Photo of Garden Angelica plant on a winter day in Northern Norway

Photo of Garden Angelica plant on a winter day in Northern Norway
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera December 8th 2007. Click image for larger view.

In this picture you can see a plant called Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica ssp. litoralis), also known as Holy Ghost, Wild Celery, and Norwegian Angelica, in its winter suit. The plant grows wild in northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, but is also cultivated in France.
Garden angelica is well known to be used as spice, food and medicine here in Norway. Back in the days Sami people and Eskimos used Garden angelica as a way of preventing scurvy.

Check out this other Arctic plant called Roseroot that I photographed a while back.

As you might notice I played with my flash in this picture. I used the flash because there was so little light and I wanted to keep the sunset colors in the horizon. It was taken midday so you can see that we don’t have much light here.

Information about the picture:
Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm F2.8-3.5
Flash used
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in Northern Norway

20 thoughts on “Photo of Garden Angelica plant on a winter day in Northern Norway”

  1. Wonderful picture of an Angelica and also in its natural surroundings. This landscapes look so fresh, clean, nice and quiet and the sky in the horizon is breath taking.

  2. Lovely photo. You made good use of your flash!

    It really is rather dark, for midday! I’ve never been to the far northern places, and have not seen this firsthand.

    The landscape looks so pristine!

  3. Flash was definately a good call. I’m impressed that the sunset has still retained colour while not washing out your celery. I can see that this is something worth playing with a little more …

  4. Someday I’m going to get there. My aunt lived with her husband in Norway for four years. Her daughter was born there; and she marvels at the natural and mother-first approach to birth in Norway compared to the USA. She even learned a good deal of the language without too much effort.
    I’ve always worried I’d find sunset at mid-day deleterious to my overall mood. But this is so breathtaking. And your photos in a world of rampant photoshopping done past overkill look like marvels, which I suppose they are.

  5. This is very pretty Thomas. I think also, you did a good job with your flash and still kept the marvelous background of the sea.

    P.S. what about doing a calendar with all your excellent wild flower pictures…think about….:-)

  6. Hi! Another Top Photo. In relation to the playing with the flash, have you ever tried leaving the exposure open for a longer period whilst painting the object in question with multiple flashes. Picked that tip up sometime ago and I thought I might share it here. I have not tried it myself though!

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