Pure and natural elements are all exposed on a beach if you add red sky; Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. It reminds me of an old sailor’s saying: “Red at night sailor’s delight, red in the morning sailors take warning“. That’s what I experienced one evening on our favourite beach at our vacation home in Mariestad – another quality time with my wife – and I tried to capture the magic moment:
Red beach night Scandinavian delight - by RennyBA#1

I’m fascinated by the nature and its recreational effect if you take the time to soak in the atmosphere. Is there a better way to charge you’re batteries? Away from the urban stress, the traffic jam and the noisy mall – the beauty in the scenery is abundant (click pics to bigify and enjoy):
Red beach night Scandinavian delight - by RennyBA #2 Red beach night Scandinavian delight - by RennyBA #4
Ducks swimming under the red evening sky
Red beach night Scandinavian delight - by RennyBA #5 Red beach night Scandinavian delight - by RennyBA #8
The endless waves & the path into eternity

In the old times the sailors dependent of the weather and had great respect for nature in its various forms of expression. Long before meteorologists had sophisticated technology to help them predict the weather the sailors made forecasts based on their observations of the sky, animals and nature. The scientific explanation is of course that in the northern hemisphere weather usually moves from west to east:
Fronts which are usually associated with rain have high clouds with them too. As the sun rises in the east, sunlight is reflected by clouds in the west. Because of the way light bends through the atmosphere the light will be red. This will make the clouds in the west, that are heading our way, red. A front is approaching and will usually bring rain.

The significant four seasons:
No matter the science – what fascinates me is the recreational effect and that goes for the significant four seasons too. During the years I have taken photos of this favourite beach of ours many times and in all seasons. The one above was taken this fall in November. Here is some other examples from summer, winter and fall again:
Ekudden Beach - by RennyBA #8
Hot, blue summer beach in June
Fall at Lake Vänern in Sweden - by RennyBA #2 Winter at Lake Vänern in Sweden - by RennyBA #1
Left: Fall 2009 – Right: Winter 2010

One of the best parts of living in Scandinavia is the changing of the seasons and experiencing the nature at different times of year, different times of day and throughout different periods of our lives. Sharing this quality time with my wife doubles the pleasure as she loves the seasons as much as I do and understands my joy in the change and variety. I hope this inspired you to go out and enjoy the nature where you are – to recharge your batteries and enjoy the natural beauty all around us.

11 Comments

  1. All the seasons are beautiful. They are, but I’m glad I don’t live in snow country.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you both. :)

  2. The pics scream a beautiful reminder of what Vancouver looks like during those nights as as well. I love being able to see the shades of pink/red at sunset. I used to do this a lot when I was 2 blocks from the water.

    And for me, I love the warmer seasons with more sun. And I know that will never change. ;-)

  3. I think that I’ve seen some of these pictures in a previous post and I’m very delighted with the comparisons from the same place but in station
    different … and the changes caused for them. Really, these places are very nice to escape the daily stress of city.

  4. Paradisbukta, yes?
    Beautifull!

  5. One thing I’m learning from Astrid is how much the Dutch depend on knowing where the wind is coming from, Renny. If it comes from the east moving west, it means one thing. If it comes from the north to south, it means something else. We have a barometer in our front entryway and one of these days I will take a picture of when it shows a big change from one day to the next, which is often!

  6. The Sunset pictures are fabulous.
    Sometimes I wish the Sunset could be slower – lasting longer.
    It’s great to see Ekudden in all seasons. But, I think I prefere the Summer;-)

  7. The winter picture looks like a surnaturel world: the blue creates a special atmosphere. It’s like a fairy world!
    I can’t say what season I prefer here in Provence. I could say summer but it’s so often too hot in july and august (you remember summer 2009). Spring is very interesting but the nature wake up and it’s not good for me with my allergizes. And in winter we like visiting the Alpen because we need snow and pur air. Each season offers something different. Just you must be very attentive and catch its essence, the best it can offer to you.
    Normally I will know february in Finland, not really the south of Finland, about 250 km from the polar circle. For the first time in my life I could know temperature under – 10°. Sounds a big adventure! I will see on time for the right clothes!

  8. Lovely, but summer is the best at beaches and everywhere for me :-) Oh, how I nag about this…. *giggles*

  9. The sunsets are amazing!

    I know what you mean. I’m a city girl but I need to escape once in a while.

  10. Spring and Fall look so gorgeously and pretty!

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