Sheep Respite

It’s not without us feeling a little guilt and understanding that we are supremely privileged right now. Meeting spring in Vejbystrand is always wonderful – and especially so this year.

Within just a few weeks, the designation “rural” has metamorphosed into something positive and worth embracing. We’re whole-heartedly enjoying our current small-scale lifestyle.

It’s hard, but I’m trying to keep the news at a fair distance. All the dramatic headlines deplete my optimism.

The misery of miseries, as my old aunt Lillemor always said when a disaster occurred somewhere in the world – as in the world’s brimming refugee camps, where health care is limited and risk of contamination always imminent.

The earth’s population is currently living under the shadow of uncertainty. The future looks dire in almost every direction. I feel particularly for the many people that already had it tough before all this and who cannot comprehend how to cope with all the additional burdens the virus has brought with it.

Yesterday we took a long walk along the beach and on our way home stopped to greet three fluffy sheep living carefree in one of the village’s forest groves. The meeting gave some respite from the constant flow of reports about tragedies in Bergamo, Madrid and New York.

So far we are living relatively protected here in Vejbystrand and sincerely hope that this nightmare will soon be over.

Be safe!

Still a bit jet-lagged. So, after only a few hours of solid sleep, I got up at 6:40, slipped on my wetsuit, boots, gloves, the GoPro armband case, waxed my board and then walked a few hundred feet into the Pacific to catch a few waves as the sun rose. The ocean was surprisingly warm – but I’m still happy I brought the gloves, hat and boots. It’s not that warm. The shot of me from this morning was taken by Fredrik Jönsson (using my old camera, though!).

My buddy and local assistant David has been hard at work booking models and makeup artists for the week’s shoots and film projects. We’ve been scouting for a few new locations today and settled for a stretch of the beach just north of the Santa Monica Pier and right off of PCH. Good spot for parking, prepping and production.

After scheduling and scouting, I walked back to Venice and shot about an hour’s worth of landscape footage and a handful of still images.

Turtlemania at Hikkadua

In shallow water as the beach bends south, a few hundred meters from our hotel, three giant sea turtles are part of the local scene.

According to the fellow that runs the small turtle farm about 2,5 km north of Hikkadua which I visited yesterday around noon, the three more or less tame turtles by the beach are roughly 80 years old and have been coming to the site for food for about ten years.

Dozens of tourists stood in a half circle around the turtles yesterday at sunset while I tried to capture the moment. After a few attempts with my Fuji, I managed to take a few seconds of one-handed video – and the above shot is a so-called frame grab from that unsteady footage taken with my phone.