I love waterlilies, they are so beautiful and mysterious as they grow in very deep water and can have stems up to two meters long. I have posted white waterlilies in earlier posts so today I give you a kind of an abstract photo of a yellow waterlily. The shot is from Lillomarka in Oslo.
This summer is a rather special one in Norway since we have had sunshine for almost two months now. We haven’t had any rain for these two months either. So walking in the forest is not as fun as i used to be, there are almost no flowers and the creeks are all dried out. So macro shoots of flowers can hardly be done this summer.
The forest is still kind of beautiful and the spruce is green all year.
Last sunday morning I went to Oslo and Solemskogen for a hike in Lillomarka with my friend Rachmilla. It was a beautiful morning, the sun was shining from a clear blue sky. Actually a little to bright for photographers but we went on a photo safari anyway.
We passed some small ponds with water lillys and dragonflies swirling around. Too difficult to shoot the dragonflies, I tried for a while but they cannot stand still long enough ;-).
I spent some times photographing little spiders on flowers in stead. Fascinating. I accidentally watched as one of the spiders killed an other insect. A bit scary, but off course spiders need food too.
It was a lovely hike in the woods. Hopefully I will go back another time soon for more interesting objects to photograph. Hopefully a day just after the rain has stopped or maybe a foggy morning in September? We´ll see….
Now that summer finally is on here in Norway I spend a lot of time outdoors on our balcony. The balcony is quite high up, in line with the tree tops in the forest just below our house. Relaxing outdoors I have watched two squirrels running up and down the tree log eating seed from pine cones and sometimes they really quarrel and chase each other around. Such speed and artistic movements in the tree tops, fun to watch. I captured one of the two little rascals the other day!
A sunday walk through the woods is always exciting when summer is on. Todays walk was a new path for us and it went through an area with different kinds of vegetation. I found a flower which I haven’t seen in a while, Trollius europaeus (norwegian ballblom). I think it is so beautiful and it reminds me of my wedding because I picked some of them and placed them in the church were our wedding took place.
I have just bought my self a new camera. It is a Nikon D7500, in some ways it is exactly as the one I use to have but a much newer version. Anyway I need some time to get used to the new camera so I am in a test period now. In addition the weather these days are not suited for macro photography, too much wind and the forest is quite dry. So I found a flower photo from May for todays post! Hopefully I will bring you some new and improved photos in later posts 😉
Two weeks ago I went with my friend Ellen to our regular spring weekend trip to Ellens cabin at Ble. We knew the weather would be fine and warm after seeing the forecast but the weather was much better than expected. Temperatures at 28 C and sun all day for three days is not normal in the norwegian mountains. We had a lovely summer weekend and spent almost every hour outdoors photographing and hiking with our dogs.
I was out with my dog, Charlie Brown, and my camera looking for young ferns to take some macro shots. I think the shape of these young ferns are so beautiful. During the photo shoot I saw something on the side of the fern. It was too small to see if it was a seed or a little insect so i focused on it to capture it so I could find out what it was later. Well I got my shots with this “thing” in focus and I am still puzzled because I can not seem to find out what it really is. Maybe you know? If you think you have a clue, please send me a comment!