Pulsatilla – the hairy mountain flower

The snow is melting even in the mountains and a week ago I went with a group of photographers to the mountains, to Dovrefjell. There the Pulsatilla vernalis, the Spring Pasque flower, were blooming. We call them mogop in norwegian and the flowers unfold as soon as the snow melts, or even before.

We also found a lot of Saxifraga oppositifolia, the tiny purple mountain saxifrage. Most of the mountain landscape was still quite brown, almost gray, but these two plants means it will soon be summer even in the high mountains.

The day before I arrived there was two musk oxes standing on the yard when the other photographers woke up in the morning. That is 8 meters from the door. They got nice photos. I saw two of them also, but from a distance and with my equipment the pictures were not much. But I had a great time anyway. There are more photos of wild, norwegian mountain flowers in my photo gallery.

And from the old houses next door it was obvious that the musk ox used to stay there, since there was a lot of droppings between the houses.

111 thoughts on “Pulsatilla – the hairy mountain flower

  1. I was going to ask why they called this flower like the hairy mountain flower… but yes, I can see why. These are great shots and wonderful flowers… How beautiful nature world, fascinates me twice…🙂 Thank you dear Bente, I loved this Pulsatilla… love, nia

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    1. The houses are old, Victoria (I don’t know how old), and also marked from the rough weather. Still timber buildings like this can stay for hundreds of year. One of the reasons the carpenters then knew how to find the best timber, the one that could last.

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    1. Thanks, Ann. There are very few plants that are listed as endangered in Norway, you swedes do that more often. And this is one is not, as far as I know. But it is not a very common species, I have seen it just a coulpe of times.

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  2. That is so amazing! A hairy flower indeed! And how cool to be visited by oxen. I can tell it’s getting warmer, the snow seems to be melting in your photos.🙂

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  3. Your flower photos are absolutely dreamy. I love the feel that I get from seeing them. It’s hard to believe that spring is only just starting for you. Summer has hit us this week and it’s been quite hot.

    Love the hairy beasts. I’ve never seen anything like them!

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  4. Musk oxen – fantastic. Lovely photos as usual. Pulsatilla took me straight back to when I studied homeopathy and it’s nickname the “wind flower”, as a central characteristic are symptoms “as fickle as the wind”.

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  5. Bente, the gentle and delicate beauty of this mountain flower is so wonderfully captured through your lens. Thank you for the inspiration and for showing us so much loveliness. Thank you, Sharon

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    1. Yes, Mayur, from muskox and others: “Glandular substances with musk-like odor are also obtained from the musk duck (Biziura lobata) of southern Australia, the muskox, the musk shrew, the musk beetle (Aromia moschata), African civet (Civettictis civetta), the musk turtle, the alligator of Central America, and from several other animals”. I had to check with Wikipedia. I thought the musk was from muskox, and it is, but the musk deer is, as you, say, the main source of natural musk.

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      1. hmmm.. and I thought our musk deer has the monopoly.🙂 so guess there are several similar candidates. but the sad part is musk deer is almost extinct today for its musk…

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  6. ¡Qué gran reportaje! Personalmente, las primeras imágenes, por su lograda ingravidez y suavidad, me parecen admirables. Felicidades, aunque maestro para muchos seas.
    Saludos cordiales.

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    1. Google translate: “What a great story! Personally, the first images, for its successful weightlessness and softness, I find admirable. Congratulations, if you’re master for many.
      Best regards.” Thanks, Alpuymuz.

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  7. おはようございます
    綺麗な花ですね
    山の花、オキナグサ日本でも見られるようですが自生地は都会を離れ山地までゆかないと見れそうにないので幻の花です。

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    1. Google translate: “Good morning
      It is a beautiful flower
      It is the flower of the phantom so unlikely to see the floor and do not leave the city until the mountain habitat of mountain flowers, as seen in Japan is Pulsatilla.” Thanks a lot for your comment, Fuu.

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  8. Underbara bilder!!! Fick sådan lust att g på fjället, att det kliar i hela kroppen. Det var länge sedan, de senaste gångerna jag var i närheten av fjäll var i mörketia.
    Glad att du publicerar bilder som jag tycker om och kan relatera till!
    Allt gott till dej! Kram!

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