Our previous expedition to Tornberget utsiktstorn (a surveillance tower location in WW2) resulted in us hiding from a storm under a picnic blanket. This time, the sun was blazing hot all day!
Everything had sprung to life since our last visit to the forest a few weeks ago. Wild blueberry plants were covered in soft green leaves and flowers resembling lanterns. There were smultron (wild strawberries), violets, lily of the valley and lingonberry buds. Spruce trees had soft and luminious growth at the ends of branches. It felt so good to be outside.
The owner of a vintage shop on Södermalm showed us the first lily of the valley she had picked and bought into work, and put in a tiny vase. I don’t think I’d ever smelt one before then. Definitely worth crouching down for a sniff if you haven’t either.
I was on the ground taking photos and a snake whizzed out; I jumped out of my skin!! Although Scott worked out was actually a slow worm afterwards — they look just like snakes. Every tree root and stick on the ground looked like one after that. The same happened again a bit further into the hike. What are the chances of getting jumped out on twice!?
All of the green plants either side of the trail are wild blueberries.
We ate lunch in the same spot as last time; a nook in the rocks overlooking the lake. A cheese topped roll had been burning a hole in my bag all morning so I was happy to sit down and eat.
Experiencing Tornberget utsiktstorn in the warm was a nice contrast to last time and it meant we could spend more time at the top of the tower. We also stopped for shady snack break on the level below. Always celebrate the “summits”, even if they are only small.
I didn’t photograph many of the trails this time around, I was enjoying capturing all the small details that mean the forest floor has come back to life.