I came across many puddles and small ponds, where the water had accumulated on the tracks. In those I found a variety of waterloving wildlife, mainly frogs, damselflies, dragonflies and offcourse mosquitos.
It took me a while, but after about an hour or so, I found myself moving in a different way and on a different level again. The first thing I noticed was that I was moving as silently as possible, leaving as little tracks as possible, too. The next thing I noticed was that my sences changed. I heard and saw more clearly. As I came out of the woods to cross a clearing I saw quite a few birds and I stopped to look at them. As I stood there looking at them, they came nearer, leaping from one tree to the next, just to check me out. They weren't alarmed by my movements, when I took my binos to look back at them. After a while they lost interest and went back to the business of feeding. I could clearly see them going over the branches, looking for insects. I was able to identify at least one of the birds and it is at moments like this that I really wish I had a decent camera. Or at least one with more capabilities than my Cybershot-thingy.
I crossed the clearing and headed into the woods again. I found a squashed/trampled blue beetle and some broken, small mushrooms, so clearly something moved through the area recently.
|A freshly squashed beetle|
|tiny mushrooms ( Lycoperdon perlatum). I found several broken clusters nearby.|
|I found several of these along the tracks.|
|the ruler measure 16cm from top till bottom.|
|Another frog. I did here dozens of them hop into the ponds as I walked passed them.|
|what can I say..... There's just room to breath.... really breath...|
I took my time, fixing lunch and doing some gear "reviews". For this trip I took my Dutch daypack, because my Swedish canvaspack is just to large for daytrips. I knew there was a reason why I didn't bring the Dutch pack much, anymore, and now I knew why again. As I said my back and shoulders were soaking wet. These were the areas the backpack made contact with my body. The synthetics did not allow for the sweat to get away. Also the fit is too tight, even for my skinny little carcass and with the chestbelt closed it feels like being suffocated slowly..... Too bad, really as it is a very versatile pack. If it were a little roomier and made of canvas it would be my alltimepack!
|me wearing the kit|
|the Swedish army cookingset in its natural habitat...|
|boiling eggs..... and some freshly picked berries|
|A look into the pack. I'll give a more indepth review of this pack in a future post...|
|A fantastic book! I brought it with me, because I noticed many mushrooms were coming up allready.|
|something grew out out of the berry and I lost appetite...|
|the view from my "lunchtable"...|
|this is what was left of the loggerstrail|
|He/she was there, too.... I am always exited to find him/her up there and than to see it floating through the sky, hearing it's "keeoww"-calls. It always strikes a nerve with me.|
|I took this picture of thistle and bumblebee, while standing up straight and it was above my head!|
|forest as forest is meant to be... at least to me.|
|me being home.... Up there the wind and soaked boot/sock/pants did some cooling too.|