Just another Sunday….

Winter still keeps Sweden in a tight cold grip, but despite icy winds and freezing temperatures the days are quiet sunny. This last weekend there were many who took the opportunity for perhaps a last tour on skis or skates.

Skier

Skaters

A blue tit appears to have taken a nap while waiting for spring to come …….

Blue tit taking a nap

……..unaware  of what the sparrow hawk in a nearby tree has in mind.

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

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Black adder

Despite cold nights with temperatures down to -20 ° C, the warm springtime sun still manage to awaken and bring these scarry little creatures out of their hides. Time to watch out where to put one’s feet!
Black adder

Adder

Adder with zigzag dorsal pattern

 

 

Female tufted duck Mrs and Mr Tufted Duck also seem to enjoy the calm and sunny day.
Tufted duck

 

Whooper swans flying north.
Flying whooper swans

Landsort – second best to the Outer Hebrides

While still waiting for our dream of the Outer Hebrides to come true, we settled for second best, a two-day trip to Landsort on the island of Öja. This is the southernmost outpost of the Stockholm archipelago, a lighthouse and a pilot station since 1650. Actually, Landsort is the name of the very lighthouse but is also commonly used for the whole island.

Landsort, Lighthouse

 

We have visited Landsort several times before but never in the winter.  This barren and windswept island has a year-round population of about 20 people and measures 4,5 km end to end and is about 600 m at its widest point.

Landsort, icy rocks

 

Rocks and skerries shine like frosted cakes in their ice caps.

Landsort, stenar i ismössor

 

Strategically situated at the at the inlet to Stockholm and Södertälje Landsort has always played an important role in the defense of the Swedish coastline.

Quite a few concrete bunkers and naval guns still bear witness of Battery Landsort, built here during the 1930’s when faced with the threat of a second world war and later upgraded to the modern Ersta-Battery during the Cold War.

In the year 2000 this military establishment was closed, demilitarized and declassified and is now open to the public.

Landsort Battery

 

But with the guns still pointing eastward! 🙂

 

Six of the former military barracks have been renovated and turned into a nice and comfortable hostle, open all year round.

Landsort, hostel

 

Landsort is a popular place for both birdwatchers and resting migratory birds and at the Bird Observatory ringing and counting is executed. Here a female goosander.

Goosander

 

I still remember my own colorful striped leg warmers back in the 80’s, but I have never heard of “tree warmers”. Anyway, this is a feeding station in a private garden and maybe the colors help attracting the birds along with seeds and suet balls.

 

One of the rarities spotted around the feeding station was this skylark that has managed to survive the cold winter.Skylark

 Landsort, stugor i hamnen

 

To see the sun dip into the “ocean” is always spectacular.

Landsort, solnedgång

Good night and let the lighthouse special shine its ever-loving light on us!

Landsort, fyrljus