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Macro photo of kingcup flower

June 7th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Macro photo of kingcup flower
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on May 13th, 2007. Click image for larger view.

This is the flower (in the early stages of flowering) of Caltha palustris, commonly known as Kingcup or Marsh Marigold.
It is one of the first willd flowers to flower in the spring up here in the north.
The plant lives in wet areas, often close to rivers or bogs.

When I was a kid we used to call it “butter flower” and place the flower under eachothers chin to see if we liked butter. We loved butter if the sunlight reflected yellow light on our skin. Great fun 😉

If you look closely you can that some kind of insect have taken a bite of the flower.

Does this plant grow where you live or is it native to arctic areas? Please leave a comment to let me know.

Information about the picture:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital single-lens reflex camera
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad, Andørja (Ibestad, Troms) in northern Norway

Tags: Flower · Macro · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Spring

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Amebaid // Jun 7, 2007 at 11:00 am

    no it doesn’t grow where i live .

    but i had to say i really liked that pic . v.good



  • 2 callie // Jun 7, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    That is funny…Here in the US growing up we called them *buttercups* and if placed under your chin we would rub it on our skins and if the powder shows up you like butter…*laughs*

    amazing the similarities in cultures which is the greatest question – “Are we truly all that different?”


  • 3 Shane // Jun 7, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    I grew up in New York and remember rubbing dandelions under our chin, but perhaps my memory is wrong and they were buttercups. Or maybe we just rubbed any yellow flowers on our face 🙂

  • 4 Sazkul // Jun 8, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Nice picture, Norway is too far from Malaysia..i love to touch it…

  • 5 Rebecca Brooks // Jun 11, 2007 at 11:07 am

    I have just moved into a cottage in Hertfordshire, England. I had noticed the abundance of rich yellow flowers growing alongside the stream at the front of our house, and when an expert friend informed me they were known as ‘Kingcups’, she also inadvertently named our new dwelling!

  • 6 Shantanu // Jun 14, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Amazing! Great photography.

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