Summer nights in Sweden need to be experienced – they have a special light, also in the south of the country where the midnight sun doesn’t shine, and the nights are very short – especially in June and July.
Desiree in Alabama wrote yesterday about waking up early one morning in Sweden and thinking that it was around 7 o’clock, when she realised that it was just after 04! I had a similar and as early experience in June during my first days at home; a combination of jet lag and no curtains in a room with windows facing east! [and a 2-year old but I actually woke up before him the first day!]
Here are some of my impressions of the Swedish summer nights:
A walk on the beach before sunset, many artists live a few miles further south on the Skåne east coast in the area called Österlen, where the light is claimed to be very special.
I love the way the setting sun is shining on the trees in the forest.
Just when I took this photo of the setting sun over the fields, a deer jumped across the path in front of us (in the above photo), my Belgian friends saw it while I was busy with the camera…
A sunset shrouded in mist; a memory of my parents’ and my bike ride home from a dinner with friends. The river is close by and gives the landscape a mystical atmosphere.
It does get dark eventually, but not for very long… There is nothing more cosy than to sit outdoors during the calm Swedish summer evenings, chat with friends in the flickering light from candles and oil lamps, drink some wine (or tea)… Even if this particular evening was not very calm since the neighbours’ “kids” (they are in their 40’s!!) were having a party! So were we, but we were not dancing to loud music, and it was quite funny to look at the “action” across the fence 😉 Anyway, I finally got to use my two oil lamps, they have been packed away in boxes for the last 8 years.
More pictures will follow soon, as I still have lots of photos left to show from my summer holidays!