Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Gorgeous Morning Hours in Östra Göinge

New pictures over river Helge passing Östra Göinge, Scania.

A crispy November morning with an early sun.

A November sun over river Helge, at resting place Anilla, Östra Göinge.

Close to Broby village center.

The Nature Waking Up

As described before the route for Mrs. T to get to work follows river Helge and it has become a habit to check the weather conditions before setting off for the office in the mornings because the scenery changes from day to day and can be magical as it was this particular morning. The tripod is constantly in the car but a camera, preferably with fresh batteries, must be brought along. We have not had many crispy mornings, this must have been the second, when the wind screen needed clearing from a thin layer of frost. The cool air created a strong haze that did not clear up until later but it soon, with the raising sun, got so bright that the photogenic opportunity was gone.

This islet seemed to float on river Helge.

Photo editing with Lightroom gives alternative solutions to suit anyone's mind.

Short on Östra Göinge

Östra Göinge is the Green Heart of Scania County and the ancient borderland between Sweden And Denmark but also a region where nature transforms from lovely light beech forests to typical fir-forests with lakes that exist in the south of Sweden. River Helge has been an important transport route and several villages are therefore situated along the banks of it ( The southernmost wilderness area of Sweden is situated in northern Scania.

Scania and Östra Göinge (Wikimedia Commons)

For a map, if interested, over how river Helge runs you can visit  or use the ready link "Map over Helge Å" on the right hand side -then  choose "Vattendrag i landskapet" and then "Helge Å".

Broby, the administrative centre of Östra Göinge, is situated east of Hässleholm and Knislinge only 8 km's south of Broby. Black Diabase, or Göinge's black gold, is derived from several locations and exported. Other important employers are e.g. Tarkett but now also the new Camp for Asylum Seekers in Broby that has taken over the previously abandoned Broby Sanatorium. Their immediate plan is to receive  500 person and the centre is presently offering employment to about 30 people according to the newspaper Norra Skåne. We are very pleased that Mrs T not only has gained a vital role in the operation of this Camp but also a complete trust of both the personnel and the management. 

Sunrise over the eastern banks of the river.

Birdlife is rich in Scania and autumn scenery include massive amounts of migrating birds.

Photo editing into black and white across the river where haziness is heavy.

The Different Scanian County

It has been said (The Nature of Cultural Heritage and the Culture of Natural Heritage / Lowenthal and Olwig) that the Swedish author August Strindberg once wrote of Scania " is a completely foreign landscape for a stay-at-home Swede from up-country, but for a widely travelled person it is a northern French landscape". Geographically it is close to Denmark and mainland Europe and part of Öresundsregionen. Also e.g. architecture and nature differ not to mention the traditional dialect used. Of course Scania is also an agrar landscape with "OpenSkies". Being large scale it offers different challenges from the rest of Sweden. In order to safeguard the uniqueness of the county landscape preservation has become important with e.g. so many fine Nature Reserves formed. 

Breaking up shadows....

....offer a colourful daybreak.

This was another photogenic session over early hours in northern Scania landscapes where nature is rich offering moments of peace to our minds. What an idyllic way of starting a working day at daybreak and getting energized by nature before we sip our first cup of coffee at the office.

A window to the world.

We are approaching Advent Sunday and Mrs T and myself wish everyone a pleasant weekend with some warming gluhwine and other traditions of the season.


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