Freshwater fish – stream trails

Sketching up Freshwater fish in watercolor

By Frits Ahlefeldt,

Wonder if we could design hiking trails along the streams and brooks, to help hikers and locals connect to the waterways and life along the flowing water?

Walking along streams are not only practical, as it keeps you close to fresh delicious food, herbs, edible plants, fish, crab-fish and water, it can also be magical. Life intensify around water somehow with many different species connecting around the waterways and lakes.

Working to better understand the dynamics of stream and river trails at the moment.

Here are a few watercolor sketches of Freshwater fish I’ve done as part of my work studying life around and in the streams:


Autumn on the trails

Squirrels, Foxes and badgers in watercolor

Watercolors and text by Frits Ahlefeldt

Watercolor sketches of a few of the animals you might meet on a hike ( North Europe ) just now:

Squirrel Watercolor
Squirrel Watercolor
Watercolor of squirrel
Squirrel Watercolor
Badger side view - watercolor
Badger side view – watercolor
Badger watercolor
Badger Front watercolor
Fox drawing
Fox sitting, watercolor
Fox Watercolor sideview
Fox Watercolor sideview
Watercolor of Fox
Fox looking back
Angry Squirrel watercolor
Squirrel facing front

A day with Leatherback sea turtle watercolors

Painting turtles in watercolor

Text and watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt

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Endangered Sea turtles, Leatherbacks are endangered, I spent today doing sketches of these amazing animals

Viking house inspiration sketch for shelter

Traditional natural architecture watercolor

House watercolor by Frits Ahlefeldt

Back in time buildings was made with local materials and fitted into the landscapes like the most natural thing. This viking house is one of my inspiration watercolor sketches for taking architecture closer to nature

drawing of a small hut with grass roof
Viking house traditional architecture

Coastal paths, research watercolors of animals

Sketching up birds, mammals and fish from along the coastal trails

Text and watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt,
Here are the bird, fish and mammal watercolors from the last few days:

(Alternative: Click on one of the watercolors to see them all as slides instead )

Sketching grey seals in watercolor

Study of wildlife along the coastal trails

Text and watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt.

The Grey Seal is a huge sea predator, living along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the Baltic Sea and other places. The grey seal can reach up to 3.3 m. in length and weight over 300 Kg. (same as four men)

watercolour of Gray Seal
Grey Seal basking on rock (watercolor sketch)
Watercolor of Gray Seal
Grey Seal watercolor study
Watercolor of Gray Seal
Grey Seal watercolor sketch

Watercolor notes from an old coastal community

Ertholmene watercolor sketches

Ertholmene is a tiny, ancient coastal community, behind old canons and gigantic granite fortification walls, on some very, very small islands, out in harsh climate, situated in the middle of the Baltic Sea, half way between Scandinavia, Russia, Poland and Germany

Watercolors and text by Frits Ahlefeldt,

I went out to the Ertholmene islands with my watercolors and tent to study the trails, walls, old stone cottages and a very, very special place:

The Ertholmene exploration is part of my Danish Coastal Hiking Trail project

Here are some of the watercolors so far:

Watercolor of ChristiansOe fort, ertholmene, Baltic Sea
Watercolor sketch Ertholmene, Baltic Sea
Traditional Herring Fish Smokehouses on Ertholmene
Traditional Herring Fish Smokehouses on Ertholmene
Old Defense tower with Canons, Ertholmene, called: "Little Tower"
Old Defense tower with Canons, Ertholmene, called: “Little Tower”
Watercolor of small granite stone cottage on Ertholmene ( Christiansoe )
Classic old granite cottage, Ertholmene

Frog watercolor sketches

Watching frogs can be part of a great hiking experience

Text and watercolors by Frits Ahlefeldt

Water biodiversity often depends on if people care

How hiking trails can make stream and rivers thrive

watercolor of salamander early stages

Watercolor sketch early stages Salamander

Watercolor sketch of the day, by Frits Ahlefeldt,

Hikers can work as guardians of biodiversity and can help endangered species and habitats come back to life, simply by being aware of the conditions in the rivers, lakes and streams along the hiking trails. Because when hikers take interest and connect to local biodiversity, then awareness and care of these areas tend to sky-rocket. And polluters will know they can’t get away with destroying the places people care about, as easily as otherwise.

Salamander watercolour by frits Ahlefeldt
Salamander in watercolor, amazing amphibian creatures than can live in even tiny streams and lakes

Coastal Trail Note

Back to nature

Hiking by the remains of an old chimney, one of the last standing structures of an industrial complex, the old red clay bricks are still in place, grass and plants are slowly finding spots to grow between them, small animals finds shelter for the tough winters and strong coastal storms… It’s an old industrial complex that slowly returns home to nature

Watercolor of an old Chimney
Watercolor: Old chimney on a Coastal trail along the Baltic Sea

Note and sketch by Frits Ahlefeldt,