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Love In Idleness

By pamelajean
Firstly, many grateful thanks to bobsblues, EAS, cabbie, AlanBaseley, nikshot and Mavis for your User Awards on my Regal Pelargonium Duo. Thankyou Rob, Ann, Robert, Alan, Nick and Mavis.

I have titled these violets with one of the many attractive names bestowed upon this plant, generally because of its resemblance to a pensive human face. "Love In Idleness" was meant to imply the image of a lover who has little or no other employment than to think of his beloved one.

The name pansy is derived from the French, pensée meaning “thought” and was so named because the flower typically displays large showy face markings and in August it nods forward as if deep in thought. Because of this the pansy has long been a symbol of Freethought.
It has been honored with so rich a variety of names, at once expressive of grace, delicacy and tenderness. Many of these names play on the whimsical nature of love, including “Three Faces under a Hood,” “Flame Flower,” “Jump Up and Kiss Me,” “Flower of Jove,” and “Pink of my John".

The pansy's current appearance was developed from the Heartsease (viola tricolor) by two centuries of intentional crossbreeding of the wild plant, or "weed", called "Johnny Jump Up" in North America. The name “Heart’s-ease” came from the woman St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek signifies cheerfulness of mind. The woman, who refused marriage and took the veil, was considered a pattern of humility, hence the name “humble violet".


Tags: V Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Heartsease Tricolor Viola tricolor hortensis

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PattiW 12 24 2 United States
25 Jun 2012 5:37PM
Absolutely gorgeous! Patti Smile
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 5:38PM
lovely Grin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 5:42PM

25 Jun 2012 6:03PM
Gorgeous image Pam, wonderful depth of colour and very nicely composed. Very striking.

John Smile
cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 6:05PM
Top notch well done Pam

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
25 Jun 2012 6:13PM
An interesting write-up, Pamela, and a stunning image. Carol
saltireblue Plus
7 7.7k 33 Norway
25 Jun 2012 6:13PM
Although not a great 'flower man', I do like pansies because of the deep, velvet-like colours.
A wonderful shot, Pamela and excellently presented. Comprehensive info. in your notes as musn't get writers cramp!Smile

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
25 Jun 2012 6:14PM
Beautifully produced image in every way.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
25 Jun 2012 6:17PM
Such gorgeous bright eyecatching colours Pamela and a fascinating narrative to accompany the image.
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
25 Jun 2012 6:53PM
Great write up for a beautiful image. Super rich colours and very well presented, Pamela.

Mike_Smith Plus
10 469 1 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 6:54PM
Stunning image
25 Jun 2012 7:07PM
8 10 10 England
25 Jun 2012 7:13PM
Superb image and I enjoyed the write up - very interesting.
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
25 Jun 2012 8:05PM
firstly.. thank you for your UA.
this is a beautiful colourful image. nice info too.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
25 Jun 2012 8:06PM
A very fine commentary to accompany this excellent shot.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
25 Jun 2012 8:20PM
Vibrant colours and well detailed. Learnt something from your intro too. Excellent Pamela.

25 Jun 2012 9:37PM
A truly beautiful shot Pamela. Love it!

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 10:10PM
Got to have it again Pamela
superb image..and write up
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 10:32PM
Excellent shot Pamela, lots of detail lovely colours and very sharp.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
25 Jun 2012 10:44PM
Phew,-----I always knew that this love thing can be a complicated business Pamela.
I suppose this is where the old chestnut off ,''say it with flowers'' comes from !!
A well coloured image.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2012 8:22AM
I always think that given whiskers they could look like kittens and no two are ever the same! A lovely image Pamela and most interesting narrative.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
26 Jun 2012 3:18PM
Beautiful vibrant colours, a stunning capture, Pamela Wink
Trev Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
26 Jun 2012 4:27PM
LOVE the write-up and info, Pamela SmileSmile

But even they fade to grey when you behold the incredible colour and beauty of this image. My word...

snappersue 9 11 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2012 8:00PM
They are lovely colours. Definitely a lot more striking than the ones I grow. Sue
26 Jun 2012 9:27PM
Outstanding image
Paree 13 616 3
27 Jun 2012 8:47PM

so very beautiful,
i want to give it my award but they seem to have disappeared,
i will look tomorrow

27 Jun 2012 10:46PM
Beautiful, a stunning image Pam,and a lovely write up..Lin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Jun 2012 12:10AM
wonderful harmony of colours well composed and presented.
Many thanks for the interesting write-up, I've certainly learned something.
Paree 13 616 3
28 Jun 2012 8:51AM
whats happened to my awards,
they dont show up any more,
for my to give)
does any one know why ????????? Sad Sad Sad

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2012 9:15AM
not sure mine has shown up
for this lovely image...well I can see it.
xwang 8 56 8
28 Jun 2012 10:12AM
Excellent writing up, superb light and colour... beautiful indeed.. I always love them.. they look like butterfly for me..Smile
Thank you very much for your information about the fountain, Pamela.
milky 14 Wales
28 Jun 2012 3:41PM
Great image ,excellent light colours, outstanding worK-------Gary(milky)
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 5:13PM
Stunning image, so sharp and rich in vibrancy.
What an interesting narrative.
Guess people had little to think of to come up with all these
fanciful notions.
Nevertheless - interesting!
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 5:19PM
wow this just glows with beauty and detail, a lovely lovely image indeed.SmileSmileSmile
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 7:06AM
Wow Pamela the colours are very striking and I really like the colour vignette style frame. Super stuff. Paul
Tibetan 5 3 England
4 Jul 2012 11:11AM
Pamela I have never come across anyone that can photograph flowers and present them the way you do!, you have an amazing talent, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
evelen 13 5 England
9 Jul 2012 6:20PM
stunning image and colour.
29 Aug 2012 11:53PM
Beautiful SmileSmile

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