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 andย 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

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