Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Flowers: A touch of spring in January

This weeks contributions to Today's Flowers were not growing on my hard disks - they were shot today. And it is still January:

A snowdrop found beneath a Rhododendron.

A flowering bush. I don't know the name, but I'm sure that somebody else does!



PS The Today's flowers meme is hosted by LUIZ SANTILLI JR. . Please visit and enjoy.

36 comments:

Malyss said...

The nature is a little strange in those times..I don't know the name of the second flower, but I like it's color and find the picture great.Around here, the time has come for the yellow flowers of the mimosas..

Abraham Lincoln said...

The colors are really nice. I would never have guessed either one. I don't know them and haven't seen them before.

Ida said...

Nydelige vårtegn i januar. :)
Og like fine bilder.
Tenk at synet av den aller første snøklokken kan glede oss så stort. Om en stund har alle hennes søstre vist seg frem også.
Ett herlig skue.
Den andre blomsten her er nok en Azalea, tenker jeg.
Den blomstrer tidlig, må jeg si.
Har du sett alle de oransje blomstrene utenfor Fjell rådhus om våren. De er av samme slekt som denne.

Leora said...

Both are delightful flowers. I especially love the purple one and the way you captured it with your camera. You gave it a soft touch.

Maria said...

Beautiful pictures, both of them! I only know the snowdrop. They grow in Austria, too, but I have not yet seen one this year.
LOL, not from your hard disks :))))

dot said...

It won't be long and we'll all be enjoying spring flowers. Excellent shots!

Reader Wil said...

Rune! Is the second flower in bloom at this moment? I am afraid I don't know its name either. I must say that you did it again : capturing the beauty of nature.

Tammie Lee said...

I have to say you are so lucky to have flowers blooming! And your images are gorgeous. My glowers are covered in frost.

GAWO said...

Knallfine bilder. Som alltid :-)
Lilla er en farge jeg liker og jeg mener at blomsten er fra en Rhododendron. Ida nevner Azalea og jeg tror hun har rett :-)

Anemone said...

Jøss, klimakrisen et faktum???

Z'riz said...

Love the first photo!

Mine is blooming here

Gunilla said...

Fantastiskt fina foton. Vackra färger

Ha en fortsattbra kväll

Gunilla in Sweden

Carletta said...

How appropriate - a snowdrop!
Excellent macros.

Dick said...

Oh they are fantastic, the first one is a "Sneeuwklokje" in Dutch, lol, that won't help you out.

arleena said...

Great photos and lovely flowers.

Arija said...

What a joy for you Rune! The first Snowdrop is lke finding your first easter egg as a child. It is filled withhope and the wonder that something so delicate can survive such harsh conditions. Thank you for sharing it, my face is one ig smile.
Your flowering bush is a Himalayan Rhododendron, one of the old hardy sort.

VALKYRIEN said...

Nydelige bilder begge to! Jeg tror det siste er en rhododendron, naboen har en slik busk og jeg har masse bilder av den. Og blomsten ser likedan ut, både i farger og fasong!

Ida said...

Vær så god. :)
Det er jo slekt i din favorittblomst. ;)

Darla said...

Lovely photos, happy to see something blooming outside!!

Melita said...

Hello Rune,
I absolutely love snowdrops.
I have few years tried to grow them, but they have been no-show- maybe better to buy a plant rather than bulbs ?
Beautiful sailingboats !!!

Raven said...

Beautiful photos, especially the Rhododendron. We haven't much flowering here either because of the heat. Tomorrow it is going to be 40 degrees celcius!

imac said...

Ahh, the wonder of Macro and Nature, cant get better than that Rune.
Great shots.

kjpweb said...

Excellent Macro's in beautiful light!
Cheers, Klaus

Inkivääri said...

Really you have yet springflowers there! It means hope to me too:) So beautiful shots!

AVCr8teur said...

A nice surprise to have an early spring and one flower fully bloomed. But much to the chagrin of my husband who now suffers from early spring hay fever.

Thank you for your comment on Laughlin. I'm not clear of the origination of the surname, but it's either Scottish or Irish like you suspected.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Rune
These are stunners... as spring started to show there?

I saw your comment on Geralds blog about St Mary's church... in Newton. I live very close by there on a housing estate. Small world at times my friend. :o)

Tom
Wiggers World

ScroochChronicles said...

i love the purple flower. btw, purple is supposed to be the color of the year.

Today's Flower : Blooming Weed

Barbara Martin said...

Beautiful photos of the budding flower and the ones blooming.

PERBS said...

I hope the budding one doesn't freeze -- you might still get some snow or very cold weather. . . winter isn't over! We got snow today -- it started at 3:00 AM and was still snowing when I headed for the bus at 7:15. Got jsut an inch on the ground tho and it warmed up enough to all melt by 3:00 PM. We might get more later this week news said. So, hope your beautiful flower survives if your weather gets too cold still.

I also left a comment below -- was out playing in the snow with my camera today so am running late.

Race said...

lovely capture of budding flower! truly pretty!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Beautiful photos, Rune.

I'm very envious that you have flowers blooming already! We haven't reached the halfway mark of winter here yet! I was counting on Norway to help me feel patient...but I see you've let me down. (Only kidding.)

Paz said...

Wow to both photos! Very beautiful flowers.

Paz

mirage2g said...

Beautiful colors, great macro shots!

Sandra said...

These are fantastic shots! The last one (without a name) looks magical - thank you for your visit and greetings from Croatia.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi Runee

Wonderful flowers!
thanks for visiting my blog!

Luiz

Kerri said...

These are stunning! WOW!