Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lingonberry blossoms seen in Vägsele, Sweden... Summer, 2011...

Lingonberry blossoms
Lingonberry jam/jelly is something I remember from childhood as being typically Swedish. Our mother was born in the United States but her parents came to the US in the early 1900s and settled in Sheridan, Wyoming.

Although Mom spoke very little Swedish, she did know a lot about her Swedish heritage. These are Lingonberry blossoms... Lingonberry grows wild all over the hills and fields around Vägsele which is the area where her parents (my grandparents) were born and spent their younger years before emigrating to America. I've been posting a little bit about our travels to my vacation blog but am finding it takes a long time to prepare posts between having unreliable Internet access and using an iPad to prepare the posts!

For those who might want to know, this was taken with a Nikon D90 fitted with a 32mm extension tube and a Nikon 18-200mm lens. Using the extension tube with my 'all purpose travel lens' gives me macro lens capability without having to carry the macro lens. :-)

UPDATE on July 11, 2011: I've been back from my Sweden/Iceland trip for almost a week now and am finally feeling somewhat human. Recovery from jet lag is harder the older I get! Meantime, I posted this image 12 days ago thinking I'd post to Macro Monday over at Lisa's Chaos while I was away but that didn't happen. So I'm finally sharing it today! Head on over and check out the other posts.


  1. Lovely details of these beautiful little blossoms.

  2. I've heard of lingon berries, but have never seen them or had jam made of them. The flowers look a lot like blueberry flowers. Are they related? Such delicate coloring on the blossoms. kateri @Dandelion Haven

  3. I should have known there was a way to do this, Victoria! I could have taken my 28-300 lens with extension tubes to the family cottage. Instead, I only brought my macro 100mm lens. Not quite the same thing for all the pictures I wanted. But I knew ahead of time it would be like that. Still, it forced me to use the lens and at least get started on learning what it can do. I still have lots to learn! In the meanwhile, I'll keep learning from YOU. Thanks.


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