A Tribute to Summer






Today is June first. It means that summer has finally officially arrived here in Norway – even though weather doesn’t really indicate much summer at all with heavy rain and temperatures of less than 10 degrees Celsius (or 50 Fahrenheit). Nevertheless here is a little colour tribute to summer – and may it soon show up!

84 thoughts on “A Tribute to Summer

  1. Hello Otto, here in The Netherlands we feel exactly like you. Summer is just a name of a season.
    But your photos are very beautiful and I loved the composition and the frames.

  2. What a beautiful tribute to summer. Oddly, it feels as if we’ve had nothing BUT summer here this year, would you like to swap as I’m counting down the days ’til winter already – happy first day of summer! 🙂

  3. That’s a lovely glimpse of your approaching summer! I’ve always loved the thistles, but wow, you’ve given us a grand selection.

    May those lovely flowers smile on you through the week, and in them you’ll see your loved one.

    Am getting stronger, but I’m calling this my incubation period!

  4. Our weather is similar here in Michigan…has been wet and cold, but today, June 1, we have sunshine and birds singing and it starts to feel like summer! Lovely photos…

  5. Otto, my favorite is the first image, which shows the juxtaposition of wildflowers against the “wild” mountains. Hope that your summer appears soon to bring more such beauty.

  6. Lovely photos Otto, I like them all. Our weather is the same as yours, today got the winter woollies back out and on. It is supposed to get better. Birds are suffering , having to bring up their young and few insects just at the moment. We live in hope.

  7. Summer has arrived here in England in pretty much the same way Otto. Thanks for bringing a little colour into the day nonetheless. Beautiful pictures.

  8. Our weather this first day of June sounds like yours, Otto, chilly and wet. Your colorful summer flowers are a nice reminder of what’s to come.

  9. Beautiful reminder of what summer is all about, Otto. Lovely photos but the framing of them in this way makes each one so much more than just another flower shot, a subtle but very distinctive point of difference.

  10. Perfect! It’s the second day of winter here (time zones and all that) and although it’s not cold, it is very wet and very grey, so your images are a much-needed burst of colour. I so love the first shot; being Scottish, thistles have an odd sort of emotional pull on me. 🙂

  11. I’ve had photographic voice on my mind lately – which is entirely your fault. All of these exquisite flower photos can easily be identified as coming from the same photographer but they are, at least to me, very different from your photos that include people. Can a photographer have different voices or is that considered style? What is the difference?

    1. I would say that any artist would mostly have the same voice, within some variations – but a voice that certainly will change over time. Style, though, is something the artists switch between, depending on what they want to say and how they want to say it. Style is a specific way you treat a photograph – if we are talking about photographers. Sorry for having imposed photographic voice on your mind. 🙂

  12. i used to chat with a guy from Norway, he was sweet and taught me all sorts of things that i have now forgotten, except that he had to go off and serve mandatory army time, and that kids are taught to use guns so there is very little crime, his name was Tor and he’s one of those extreme boxing type dudes now, i’m not sure what those fighters are called… all the pretty flowers made me remember wee Tor 🙂

    1. Your comment made me smile. Sounds like a sweet memory. The only thing I don’t understand is how Tor could say that kids in Norway are taught to use guns. I would say to the contrary. 🙂

  13. A beautiful set of summer colours, Otto. Summer here in the UK has started with a massive low pressure system bringing driving rain and gale force winds for 24hrs. Summer?! It really doesn’t quite feel like it yet…the waiting continues.

  14. Ingen sommar här heller Otto, så din färgstarka och “somriga” bildserie ger förhoppningar.
    En fördel är att den vackra skira grönskan får avnjutas under längre tid.
    Allt gott.

  15. The color and the variety are lovely, and a beautiful reminder of the small joys that can be found even in the midst of grief. Thank you for taking the time to share these with us.

  16. I enjoyed looking at these wonderful flower and nature photos. The colorful flowers and landscape look so fresh and alive unlike the wilting flowers and grass drying up here in California. We are still having a drought here, and people are watering their lawns and gardens less in order to avoid paying hefty fines for excessive water use.

  17. That first shot is priceless ~ reminds me so much of my hikes, setting out in the meadows relaxed and enjoying the wilderness ahead. Great perspective 🙂

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