Sometimes there are people who don't think about the consequences an act can have, or some people do bad things on purpose to be mean.
On my walks I usually try to keep track if there are holes or other things that can be dangerous for animals. Whether it's big or small animal doesn't matter that much!
In this case, someone or some have pulled away heavy concrete caps from 2 wells.
When I look down, I realize that several snakes and a lot of copper snakes have fallen down. It's dry and unfortunately I see that some have not survived.
I call the municipality and 2 guys come who know a little more what can be removed in the holes so that I have the opportunity to fit and get down.
For at least 2 snakes and about 10 copper snakes had a second chance to live on.
Everything gets a little limited during the corona epidemic that prevails. However, we are lucky and able to get out into nature where we do not have to be around too many people.
The weather is really an April weather with great variety, it may as well be overcast and hail as to the next moment become sunshine, windless and really nice. Sometimes I think the weather gods are playing dice :)
Our strategy will be hurry out and enjoy while the sun shines. We packed up the whole family with newly awakened youngsters and a thermos containing sausages, accessories such as bread, roasted onions, cucumber mayonnaise and of course ketchup and mustard.
We went to Björnö and it turned out not to be just us who got the brilliant idea to come here.
There were quite a few cars and people so we chose to go a different way and found a fantastic nice bit of side ways without a lot of people.
Sun on cliffs and sparkling water brings peace to the soul <3
Then we'll take a lovely trip to Italy and the lemon coast.
We stay in a five starhotel, outside Sorrento high up and it is overlooking the sea and there is a small harbour deep in the valley. A winding road between houses, aisles and many stairs, these we will use at least once a day during the trip. The hotel was nice with a nice courtyard, but I do not know what makes the hotel more worth as five star than those who have three or four we have stayed at? The girl at the reception was very nice but there is a man there too who says a lot of strange things that make her have to try to protect and talk away his mistakes and strange claims so that it will not get too wrong. Guess he's related to the owner or something.
However, they were not stingy with prosciutton, but seem to be very proud of it so you could take as much as you wanted for breakfast.
It is my first trip to Italy and I am fascinated by the fact that most of the restaurants is called Pizzeria, pasteria and gelateria.
A Pizzeria can be as much an exclusive restaurant as a simpler little snag.
There are lemon trees everywhere so the name lemon coast is in its full right.
Cool winding roads and long slopes up and down. I am thrilled that the bus drivers are able to turn around on these narrow and winding roads with oncoming traffic. My fitness became much better day by day after going up and down these steps and small slopes several times, every day.
Good chili oil, mozzarella, parma, prosciutto, ravioli, pasta, arugula, sun-warmed tomatoes... it can´t be better.. :) Pasta al dente was not quite as I thought before the trip and have been taught something new.
On a sunny fantastic day we took the boat over to Capri.
The weather was a bit varied but nice enough for us to enjoy and wander around. Here we clearly felt what a difference there is in the mentality towards our little trip to Barcelona. Everyone is happy and nothing is a problem. The Latin translation Pro = before, blem = solution makes sense. And it turned out a little extra when we came to a Pizzeria / restaurant that was full of people and we glanced if we could find a free space outdoors. We quickly realized that it didn't, but at the same time one of the vaitors came and asked if we wanted to eat and we said we could wait and come back when there was room outside. He was happy, took his hands up in the air and " wait, no problem!" and disappeared into the restaurant. A few seconds later he comes out with a table and canvas and everything that was needed and set up for us. I felt like Lady & the Tramp from Walt Disney :) Great day, I want to come again.
One day we rented a vespa and set out on the surrounding roads to Positano, strange and cool that you can build a city in this way in a mountain gorge. I think I would feel a bit exposed to live like that for a long time but amazingly beautiful when the sun is on. It felt very idyllic and we stayed there for a while and walked around and ate some food while we was looking at the amazing view… Very beautiful!
What we noticed was that during holidays such as Sundays almost everything is closed and there was not to much to see more than the view and we are a bit restless and took the train into Sorrento. There it was more up and running and we discovered when dusk came how everything was lightning up and shops and restaurants in the narrow alleys blossomed fully. It was cozy and we found a small nice restaurant in a alley that we returned to other evenings that had absolutely amazing Ravioli. We brought in several small plates of mozzarella, arugula, tomato, parma and had to raviolin... Buonissimo!!!
We took a day trip to Pompeii. It's a bit exciting when you've seen pictures and read about it so many times. A little mixed feelings... fantastic architecture, heavy energy and an enchantment of what nature can do once it decides, then we are very small.
Nice day and I'm glad I've seen the place...
An incredibly nice trip, nice people, good food and great experiences.
Here I want to go again and next time I want to live inside Sorrento so you can walk to everything.
Every minute, a truck filled with plastic waste is tipped into our seas.
It can take up to 100 years for a plastic cup to break down.
When you dive it's not just beautiful bottoms and amazing animals you get to see, hidden under the sea it's more than that.
One serious littering is called ghost nets and is a really big problem in our seas. In all times, man has chosen to dump all kind of things in the sea in the belief "If it´s not visible it does not exist" and the problem is out of the world, at least for the moment! Now we all know that this is not the case and, after generations, it has become a serious problem.
There are many forms of littering. Chemicals, leaking boats, plastics, objects, etc.
A serious littering is what we call ghost nets and is a really big problem in our seas.
It is abandoned fish nets in which it sticks fish, birds, whales, seals, turtles and other marine animals.
These nets are made of nylon and other synthetics and can drift around for years in the sea and cause enormous damage.
It can take up to 600 years for nets and traps to break down when it's made of plastic, meaning it's death traps with a prolonged and painful death with suffocation or starvation for many animals.
The fishing industry loses or leaves approximately 640 000 tonnes of equipment each year in the sea.
(Or 52,000 dubel-decker buses filled with fishing equipment).
Those who fish illegally dump their nets to not be detected.
More than 100,000 animals die or are injured each year because of nets and fishing gear they get stuck in. Documented is the damage to 270 marine species stuck in plastic or ghost nets.
In addition to getting caught in the nets, fishing cages, ropes, etc. you got micro or nanoparticles of the plastic material when the nets starts to break down. These particles the sea creatures believe is plankton and they eat the plastic, which in turn are eaten by other larger animals and somewhere in the chain it is eaten by us humans, which makes the plastic follow along throughout the food chain.
Microplastics have become a huge problem. ... there is also the slightly more invisible primary microplastic found in cosmetics, detergents, personal care products. That is washed off and goes straight out into our waters.
Eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans every year. Every minute, a stuffed truck with plastic waste is dumped into the sea.
Only 14% of the world's plastic is recycled today and 46% in Sweden are recycled from plastic packaging.
It doesn't just get dirty in the oceans, the animals think it's food.
It is difficult for a turtle, for example, to tell the difference between a small plastic bag and a jellyfish.
The result is devastating when animals eat plastic and rubbish. It will be a slow and painful death because plastic can not be broken down in the stomach. Dead whales with up to 40 kg of plastic have been found in their stomachs.
(Source: SVT – News 20 November 2018) In the stomach of a dead sperm whale in Indonesia, it was found: 115 plastic cups, 4 plastic bottles, 2 flipflops, 25 plastic bags, 19 pieces of hard plastic and 3 kilos of plastic wire.
According to a report, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia currently account for 60% of the plastic debris found in the oceans.
Debris that sticks so the animals get deformations and deformities fatally or that causes them to starve.
In several parts of the world there are huge swaths of plastic in the water. In the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii there is a plastic vortex larger than the state of Texas.
Plastic swirls are found in several places on earth where plastic gather togheter from different countries.
If you look at how long it takes for different materials to break down, you also understand the seriousness of garbage ending up in the water and nature where animals eat the dangerous waste.
We can help to dispose our garbage in bins but also with opting out of products with plastic against items that are used more than once to reduce waste. If you see debris in nature pick with you and throw in the right place, if everyone takes a little here and there it will be a lot together.
sources and photos:
World animal protection
Since it will take a long time to travel abroad at the moment, the diving craving is getting a little too big.
I'm not really much for diving in cold water and today it's 4°C... Brrrrr...
Buut I long so much to dive so Stefan goes to Ecodive and rents bottles and then we take off with our young people at home with picnic basket and divingequipment.
It's sunny and nice weather and the water is crystal clear. It's been a long time since I've appeared in a dry suit, so I feel like a beached whale. Eyebrows are freezing and lips numb. After 10 minutes, I've been numb enough to do well :)
Now it's pretty cozy and manages to reasonably press the camera button. Tiny fishes and something I think might be a dragonfly's caterpillar in a straw.
Lovely day with lots of laughter and nice picnic :)
The moray is a little bit a nerve-wracking creature. I've seen it in all sorts of sizes and colors. I think it gives respect and a little mythical feeling. Some say it is aggressive but I find it very difficult to see as I would assume that every other diver would have been bitten in that case. Usually you swim quite close and also look and take out the camera and take a pic. What many do not know is that the moray is very teachable, are able to become tame and eat out of the hand. Doubtful if I would do that as the risk still increases that hand vs food can be missed, for the moment I am content to watch and photograph.
Knowledge is power, it is said, and likewise knowledge is something that can ward off fear and show how important and beautifiull something is.To give and have a mutual respect for life!
There are 200 different species of moraysk, from the small one at about 12 cm up to the largest species that can be 4 meters long. It is believed that the moray eel is a bit snake-like, but it is a fish and eats crustaceans, fish and squid. It also has a second set of teeth a little further back in the throat that helps to crush or finely distribute certain type of food. Morays is mostly out at night and hunts and in the daytime it is inside a den of some kind.
The morays vision is a little more limited while the sense of smell is incredibly well developed. The teeth are long and needle-shaped and some of the teeth are connected to poison-producing glands. It has a single long fin that runs along the entire back and body. The skin has a mucus condition that in some species is toxic and can cause food poisoning.
The moray opens and closes its mouth all the time and it is to circulate the water through the gills that looks more like two holes on the side of the neck.
They are fertile at about 3 years of age when she lays her eggs in a safe place where the male comes and fertilizes. Then it takes 30-45 days until the eggs hatch. The newly hatched moray eels are called larvae and are a little translucent and live among the plankton for about 1 year. Those who survive can live 10-30 years.
As many animals do in the wild, they find other species with which they can cooperate. One they like to hang out with is grouper because they hunt on different surfaces. The grouper likes to hunt on open spaces and the moray hunt among corals. If, for example, the fish they hunt becomes afraid of the moray, the grouper takes it and if the fish becomes afraid of the grouper, the moray will take it.
I have seen on several occasions the polishing shrimp sitting in the mouth of the moray and polishing and fixing the morays teeths, and the shrimp are very safe. There they live in symbiosis and benefit from each other.
Like all animals, the moray is also needed to keep the balance in our ecosystem.
Gran Canaria - Arguineguin
Ghost net and plastic...
Romme Alpin- Borlänge