No paddling in Obbola

Normally when I am in Obbola round Christmas I do some winter paddling. This year I dug out the kayaks from a thick layer of snow on 23 December. On 26 December there was still open water behind the tiny skerry that we use to call Lillskär but I was too lazy to go on a tour. One day later the Baltic Sea looked like this:

Within a single day parts of the Baltic Sea have frozen over – a stripe of 500 metres or more. So much for kayaking …

It took some time until I was allowed to publish the drone photo above. I had ask for permission at Lantmäteriet (The Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority) first.

Ärendenummer LM2023/067684

4 comments to “No paddling in Obbola”

  1. Andreas 2024-01-25 18:48

    This is interesting, Olaf (not that your other blog posts were boring …!) – I’d really like to know *why* you need the permission for publishing this photo. Has it to do with security concerns or with more mundane reasons like copyrights or the like (though I wonder in how far a coast can be copyrighted). I’m really curious.

  2. Andreas 2024-01-25 19:09

    Wait, I’ve got it: it’s not a photo *you* have made yourself with your own drone but it’s by the The Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority, right?

  3. way-up-north 2024-01-25 19:40

    Hei Andreas!

    Nice to read from you!

    The shown photo is my own drone photo. Since it is shot in Sweden I have to ask for permission. This is mostly a concern of national security.

    Personally I wonder what a drone can catch while high scale satellite imagery is available but it’s not up to me to decide.

    At time there is no low altitude exception, so even publication of drone photos from 3 metres high have to be acknowledge but this may be subject to change.

  4. Andreas 2024-01-25 20:47

    Hey Olaf! Thank you for your very quick reply. So my question was not so silly after all. And neither was my vague hunch regarding security. :-) Really interesting! I wonder how many people know about this legal restriction …

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