Roxen Lake, Linkoping, Sweden, 290714

Lake Roxen

is one of the beautiful attractions in the Swedish town of Linkoping, and since I’d borrowed a small folding bike, and I decided to cycle down (we’d walked to the lake previously.)

The weather was very unusually warm even for Swedish summer, but I manfully (womanfully?) pedalled my two tiny wheels, and we started with this beautiful rainbow (though I couldn’t see any rain clouds!)

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We cycled through brown grass and green:

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We came to the place where the road to the lake branched off from the highway:

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A fleecy dolphin floated overhead:

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We explored a place where there was massive earth-moving and construction going on; Barn Swallows were swooping around, taking mud for their nests.

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Here’s my cycle, and the earthmover!

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Wildflowers bloomed everywhere:

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this is wild dill:

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Taking a rough path instead of the road, we found it very enjoyable:

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A

COMMON TORTOISESHELL

sat with its wings closed:

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So did another butterfly:

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There were several

EUROPEAN GREENFINCHES around,

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feeding on the berries:

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A

COMMON KESTREL

delighted me, high overhead:

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Roly-poly, curly-woolly sheep grazed on the farmland:

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Horses rubbed against each other, companionably:

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the golden wheat was nearly ready for harvesting:

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I could spot the lake:

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We rode up to the water:

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A beautifully-flowering acquatic plant welcomed us.

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As did a sitting

ARCTIC TERN

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and several ducks:

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The houses on the lake were picture-perfect:

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The sun in the trees and the reeds was beautiful.

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I was thrilled to spot a

MUTE SWAN

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The swan moved in front of the resting GULLS:

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It was quite far away, but my zoom came in handy:

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then I sawa whole family, with parents and three cygnets:

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This Swan family was one of the highlights, indeed, of my visit to Scandinavia.

Then came the sight of this

GREAT CRESTED GREBE

that I have seen before only in the lap of the Himalaya!

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We discovered even more when we came back to the area the next day…but that’s the next post!

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