Rold Skov, Madum Sø and the Blood MoonJuly 27, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C
Martha Motorhome is once again sitting in the shade of tall trees. They are pines this time, lining the gravel track leading into a large forest area. At 8,000ha Rold Skov (Rold Forest) is the second largest in Denmark and along with Madum Sø, the lake just 150m away, is a site of international importance for nature.
It wasn't a long drive to get here from our picnic area stopover. We popped in to empty and fill the van with water at a motorway service area before visiting an Aldi to return our bottles to the deposit machine and stock up, indulgently placing a large iced pastry called a Dagmar Tart into the trolley; they seem very popular here.
Arriving at Rold Skov, Will followed the forest path to a clearing at the edge of the lake and joined the other bathers. Despite being in the shade, the van heated up. The temperatures here are similar to in the UK, sometimes warmer sometimes cooler. Poppy couldn't make it as far as the lake but later on we stood her outside the bathroom window and set the shower hose on her. Unfortunately she didn't enjoy it like we did our afternoon swim. The lake water was so warm that Vicky didn't even hyperventilate when she took the plunge (and that is saying something!) The blue sky and tree lined shore made for a beautiful setting.
A maze of trails wove through the forest but the hot weather sapped our energy and we didn't want to risk doing too much activity in the sun, so took it easy until the evening. A blood moon was due to rise some time after 9pm and by our calculations there was a good possibility we'd be able to see it over the lake. When we got to the clearing, some bathers were emerging from the water and another couple sitting on the bank. Little neon blue Damselflies zipped around the long grasses and when we sat down and looked up, large golden Dragonflies buzzed in the lofty heights of the silver birch canopy. Oh, and a few mosquitos buzzed menacingly just above the water surface. There was no sign of the moon but the other couple, Louise and Tonny, were friendly and we got chatting. They'd brought their phone with them and gave us updates on where the moon should be. They wondered whether a wildfire 30km NE of here had anything to do with the unexpected clouds. The fire had been extinguished on the surface but had ignited the peat bogs underneath, meaning it may break ground at any point.
A few people came and went as we sat and watched the clouds rising over the far shore. They seemed to be taunting us; the higher the moon climbed, the higher they reached. After a while Bibi arrived, then Thomas and 6 sets of eyes watched the skies. At 10:30pm we called time and went for a last dip. The skies had darkened but the orange glow of the sun burning below the horizon could still be seen through the silhouettes of the pines, as we swam in the warm waters. We had really enjoyed the company and the experience of sitting out as dusk fell, even though we hadn't got to see the moon.
Vicky had gone to bed when the knock came at our door. 'The moon is out now, if you want to see it!' We hadn't asked him to, but Tonny had trekked 150m along the dark forest path away from the moon to tell us it was visible! We excitedly grabbed the camera and hurried down to the lake where, if we stood knee deep in the water, we could clearly see the red tinged moon as it was moving into partial eclipse! We hope we expressed how grateful we were to have been told about it! We watched, chatted and photographed as the earth's shadow covered the distant orb, feeling incredibly fortunate, especially when the red dot of Mars rose over the treeline too! We'd stayed up later than planned and been bitten by mosquitos, but what an amazing evening.Read more