Thursday, August 5, 2010

I have gotten the wrong program for my mobile internet connection, so suddenly I have no internet (it comes and goes, but for how long this will hold I have no idea). I´m going to get the right one if I drive to the closest Telia store (the company I bought the computer from) to get it. But I won´t drive that far before my breaks are fixed :-) So if I just disappere You know why. The breaks will be fixed next Tuesday, so perhaps on Wednesday I´ll have my computer fixed too.

I could see several of these anvil-shaped clouds passing through yesterday. They normally means thunder, but they never came close.

Around twenty minutes after the sun had risen over the horizon it disappeared behind the thick dark grey clouds that fills the sky at the moment. The dew dripped from the roofs as we started our morning walk. Normally we take the same route every morning because I pick up my morning newspaper and yesterdays mail on our way home. But it is boring to do so in the long run, so this morning I fetched the paper before walking away.


Canadian Goldenrod. I love the color on thios one just before the buds open up. Otherwise it´s a weed I don´t want, but have, in my garden too.

A Crane passing over us towards the lake.

We headed down towards the creek and I should have worn my rubber boots, I know so well how high and wet the grass and bushes are down there. But I chose to wear my normal shoes and now my toes looks like raisins :-) Cranes and gees flew over our heads as we came to close to them and deer ran away long before we even got close. Yesterday we saw a black fox when we were out walking and I think I´ve never seen that before.

It was really dark here in the forest. The only way I could take photo´s was by using night time settings on my camera.

As long as we walked by the open fields I could hear Lorries passing on the big road nearby. This is the last week of vacation for most people, but some of us are lucky enough to have one or two weeks left :-) When we came to the creek a big heron lifted and flew away and I have to say it scared me quite a bit :-) :-) Unfortunally I didn´t get the chance to take a photo of it.

All the small creeks are filled with water now and as You can see this one has a brownish color. It´s rust because the grounds here contains lots of iron.

I was prepared with my mosquito hat today. We had walked in to the bog yesterday evening and there I realised that not all flies are gone :-) But this was another kind, it did fly around my head but had no intentions to land on my ears to take a closer look. They were also much easier to scare away. But they are still annoying so I brought the old hat with me just in case.

I use the word bridge for this in lack of a better word :-) I don´t dare walking on either of the two bridges we have here, rotten is a kind word for the state they are in :-)

Almost at home again.

It was so dark when we entered the forest so I had to adjust my camera for night photography. I´ve never been to a rainforest but I guess it would feel much like walking by the creek this morning, except that it should be much warmer in a rainforest. It was so quiet there, now and again I could hear the sound of birds lifting off from tree branches and deer jumping away deeper in to the forest.

We saw this Lemmon butterfly yesterday when we were going out to the bog. This is probably a mail and if it had had the kindness to open up its wings You would have seen that it was lemon yellow.

This is my absolute favourite amongst butterflies. We call it Golden wing and it is really small.

The only sunflower I can find in the neighbourhood and it is far away from any feeder.

These last days of rain had risen the water level quite much since the last time we were there. I tried to look for fish in the water but I seldom see any. That´s another difference from a rainforest creek. Most of our aquarium fishes come from small creeks in the rainforests.

Finger mushrooms.

We turned homewards again when we came to one of the gravel roads crossing the creek. They had started to clean out the ditches there early in spring, but nothing had happened there since then. We followed the road home and the closer we came the less flies followed us. I guess it´s time for them to lay their eggs and then they stay close to water or moist grounds.

Now my dogs and cats are spread all over the cottage. The old lady Erna sleeps on her favourite green blanket in the living room. Bertil sleeps in there too but in the corner of the couch. Orvar sleeps just upstairs from the kitchen, just besides the stairs so I can´t miss him if I want to go up there. Hector has jumped up on my bed, probably filled it up with sand and gravel like he always does. Teodor, well he´s probably sleeping hidden somewhere, perhaps in a paper bag, he likes that.

I won´t get any pumpkins this year, but it lives anyway :-)
Now it´s time for a cup of tea and then I´ll look at the morning news.
Have a great day now!


ana_didi said...

I hope your old camera did not hear me but ... Your photos are more beautiful every day.
I love macro shots where you can see the tiny details. And to see so much iron in the water I was thinking that plants do not seem to be affected by this. Or are they?
That orange mushroom is fantastic.
I love seeing your dogs:) Hey where is the brave wanderer today?
Hope you do not disappear for a long time, that problems are resolved quickly.
kiss, come back soon

Anonymous said...

What a lovely walk today Christer. Thanks for the photos! Sorry you are having more pooter problems. I am thankful that mine are solved . . . well, so far, so good. That's all you can say when it comes to computers. Have a great day!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Didi!
Thank You :-)
It actually seems to benefit the plants to grow in all that iron. But the water from digged wells do taste awful to be honest. I get water from a deep drilled well so I have really good water.

The finger mushroom does look cool. They come in other colors too here.

The brave wanderer stayed at home sleeping on my coutch. He had been out all night and needed the sleep :-) :-)

I hope this problem is solved fast too!
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
It was a great morning walk. I love walking down by the creek.

This computer has been nothing but troubles! I´m so tired of it now! The intenet support was really surprised when he understood that I had gotten the wrong internet connection program to this computer. It doesn´t work properly on windows7

Have a great day now!

Chris in the Emerald City said...

I love the dark forest pictures, and the mushrooms...

Thanks for the comment about my stones. Yes, I will be posting about other stones occasionally.

Have a great day!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Chris!
That mushroom does look fiery :-) Some of them are slightly poisoness though, nothing dangerous but one shouldn´t try them if one can´t see the difference between them :-)

The stone You showed in Your blog is simply fantastic! I think I know of a little shop in Gothenburg that sells chrystals like that. Must go there next time.

Have a great day now!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi are closer to having a pumpkin than i am. i think the ground hogs have been feasting on my pumpkin blossoms! the vines are huge but not one pumpkin in sight. we go to our first fall festival on saturday and the weather is going to be slightly cooler with low humidity. we are so excited. this year we are taking teddy too. right now she is trying to catch a fly that is in the house. she loves to eat flies which is really gross. your new camera is wonderful. i love all of the pics! joyce

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
I hope it will become something out of that small pumpkin beginning :-) We don´t have any animals like ground hogs over here, but we have the voles and they can start eating the roots instead. But so far so good :-)

Sounds so fun to go to a fall festival. Looking forward to photo´s!

Yes, flies doesn´t taste that good to be honest. I accidently swallowed one the other day :-) :-)

Have a great day now!

decareis said...

Christer excuse,
Yesterday in his haste, forgot to translate the message.
I hope you can solve the problem with your connection.
Good luck!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Andrea!
No problems! I used Google to translate what You wrote :-)

Did You have a fun day at the festival?

Have a great day now!

Sharlene T. said...

Good morning, Christer! What a lovely walk you had this morning... I think I enjoy the dark forest walks to the bright sunshine... it's almost like you're communing with the forest gods... I am so sorry you're having so much trouble with your computer... I know how frustrating that can be, along with car trouble... let's keep our fingers crossed that everything will be taken care of in the next two weeks and you can get on with just enjoying your morning walks and sharing your pictures with this... when you get a break, come visit

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decareis said...

Hello Christer
We had fun at the festival, I love it!
I was reading your blogg and here came a few times but the red fox (oranges) are beautiful and fearful.
Did not know there was black. (Live and learn)
You see a lot of deer there, but never seen here, because here there is not.
Where there are in the highlands, but I've seen so far boards (hehehe) I never saw none live.
Good night

Berit said...

vilken underbar skog du verkar ha :)
Ha det gott Berit

oldblackcatboo said...

WOW! I am loving your new camera!!!
Your photos are great!
I especially love the one in the forest (when you were saying how really dark it was) and it shows all three of your dogs. It makes them look so "magical", like it was a surreal painting and not a photograph...I absolutely love that one! (I keep going back and looking at it)
Good Luck with your connection problems and be careful about those brakes!!! - Cindi

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Morning Sharlene!
I love to walk in the shadow by the creek, but I usually avoid it during summer. This is a place where all animals comes to drink water and with them follows ticks. But since it´s so wet everywhere now anyway we have ticks all over this area.

This computer has been almost nothing but troubles from day one and I´m getting pretty tired of it now. I downloaded an upgrade via the net, but I´m not sure it will help in the long run. I phoned the store as I was told to, but since I didn´t buy my computer from that place (It´s the same company though, I bought it via intenet) they weren´t to helpful :-)

You know I´ll visit :-)
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Andrea!
I´m glad You enjoyed the festival!

I´ve never seen such a black fox before either. Dark brown is more common around here.

We have many deers here and of different kinds too. But they are difficult to get a photo of :-)
Have a great day now!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hejsan Berit!
Ja den är riktigt fin på sina ställen. Men mycket är avverkat så nu är det mest sly över stora områden.

Ha det gott du med!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Cindi!
Thank You!
It is a magical place down there by the creek. Just beside it there´s an area I call the forbidden forest. As soon as I walk in there I can feel that I´m not allowed. It´s a bit creepy actually.

I promise to take it easy when driving. Thankfully my breaks really breaks :-) The problem is that they won´t let go afterwards :-) :-)

Have a great day now!