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Garden frogs

When we stayed at the french summerhouse we rented in St Paul en Foret we heard some strange noises. We thought it could be some big bird or something in one of the neighbor houses. Well, after a few days we found out that there were some frogs in the garden pond. These frogs was a natural target for my new 300 mm Nikkor lens the next days ;-). Enjoy some photos of frogs!

Frosk 6
Looking at you
Frosk 7
Resting or hunting?
Frosk 1
Who are you?.
Frosk 2
Sunbathing
Frosk 5
Camouflage

Beautiful bugs (Jardin le Chesnaie)

In the french garden (Garden le Chesnaie, St Paul en Foret, France) there were a lot of flowers and were there are flowers there are also bugs, in this case two quite different bugs but very beautiful.

Grønt insekt 2

Sadly I do not know the names of these two beautiful green bugs.

Insekt m følehorn

This bugs antenna´s are so long they got outside my photo…..

Jardin le Chesnaie, Provence

Our two weeks in Provence went so fast. Coming back home to Norway was ok but the norwegian summer is not comparable to the french summer, that´s for sure.

We rented a big house with a rather big garden (park). The house rested under some big oak trees, which made the garden quite cool even though the temperatures were about 39/40 degrees celsius during day time. And the pool of course was a good thing for 8 over heated norwegians 😉

With the big garden around the house there was a lot of exciting things to explore for a photograph with a passion for macro-photography.

This post contains some pictures of the house and garden in St. Paul en Foret. Later I will post more about what I found in the garden and there will also be posts with photos from some of the lovely villages in the area of south-France and Provence.

I hope you enjoy the photos from our summer holiday!

Hagen i ProvenceBassengDetalj, hus 1Vannlilje rosa 1

Summer holiday

This will be my last post for a few weeks. Soon I am leaving Norway for a summer holiday in France (Provence). So with a picture of the lovely water avens I wish you a lovely summer!

Humleblomst
Geum rivale (water avens)

Rain, rain go away

Today the plan was a little photo safari in a park with old, shabby buildings. Well, we started out well, we took a lot of shots of our dogs, some of the houses and of course I had to take some flower shots too. After that it started raining, well no surprise maybe since the last weeks has been quite rainy. We got soaking wet and had to go home much earlier than planned. Norwegian summer in a nut shell 😉 Have a nice week!

Nome (left) and Charlie (right) did some posing.

It was a lot of flies in the park just before the rain started.

Lilly of the Valley

In my little garden I planted Lilly of the Valley when we moved here, some years they did have some flowers and some years not. Two years ago I moved them to a different part of my flower bed. I thought they died because last year I could not find them. But now they are back with beautiful pale pink flowers (this is a pink variant). So this weeks picture is of the beautiful Convallaria majalis rosea.

rosa liljekonvall-2

Working ants

My peony have some visitors these days: ants. The are busy walking around on the buds and seem to be hard working. I tried to take some pictures of them.

It is time for a new week and to try to be a working ant too!

Maur på peon 1
Close up
Maur på peon 2
Closer….

Afternoon walk

The weather was so bright and warm so before diner I went for a little walk with my dog, Charlie. I brought the camera because the afternoon sun can give some interesting light for macro photography. I did find a few little treasures.

Hope you enjoy the photos!

Fiol m edderkopp
Wood violet (Viola odorata) with a little spider
Mini bregne
Little fern

May is here

Today was a wonderful monday, in Norway we have a day off every 1st of May. We went for a walk in the forest, the sun was shining and all of the snow that came last monday is now finally gone.

The sun was shining so beautifully between the trees:

Solskinn i skogen

And the third spring flower, wood sorrel, is blooming:

Gaukesyre 2
Wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

I did also find a pink variant of Anemone hepatica:

Rød blåveis
Pink variant of Anemone hepatica

This week will be a short one because I am taking some days off. I will spend the next weekend in Amsterdam with one of my best friends. Hopefully I have some pictures to share when I get back!

Have a lovely, sunny week!

 

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