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Macro photo of potato flower – soon time for harvest

August 10th, 2007 · 10 Comments

Macro photo of potato flower
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on August 8th, 2007. Click picture for larger view.

In this photo you can see that my potato plants (Solanum tuberosum) have started to flower. These flowers are of a Norwegian potato species called Troll. When the potato plants start flowering you know that they are soon ready for harvest. I can’t wait to start digging up the potatoes and serve them with fresh fish that I have caught in the sea! Nothing taste better than food you have produced or caught yourself.

When I was studying the potato flower I noticed that they look very similar to tomato flowers. It’s not so weird since they are both in the Solanaceae family, but I have never noticed the similarity before.

Anyone else growing their own vegetables?

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Tags: Flora · Flower · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Plant · Potato · Summer

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage // Aug 10, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Beautiful photo! We’re also growing some of our own vegetables, or are tomatoes a fruit? Also, some strawberries. The artichokes are done as well as the broccoli. We’ll wait a little while longer before putting in our cool weather veggies.

  • 2 JJ Loch // Aug 10, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Great photos!!!

    I love fried perch and potatoes. Lakes abound in Northern Michigan.

    JJ

  • 3 Mark // Aug 11, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Thomas,
    I always knew you had Troll’s in Norway, i went their once many moons ago and came back with one and i still have him.
    Just harvested our potatoes, not had much luck with anything else due to the amount of rain.

    Cheers Mark

  • 4 shaun // Aug 11, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    yummy sounds good, what kind of fish do you catch?

  • 5 BobG // Aug 12, 2007 at 12:51 am

    I grow tomatoes, zucchini, sweet peppers, tomatillos, horseradish, herbs, and onions. Sometimes I also grow hot peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumbers.
    I also have fruit trees, currant bushes, strawberries, and grapes.

  • 6 BromoLuz // Aug 12, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Tom! Ni ce picture as always. I wanna eat your potatos some day.

    Greetings!

  • 7 Thomas Laupstad // Aug 13, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Cindy: Thanks 🙂 Never tired to grow artichokes. Is it hard? My friend tried, but it was attacked by lice.

    JJ: Thanks 🙂

    Mark: Harvesting potatoes in water stenched soil is a pain!

    Shaun: Thats a long list. Right now it’s mainly pollack, cod, haddock, rose fish (great deep sea fish), cusk and the occasional wolffish and atlantic halibut.

    BobG: Good to hear that you are growing so much food.

    BromoLuz: Lol, sure thing.

  • 8 walter // Aug 21, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    all my friends say Norwegians are vampires. Do vampires eat potatoes ? How do they grow them in the dark?

  • 9 Pete // Jul 26, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Nothing like a potatoe freshly harvested – growing your own is the way! They are related to tomatoes – all from S America. In the UK we have native solanacea but the common example is “deadly nightshade” – not one for the table! Spinach is another favourite of mine to grow – also herbs. Blackberries are alos lovely in a pie and to make wine with. Enjoy!!

  • 10 Lacy // May 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Hello, My family and I live in Northern California and we are growing, peppers, Bell peppers red and green, Mescalin, green leaf, Parsley, Oregano, Cilantro, Mint, Strawberries, Corn, Beef Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Cabbage, Broccoli, Russet Potatoes, Red Potatoes, Radishes, Asparagus, Carrots, Garlic, and Onions. We already harvested the Broccoli, a few Green Bells, Onions, and will be harvesting our Potatoes any day now.