A day at the beach

It was the spring equinox at the weekend – when day and night are equally long.

And indeed, it was a glorious day full of bird song and the promise of spring.

A day brimming with good company and a walk by the lake – the third largest in Sweden. If spring is going to come anywhere first, then it should be here.

But wait… Are those people standing on the lake? Isn’t it supposed to be melting?

Ah – yes. The sun turned the top layer into water so that these enthusiasts could take aqua planing to a whole new level.

What are they doing? you ask… Having fun on snowboards that are pulled along behind colourful parachutes at break-neck speed.

On the ice. On the first day of spring.

Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature that it was the ‘official’ first day of spring.

And the next day, she sent a fierce snow blizzard our way.

Just to show who is really in charge.

For warmer and more spring-like pictures, pop on over to: My World!

47 responses

  1. Good ‘My World’ post.

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    March 23, 2010 at 05:54

  2. Vilket härligt och coolt inlägg!!! Bilderna är störtsköna!

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    March 23, 2010 at 07:45

  3. Nobody said living in Sweden would be warm and sunny. I guess you’re the only ones still snowed under – fun games on the ice, though.

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    March 23, 2010 at 08:09

  4. HPH

    When Germans hit the lake they drink beer instead.

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    March 23, 2010 at 08:55

  5. Are you still “sitting” in snow ? How awful !
    I feel like a newborn now with longer days and warmer weather !

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    March 23, 2010 at 10:12

  6. Beautiful shots.
    It is taking awfully long time to melt snow in the lake.

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    March 23, 2010 at 10:33

  7. What fun! It thrills me to see so much snow, you must be longing for warmer days I guess.

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    March 23, 2010 at 10:33

  8. haha , vad kul. Men, jodå, våren är starkt på väg. 🙂

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    March 23, 2010 at 11:08

  9. I guess global warming didn´t touch your part of the world… 🙂
    Beautiful pics!

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    March 23, 2010 at 11:22

  10. We had a hailstorm yesterday, just when we’d had four days of (relative) warmth and sunshine to put us off guard.
    I guess we all know who’s the boss, right?

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    March 23, 2010 at 11:30

  11. Is this a longer snow-filled time for you or is it always like this?

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    March 23, 2010 at 14:10

    • It’s not really longer this side of things.. but it is longer because it started a month earlier than normal!

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      March 23, 2010 at 14:11

  12. That is quite hilarious! They know how to make it fun wherever they are!

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    March 23, 2010 at 14:20

  13. They do look like they’re having fun!! Love your photos as always!! Wish I could send you some of our warm temps and sunshine! It’s been really fun to get out with the camera and be able to shoot “color”!!!!! Hope your week is off to a good start and may spring visit you soon for real, not just a few hours of sunlight!!!

    Sylvia

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    March 23, 2010 at 15:54

  14. And they say global warming is afflicting the world. Hah!

    As they say, “If you get lemons, make lemonade!” Very creative use of available H2O.

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    March 23, 2010 at 15:58

  15. I’ve seen kite boarding in March on a frozen lake before, in Yellowknife, Canada! I love seeing people celebrating thier climate, even if it is ice and snow in March.
    V.

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    March 23, 2010 at 16:51

  16. amazing!

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    March 23, 2010 at 17:09

  17. Wow, that’s looks fun!

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    March 23, 2010 at 17:30

  18. Flott innlegg …. “Kong Vinter” vil ikke slippe taket helt her heller. Vi hadde 10 nye cm med snø i dag morges. Heldigvis er noe av det allerede smeltet bort!

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    March 23, 2010 at 19:02

  19. Clive

    Hard to think it is Spring with those photos! But looks superb fun (if you are into that kind of thing!!)

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    March 23, 2010 at 19:46

  20. wow! what fun! I would love to try sometime. 🙂

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    March 23, 2010 at 20:32

  21. Po

    Wow that looks so cool!

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    March 23, 2010 at 21:49

  22. It may not be the warmest first day of spring post but it’s a perfect one for My World! It really looks as if they’re having fun — and I love the bright colors against the snow.

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    March 23, 2010 at 23:24

  23. I love that you’re surfing on snow!

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    March 23, 2010 at 23:42

  24. aloha,

    what an incredible sport, i bet its alot of fun doing this on the ice and really scary also? thank you for showing us a little bit of your world for tuesday…

    have a good remainder of the week.

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    March 24, 2010 at 00:38

  25. Great pictures. What fun!

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    March 24, 2010 at 00:42

  26. How much fun were they having? I would love to try that

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    March 24, 2010 at 00:47

  27. There are few things in this life that I am afraid off….being trapped under water either by ice or in a car is one of them!

    Great picture but don’t ask me to go out on the ice. I don’t care how thick it is!

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    March 24, 2010 at 02:25

  28. They do this kite boarding on our lake, too. I love seeing the colorful kites pulling the people over the ice. I bet it REALLY hurts when they fall! I think it’s spring, Fi, but here in CO, we’re having a winter blizzard.

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    March 24, 2010 at 04:54

  29. nice…i bet that is a lot of fun. no more snow! loving my spring…

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    March 24, 2010 at 10:41

  30. Have no fear – we can tinker at the edges, warm and cool small enclosed boxes but Mother Nature is always in charge.

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    March 24, 2010 at 11:42

  31. I love the post, but I love that we are a little further into spring here.
    Cross my fingers.

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    March 24, 2010 at 13:37

  32. Ahh, we had some spring weather, but returned to a cool day today.

    At least people made the most of it in your photos. Very nice.

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    March 24, 2010 at 13:53

  33. I love the colours of the sail against the snow.
    Loved all the photos.

    Nuts in May

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    March 24, 2010 at 16:11

  34. Clever idea! But I still prefer the wetter version with sailing-boats. Great pictures.

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    March 24, 2010 at 17:19

  35. Are ya’ll going to have to do an Easter egg hunt in the snow? That would suck.

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    March 24, 2010 at 17:57

    • We often have Easter egg hunts in the snow.. it’s fun!

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      March 24, 2010 at 18:21

  36. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your beach photos…much different from the beaches here. I love winter sports and those look fun!

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    March 24, 2010 at 19:21

  37. That looks like absolute fun! And looking is as close as I’ll probably ever get to trying it.

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    March 24, 2010 at 19:21

  38. What a great way to celebrate the spring equinox! I bet that’s fun!

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    March 24, 2010 at 22:03

  39. I hope you get your spring soon … but, for the moment, that looks like tremendous fun!

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    March 24, 2010 at 23:17

  40. How fun … but how scary too. Imagine falling at that speed!!!

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    March 25, 2010 at 01:54

  41. I hope Spring comes to you soon!

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    March 25, 2010 at 02:20

  42. We are further along with our spring than you..the lakes are opening up. The ice is black or blue..and wet and mushy! Your photos are just stunning of the snowboarders..it would look like fun to me if I were younger! 🙂

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    March 25, 2010 at 04:55

  43. Di

    Oh my! Still soooo cold in your part of the world. Come visit me…. I saw my first bee on a flower today!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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    March 25, 2010 at 05:08

  44. kelli

    You know that before I moved to Scandinavia, the spring equinox was not that big of a deal…. now the day that the light takes over the darkness is a definite reason for celebration!

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    March 26, 2010 at 15:52

  45. it certainly changed my perception of a beach. love the shots.

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    March 29, 2010 at 14:44

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