If you like to travel and take photos, like I do, you may have heard comments like “You drove half way across the country to take a picture of that? You could have taken an image like that anywhere!” Good point, but guess what, the location for this image is just as much anywhere as, well, anywhere else.

Anywhere (0,1s @ f/5, 35mm equivalent, ISO 50, cropped to 40%)

Stress Reaction

Botanists say that there are more wild flowers this summer than usual. The main reason for this is the dry, hot summer we had in large parts of Norway last year. The drought last summer caused a stress reaction for many plants and trees, causing them to produce more seeds. Apparently it is a survival mechanism. Since we have had a more "normal" summer in terms of temperature and precipitation this year, the results is an abundance of wild flowers.

Stress reaction (1/180s @ f 4, 50mm, ISO 200)

That Magnolia again

Yes, it’s that magnolia again. The one I find so hard to get a decent shot of. And, no, there is nothing special about this shot either. What is special though is that this year it is in bloom almost two weeks earlier than last year. We have just over one week left of April, and already we have had temperatures between 15°C and 20°C for several days.

Magnolia (1/750s @ f/5,6, 75mm, ISO 200)


Outside the office where I work we have a magnolia tree. I've always found it a bit difficult to get a good shot of it. Over the past few years I have tried several times, but that image always seems to elude me. Hence a single flower yet again.

Magnolia - Summicron75, 1/360 @ f/5,6