Moments With No Reverse Button

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Havstensfjorden, Swedish West Coast 1/8-2017

Already during my very first paddleboard adventure, in the mangroves of New Caledonia back in 2013, I felt how this soothing and fun activity quickly would develop into yet another lovely addiction ;-)

Standup paddleboarding is not only a fun sport, it is also a pleasant and silent way of transporting yourself to further discovering of the coast.



When leaving with the board "time stops" for me, no watch nor cell is normally included in the packing. During the hours I´m out on the water I prefer to be entirely in the moment...




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With my ever growing curiosity for the life hidden beneath the board, however, my packing does include mask and snorkel as this allows me to explore even more of the coastline, also underwater!
 


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Who says you need to go deep to encounter various marine creatures with charming characters?




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For the curious eye, there is plenty life and beauty to observe just beneath the waterline :-)






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It is not only in tropical waters where you can find coral animals while snorkelling. Also here, in the much colder Scandinavian waters, there are different kind of anemones living in very shallow waters. The anemone Sagartiogeton viduatus is one of them, and is commonly found on eelgrass. The pics below is taken on ca 2 meters depth.





The eelgrass habitat has a unique ecological role. They are important habitats for a large number of marine animals and plants, and act as nursery for many species.

Unfortunately, the eelgrass habitat is today a globally threatened biotope that has been decreasing rapidly in the past 50 years. In Bohuslän, at the Swedish west coast, the distribution of eelgrass habitats has decreased by 60 percent since the 1980s.





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In addition to overfertilization and overfishing, eelgrass habitats also suffer from exploitation in the form of ports, bridges and dredging etc.



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Like so often when being outdoors, I find myself surrounded by the most alluring art. It is the ever changing art of Mother Nature!

Out here no moment is the same. Wind, waves, light, currents, visibility and the many movements of the objects, are some of the many changes throughout the day...

The scenario I experience now is unique and has no reverse button.







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It is indeed exciting to be travelling and exploring distant places. But for appreciating the various and captivating beauty nature surrounds us with, we don´t have to go far.





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Even when leaving for the shortest swim, I like to bring mask and snorkel not to miss out on the sight of the marine life beneath...



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...  or when out on a daily walk, run or being session, I prefer not to bring any headset or music as my favourite soundtrack is of the soothing natural kind.

May it be the moving trees in the wind, the falling rain drops on to the muddy ground or the board, the singing birds in the bush...



From ground to sky, I so enjoy to give time for taking a closer look at the many tiny lifes that live and thrive at ground level...



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... and to look up, at the faithful sky who is always there, often with such amazing, patterns, colour variations and fantasy filled compositions. I never get tired of observing what happens up there!



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Being able to appreciate every day´s beauty, feels both obvious and important to me. Big or small, the many details the daily life contains creates precious moments that never will look or be the same.

Stop, breath, listen, look and feel. Whatever activity one might be occupied with, try to give time and appreciation to the moment now :-)










PADI Pros Europe Interview

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Not much beats the feeling of sharing amazing experiences – it inspires, spreads smiles, creates friendships and gives unforgettable moments...

To share an immense passion and admiration for the ocean is a precious key for spreading awareness and understanding for the environment even further.

Here is an interview I did with PADI Pro Europe about sharing the love for the ocean as guide and PADI Divemaster :-)

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Beneath The Summer Waves

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Orust, Swedish West Coast 6/7-2017

We are in the month of July and the vacation has started for many in Sweden. Here at the west coast, this often means spending time along the coast where the salty waves invites for both refreshing swims, water sports and boat cruising.

I often get the question what I see when diving in Swedish waters, is there something to see at all?




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Sure there is!! There is plenty wildlife in different shapes, colours and sizes hiding beneath the many sunseaking holidaymakers! ;-)




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Below are some few of the many beautiful aquatic friends we normally see when diving in the fjords.

The pics are taken in Havstensfjorden and Gullmarsfjorden, on depths from some few meters down to 35 meters.













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Sadly we do also see quite alot of rubbish on the ocean floor :-(

Enjoy your vacation to the fullest, but please bring your rubbish back home! What is thrown in the sea stays in the sea, for a very long time...




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When boating or playing among the waves, also respect the wildlife, like seabirds and seals, who have a stressful time during the intense high season. Remember, the slower you drive, the more you will see!

Happy Summer to you all! :-)



Inspire Your Curiosity!



Consolação, Portugal 30/5-20/6-2017

So fortunate we are to live on a planet which is such a wondrous place with all its stunning nature landscapes and fascinating life!




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This great variety makes travelling captivating and feeds a curious mind with even more curiosity and awe :-)





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Wether they are close or remote, there are countless inspiring places to visit and explore.

This, however, can make it difficult to choose wich place to go! To either see more of nearby areas, or to investigate more distant places..?




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Trying to limit the actual travel time to the new destination, we chose to do our next travel within Europe. This still left us with the choice of either salty coastline or inland mountains...







As the Ocean strongly calls for us both, we finally chose saltwater, and decided to explore a bit more of the Portuguese coast.

-Hello again beloved and refreshing Atlantic! :-)






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The photos in this post are all a random choice from our stay in Portugal. The next pics below are from "Lagoa de Óbidos" which is where we spent the windy days kitesurfing :-)











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Our Portuguese adventure was spent along the coast from our base in Consolação (ca 100km north of Lisbon) and further north.







Besides the more touristic places, the natural coast here offers long vast beaches and very interesting, fossil-filled cliff and rock formations.






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The many tidal pools inhabited by all kinds of small marine life obviously also became among our top favourites :-)






Mother Nature with her great power, fascinating life and interesting evolution. So much there is to adore on planet Earth!

Be curious and respectful, open your mind and eyes to the immense beauty surrounded :-)







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As fun and exciting it is to travel, it can at times also be tiring...

But when, through the airplane window, observing the colourful long-lasting sunset, I soon start to fantasize about the diverse life and many sceneries the sun soon will light up on the other side.

A thought inspiring my curiousity for further adventures and horizons!