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Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis)

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“When daisies pied and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight”

William Shakespeare

Cardamine pratensis known as lady's smock was considered to be a fairy flower and for this reason was never taken into the house. It was never used in May Day garlands or wedding bouquets for if it was then ‘surely the fairies would steal you away and be never seen again.’

Being one of the large mustard family the plant was used as a substitute for water cress having a similar peppery taste.
It was named Cuckoo Flower because its flowers appeared when the cuckoo started to sing.
Sometimes referred to as Our Lady's Smock and said to represent the Virgin Mary in Christianity.
Other names include: Milkmaids, Lady's Smock, Cuckoo Flower, Bread and Milk and Meadow Cress.


Many thanks for your support of my last upload and my best wishes to you all for a very Happy Easter Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:9 Apr 2014 - 5:07 PM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Lady's Smock (Cardamine pratensis)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:17 Apr 2014 - 12:20 PM
Tags:Bread and Milk, Cardamine pratensis, Close-up / macro, Cuckoo flower, Flower, Lady's smock, Meadow Cress, Milkmaid, Plant
Votes:33

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JohnoP
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17 Apr 2014 - 1:13 PM

Just stunning work Sylvia.....such an appealing image....and love the accompanying poem and narrative! Smile John (Happy Easter!)

Last Modified By JohnoP at 17 Apr 2014 - 1:13 PM

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Daisymaye
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17 Apr 2014 - 1:29 PM

This is lovely. Delicate pastel blowing in the breeze.

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ColleenA
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17 Apr 2014 - 1:34 PM


Quote: Just stunning work Sylvia.....such an appealing image....and love the accompanying poem and narrative! Smile John (Happy Easter!)

Beautifully captured...love the colours

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Griff2012
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17 Apr 2014 - 1:49 PM

A favourite of mine - lovely imagery. Thank you for the poem too, Smile Jacqui

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Greyheron
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17 Apr 2014 - 2:22 PM

Beautifully done Sylvia - delicious background and sumptuous complimentary colours throughout - a stunner …

Mike

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17 Apr 2014 - 3:34 PM

A beautiful floral image and accompanied by an interesting narrative,
R.

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DonMc
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17 Apr 2014 - 4:51 PM

Fantastic and sensitive image Sylvia!SmileSmileSmile
Don

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viscostatic
17 Apr 2014 - 9:10 PM

Beautiful light and colours Sylvia.

Phil.

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Glostopcat
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17 Apr 2014 - 9:29 PM

An exquisite floral image Sylvia, a real joy to view

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pluckyfilly
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17 Apr 2014 - 10:57 PM

Very pretty a great capture

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7102 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2014 - 9:56 AM

So you do flowers as well as you do wildlife SylviaWink gorgeous colours and atmosphere.

Happy Good FridaySmile

Trev

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annettep38
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26 May 2014 - 4:02 PM

beautiful soft light on the fragile flowers. a very delightful shot!

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