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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

Voters: Michaela_Solway, KarenFB, PattiW and 73 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


Like little lights.. Excellent colours & presentation.. Wink
PattiW 16 24 2 United States
25 Jun 2012 5:37PM
Absolutely gorgeous! Patti Smile
graceland 17 2.6k 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 5:38PM
lovely Grin
franken Plus
19 5.4k 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
14 31 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 6:05PM
Top notch well done Pam

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
25 Jun 2012 6:13PM
An interesting write-up, Pamela, and a stunning image. Carol
saltireblue Plus
11 12.6k 79 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 20 920 24 England
25 Jun 2012 6:14PM
Beautifully produced image in every way.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
25 Jun 2012 6:17PM
Such gorgeous bright eyecatching colours Pamela and a fascinating narrative to accompany the image.
Jasper87 Plus
12 2.9k 158 England
25 Jun 2012 6:53PM
Great write up for a beautiful image. Super rich colours and very well presented, Pamela.

Mike_Smith Plus
14 859 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 6:54PM
Stunning image
25 Jun 2012 7:07PM
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
25 Jun 2012 7:13PM
Superb image and I enjoyed the write up - very interesting.
zapar40 11 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
12 154 119 Scotland
25 Jun 2012 8:06PM
A very fine commentary to accompany this excellent shot.
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 51 England
25 Jun 2012 8:20PM
Vibrant colours and well detailed. Learnt something from your intro too. Excellent Pamela.

Snapitt 12
25 Jun 2012 9:37PM
A truly beautiful shot Pamela. Love it!

Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 10:10PM
Got to have it again Pamela
superb image..and write up
HELANA 12 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2012 10:32PM
Excellent shot Pamela, lots of detail lovely colours and very sharp.
mikbee 14 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
11 442 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
13 13 19 England
26 Jun 2012 3:18PM
Beautiful vibrant colours, a stunning capture, Pamela Wink
Trev Smile
ChiliMan 15 135 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 13 11 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2012 8:00PM
They are lovely colours. Definitely a lot more striking than the ones I grow. Sue
canonfan 11 7 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2012 9:27PM
Outstanding image
Paree 16 616 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 10 220 42 Luxembourg
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 16 616 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
12 23 17 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2012 9:15AM
not sure mine has shown up
for this lovely image...well I can see it.
xwang 12 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 18 5 Wales
28 Jun 2012 3:41PM
Great image ,excellent light colours, outstanding worK-------Gary(milky)
Irishkate 11 45 121 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 13 142 6 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 5:19PM
wow this just glows with beauty and detail, a lovely lovely image indeed.SmileSmileSmile
PaulLiley 12 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 9 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 17 5 England
9 Jul 2012 6:20PM
stunning image and colour.
29 Aug 2012 11:53PM
Beautiful SmileSmile

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