Sun, sea, flowers and fruit: a day trip to North Koster

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!

Strange creatures in Nature: Pareidolia

I guess most of us have a few of these pictures.  The ones where you are taking a picture of a rock on Kompassberg mountain and you see an eye in it, or the face of a baboon on a rock in the Botanic Gardens, Göteborg.

Old trees are particularly good, I have a creature from a tree on Bassholmen island in Sweden and another from deep in the Baviaanskloof South Africa.

And then there is the  owl peering at you from the trees at Trädgårdsföreningen, Göteborg and the man in the tree on Koster Island.

What better way to finish than with the face in the foot, again from the Baviaanskloof, or the ghoulish eyes in the roadside tree at Tunis.

North Koster Island 26 May 2012

A beautiful early summer day to catch the train up to Strömstad and the ferry across to the Koster Islands.