Friday, July 3, 2015

Sweden heats up…

The pond and the no-name hill photo by susan wellington
27 degrees today. Perfect for a dip! No one around though. Stockholm's deserted. 

Local public vegetable gardens, Stockholm photo by susan wellington
Garden's everywhere are going gangbusters!

Canada goose chilling out by the  pond photo by susan wellington

  Well pretty deserted during summer. Just a few birds.

summer wildflowers  photo by susan wellington

summer field in sweden photo by susan wellington
And bees buzzing in the fields.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

When is a bird an octopus?

Yesterday we were in Edsvik in Stockholm, again, to see Hiie’s favourite pair of nesting mute swans (knölsvan). I don’t know how long these swans have been breeding there but we’ve seen the same pair on the same nest 3 years in a row, though it’s right near the walking path and boats. (Here’s last years post.) 

nesting swan edsvik photo by susan wellington
nesting swan and raven at edsvik photo by susan wellington

Similar to last year, she was surrounded by ravens all trying to get at her eggs. But she’s tough. That long neck and beak were swinging around like an octopus tentacle. And off they flew.

She had six cygnets last year. Perhaps she’ll have 6 more this year? Normally they have about 5-8 eggs but she didn’t get up. We're taking bets.

This year she was accompanied, a few meters away, by a crested grebe (skäggdopping) floating on her nest. We managed to see the male grebe sailing in and changing spots with her and carefully arrange the eggs on the nest. Or maybe it was the other way around? Wonderful to witness.

nesting female grebe with duck photo by susan wellington

female crested grebe organising her eggs photo by susan wellington

male and female grebes about to change shifts on the nest photo by susan wellington

male grebe getting on the nest photo by susan wellington

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Melbourne Daily Photo 11: Lorne Magic

Main beach of beautiful Lorne, Victoria. A tiny beach town 138km from Melbourne.
The english writer Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write the poem Flowers when he visited Lorne, which included the line:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Melbourne Daily Photo 8: Jean Paul Gaultier at NGV

Fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier's punk inspired clothes is part of a fantastic exhibition at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Having not been that fascinated by designer clothes I was amazed with their beauty in real life. The combination  of traditional hand sewing, knitting and lacework with a punk aesthetic was stunning.
Anybody remember the Bay City Rollers? Perhaps Jean Paul was inspired by them as anybody who was a fan would know that Woody wore the yellow MacLeod tartan above and they were huge in the 70's when he went to London. They didn't mention that in the catalogue. Perhaps he was embarrassed.

Monday, January 5, 2015


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