The spring in Norway seems to be the most unpredictable of seasons. One day you wear a winter jacket, the next day you sit in the park with only a bikini on. So it looks like both people and nature try to make the most of it and catch every opportunity. For people – to enjoy life, for nature – to bloom. It is unbelievable how much comes up in such a short time. Wasn’t it all white and cold here just a couple of months ago, lasting like forever? And now everything that can bloom – blooms. The nature seems to be in a hurry like it knows that the season is short 🙂
In spring we all become botanists and a huge interest for nature wakes up in everyone owning a mobile camera. People stream to the parks and gardens, take the photos of cherry trees in blossom and tulips, either available in fields or modest patches. My favorite place to observe the season changes is the botanical garden of Oslo. However, it is not only I who remembers it these days. On a nice sunny day there are crowds wanting to take a pic of that alley with white and pink blossoming trees. I came on a Sunday evening and there were still enthusiasts waiting in line to take a photo. So I stayed in a shade and took photos of some shy blue flowers. Why, they deserve admiration too. Will you join me on my natural explorer walk through the garden?
Right after the entrance gate the rhododendron bushes welcome you. The sunset light plays with the white flowers, shining through them like through lamps. Tip: click on any image to view it full size in the gallery.
Just across them the shy blue flowers seem to thrive and start blushing when I spend too much time photographing them. In the distance, the cherry trees have stolen the show, attracting both people and bees under their pink petals.
In the Bestemors hage (Grandmother’s garden) where just some time ago the timid but brave greens were sprouting through the icy snow, a whole bunch of flowers sprang up – like samba dancers in a carnival, colorful and bold. While others are still expected to come later. I love this part because you can smell the flowers here from early May until late September. Like there is some kind Grandmother tending this garden. Another reason to love: sit on the bench under the rose bush and listen to the sound of busy bees in its flowers. No guided meditation needed 🙂
The late sunset light plays in the greens. The clock shows 8pm, but the sun is still high. Spring and summer are the seasons of light in the North, with sunsets moving until 10.30pm and sunrises around 3-4am which wake us up way too early. In summer the nights are never pitch dark. So playing with the sunset light can be tricky in summer: the sun is still a long distance from horizon, but the botanical garden closes its gates at 9pm (and you don’t want to stay later than that. We did it once. It was not dramatic. We phoned a guard and he came to let us and another little crowd out. We just had to wait 20 minutes. But still you want to skip this experience ;)).
And now – the best part of it all: the PINK part! I know, there are several pink lovers among you out there. I have kept the most rosy pics until the end – like a fluffy powderly flowery desert 🙂 Pink rhododendron, both budding and blooming (and loosing its petals) – and pink tulips. You choose what you like most! It is good to have options 😉 I personally love the combination of dark shady green with the fuchsia pink of the first photo. And the tulips, of course! They are unconditional love *heart heart*
Here is where I leave you – to smell and wonder *tiptoeing quietly* Just remember to leave the botanical garden before the gates close. Otherwise the carriage will turn into a pumpkin. Or wait, this is a totally different story… 🙂
How is spring in your place, folks? Making you happy with flower gifts?
And may you walk in beauty!