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Mothering Sunday is not a fixed day because it is always the middle Sunday in Lent (which lasts from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter Sunday). During the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", although whether this preceded the term Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours.
[We tend to forget the background so thought I would just add a little information]

We moved this from Mum and Dad's garden when we sold the house - and it is the first time it has flowered. I took this yesterday afternoon when we had a break in the cloudy sky and the light improved a little. So for all those who go a-mothering, remember your Mum or celebrate being a Mum today, have a super day.
Helen

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Mothering Sunday
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:14 Mar 2010 - 7:57 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, From mum and dad's garden, Helebore, March 2010, Mother's day
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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 8:00 AM

How nice to know the story behind mother's day.

I love the image Helen, the detail is first class and I love the way it fades into the darkness of the background.

Linda

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CarolG
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14 Mar 2010 - 8:02 AM

What an absolute beauty, Helen, a superb capture and presentation. Carol

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helenlinda
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14 Mar 2010 - 8:04 AM

Many thanks Linda and Carol

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andylea
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14 Mar 2010 - 8:16 AM

wonderful presentation cracking detail a beautiful capture Wink
andy

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cassiecat
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14 Mar 2010 - 8:38 AM

pretty. nice to have such a connection for mothers day, enjoyed the write up.lesley

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colmar
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14 Mar 2010 - 8:45 AM

A grand narrative to set the scene in context and a beautiful image captured so well the detail is strong and the bg works so well Colin

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heids
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14 Mar 2010 - 8:55 AM

Stunning image. Love the subtle lighting and detail.

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baclark
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14 Mar 2010 - 9:03 AM

have some of these in our garden. Beautiful capture and thanks for the reminder.
Barbara

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JohnH37
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14 Mar 2010 - 9:19 AM

Beautiful photograph and beautiful subtle light.
-John

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EAS
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14 Mar 2010 - 10:14 AM

A truly gorgeous image of this beautiful Hellebore and a most informative write-up.

Ann

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clicknimagine
14 Mar 2010 - 10:36 AM

a beautiful flower, the lighting is superb...

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GalleryGirl
14 Mar 2010 - 10:41 AM

Stunning work!
Happy Mothers Day


Marilyn x

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mrswoolybill
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14 Mar 2010 - 11:30 AM

Really beautiful - and thanks for reminding us that the day wasn't simply cooked up by the greetings card industry!
Moira

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EMJAYCEE
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14 Mar 2010 - 11:50 AM

Beautiful image and loads of information.
Joan.

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AnneWorner
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14 Mar 2010 - 1:35 PM

Absolutely exquisite!
Anne

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 1:52 PM

lovely shot - how they hang their heads this flower, making it difficult to get a half decent shot but you have managed this one well

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Rende
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14 Mar 2010 - 1:56 PM

Beautiful lighting and detail Helen; lovely macro!
Rende

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Bob_V
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14 Mar 2010 - 2:28 PM

This is so gorgeous Helen, such fantastic work.
Bob

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2010 - 2:37 PM

Thanks everyone - because its in a tub Ann, I was able to put it on a table to take a photo, otherwise its head is at a terrible angle to get a photo from.

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taggart
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14 Mar 2010 - 2:55 PM

Happy Mothering to you, Helen!
Jennnn

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helenlinda
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14 Mar 2010 - 3:04 PM

Thanks Jenn

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sable
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14 Mar 2010 - 3:25 PM

What a beauty!! I like the subtle light - the detail is so crisp and clear - a simple frame that really compliments the image - Elizabeth

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helenlinda
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14 Mar 2010 - 3:27 PM

Thanks Elizabeth

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accipiter
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14 Mar 2010 - 3:30 PM

Subtle and lovely. A

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digital_boi
14 Mar 2010 - 3:38 PM

lovely shot good subtle lighting your deserved 30th vote click

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helenlinda
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14 Mar 2010 - 3:45 PM

Thanks Arthur and Graham

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14 Mar 2010 - 4:25 PM

Beautiful capture, excellent light.
Christine

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gingerdelight
14 Mar 2010 - 4:27 PM

A beautifully lit study Helen - well presented.
Carol

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mikbee
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14 Mar 2010 - 5:24 PM

A well detailed image Helen.And I did not know Mothers Day had a ''history''.But as usual it has been hi-jacked by the greedy money makers !!
Mick.

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helenlinda
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14 Mar 2010 - 6:12 PM

Thanks Christine, Carol and Mick

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TrevBatWCC
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14 Mar 2010 - 6:14 PM

A very beautiful capture, Helen, and just begs to be viewed large, to appreciate the beautiful detail. A very interesting and informative, write-up, too. Well done.
TrevB Smile

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14 Mar 2010 - 7:08 PM

Thanks Trev

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Anjantoo
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14 Mar 2010 - 7:11 PM

A beautiful image Helen. I love the way you have presented it.
Jann
xxx

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Dave_Holdham
14 Mar 2010 - 7:28 PM

Wonderful lighting, great shot well presented

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Roly
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14 Mar 2010 - 9:18 PM

Super image and an interesting write up too.

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CaptainTweaky
14 Mar 2010 - 9:44 PM

Wonderful 'period' style of compostiton - very nice
David

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helenlinda
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14 Mar 2010 - 10:24 PM

Thanks Jann, Dave, Roly and David

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14 Mar 2010 - 10:44 PM

A superb image well taken and presented.
RJ.

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15 Mar 2010 - 7:07 AM

Thanks Rob

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ChiliMan
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15 Mar 2010 - 7:25 PM

Thanks for the info! Fascinating.

As for the image...holy cow...ammmaaazing. The light and shadow balance so well and it looks like one of those images found in a flower pictorial book like a Harold Feinstein one.

A.

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15 Mar 2010 - 7:56 PM

Thanks Andrew

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15 Mar 2010 - 8:50 PM

An absolute wonder! Sue

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15 Mar 2010 - 8:56 PM

Thanks Sue

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16 Mar 2010 - 7:43 AM

Stunning shot Helen, love it

Nicky

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16 Mar 2010 - 7:47 AM

oh Helen this is lovely ,my wife loves Helibores and she spotted this straight away Smile,perfect for Mothering sunday Smile

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16 Mar 2010 - 8:08 AM

Thanks Nicky and Oll1e - and particularly to Nicky for her UA

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AshTree
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16 Mar 2010 - 8:16 PM

A really superb image - Hellebores are among my favourite flowers, and this is a gorgeous capture.
And thanks for the background info - my daughter was asking me if I knew why Mothering Sunday is a movable feast and though I knew it was connected somehow with Easter, I wasn't sure of the detail and now I know!

Theresa

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16 Mar 2010 - 9:07 PM

Thanks Theresa - glad that was helpful

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21 Mar 2010 - 5:34 PM

this is beautiful, again...

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21 Mar 2010 - 10:20 PM

Thanks Pascal

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