Rania

 The weather is grey and I’m at home doing nothing in particular, I feel tired of being indoors. Suddenly my friends reach out to me, saying they plan to do a day trip to Hälsingland and they wonder if I want to come along. They plan to head out to a wind power station that might hold a spectacular view and I of course decide to join them.

We drive for about an hour and being on the road with these two is always a pleasure as we enjoy some music and engage in good conversations a long the way. We stop at a big countryside farm to ask for directions from a nice old man and then we continue, onwards and upwards. We drive all the way to the top and I wish you could see my reaction as the car stops.

I look out the window – completely ignoring the wind power station – take in the view and then I litteraly fly out the car. The mountains in the distance and that green fir tree forest with a streak of yellow birches making a path through it… I feel like I run around with the camera all over the place before I sit down on an old tree stump to enjoy the sunshine and fully take in the view.

It’s easy for me too lose myself in the art of photography and forget to be present. But here the wind is pulling my clothes, my hair wisps around my face and I can feel the wind and this place pull my soul too.

The yellow grass sway in the wind and make for a beautiful contrast against the blue sky. My fingers are cold but I felt truly at peace and at home. This is a place worth returning to! I want to see the sun set and rise here and I want to stand on top of this mountain under a starry sky on a warm summer night.

We had coffee, tea and sandwiches with us and once me and Linnea where done running around taking pictures, we joined Dan for a light lunch. We sat down to eat with the most wonderful of views, talked for a bit and then Dan let a few tunes on his harmonica ring out over the tree tops.

What more can a person truly need to alive and full of joy?

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

Photo © Rania Rönntoft | Northbound Journeys | www.northboundjourneys.com

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