I went with some of my fellowherpers to a stag party combined with a little fieldtrip to the beautiful Island of Örskär, located in the coastline of Uppland in Sweden.
The island is known for its rich fauna and flora. It inhabits 18 different species of orchids, about 260 species of birds have been observed passing by and one of the few places in Sweden where Rana lessonae lives and can be observed.The victim was a good friend and a fine herpetologist called Petter.The journey begins..
We where about 10-12 persons that had the benefit of going to this party. And, may I add, it did sound somewhat different than other stag partys I have went to. Going to an island in the middle of nowhere, just to get drunk, laugh and look at a frog.
I got picked up by the expeditionleader and the victim Petter (who was blindfolded and dressed in a “beautiful” suit).
The vic, having some air.
Once we arrived to where the boat that should take us to the island, we let him take the blindfold of.
The boat, overloaded..
Petter on the boat..
On the island, we started to walk. Neither of us expected to walk very far and had therefor quite much to carry, but hey.. What a surprise!! About 5 km´s in the woods later, we found the place that we set our camp on.
Having a quick rest, somewhere in the middle of the island..
On camp, we had a little rest before setting up the tents.
All of us, except myself..
We found some Rana lessonae immediatley after arriving to the camp-place.
Big herper, little frog..
Same herper, not that big (long..) anymore..
After we had been eating (and drinking some…) setting up tents and such. We took a little walk around the island, herping.. Lovley weather and temperatures. The environment offered some very nice sceneries.
Looking for Triturus cristatus
Goldmoss Stonecrop, Sedum acre
It looks quite hars here and there. It makes me wonder what it is like in the wintertime..
Having a little rest..
A lottle later we found a female Natrix natrix.
And a beautiful Vipera berus..
She started to dislike our company, so we let her be.
Petter and I took longer time to get back to camp, as we stopped to look at some wild flowers.
Spoonleaf sundew, Drosera intermedia in bloom.
Another picture of the flesheating flower,Spoonleaf sundew, Drosera intermedia.
Petter photographing the Sundew.
Vaccinium microcarpum, I think. If so, it is a dwarf Cranberrie.
Beautiful flower, anyhow..
After we came back to camp in the late afternoon, we had something to eat (and drink.. again..) And out came the fishing-gear..
No luck though.. As expected..
Well.. If you don´t count this little fellow in..
The next morning, we packed it all and went back to the boat. Ofcourse we thought that we had been to kind to Petter, so we had to do something..
A friendly walk turned into a bath..
Surprislingy much water clother can absorb in a short time..
And of course, he had no other clotes, so it was back in the suit again.
Thanks all of you that went on this trip and made it such a nice weekend!!