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.
There is a common misconception among us Norwegians that we have large, pristine expanses of nature. Areas free from, and far from, traces of human activity. But studies show that these areas are shrinking. Traces of human activity are ever more present. Cabins are built closer and closer to alpine regions putting pressure on the wildlife and the ecosystem. Power lines and roads cut through the landscape.
It has been a while since I've done any landscape photography now. But last week I drove across Haukeli along route E134. I took the opportunity to stop and take a few shots. The weather was nice. About 25°C even at 1000 meters above sea level. Just a slight breeze. It was quiet and peaceful.