It actually looked like we could get some sunshine, this first day of the year,. It still does but I doubt the sun will get a chance to look through those clouds. They are thin but I can’t see any rips in them where the sun would get an even slight chance to shine. The wind is blowing like it has this winter, steady and hard so I thought it would be nice to walk in the forest this morning.
We went down to the creek but since it is impossible to pass it so we can walk homewards again we started walking upstream instead. Bertil seems to have stayed the king of this road so he has started to follow us again on our walks. He didn’t for a while but my neighbor says his new cats refuse to go outside unless he’s with them. I’m not sure it is Bertil’s fault but I di suspect it🙂
The water level has now sunken with an extra meter (much the same in yards), still there is plenty of it in the creek. I might go down later to check if the beavers have started to repair their wall by now or if they’ll wait until the water calms down. Anyway, upstream we walked. It must have been colder down there during the night because I could see ice on the puddles but the road was perhaps more muddy than usual. Or perhaps I should say more soft than usual, I guess all that water that has run down in to the creek instead of filling the road must have made the road more spongy.
I was a bit surprised to see this birdhouse out in the middle of nowhere.
My plan was to follow the creek all the way up to the bog and perhaps get a glimpse of the lake. We had already walked two thirds of the distance when Bertil started to complain, not much but still. I couldn’t see any tracks anywhere and my dogs were all over the place as usual. Both Nova and Sune were leashed because Sune has a tendency to take a bath every now and again and I really didn’t wish to have to shower him as soon as we came home. Suddenly Bertil just stopped and looked ahead, very quietly.
I turned around and looked straight in to the eyes of the biggest boar I’ve ever seen🙂 He stood around 50 meters (much the same in yards) in front of us. I have to admit that he was magnificent! Suddenly seven or eight sows passed him and slowly started walking towards the bog. Did I get any good photos? I feel like an idiot, why didn’t I just keep the camera going? I didn’t get the chance of adjusting my camera at all and the few photos I got of them demands a rather good imagination to make them look like photos of wild hogs🙂 I let my editing program edit the photos as good as it could but I could have gotten great photos if I just had used my brain!!!
Suddenly he stopped and started to look around.
And then he stopped and just stared.
I couldn’t see any piglets which was a good thing I think. The hogs walked away slowly in their direction and we walked away slowly in the opposite direction🙂 All the way home I cursed myself for not taking better photos when I had the chance. That boar had huge tusks or should I call them fangs? He was soo much bigger than Orvar and Orvar isn’t small at all🙂, the sows however was in the same size as Orvar which makes them rather big anyway🙂
Sorry but this is the best I got. Seconds before it had stood there just watching us and here he had started to back.
The fire is burning in the stove and I have a cup of coffee by my side. I’ll bake a bread later on and even if I know it won’t help being cranky for not using the camera while I had the chance I still am, I’ll never get a chance like this again I’m afraid.
Ididn’t think it wouldbe a good idea to follow them so we turned away and walked homewards again.
Have a good continuing of the new year!