Roaring Rapids And Stinging Nettles

Below me a roaring Rapids on its way to the Skellefteå River, about a hundred metres down.

I stood on the slope of Bureån in the West of Skellefteå and picked Coltsfoot and Stinging Nettles.

They should both be harvested just when they have begun to flower.

Parboil Nettles

One have to Parboil the stinging nettles, if you're going to make soup out of them, as we have done, but we will also dry them in an oven and mix in food. And it is great useful.

The New Wooden Bridge 

I captured the roaring Rapids from a newly built wooden bridge, which was completed in 2015. Further down towards the stream there is an another, older, wooden bridge, which you might see in an another post.


Bear And Obama


The Bear Trail

In the forest near my home, there is a blue sign posted on a pine. Text on the sign: Björnstigen (Bear trail)!
The sign points to a narrow path that winds its way up a hillside.

When I first saw the sign I thought that the name of the path reflected a lost of time for over a hundred years ago. The chance to meet a bear on the trail should be as large as to meet a jogging President Obama.

I was convinced about that until I read in the newspapers that a bear had been seen on Rönnbäckens golf course just outside Skellefteå, where I live.
A few years ago I saw bear tracks at the Skellefteå river beach just outside the village Svansele, located a few mil west of Skellefteå. Though now luffsar it around in the forests near my home.
But I still believe that the chance to meet Obama on jog on the track is greater than to meet a bear.

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