Sketch of the Day: Bøllemosen Pond and Bog, Skodsborg

Happy September Equinox- a national holiday here in Denmark. It might explain the fireworks displays over the Copenhagen skies for the last few nights, but who can be sure? Tivoli Gardens, a venerable amusement park here, is celebrating its 170th anniversary with Saturday night fireworks that begin at 11:45 pm on the dot. You think 170 years is old for an amusement park? Try 451 years- the age of Bakken, the amusement park in Jaegersborg Deer Park.
Red dragonfly at the bog/pond in Skodsborg, a short walk from the old-fashioned red-brick train station. It perched on my finger at one point, allowing a good closeup of its little white eye-spots. The bog is full of sundew plants and the mossy surface underfoot shakes like jello. Watercolor over pencil, 8 1/2 x 11 Stillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook.

Today is the Autumn Equinox, a national holiday in Denmark. I was hoping it might explain the fireworks lighting up Copenhagen skies for the past three nights in a row, but who can be sure? No matter. I LOVE fireworks.

Tivoli Gardens is a venerable amusement park in the heart of the city and puts on a sensational fireworks show every Saturday night, starting at 11:45 pm sharp. The first booms always wake me up out of a sound sleep and I run like a little girl to the window to watch. 172 years is not truly old for a Danish amusement park. Bakken wins that contest hands-down. At 431 years of age, it bills itself as the World’s Oldest Amusement Park. Bakken is smack-dab in the middle of Jaegersborg Deer Park, right by the pretty bog in Skodsborg. Why would anyone combine an amusement park with a deer park? There must be a good historical reason. Or, it could be one of those nice Danish mysteries, like Sunday night fireworks.

Happy Equinox.

Bakken Amusement Park's all-wooden roller coaster, fairly terrifying just to stand  on the ground nearby and look at.
Bakken’s all-wooden roller coaster. It’s terrifying just to look at, much less ride on.
Bakken's other roller coaster. Note the cow hindquarters...
Bakken’s other roller coaster….I won’t ride this one, either.

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