Ljusnan

I did some sightseeing today. The water level in Ljusnan is quite low again, so I wanted to explore the shoreline features but this time on the western side of the river, where I haven’t been so much. My first stop was this summer’s favourite at Knutnäsudden, but the rest of the places were new. I was particularly interested in seeing Hovrahällarna, but as it so often happens… the place you thought would be good turns out not to be that, and the place you didn’t expect anything from turns out to provide the best opportunities. And so it was that I spent all of five minutes at Hovrahällarna without taking out the camera, and spent quite some time at Långstrand, precariously balancing on the round rocks while search for the best compositions.

Knutnäsudden
Knutnäsudden

My fourth stop was at Kölströmmen, I’ve been there before but it was over 10 years ago and I never got down to the water (there’s a picnic place on top of the embankment where you have a partial view to the river down below). But now I’ve explored the shore as well and although I couldn’t find anything very photogenic, it was a nice walk anyway.

Långstrand
Långstrand

On the way back home I stopped at Forsänget so I finally saw the place from the other side. In Föne it’s close enough that I can walk there, so it was a relief to notice that it’s more interesting on that side.

So it was a mixed bag but a good trip in all. As I always say, even if some places turn out to be totally uninteresting, it’s important to have seen them so there’s no need to speculate!

Kölströmmen
Kölströmmen

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The water level has receded quite quickly in the past week and you can see this clearly on the exposed rocks. If you look at the Långstrand picture, you can see the rocks closest to the water are white – they are covered with dried mud, while the brown rocks have been exposed most of the summer so the mud is worn off. My first impression was, frost, but that was of course impossible because it was quite warm in the sunlight!

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