Spring

Photographs from spring season

Macro photo of pink primula flowers with water drops

Macro photo of pink primula flowers with water drops
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera May 3rd 2007. Click image for larger view.

Time for a picture from the spring to remind ourselves of warmer times to come 🙂

The Primula got it’s name from the Latin word Primus that means “the first one”. It got it’s name because it is one of the first flowers to blossom in the spring.
The flowers are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, south into high altitude tropical mountains in Ethiopia, Indonesia and New Guinea, and are also found in temperate southern South America.
There are amazingly 400-500 species of Primula and some of species are called primrose, auricula, cowslip and oxlip. I have just seen a handful, but there are some really nice color combinations out there.

Up here in the north it is a very usual garden flower and it is spreading everywhere. Have you got Primula in your garden? Feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Check out a few other flower pictures I have photographed:

  • Taking pictures while laying in a buttercup meadow
  • Macro photo of kingcup flower
  • Macro photo of forget-me-not flowers

  • Information about the picture:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
    Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
    Aperture: f/4
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 400
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
    Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

    Photos of cloudberry plants – different stages of flowering and berries

    Photo of cloudberry
    Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on July 27th, 2007. Click picture for larger view.

    I have taken some pictures of the cloudberry plant in different stages of flowering and the final product as a tasteful berry (as you can see in the photo above).

    The cloudberry plant (Rubus chamaemorus), or bakeapple as it is called some places, is slow growing sub-arctic specie that is a very important berry here in northern Norway. Cloudberries are mainly used as jam, with whipped cream, in cakes and some even make alcoholic drinks out of the berries.
    When the berries are ripe there is a lot of competition among people to get a good harvest. There have even been reports of fighting 😉 Thus the price on cloudberries can be as high as 18-20$/kg.

    The following pictures are of the cloudberry plant in different stages of flowering.

    Photo of white cloudberry flower
    Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on June 14th, 2007. Click picture for larger view.

    Notice the moth sitting on a leaf in this last picture.

    Photo of red cloudberry flower
    Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on June 14th, 2007. Click picture for larger view.

    Have anyone tasted cloudberries? It is not my favorite berry, but it is very nice with whipped cream and tons of sugar.

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    Information about the pictures:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
    Location: Laupstad (Andørja), Troms in northern Norway

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    Macro photo of kingcup flower

    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

    Photo from a misty pre-sunset

    Photo from a misty pre-sunset
    Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on May 11th 2007. Click image for larger view.

    While walking a sandy beach the light turned very special so had to take a shot.

    Information about the picture:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital single-lens reflex camera
    Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
    Aperture: f/7.1
    Focal Length: 57 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
    Location: Ånstad, Andørja (Ibestad) in northern Norway

    Photo of cherry blossom in northern Norway

    Photo of cherry blossom in northern Norway
    Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on June 3rd, 2007. Click image for larger view.

    Planted a cherry tree last week and yesterday the first flowers started to blossom.
    Will be interesting to see if the fruit will be edible so far north 🙂

    Planting stuff that you can eat is so rewarding!

    Information about the picture:
    Camera: Olympus E-500 digital single-lens reflex camera
    Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
    Aperture: f/10
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 100
    Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 35mm F3.5 Macro
    Location: Laupstad, Andørja (Ibestad, Troms) in northern Norway