When you walk in the nature right now, it is very rewarding to look down on the ground, especially in areas with a lot of flowers. I do love Spring!
Yesterday I was trekking around Eco Park Omberg, some 21 km. It is a fantastic area where you can be inspired by orchids, feel the strong smell from ramsons, hike along enormous oaks or enjoy the amazing view at various heights.
Once upon a time I was ambitious taking close-up photos every day with my big camera, i.e. DSLR, thus I could use titles like the above. Well, every week, to be honest I mean every week during the “warm” season when there are flowers.
Since then a lot has happend; the main thing is that I follow the trend to take photos with a smaller camera, a device I always have in my pocket. Aha, a mobile phone you might think! But I refer to a small advanced compact camera which fits my pocket! I have choosen a Canan Powershoot S120, which gives me reasonable quality for a reasonable price, and of course fits small pockets!
Today I made a long walk, 21 km, in the Eco Park of Omberg and beside my small camera I also brought my heavy one!
I found an interesting flower, ramson, which I seldom see! The photo is not taken with a macro lens, but I consider it to be a close-up photo!
As I mentioned before I have started to enjoy longer walks in the nature. Trekking is becoming more popular, and the authorities on different levels acknowledge this and maintains the existing long distance walking trails, connect different trails together and creates new. Pilgrimage is something that is big in Europe and also grows in Sweden.
This photo is taken in July when I was walking from Fagerhult to Mullsjö via Furusjö, a walk which comprises (in my case) 35 km. This is the 8th leg of the long distance walking Västra Vätterleden.
This Saturday I was walking at Södra Vätterleden Stage 1, about 28 km. This leg goes near Lake Stråken, which gives great opportunities for swimming. Saturday was a lovely summer day, so during my three breaks for food or/and coffee, I also took a swim; very much needed this warm day!
It was overall a nice walk, but the second half was sometimes a bit boring, since the hike is following forest roads in favour of forest trails. But if you look for a good workout in the nature, this walk is a good option!
A week ago I was walking in this nature reserve for the first time. It was more challenging than I expected. But the spectacular view on lake Vättern and Visingsö Island was reward enough!
A couple of weeks ago I walked the Stråken trail, around the lake Stråken, in the Mullsjö area. At half distance I sat on a stone by the lake shore, having greek salad, some bread and later coffee. An interesting mix of Greek food culture and the lovely Swedish nature at it’s best!
I was visiting Tiveden with my parents when I was a child. I have strong memories of a place called Stenkälla, some huge blocks of stone, with a water source.
Two weeks ago I went there again, and also made some more hiking in the National Park. The hikes are rather tough because of the nature of the landscape, with huge stones, tree roots and hilly terrain.
During some weekends this spring and summer I have been nostalgic and visited places I have not visited since I was child. Omberg is one of these places. I was there with my parents and also at a class travel at fourth grade.
Now as an adult many years later, I made preparations on Internet, to know what to do during 3-4 hours. The result was a nice walk on the Ellen Key hike.
But this is not only about nostalgic, I enjoy to walk in the nature for relaxation, the exercise and to take photos!