We are clearly not alone. These two aliens were keeping their eyes on me in the Orchid House of the Botanic Gardens in Göteborg ….
The first of these haiku was written at home in the early morning. The second could have been anywhere. I guess they should be called Hadedas and Catching Flies?
Hunched like nuns in the coral tree
They cackle at dawn
Basking like a seal on warm black rocks
Mouth open, mind free
The archipelago is one of the delights in Western Sweden – especially on a warm sunny day in early September. Having a regional travel pass is also a great thing. It means that you can catch the local bus in Uddevalla to the railway, then catch a train north up to Strömstad and then the ferry across to Koster islands all included in the purchase of a monthly travel card!
Yesterday I made a return trip to Koster: I was on my own this time. A good picnic and a flask of cold fruit juice joined me for the long day ahead. I was out of the door at 7.00 and only returned after sunset at 8.30. The weather was excellent, the sea warm enough for swimming (with the occasional jellyfish for company), there were hardly any other tourists, the island has no cars and it’s recently become a marine nature reserve. I took pictures of all of my usual subjects: landscapes, flowers, light, interesting shapes. The red fruit (rowanberry and cranberry) were spectacular so I tried my hand at photographing them too. People are usually scarce in my pictures but you’ll find me in one of them!