Flora

Macro pictures of withered calendula flowers (pot marigold) – Last remains of summer in Northern Norway

In these photos I have captured the last remains of summer here in Northern Norway. These flowers are from the calendula plant, also known as pot marigold.
I was amazed how long these plants were able to survive. They were even flowering after some nights with frost.

The first photo is of an orange calendula flower that look relatively fresh.

Picture of withered orange calendula flowers (pot marigold)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera November 19th 2007. Click image for larger view.

These yellow calendula flowers, though, look like they had to cave in for the colder season.

Picture of withered yellow calendula flowers (pot marigold)
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera November 19th 2007. Click image for larger view.

Information about the pictures:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 35 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Flash used
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

Picture of river starting to freeze in Northern Norway

Picture of river starting to freeze in Northern Norway
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera November 7th 2007. Click image for larger view.

The rivers have started to freeze here in Northern Norway and in this pictures you can see drops from the small water fall have frozen on branches and straws.
I used 15 seconds exposure in this photo to get the look of the water fall. Long exposure photography have been a hit for me lately, but the weather have been very gray and boring so there haven’t been many opportunities to take photos. That is why there have been so few updates on this blog.

Information about the picture:
Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 15 sec (15)
Aperture: f/13
Focal Length: 19 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 11-22mm F2.8-3.5
Location: Ånstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

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Close up photo of hoverfly feeding on an autumn hawkbit flower

Close up photo of hoverfly feeding on an autumn hawkbit flower
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera September 30th 2007. Click image for larger view.

This is probably my last insect photo this year as the snow came to northern Norway today.
In this picture you can see a hoverfly (not sure about the species) feed on an autumn hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis var. taraxaci) flower. This flower looks a bit like coltsfoot, but autumn hawkbit flowers, like the name implies, in the autumn.

I’m starting to get a collection of pictures of hoverflies feeding on flowers. Here are a few pictures:

  • Hoverfly feeding on cow parsley flowers
  • Hoverfly on a poppy flower
  • Hoverfly on dandelion flower
  • Information about the picture:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
    Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
    Aperture: f/11
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
    Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

    Macro photo of Sundew (Drosera anglica) – A carnivore plant

    Macro photo of Sundew (Drosera anglica) - A carnivore plant
    Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera July 4th 2007. Click image for larger view.

    In this macro photo you see the carnivorous plant sundew. This specific specie is known as Great sundew or English sundew (Drosera anglica).
    The sundew plants catch and eat insects to supplement their diet. The sticky drops on the leaves attract insects and when they land the sundew plants close their leaves so the insects can’t escape.

    Information about the picture:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
    Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
    Aperture: f/5
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
    Location: Ånstadbotn (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

    Close up photo of aspen leaves – more autumn colors

    Close up photo of aspen leaves with autumn colors
    Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera September 16th 2007. Click image for larger view.

    The forest colors are changing fast in the autumn. One of the most beautiful sights are that of aspen trees (Populus tremula) with their staggering yellow and red colors.

    In this close up photo of some aspen leaves, you can see the leaves in the process of changing color from yellow to red.

    See this blog post for more pictures of autumn colors.

    Information about the picture:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
    Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
    Aperture: f/7.1
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
    Location: Nygård (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway