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Love In Vain

By pamelajean
Firstly, a big thankyou to RonnieAG, Paree and NaturesHaven for their User Awards on my Osteo Quartet. Thankyou Ronnie, Maureen and Julia.

The word "love" is used in the naming of many flowers, and of course flowers are often given with love. There's a link there somewhere.
This is Morning Glory, a trumpet-shaped twining vine, aptly named because it blooms in the morning and dies by the afternoon.
In Chinese folklore, they represent a single day for lovers to meet. In the traditional Chinese tale attached to the flower, two young lovers, Chien Niu and Chih Neu, fell in love and neglected their duties in caring for water buffalo and sewing. In anger, gods separated the lovers on opposite sides of the Silver River and allowed them to meet just one day each year. So it is symbolic of that single day each year in which the Chinese lovers are allowed to meet.
Also because the flowers blossom in the morning and die by afternoon or nightfall, in the Victorian meaning of flowers, they signify love, affection or mortality. They represent the sometimes fleeting nature of affection, but because the vine produces new flowers every day during its growth season, they also represent the renewable nature of love. Given its short lifespan, it also signifies unrequited love. Images of morning glory vines can be found on Victorian headstones, symbolizing mortality, mourning, the shortness of life, or resurrection.
Pamela.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Convolvulacea Ipomoea nil

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Comments


evelen 11 5 England
9 Jul 2012 6:25PM
another wonderful image.
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CarolG Plus
9 193 18 Greece
9 Jul 2012 6:39PM
A beautiful presentation, Pamela. They are in full bloom everywhere here, and put on such a wonderful show. Carol
9 Jul 2012 6:52PM
A wonderful presentation of this gorgeous Flower Pam, one of my BIG fav's.

John Smile
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
9 Jul 2012 6:56PM
Crisp, clear and superbly presented, Pamela, and a great accompanying description.

Dave
Paree 11 616 3
9 Jul 2012 7:10PM
so very beautiful
once again

and clever you to match the background so well

paree
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
9 Jul 2012 7:30PM
Splendid piece of work and a joy to look at.

Albert
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
9 Jul 2012 7:47PM
An interesting write up to accompany this gprgeous image.
Joan.
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
9 Jul 2012 8:07PM
beautiful vibrant colours and so well presented, Love it.
ant.
Mynett 7 142 6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 8:08PM
these look like they are lit from within such wonderful processing to show them off to perfection

Linda
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
9 Jul 2012 8:10PM
Beautiful image Pamela - gorgeous blue flowers. Super presentation.
Brian.
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
9 Jul 2012 8:17PM
A fabulous floral image Pamela, such gorgeous colours and first class presentation, and an interesting narrative to accompany it
9 Jul 2012 8:26PM
Gorgeous! Love your presentation... Jude
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 8:29PM
Lovely capture and presentation Pamela - and a great bit of information about it too.SmileSmile
Helen
pamelajean Plus
10 951 1799 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 9:41PM
LINDA: That's just how they look to me, like little lamp shades with a light deep down inside.
hobbo Plus
5 953 2 England
9 Jul 2012 9:43PM
This is one of the best flower studies I have seen this year.

Hobbo
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
9 Jul 2012 9:56PM
Love your narrative-- your manipulation works well, lovely indeed!
annettep38 Plus
4 217 38 Costa Rica
9 Jul 2012 10:04PM
Impressed with your work - and the learned knowledge of different cultures.
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 10:12PM
Love it PJ

A cracking display of colour


Adrian
Lillian Plus
6 21 17 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2012 10:29PM
Whatever you are doing with that 'power shot' I need to know
have the canon power shot sx230 hs
and get nothing like this...ok I know it's the person behind the lens
Pamela this is exquisite
Lillian
Fantastic image Pamela. The colours are really beautiful.

Jane
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
9 Jul 2012 10:39PM
Gorgeous colours Pamela,
and a good lesson for me here too.
I shall tell my wife to get some sewing done,
while I take my water buffalo a walk down to the pub !!
Mick.
A beautiful glow from within .. Stunning image with beautiful colour tones .. Class ....
posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 5:01AM
A wonderful story, and a superb image.

Barry
Ray42 8 3 England
10 Jul 2012 6:59AM

Quote:Beautiful vibrant colours and so well presented, Love it.
ant.


Me too - and enjoyed the write up too
CaroleS Plus
5 412 3 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 8:02AM
Pamela, the composition and clarity of the whole image is superb, and the way you have caught the light shows off the lovely form and colour of those flowers.
Carole
franken Plus
13 3.8k 4 Wales
10 Jul 2012 8:51AM
Beautiful!

Ken
Detail is second to none amazing colour you always produce outstanding work and this is another. superb.

John
xwang 6 32 7
10 Jul 2012 9:52AM
This is a superb image, Pamela. The colour, light, detail.. background..are all perfect. What I love most is the tenderness of the flowers you presented. This brought the flowers alive..
A lovely and sad Chinese Story..excellent writing up!I might have heard of it when I was about 4 or 5 years old.. I even couldn't remember the names now.. only vagely remembered that I was asked to look at the moon, to find a young woman and a rabbit there by an old lady.. I thought that she just wanted to shut me up..Grin ..
10 Jul 2012 10:57AM
Wow, what stunning colours Smile A very beautiful capture, Pamela, superb detail, and excellently presented. Very interesting write-up, too Wink
Trev Smile
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 1:44PM
wow, thats beautiful
bun Smile
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
10 Jul 2012 2:26PM
I never knew that about morning glories! Great write-up, Pamela. I love morning glories. We have 5 types in our garden but the one you've put up is my favourite one. I've never taken a shot anywhere near this quality, though!

Bravo.

Andrew Smile
10 Jul 2012 4:23PM
Superb work Pam,such a beautiful capture..Lin
Niknut Plus
6 1.2k 68 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 5:15PM
Ooooo...gorgeous shot !!.....amazing clarity, but it's the lighting that I find striking, each flower-head
seems to be 'internally lit' ??.....a fascinating & beautiful effect !!!
netta1234 Plus
4 307 2 Wales
10 Jul 2012 9:47PM
BEAUTIFULSmileSmileSmileSmileGreat presentation
NettaSmileSmile
Wendyp 3 England
10 Jul 2012 11:28PM
A very beautiful picture, I love the colours that create a framing around the flowers an d the delicate detail. Within this picture.

Wendy
11 Jul 2012 11:02AM
Beautiful, lovely colour, really outstanding
Jim
Tibetan 3 3 England
11 Jul 2012 1:50PM
I love these I had some striped one appear in my garden from where I know not but! yes they lasted one day each flower, wonderful colour and your presentation is great, thank you for your nice comment, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 10:38AM
Beautiful image, fabulous colours and excellent detail, beautifully captured and presented.

Thank you for the i/d on my upload of yesterday, much appreciated

Hugh
NeilWigan Plus
5 12 15 England
13 Jul 2012 11:23PM
Lovely work on the flowers Pamela,i think the vignette is a bit strong and draws attention from the main subject ,but its your picture and lovely as always.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
15 Jul 2012 11:25AM
Beautiful colour and detail Pamela. Lovely write up too.
Rende
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
16 Jul 2012 9:01PM
Absolutely glorious Pamela . I didn't grow any this year for some reason . Every detail is there even a tiny drop of moisture. Love the background 2 xxx
PaulLiley 6 2 13 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2012 8:27AM
Super image Lighting is spot on love the presentation. paul

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