Canoeing in Sweden. Getting there....
The Lillalven led us into this small lake and we camped there. It was a very calm evening, I was really hopeful that we would finally see some moose, it seemed to be an ideal habitat for them but we didn't see a moose! Good reason to go back, I suppose. There were osprey and, oddly, a pair of whooper swans in the reedbed acroos the lake. I had a wonderful hour paddling around this lake as darkness set in. Those sounds I mentioned earlier come back to me as i write this: great northern and red throated diver (loons, to my American readers) were calling way after the light had gone. The evening chill set in and the fire was welcome.
For those who are interested to know a little about the image above, it was taken on a Hasselblad XPan2 with 45mm lens on RVP 50, aperture was f11. The transparency was scanned on an Imacon 646.
As in most forest areas, ants are never far away! This was a very a large nest and the ants were also large. They soon find you if you stay too close for very long.
This was another pleasant section of the Lillalven river, the reeds were alive with warblers and we saw a few woodpeckers. The real surprise was the roe deer with her fawn that we saw in the reeds. The adult disappeared in an instant, but the youngster stood his ground and watched us for a few minutes before he went off to find his mum. I savour rivers like this for the light and the wildlife.
We were approaching the end of our journey here with only two days of paddling left to bring us back to Arvika. Just as it is when backpacking on a long distance trail, your fitness has reached a point where all you want to do is walk, you reach a stage on a canoe journey where you feel that you can paddle forever. You feel invincible. You don't want to stop, ever.
One more instalment should cover the trip, we're getting close to human habitation here.....
A note on the images: with the exception of the Hasselblad Xpan and those images kindly supplied by Angela (even though she uses a C*n*n, boo!), all of my record shots were taken on my Ricoh GRD2 with wide angle converter. This is my preferred 'notebook' camera equipment.
There is a rationale behind this: without the w/a converter, the GRD2 has a fov and aspect ratio equivalent to my Fuji GSW690111. With the w/a converter attached, the GRD2 has a similar fov to my Mamiya 7(11) with 43mm lens.
I have no need of zoom lenses and the GRD2 is the only digi compact I have found that ticks the right boxes for me, not least because of the genuine wide angle capability and reasonably fast and good quality lens. The noise issues concerning the GRD sensor are very overblown, in my opinion. Given the ability of the canera to capture .dng files and a bit of workflow understanding, noise is not an issue! No doubt the GRD3 will offer even more advantages.