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Five Birds Together

By pamelajean
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.

Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Poisonous Medicinal Ranunculaceae Aquilegia vulgaris Rockbell Culverwort Saxon Buttercup family

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Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 6:16PM
Lovely............. great coloursGrin

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Sep 2012 6:18PM
Love how you always think about your backgrounds......Good work again!

3 Sep 2012 6:21PM
Beautiful image Pamela, excellent work,
evelen 13 5 England
3 Sep 2012 6:23PM
beautiful image and colour love your backgrounds on all your shots .
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Sep 2012 6:28PM
A beauty, Pamela, and the background is so complementary with the columbine, all in all a top class image. Carol
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
3 Sep 2012 6:31PM
So beautiful

Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 6:45PM
Lovely composition. Excellent detail and light.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 6:49PM
All of the above and then some.
3 Sep 2012 6:52PM
Cracking image Pamela and well captured
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 7:05PM
Cracking image Pamela, luv the composition, colours and superb lighting, works really well with the background.
Well done.
Darryl. xSmileSmileSmile
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 7:16PM
Cracking shot !!!....lovely quality from that HS20 !!!!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Sep 2012 7:51PM
The image is well chosen to demonstrate your text! Bravo!
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
3 Sep 2012 8:29PM
Bright as a button..........GrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 8:36PM
Delicious. These have self-seeded into our garden, I love them.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 8:41PM
At least I can give you the 30 vote here Pamela
what a stunning image
crisp and beautiful
3 Sep 2012 8:56PM
Beautiful image well presented SmileSmile
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
3 Sep 2012 9:21PM
The bright sunlight has produced shadows that really add shape to the flowers. Lovely image.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
3 Sep 2012 9:38PM
Gorgeous floral image, as ever. So enjoyed the interesting info in your write-up too.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Sep 2012 10:05PM
A beautifully presented floral image Pamela, the background colour complements these lovely flowers so well
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2012 10:22PM
Lovely image gorgeous colours and excellent detail

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Sep 2012 10:54PM
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 !!
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 4:15AM
Beautifully usual Smile

cptdaniel 6 1 United States
4 Sep 2012 6:40AM
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.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 7:33AM
Very nice.

Ray42 10 3 England
4 Sep 2012 8:00AM
An excellent and striking image Pamela and a very interesting write up too
4 Sep 2012 12:06PM
Stunning,beautiful work Pam..Lin
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 1:44PM
Fascinating write up Pamela - and a glorious image of these beautiful flowers. Love the background too which shows them off so well.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Sep 2012 3:36PM
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
Tibetan 6 3 England
4 Sep 2012 4:17PM
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
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Sep 2012 4:56PM
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

PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 10:09PM
superb image. paul
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Sep 2012 10:27PM
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
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
6 Sep 2012 12:14AM
Lovely work PJ,just off to make a brew.WinkSmile
Wendyp 6 England
6 Sep 2012 6:54PM
Very pretty picture and lovely colours.

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

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 7:09PM
Nice bg and really lovely colours and lighting Pam.
1881 6 India
7 Sep 2012 7:50PM

xwang 9 56 8
7 Sep 2012 10:05PM
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.
Pure magic !!!GrinGrinGrin

faulknerstv 13 421 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 8:06AM
Stunning shot, great colour and detail.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
9 Sep 2012 11:03AM
Beautiful macro, and I enjoyed reading the interesting write up.
9 Sep 2012 2:37PM
excellent light and colour i only just noticed this as it was showing as the current e2 image nice work

very fine result

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 2:44PM
Featured E2 photo at the moment - really caught my eye. Such beautiful blue shades and most interesting background information.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 6:10PM
Mmmmh.... very beautiful!
10 Sep 2012 4:26PM
With your permission, I picked up this beauty to my favorites!Smile
Regards Valery

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