lens-artists photo challenge #101 – one single flower

Cee’s topic for this week: one single flower …. such a joyful topic.

Both Oscar and I love flowers … so delicate and beautiful objects for us. And they bring such a joy to both of us … and they don’t move around either.

Where ever we go in the world we always meet many stunning beauties.

“Flowers are like friends;
They bring colour and joy to your world.”

Not only us that like this “Pretty in Pink” !!! Once again a beauty that we met home in Sweden.  In Simrishamn which situated at the southeastern tip of Sweden, is the heart of Österlen in Skåne. With its approximately 6,000 inhabitants, the coastal town is not a particularly big place – but it is full of charm. Simrishman was my mum’s town during the last 6 years of her life.

“Flowers don’t tell, they show.”
Stephanie Skeem

The summer’s last rose (December) in Tbilisi, Georgia – it kept us company during our lunch at Cafe Flowers. Overlooking Rike Park and the Bridge of Peace, it is a great place to have food and enjoy a stunning view of the Tbilisi Old town – December 2018

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”
Lady Bird Johnson

A garden beauty that we spent some days together with at the lovely Hotell Spelabäcken in Skanör. Skanör and Falsterbo are two medieval towns joined together on the elongated reef-like western part of the Falsterbo Peninsula, in the most southern part of Sweden. For millions of years, nature has transformed the area into a place of real beauty where birds migrate, seals swim, and people relax on the glorious white sands or walk along the dunes.

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.”
Gerard De Nerval

We just love fresh flowers and linen napkins in the table setting at the restaurants we visit. This blue little flower gave us joy at “Hamnkrogen” that is located in Landskrona’s little fishing and yacht harbour, Borstahusen – July 2017

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom.”
Jim Carrey

Big is Beautiful!!!!! And this stunning Giant water lily we met at Paradiesgaten in Potsdam, Germany – September

I have always said that Cee’s can talk to the flowers because she captures their beauty like no-one else and this week two challenges – she has proved it to me once again. 

Thank you, Cee!


For this post I just have to chose “Waltz of the Flowers” from the ballet “The Nutcracker” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, written in 1982 and with the libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”.

One of my absolute favourite ballets that I must have seen in at least 15 times. While living in the UK I treated myself to a magical Christmas gift most years; the English National Ballet at the  London Coliseum with over 100 dancers on stage. The last time I enjoyed it was at the Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen 2 years ago.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #101 – One Single Flower

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One single flower


53 thoughts on “lens-artists photo challenge #101 – one single flower

  1. Oh what a beautiful post for this week’s one single flower. I adore the quotes you used too. Thanks so much for joining along in the Lens-Artist challenge 😀

  2. Beautiful post as always Viveka, and a lovely tribute to Cee as well. My favorite of the set is that gorgeous image of the yellow blossom in Skanor. I loved that you included the ballet. I too have seen the Nutcracker many times but most memorable was when I took my two ballerina nieces to see it at Lincoln Center in NYC (at Christmastime of course). It was absolutely magical. Thanks for that fond memory

    • Tina, thank you so much for your lovely comment … you’re always so supported of me and my blogging. Yes, the yellow rose was the queen of the ball in that beautiful garden. Yes, the Nutcracker is a magical fairy tale … and the music is so fantastic. I have never been to the Lincoln Center och the Met. Not yet *smile Cee, she truly love flowers and they love her too. The pleasure is all mine, Tina.

  3. Viveka – smiling at your post as I have not for a long, long time having been in other places . . . Love the flowers, more so the words below them . . . and, yes to the music taking us temporarily away from a world at discord . . ..

    • Eha, nice to see you again. I hope life has treated you gentle .. yes, the world is what it’s those days. Flowers and music will brighten our worries. So lovely to see you again.

      • Vivi – Came to show a friend how a certain Swedish dish was perchance best made . . . am staying to catch up with you . . . no, much past has not been ‘gentle’ but both of us are still here . . . thanks to the Greater Powers for that . . .

      • Eha,so sorry to hear that things haven’t been the greatest to you. I always have seen you as a tough cookie, so I would be very surprised if you didn’t walk your way through most things. I hope you’re are okay now. Where you caught up in the bush fires????

    • Bushfires ? Oh yes, six months of hell . . .three tight on our doorstep, first from the north, them the west, then evacuated a number of times from the south. Could not see the house opposite for three months / / / we all grew decades older during that time . . . .

      • Oh My God, I can’t imagine how it must have been for you and everybody else that was affected by the fires. So glad that you’re okay and that your home wasn’t caught up. Wasn’t your house full of smoke smell???

      • Darling gal !! For over three months I could not breathe normally . . .and there was nowhere to go . . . the smoke travelled east to NZ 2000 km away and melted their glaciers . . .Aussies are pretty tough . . . we barely survived but are fighting very hard now ! love . . .

      • Eha, I can’t even imaging what a terrible ordeal you people went through during those weeks of horror. I thought of you and my other blogging sister, Meg – living down under out on the open countryside. I know that you Aussies are tough stuff, but going through something like that … can break the strongest … and living with the aftermath that is created inside yourself is even tough. So happy you made it.

  4. Finally got to this post, Viveka! Sooo lovely! And of course I love your music choice – wonderful. I hope you are well and the summer is proceeding nicely. I just don’t know where time is running…It seems like we went to Wanås only yesterday. miss you. Miss Denmark. Miss…

    • Thank you for your lovely words. Miss too, but I can’t really be bothered with Denmark just now … they have really “pissed” me off. May a nice day in Malmö or Lund. Oscar is on hospital … for at least 6 weeks. I hope they can fix him .. but I have little Hulda to bring along.

      • Oh, little Hulda? A retired one or a new one? Yes, pissed off too…maybe we can puzzle something else together. Or wait. Wait. Wait.

      • She is my little one .. my first Canon compact. She is in pocket size. Girlfriend, I don’t really feel for waiting on the Danish to make their mind up, but maybe in August we will have a free pass. I don’t understand this with tests … the test is only for that day I take it. I can become infect on my home for the testing. Let them be safe in their own believes.

  5. Ages since I dropped in on you, Vivi, and still our world goes on spinning in funny circles. Not so very funny, but there’s always something to smile at? 🙂 🙂

    • Nice of you to drop in … love a visit from you. Our world is spinning … but not in a funny way just now. Not much we can do … more than take on life for what it’s and try to make the best of it. I are making my travel plans for 2021 just *smile Please be careful … it’s FAR from over, this is only the beginning. EYEdropHug

      • James is arriving at the end of this month… we think!… and I’m torn between worried sick about them flying and excited to bits to see them. 😦 😦

      • I heard on CNN that they have looked into flying and the virus transfer. And not one passager so far into the US has got the virus during a flight. I don’t know how many flights they done tracing on, but it was the university that keeps a record of all the date of the COVID – death .. infected and where The Johns Hopkins University – so I don’t think you have to be that worried. He can catch anywhere. I hope they will be able to visit you.

      • At the moment he will have to self isolate 14 days when they get back to UK. That might make it very difficult. He is still on furlough but might not be by then. It’s all ifs and buts. Trying not to worry but I know they will 😕😕

      • Tell him to wear the mask and keep a good distance, 1,5 meter isn’t enough … and stay away from the PUB. I really hope he will be able to visit you, The rules change all the times. Like Greece and Denmark did with us Swedes, they changed their mind twice in 24 hours – people didn’t know if they were coming or going.

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