I say love it is a flower, and you its only seed…

I suppose people around the world saw the way flowers symbolized Norway’s refusal to be drawn into the hate that fueled the madness in Oslo…hundreds of thousands of roses were carried to honor the victims and then left in tribute everywhere, along with teddy bears and handwritten notes of solidarity and other things that meant something powerful to those who left them.  What I missed in all the reporting, and would still not know were it not for a Norwegian friend, is that the rose symbolizes not just the people’s commitment to the path of brotherly love…it’s also the symbol of the Labor Party that was attacked that day in Oslo and on Utøya.  I shot this lovely rose on a bike ride around Maridalsvannet Lake in Oslo, in the beautiful and peaceful country that is Norway.  (2 August, 2011  Maridalsvannet, Oslo, Norway)

There’s a fungus among us…

Natural beauty is everywhere in Oslo, and the citizenry puts their money where their mouth is in terms of spending to support the peoples’ ability to enjoy and interact with nature.  There are miles and miles of bike paths, cross-country ski paths, hiking paths, all provided to get people out into the natural environment…and they take advantage of it.  They tend to view the climate as just another aspect of nature, and they simply do not allow the weather interfere with their love of the outdoors.  As the old saying goes here, “no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.  I saw this enormous fungus growing on a tree along the coastal bike path leading from Oslo west toward Slemmestad.  (30 May, 2011 Sandvika, Norway)

Purple haze all around…

The University Botanical Garden in Oslo, Norway is an outstanding place to be in the early spring…free, too!  I’ll flaunt my ignorance here and admit that I don’t know what these plants are called, except “gorgeous” in my book.  I wonder if Jimi ever got around to visiting Oslo back in the day…  (8 June, 2011  Oslo, Norway)