Nationaldagen

6th of June is a day off in Sweden, it’s the national day. There’s not a lot of tradition in Sweden to celebrate the day (it’s only existed as a bank holiday for a few years now). But thanks to its timing in the early summer, this day marks the opening of the summer season in many places, for example the Fågelsjö Gammelgård where I have a photo exhibition this summer. So I drove to Fågelsjö, not sure why because the day is not really celebrated in any way which means that there won’t be any crowd to speak of, but well… it’s the first day of the exhibition, it’s a nice place, it’s a day off, why not?

Fågelsjö gammelgård
Fågelsjö gammelgård

While I was having a cup of coffee and one of the best buns I’ve ever tasted, an older couple sitting at the table next to mine asked me a few questions about the place. It turns out that they are from Belgium and are driving through Sweden and Norway, which they apparently have done almost every year, just taking different routes. It was so nice talking with them and hearing about their experiences that I ignored the fact that there was a weather front approaching both from the north and the south. The sun was shining above us, making those clouds look mighty dark. When the Belgians finally left, I grabbed my camera and half ran to a spot I had scouted on my previous visits to catch the sunshine, calm lake and dark clouds. The timing was so close that I just managed with the southern weather front, but on my way back the sun disappeared and the wind picked up, so I didn’t have a chance with the northern clouds which were actually even more impressive.

Approaching clouds
Approaching clouds

Obviously, the clouds carried rain with them and I didn’t see any point to stay there for longer just to sit inside, so I drove back towards Loos and checked out a favourite orchid spot. I thought I would see some lady’s slipper buds, but I found that this year they’re late – I only found a bunch of half grown leaves, no buds in sight yet. Three years ago I found some in full bloom on the 4th of June, although it was a in a different location… this particular spot I visited now is a bit colder and thus a few days behind other places.

Anyways, a nice day. I didn’t really get anything done, but isn’t that what these days are for anyway?

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