Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Another Walk ...........................
You'll have to put up with me in another walk, if you like! It was a beautiful weather, a little windy - but the sun was shining and it was too tempting. I really had to bring my camera today. Usually I walk in order to get some training - fast and steady, and usually I only bring my camera out in the week-ends. My daily walk is often down to the beach, where I pass the Races, Marselisborg Castle with the queen's garden, the forest and the Memorial Park, which is between the castle and the beach road. There was a butterfly I wanted to find - it has not been seen in many numbers this year, and I hope it would be in the herbaceous borders in a garden corner of the park. Among the first houses I pass on my way is this one. I call it The Italian House. I think it's charming. I love the tiles by the door.
I took a little break by the horses, but only one was out today. A cute little swallow was curious, looking down to see what happened.
Marselisborg Castle, queen Margrethe's summer-house, somewhat bigger than the summer houses I have rented in my holidays. From the big lawn in the park is a view to the sea and to Skødshoved, Mols and Helgenæs on the other side of the bay.
The park is filled with trees and bushes and fine hedges. To the right a walnut tree which drops walnuts in numbers on the ground. I have used some for snaps. Walnut-snaps is one of the best among snaps, almost like a cognac.
Crows walk two and two. These two had a crisis. One walked to and fro and to and fro. Was it the female, looking like she had got a perm of the neck-feathers. The male was sitting by the nearest tree philosophing over, why she had got that perm. Was she flirting with some young fool? He was really sad. (click the picture to see the perm)
Much rain and much sun. Lots of berries. Here hips from a rose, flowering with the most wonderful scent in May-June. I don't know the name, but I guess it is a tea rose. To the right rowanberry, and like the elderberries I told you about, there was one year where I experimented with berries from nature. Gathering, cleaning, cooking, it took a h... of a time, but the rowanberry-gele was absolutely fine. I had made a large portion and my friends all got a part. They loved it. I had put cognac in it!
I was very excited when I finally came to the herbaceous perrenials. Each year they have various flowers and colours in the park. Last year were the colours more vigorous, this year lighter. But they are beautiful. My mother had a lovely garden with such flower beds.
Here is the butterfly I wanted to find. Underside to the left. And like other butterflies it has a pretty English name. I'm sure the man who was sitting there many years ago, deciding the names of the butterflies, was a real romantic. Painted Lady is the name of this one. I'll write about it in my blog Flora and Fauna.
Painted Lady with underside (Cynthia cardui)
The Red Admiral and the Peacock
Small White and Small Tortoiseshell
The heavy rain last week caused problems in many places, here it has created a "ravine" in the walking path and in another path through the forest section it was necessary to wear waders. .
Two Whites were sitting for a long time "looking" at each other before they got closer. They were flirting I think.
They look like Green-veined White? A jogger came running and they disappeared.
There are two small houses in the park, "Donbækhusene", now uninhabited. They once were homes for servants from the Marselisborg Castle and for foresters in the 1900s. The Poplar Avenue along the edge of the Memorial Park is a lovely shadowy place when it is hot. But I don't need a shadowy place, so I walk on across Kongevejen (King's Road) to.........
Forsthaven or Forstbotanisk have with trees and bushes from all over the world. A bench by a small pond and the well by the pond. In spring are lots of frogs.
Mushooms in the grass by some beech trees upon a hill.
In some places the decay is supported, here a tree overgrown in ivory and leaning up another tree, a good place for the squirrels! Large fungus at the foot of an old tree.
This plant is named Dansk ingefær (Danish ginger). I can only give you this explanation from Wikipedia: Arum alpinum is a member the plant family Araceae. Certain occurrences of Arum in Denmark were previously labelled as the subspecies A. alpinum ssp. danicum, but these are now recognized as Arum cylindraceum. The picture to the right is from the small brook in Forsthaven. (click to enlarge all the small pictures)
In the corner og my eye I saw a movement. It was a squirrel. It is so quick, so quick that little guy! Disappeared in the ivory up a big tree.
At the foot of the same tree was a nuthatch and a great tit.
It is so majestic this Sequoia-tree. Just look at the strong red bark. And this one is small compared to the Sequoias in their native land in USA.
I came to the small lake in Forsthaven and saw this dragonfly at once. It was very busy and sometimes stopped in front of me! I'm sorry I could not take a close-up photo of this "dangerous" creature. Imagine there was once a dragonfly with a wing span of 70 cm ab. 300 million years ago - before the dinosaurs. This one is a Southern Hawker, with fine metallic blue-silver.
The dragonfly took care of its territory in a very agressive way. Two Small Whites tried to come near many times to get to some flowers by the lake, but the dragonfly chased them away each time, and it followed them across the path where I was and returned to the lake, where it stood like a little shining helicopter. In between it took a quick turn and stood in front of me, and I felt it was staring. "What are you doing here?"
In many gardens it is IN to have Hortensias. They are beautiful, but they do not attract much life. To the right some villas behind the Memorial park.
There are many grand white villas at the beach road, but I like this one, because it has kept some of its old charm.
The Marselis Marina. Lots and lots of yachts and masts - only one boat out. In the week-end I have noticed almost the same picture. Why do they "park" all those fine boats instead of getting out on the sea. Are they afraid of getting seasick?
In the corner of the bay beside Marselis Marina is a place named Tangkrogen. In the old days - when I was a child - it was a bathing beach. It was also called the Fly-Paper, because everyone went there. Tangkrogen means a place with seaweed, and there was much seaweed in the corner today. Here are all the small boats - also in big numbers - all the way along the corner up till the marina. To the left is a small section of the big lawn behind Tangkrogen, which is now used for circus and concerts etc. Behind the young people you see a little of Århus.
This is the last station on my walk. Here opposite the small ice kiosk is the bus-stop where I take the bus home. This ice kiosk has been here for hundreds of years! As long as I can remember anyway.
After the bus-tour I pass a house with this welcoming comité. It's a lovely way to welcome a guest. Notice the dog behind with a bristle on its back to clean your footwear.
And now home for a fresh cup of black coffee and a biscotti! Have a nice day!
photo 31. August 2010: grethe bachmann