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Rare Swedish Flora

Rare Swedish Flora
Photo Information
Copyright: Mattias Johansson (sarastro) (30)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-09
Categories: Humorous, Nature
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm, UV Filter
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-05-09 18:28
Viewed: 2100
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the rare blue stemmed oak or Olofsbane as it is popularly called, a tree only found in Sweden. It got is name from King Olof Harmynt who in the year 976, while returning on a plundering trip from österled (the Baltic states and Russia), was ambushed by his nephew, Håkan den Vindögde, and his men. What ensued is known today as the battle of Smedsudd.

King olof's men where taken by suprise and where pressed back towards the water and their ships, but they had much plundered gold to defend and and where so close to home that they could almost smell it. They fought bravely and fiercly, eventually fending off the attackers, killing almost all of them, but not before King Olof was hit mortally by an arrow. It is said that Olof, with his last breath, pulled the arrow from his chest and drove it into the ground, cursing his nephew.

The wood in the arrow, fed by Olofs blood, was revived and grew roots and a young tree emerged infront of the suprised soldiers, The stem of the newborn tree, which was really the shaft of the arrow, was all covered by Olofs blood, blue blood since he was a king... The nephew, who got away from the battle with his life intact, was soon there after afflicted by leper and had all his bits fall off.

(In reality, there is no king Olof, evil nephew, or battle of Smedsudd since I just made it up. In reality someone just painted this regular oak sapling's trunk blue. An art installation? A prank? A drunken stupor? Dunnow, but it looks really cool :)

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 916 W: 122 N: 24] (14)
  • [2004-05-09 19:07]

Nice seeing you here Mathias and congrats to your new camera. How do you like it? I like your angle here, and your framing, not to mention your note LoL.

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  • jlm (8)
  • [2004-05-10 3:38]

I think its an artinstallation. A bit futher down the path there are two more of these painted trees. Nice angle, strange framing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 0 N: 99] (535)
  • [2004-05-10 7:44]

Very nice experiment Mattias, great note too.

Good one Mattias, you certainly had me fooled until I read your note, well done very, very good I enjoyed it a lot, thanks for sharing it with us.

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