It is nice to see that biodiversity comes well with old growth forests. And in such a forest so much is going on, the ecology is working on a continuous basis. For curious and somewhat trained eyes an astonishing richness appears along with a great sense of untouchedness. This combination is very important for numerous of reasons in a land that has so much ground altered for industrial purposes. And urbanisation, fragmentation and harvesting is carrying significantly on. Below are some images from our latest field trip, here along with the Swedish nature conservation, to some forests (key habitat and working in EU Natura 2000 programme) for maintaining, improving and developing different reference knowledge. The north bound journey to the gathering took a very nice extra turn over some swedish highlands – on a remote desolate road! It was just a great way to humble senses to enter nature. An old saying goes, you can never travel quicker than time it takes for your soul to walk the same way… So it is good every now and then to travel slow using ”own machine”.
Brown bear den.
The cub has played? Not a woodpecker anyway.
Two examples of umbrella species of wood fungi, late successions on large dead wood [Phellopilus nigrolimitatus] and [Hydnellum caeruleum].
Remote sensing and IT gives good tools and views, but a deeper real insight of different qualities of the forest landscape is also important to us, quite simply because: Roughly one million species are threatened with extinction in the face of unprecedented and accelerating rates of environmental change (source: IPBES 2019, Keely et.al. 2019, Thirty years of connectivity conservation planning). And of course a fraction, around 3000 concerns the Taiga, the boreal or semiboreal forest landscape in Sweden.
A specific kind of waterhole (called loke or glup in swedish) only carrying water part of the year. This one also with lime carrying geology.
A BEAUTIFUL Norway spruce in misty fall weather. This tree loaded with hanging lichens (around 670 m.a.s.l). Planted Norway spruce has been modified in many ways, for instance for thinner branches – this one is of 100 percent natural origin from spruces concurred Sweden after the latest ice age.
The rollerski trip on part of the journey to arrive to the spot started in Älvdalen and ended in Lillhärdal. Tons of new asphalt and almost no cars or trucks. The final chance before nasty fall and potential winter weather. A good retreat, or … 🙂
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