2018 samlade jag in pengar för att rädda en unik koloni av albatrosser på en liten ö i Eldslandet, södra Chile. På ön finns minkar introducerade av människor och de dödar albatrossungarna. Pengarna användes för att köpa fällor som skulle utrota minkarna. Du kan läsa om insamlingen här: Insamling för albatrosser Första minkfällorna framme i Chile
I augusti 2020 rapporterade jag att fällorna vi köpt inte fungerade som det var tänkt. Dels var det svårt att få tag på rätt bete för minkfällorna. Dels visade det sig att även kondorer tar albatrossungar och då hjälper det inte att bekämpa minkar. Resten av de insamlade pengarna har därför istället använts för forskning om den andinska katten. Du kan läsa det inlägget här: Albatrosspengar går till katt
Detta är en slutredovisning om vad pengarna använts till och hur naturvårdsarbetet går vidare.
I was going to travel through at least 20 countries with my velomobile in 2020. It was going to be a straightforward and fast trip. The rule was not to transport the velomobile on a trailer or a truck, only cycle and, if necessary, also use ferries. The lockdowns made it impossible to travel without interruptions. First, I had to leave the velomobile in Poland while waiting in Sweden for several months, and then I had to wait in Greece.
This is a diary in pictures from my time 2020 in Greece. The photos have mostly been taken with my mobile phone and are meant to show you a glimpse of my trip in the country.
This is a report in pictures of my trip by velomobile (bicycle) along the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea. The big question when I started this leg, was whether I would be allowed to cross all borders, even out and back into the EU. Rumors spread that several cyclists had to make major detours and were often denied passage because of the covid restrictions. My goal was to visit all the countries along the Adriatic Sea.
All photos in this blog entry are taken with my mobile phone.
When borders closed because of the corona pandemic, I had to interrupt my cykling through Europe and leave my velomobile in Poland during the summer. At home I organised the Bohus Velomobile Tour visited by ten velonauts. I returned to Kraków in Poland mid August. This is a picture diary of the trip from Poland to Croatia.
When arriving to Split in Croatia during my velomobile tour through Europe, it was time to start using the camera that had mostly been stored in its case. I let myself get lost in the old towns labyrinth and bit by bit got used to finding the sweet spots of the camera. Since I hadn’t been using it for some time, I had almost forgotten how to play with it. That’s what happens when taking too many photos with the mobile phone.
Lately, I have been lying low on the photography front and feel a performance anxiety. We’ll see if the inspiration comes back, I hope so.
For those of you who have not followed me on Facebook where some of my photography can be seen, I am here uploading a few photos taken recently. It is very far from something special, but we all have our ups and downs. 😉
While waiting to continue the 202020 Velomobile Challenge
I had to pause my cycling tour from Sweden to Greece because of borders closing due to the corona virus. My velomobile QV #5 is parked outside Krakow in Poland. This is giving me an opportunity to go through some photos from last year. I realize that I don’t have so much left to show and that most is about velomobiles. Sorry for that! I will have to make better this year. 😉
As most of you know by now, I am one of the participants of the www.202020.eu. After crossing Sweden, I jumped with the ferry to Åland in Finland. I have already cycled almost the whole length of Finland in November 2019, so from Åland I went straight to Tallinn in Estonia. My aim was to cycle all the way to Greece and south Italy from where I would have taken the ferry to Malta. But when I reached Kraków in Poland, the corona restrictions had caught up with me and I had to decide, stay in the area for what ever time is needed or try to get home and wait there.
This blog entry is a mishmash of different photo styles. Some photos are informative, others are there because I like them. I hope you can appreciate the images.
preparing myself for the 202020 Velomobile Challenge that consists in cycling
20 countries in 2020. Minimum weight is important when cycling, that is why I
am testing a new camera, the 257-gram Ricoh GR III with an APS-C sensor.
I have also made a short visit to The Netherlands where I met up with 154 velonauts at the Oliebollentocht. At the end of this entry you can find an amateur video that I made about that encounter. Check also out information about Utrecht that is published in the video description on YouTube.
Looking back at the Nordkapp trip and some practical information for velonauts
I’m back at home and would like to share some of my experiences from the winter trip with velomobile to the north of Europe. You can also see an interview made by Saukki about my solution to cold feet in freezing temperatures.
But first a
short report from my ride Stockholm to the Swedish West Coast.
From the northernmost point in Europe to Stockholm
I am resting after riding my velomobile 716 km in 3 days from Oulu in northern Finland to Åbo where I took the ferry to Stockholm. I’ll take this opportunity to give you a short report before I continue to my home at the Swedish west coast.
At 11,49 November the 9th I arrived to the northern most point of Europe. This after having given up several times. I reached the goal thanks to many of you telling me to continue. I would have returned south several days ago if it wasn’t for that.
I’m happy to have made it even though the trip sometimes hasn’t been a pleasant one. The beauty of the nature and knowing that it was possible to get here, makes the effort worth it. Thank you!
I am writing this post in a hurry because I want to continue the journey south as soon as possible. In a few days the temperature will rise from the current -28°C to -16°C on the Finnish highlands. I then want to take the opportunity to get as far south as possible before the severe cold returns.
”The unknown can be scary”, I wrote some time ago, and it still is
It was not my intention to cycle this late in the year. I was delayed for two months due to a kidney stone attack. Stopping the project was no alternative, nor was it my plan that this would be the tough trip it has become. Before coming to the cold area I optimistically wrote: ”Not knowing how to survive in extreme conditions can be fatal. But the journey can be pure joy if one is well prepared.” Reality has been far from joyful at occasions. I just wish I was here two months earlier.
There are many people riding velomobiles during the winter, some of them are my commuting heroes. They use the velomobile in stead of the car as much as they possibly can, some of them every day. To ride in freezing temperatures with velomobile and hardly any warm clothes is possible for a couple of hours. But after several hours of riding, the upper body becomes soaked wet from perspiration while the feets get freezing cold even when having many, many layers of woolen socks. My challenge is to find a solution to this problem in order to get as far as possible on my own created challenge to the north.
This is the first time I make a blog entry with my smartphone, so please have some consideration if the result isn’t perfect. 😉
How far north can I get with a velomobile in the Nordic winter?
I might be crazy to take a velomobile during the winter to the far north of Scandinavia, but I just like to test the limits. Why? Why not? I have been in warm climates a lot during the last years. Now it is time to go back to the cold areas for some months. When doing so, why not go all the way and make life a little bit difficult. We only live once 😏.
When I was young, I spent some time in cold mountains alone in the winters. I did go skiing in the far north where I didn’t meet people for weeks. The darkness and the northern lights are difficult to describe, they must be experienced to understand them. Before, I was able to go for weeks with a large and heavy backpack. Now I can’t, my knees have given up. But I can ride bicycles and the best bicycles for traveling are velomobiles. If there isn’t a lot of snow on the road …
So, the question is, how far north will I get with my velomobile?
My dream is to get all the way to Nordkap. I have no clue if I will be able to get there, but I will try.
Catherine Dougnac Opitz, Subdirectora Científica, Wildlife Conservation Society – Chile.
Foto teamet i Chile.
Efter en lång väntan har de första fällorna äntligen anlänt till Punta Arenas, Chiles sydligaste stad på fastlandet där en grupp forskare arbetar för att rädda en utdöende koloni av albatrosser.
I november 2018 startade jag en insamling för att köpa specialbyggda fällor som automatiskt, snabbt och smärtfritt dödar invasiva minkar som introducerats av människor till den sydligaste delen av Sydamerika. Målsättningen är att rädda en utdöende koloni av svartbrynade albatrosser. Ni kan läsa detaljerad information om insamlingen här: http://alve.henricson.eu/2018/11/19/insamling-for-albatrosser/
Som ni vet har jag arbetat flera år med att organisera, sälja och guida resor specialanpassade för fotografer. Detta har gjort att jag känt en press att producera en viss typ av bilder, framför allt naturbilder. Den senaste tiden har jag börjat rannsaka mig själv och frågar mig ofta, vem är jag som fotograf och vilken typ av bilder vill jag ta? Jag har en aning om vad jag egentligen vill, men det kräver andra förutsättningar än de jag bäddat åt mig hittills. Att finna sig själv som fotograf ger livet en extra krydda. Vissa finner sig själva fort, för mig tar det längre tid.
När jag rest med kunder har deltagarnas bildresultat varit det viktiga. Men jag själv har också hunnit fotografera lite nu och då. Många av bilderna har jag fotograferat i samband med rekognosering inför nya resmål. Här följer några exempel från de senaste resorna till Namibia, kanske de sista resorna dit. Framtiden får visa.