is one of the beautiful attractions in the Swedish town of Linkoping, and since I'd borrowed a small folding bike, prashanthchengi 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!)
We cycled through brown grass and green:
We came to the place where the road to the lake branched off from the highway:
A fleecy dolphin floated overhead:
We explored a place where there was massive earth-moving and construction going on; Barn Swallows were swooping around, taking mud for their nests.
Here's my cycle, and the earthmover!
Wildflowers bloomed everywhere:
this is wild dill:
Taking a rough path instead of the road, we found it very enjoyable:
sat with its wings closed:
So did another butterfly:
There were several
EUROPEAN GREENFINCHES around,
feeding on the berries:
delighted me, high overhead:
Roly-poly, curly-woolly sheep grazed on the farmland:
Horses rubbed against each other, companionably:
the golden wheat was nearly ready for harvesting:
I could spot the lake:
We rode up to the water:
A beautifully-flowering acquatic plant welcomed us.
As did a sitting
and several ducks:
The houses on the lake were picture-perfect:
The sun in the trees and the reeds was beautiful.
I was thrilled to spot a
The swan moved in front of the resting GULLS:
It was quite far away, but my zoom came in handy:
then I sawa whole family, with parents and three cygnets:
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!
We discovered even more when we came back to the area the next day...but that's the next post!