Rose Bay Willow Herb
Late July on the journey from Stavanger to Kristiansand the rose bay willow herb was growing and waving with unrestrained joy. After Kristiansand the roads along the south coast were decorated with great swathes of colour. It creeps down the hillsides and forms itself into violet margins along the strips of tarmac.
Each plant is intensely competitive and sacrifices individual bulk for the advantages of height. But when collected together they tend to allow their colour to leak into the spaces between them, forming a mass of pigment which collects and reflects the light.
It is strange to see that the brief lives of these petals have blown and ended by the time we make our return journey the following month.