The ferry left from Pärnäs at 18:15 and took about five hours to reach Utö. The evening was quite nice, but the weather forecast for the weekend was quite depressing: Rain, rain and more rain, with no glimpses of the sun forecasted.
The first stop was Berghamn.
We arrived a little after eleven in the evening. It rained quite a bit. The strategy for tomorrow was to check the weather at 6:30 (the sunrise was at 7:15) and get up if the cloud cover wasn't totally featureless. I got up with Paul and we got out in good time before the sunrise.
Unfortunately, the sunrise wasn't actually visible in any way. The clouds were just a little lighter in that direction.
After breakfast and two cups of dark coffee, I went out again for some more photography starting from the lighthouse, which was just a short bit from the cottage.
Jorma Tenovuo's web pages. Actually, check them out anyway for some really great bird photography.
Remnant from the summer.
I also decided to give it a try. Goldcrests are quite difficult to photograph in their natural habitat, since they are very small, in fact the smallest bird in Europe, and move very quickly. Here at Utö the trees are quite low, though, and there are not too many places to hide when the hard weather have brought the birds down from their migration.
Park Victory monument.
Vincetoxicum hirundinaria (tulkört, käärmeenpistonyrtti).
This year there seems to be a lot of rowan berries.
The next morning the wind had turned 180 degrees and the rain continued, though not as hard as during the night.
The lighthouse is that way.
A goldcrest that crashed into the window. It didn't get hurt too bad, and flew away after ten minutes. A Song Thrush wasn't as lucky the day before: It died one hour after it flew into the window.
The weather did not improve and I spent most of the five hour journey back to Pärnäs reading a good book.
That's it. It was a nice weekend trip.