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Firstly, a big thankyou to posty57 (Barry) for his User Award on my Torch Aloe, and also for all your kind comments and votes.

Believe it or not, it was very sunny when the columbines (aquilegia) appeared in my garden, as well as windy, so I just had to do my best. These were inherited from the previous owner, and are the wild variety, which only have five petals.
My title is a name for the plant in parts of Austria, and it's sheer coincidence that there are 5 flowers here, because the name is derived from the Latin word "columba" which means "like a dove", due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together. I hope you can see that in my picture.
Each of its five petals terminate in an incurved hornlike spur, and its the exquisite shape of their trademark "spurs" that have given them numerous associations with birds.
The genus name Aquilegia derives from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the petals are said to resemble the outstretched sharp pointed talons of an eagle or hawk.
Formerly the columbine was known as Culverwort, the Saxon word "culfre" meaning a pigeon, the flowers giving the appearance of a bunch of pigeons.
It is also said to resemble a jester's five-pronged cap and bells, and so the flower was said to relate to foolishness or folly. Giving a woman a columbine flower was considered bad luck, and in the 17th century it was considered highly inappropriate to give to a young woman because of its sexual connotations.
Much symbolism has been preserved that links the flower to sexuality, love, seduction and even infidelity. In1588, it was suggested that crushed columbine seeds be applied to a groom's palms in order to arouse the bride. A tea made from the roots was believed to cure impotence, and infertility was abated by stuffing the plant into the mattress with the straw. Columbine was first dedicated to Freya, the Norse patron goddess of love and fertility.
Shakespeare uses columbine in his plays, Love's Labour Lost and Hamlet, in which the tragically mad Ophelia collects columbine, and here it is taken as a symbol of ingratitude and infidelity.
Other meanings in Christianity include innocence, the Holy Spirit, faith, hope, charity, justice, temperance and prudence.
Congratulations if you have read so far, I love the folklore of plants.
Pamela.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:7mm
Aperture:f/4
Shutter Speed:1/170sec
Exposure Comp:-0.7step
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AP
Metering Mode:average
Flash:no flash
White Balance:manual
Title:Five Birds Together
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:3 Sep 2012 - 6:03 PM
Tags:Aquilegia vulgaris, Buttercup family, Culverwort (Saxon), Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Medicinal, Poisonous, Ranunculaceae, Rockbell
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Fefe
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3 Sep 2012 - 6:16 PM

Lovely............. great coloursGrin
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3 Sep 2012 - 6:18 PM

Love how you always think about your backgrounds......Good work again!

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Badgerfred
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3 Sep 2012 - 6:21 PM

Beautiful image Pamela, excellent work,
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evelen  9 England
3 Sep 2012 - 6:23 PM

beautiful image and colour love your backgrounds on all your shots .
eve.Smile

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CarolG
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3 Sep 2012 - 6:28 PM

A beauty, Pamela, and the background is so complementary with the columbine, all in all a top class image. Carol

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3 Sep 2012 - 6:31 PM

So beautiful

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2012 - 6:45 PM

Lovely composition. Excellent detail and light.

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LynneJoyce
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3 Sep 2012 - 6:49 PM

All of the above and then some.

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 - 6:52 PM

Cracking image Pamela and well captured
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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 283 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2012 - 7:05 PM

Cracking image Pamela, luv the composition, colours and superb lighting, works really well with the background.
Well done.
Darryl. xSmileSmileSmile

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4600 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2012 - 7:16 PM

Cracking shot !!!....lovely quality from that HS20 !!!!

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taggart
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3 Sep 2012 - 7:51 PM

The image is well chosen to demonstrate your text! Bravo!

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NaturesHaven
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3 Sep 2012 - 8:29 PM

Bright as a button..........GrinGrin

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mrswoolybill
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3 Sep 2012 - 8:36 PM

Delicious. These have self-seeded into our garden, I love them.
Moira

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2012 - 8:41 PM

At least I can give you the 30 vote here Pamela
what a stunning image
crisp and beautiful
Lillian

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elainebaker
3 Sep 2012 - 8:56 PM

Beautiful image well presented SmileSmile

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bricurtis
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3 Sep 2012 - 9:21 PM

The bright sunlight has produced shadows that really add shape to the flowers. Lovely image.
Brian.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2012 - 9:38 PM

Gorgeous floral image, as ever. So enjoyed the interesting info in your write-up too.

Ann

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Glostopcat
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3 Sep 2012 - 10:05 PM

A beautifully presented floral image Pamela, the background colour complements these lovely flowers so well

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morpheus1955
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3 Sep 2012 - 10:22 PM

Lovely image gorgeous colours and excellent detail

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mikbee
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3 Sep 2012 - 10:54 PM

I love hearing about the folklore of plants too Pamela.
This one would put that book,''50 Shades Of Grey'' in the shade I can tell you !!
Impotence,Infertility,Sweaty Palms,Stuffed Mattresses,and an Aroused Bride ?
Everything but the kitchen sink here,but I am sure it must make an appearance by Chapter 5 !!
Good shot,and proof here a picture is indeed worth a thousand words !!
Mick.

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 4:15 AM

Beautifully photographed...as usual Smile

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cptdaniel
cptdaniel  2 United States
4 Sep 2012 - 6:40 AM

So simple, yet so elegant. Never noticed the fact that they look like doves, really made me stop and look at each flower individually. Great shot , great info. Thanks-Joe.

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franken
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4 Sep 2012 - 7:33 AM

Very nice.

Ken

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 8:00 AM

An excellent and striking image Pamela and a very interesting write up too

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4 Sep 2012 - 12:06 PM

Stunning,beautiful work Pam..Lin

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4 Sep 2012 - 1:44 PM

Fascinating write up Pamela - and a glorious image of these beautiful flowers. Love the background too which shows them off so well.
Ann

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TrevBatWCC
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4 Sep 2012 - 3:36 PM

They really do look like doves, don't they? Wink A super capture and presentation, Pamela, with the background colour complementing the flowers. Interesting write-up, too Smile
Trev Smile

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
4 Sep 2012 - 4:17 PM

Research is one of your strong points! apart from great photo's, a perfect presentation every time, you are a perfectionist in my eyes and there is nothing wrong with that! if only more people were like that things would change for the better in many ways, Very nice flowers good photo interesting narrative like it from me, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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4 Sep 2012 - 4:56 PM

I love the info you give us but mainly the phenomenal photographs.

This is yet another thoroughly fetching floral image from you, Pamela.

Bravo Smile

Andrew

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 10:09 PM

superb image. paul

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annettep38
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5 Sep 2012 - 10:27 PM

thanks for the extra information on this lovely flower arrangements. I love aquilegias , we have them growing in several colours that seem to change by the year.
I never guessed they were the buttercup family!!

fantastic light and detail

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NeilWigan
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6 Sep 2012 - 12:14 AM

Lovely work PJ,just off to make a brew.WinkSmile

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Wendyp
Wendyp  2 England
6 Sep 2012 - 6:54 PM

Very pretty picture and lovely colours.

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JohnChambersPhotography

amazing work Pamela, don't know I missed it, the detail is outstanding, as is the colours.

John

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7 Sep 2012 - 7:09 PM

Nice bg and really lovely colours and lighting Pam.
regards
Yung

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1881  2 India
7 Sep 2012 - 7:50 PM

EXCELLENT.


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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Sep 2012 - 10:05 PM

Very beautiful indeed, wonderful background.. I love this flower, we have some in the garden as well planted by somebody, perhaps long long time ago.... darker colour. Excellent writing up.

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8 Sep 2012 - 4:31 PM

Pure magic !!!GrinGrinGrin

Pam

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9 Sep 2012 - 8:06 AM

Stunning shot, great colour and detail.
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9 Sep 2012 - 11:03 AM

Beautiful macro, and I enjoyed reading the interesting write up.
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digital_boi
9 Sep 2012 - 2:37 PM

excellent light and colour i only just noticed this as it was showing as the current e2 image nice work

very fine result

Graham

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9 Sep 2012 - 2:44 PM

Featured E2 photo at the moment - really caught my eye. Such beautiful blue shades and most interesting background information.
Carole

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9 Sep 2012 - 6:10 PM

Mmmmh.... very beautiful!
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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
10 Sep 2012 - 4:26 PM

With your permission, I picked up this beauty to my favorites!Smile
Regards Valery

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