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1.0 km (0.6 miles) W of Ovesholm, Skåne, Sweden
Approx. altitude: 75 m (246 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 56°S 166°W

Accuracy: 37 m (121 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to NW, the broken tree is photographed by visitor #2 #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: Map with tracks by car and by feet #7: Aerial photograph, detailed plot and GPS screens #8: Stone with names of inhabitants #9: Summertree for the celebration of midsummer #10: A collection of blue colours in nature

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  56°N 14°E (visit #3) (secondary) 

#1: The DCP is about 70m behind the trees to the left

(visited by Henk Pouwels, Inge Pouwels, Willemijn Pouwels and Bart van Bragt)

26-Jun-2004 -- Our daughter who lives in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) stayed for six months in Copenhagen (Denmark) as part of her study. We decided to collect her and her belongings by car and to combine this 1600-km trip with a short camping holiday in the southern part of Sweden. In addition we invited her friend to join us. So we left The Netherlands with our car and a small trailer, both already loaded with a lot of luggage. Driving to Sweden we crossed the Sund by the new bridge connecting Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden. The GPS revealed an elevation of 67-m (WGS84) at the top of the bridge located at 55° 34’ 31.2” North, 12° 49’ 33.9” East.

The confluence is in the vicinity of Ovesholm castle as is indicated at the Confluence site. We arrived by car, parked it at a group of houses called Sallskog and proceeded by feet for a walk of about 1.5 km (see the blue=car and green=walking coloured tracks in map [img6] and aerial photograph [img7]). Map and photograph are constructed of several screenshots of a very nice Swedish site www.landmateriet.se.

While looking for the confluence we were attended by somebody of the personnel of the castle, so I walked to him and tried to explain what we were looking for. He indicated not to understand English and also not to be able to communicate in French or German, and my Swedish knowledge is none. With hands and feet and basic words he understood me (I think his English was better then he liked me to know) and he explained me to be at the private part of the grounds. As we were within the 100m circle and I had already taken the required photographs we left the spot without trying to hunt the dual .00000 reading. Still I’m a bit puzzled because we didn’t see any sign forbidding us to enter the area.

The general DCP picture [img1] shows the area within the 100m boundary looking Northeast. The confluence is between the trees at the left side of the picture at about 70-m distance. The tiny black and white dressed figure at the right is I looking at my GPS.

All fixes used for this submission are measured and recorded with this GPS although there were other systems available. An overview [img7] is combined with the aerial photograph. The graph and the three lines are taken from a spreadsheet with the recorded GPS data; the green line is the green marker. This is the closest position to the DCP at a distance of 33 m. The left GPS screen is a waypoint screen, this screen is the only way of showing the date. The indicated position is 51 m from the DCP. The centre GPS screen is the navigation screen, indicating UTM time and the position. This position is 46 m from the DCP. The right GPS screen is the constellation screen showing beside satellite information an EPE of 4 m. This is the accuracy of the position measurements.

The photographs to the Northwest [img2], to the East [img3], to the South [img4], to the West [img5] and of the GPS displays were taken from a position just behind the trees in the centre of the general DCP picture; it is the green marker in the graph [img7]. The buildings in the right of the East view [img3] and in the South view [img4] are at the edge of the 100m circle. The building of my South view can also be seen in the South view of visit 1 (#5) and visit 2 (#3), so my position for my photographs is imaged by both previous visitors. The broken tree in the Northwest view [img2] is also visible in image 1 of visit 2.

Once returned to the car we drove around the wooded area and found the main entrance with a beautiful view to the castle. At the main entrance you find two stones with the history of the castle, part of it is photographed [img8].

My collection of nature [img10] of the area of the confluence is all in blue, one of the colours of the Swedish flag.

The weekend happened to be the midsummer celebration weekend. In Sweden the people go to the countryside and celebrate midsummer by not going to sleep, to party, to make a fire and to eat and drink. Wild flowers are collected by the girls to put under their pillows in order to dream of their prince and to decorate the midsummer tree. People dance around the tree, the traces can be seen in the picture [img9].

Remember the main reason for our trip mentioned before? After loading all the stuff of my returning daughter there was only room left for my wife and me so she and friend decided to return to The Netherlands by aircraft!


 All pictures
#1: The DCP is about 70m behind the trees to the left
#2: View to NW, the broken tree is photographed by visitor #2
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: Map with tracks by car and by feet
#7: Aerial photograph, detailed plot and GPS screens
#8: Stone with names of inhabitants
#9: Summertree for the celebration of midsummer
#10: A collection of blue colours in nature
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