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

December 12th, 2007 · 20 Comments

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

Tags: Clouds · Coast · Flora · Garden Angelica · Mountain · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Plant · Sea Ocean · Shore · Sky · Snow · Sunset · Winter

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Oscar Luiz // Dec 12, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    That’s great!
    Great image, great colors…

  • 2 RennyBA // Dec 12, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    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.

  • 3 etomyam // Dec 12, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    excellent image, so lively

  • 4 sexyinred // Dec 12, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Awesome photo 🙂

  • 5 Angela // Dec 12, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Incredible photo, my eyes travel across everything…a true joy 🙂

  • 6 Lynda Lehmann // Dec 12, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    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!

  • 7 Zarquon // Dec 12, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    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 …

  • 8 Kathleen Maher // Dec 12, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    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.

  • 9 Susanne in Key West // Dec 12, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    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….:-)

  • 10 jenty // Dec 12, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Very nice photo! I’m not sure I’d survive there though with so little sunlight 🙂

  • 11 Adrian Keys // Dec 12, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    I almost feel I am the one there taking this shot…so little light but I see everything…

  • 12 Peter McCartney // Dec 13, 2007 at 12:08 am

    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!

  • 13 vaggelis vlahos // Dec 13, 2007 at 10:33 am

    simply, great !!!

  • 14 Gerri // Dec 13, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Once again, another great photo. Your photo’s are amazing.

  • 15 bestre // Dec 14, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    The picture is very well-taken… I have never been there. Its too far from our place, lol.

  • 16 kml // Dec 14, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    The flash worked great – giving just the right amount of light.

  • 17 Vince // Dec 15, 2007 at 4:59 am

    What a great shot!


  • 18 Alien of this world // Dec 15, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Nice pictures and very informative blog you have here!

  • 19 Mark Antony // Dec 18, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Superb..I imagine this twilight continues throughout the winter months..

  • 20 sdarg // Apr 19, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I am researching this plant for a paper and this is as beautiful of a picture that I have found. Thank You