Visiting new and old places along Säveån
I have spent this weekend exploring areas along Säveån. I wanted to check out how far spring has come along Säveån and in particular if there were any carpets of Wood Anemone to see. I think that the Wood Anemone is one of the best signs of spring and it is always a pleasure to see this small white flower.
Saturday I mostly spent hiking and photographing flowers while I spent Sunday primarily with White-throated Dippers on my mind, I’ll make a separate post on that project.
My first two stops were at my normal “hunting” ground and that is two different places at Jonsered. The first is a place with an old broad-leaved deciduous forest called Bokedalens Nature Reserve on the way up to Jonsereds mansion. There you will get a colorful carpet of flowers under the huge trees every spring. Once I got there I saw that spring hasn´t come as far as I had hoped. I could see that the Wood Anemone and the Yellow-star-of-Bethlehem had made their appearance on the patches with most sunshine per day. I could work there and I got a couple of nice photos, even if the Wood Anemone buds hadn´t really opened.
The second stop at Jonsered was at a more secluded place and there I found opened Wood Anemones. Still not the carpets, but it was nice to see opened flowers. I also witnesses a lot of White-throated Dipper activity there and understood they must have hatched some chicks, more on this later.
The third stop was at Säveåns Nature Reserve, a first for me. Säveåns Nature Reserve lies between Floda and Stenkullen and it was not the easiest place to get to, but it surely was worth the effort. I hiked the first stretch from Stenkullen towards Floda, looking for other things then flowers even if I had plenty of carpets of Wood Anemone there. I was greeted by a serenade from Chaffinches and European Robins and Säveån was very lively with white water and just a few places with calmer water. They still use some places for Hydropower and this short stretch of Säveån actually falls by 40 meter during the few km.
I really liked Säveåns Nature Reserve and will get back there during next week as I want to show the carpets of flower, but also the force of the white water.
Sunday was back to the White-throated Dipper place. I include one picture from that session, but more is to come as I had a really great time with the resident Dipper couple.
Enjoy my spring gallery from Säveån.