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Eye Of Heaven

By pamelajean
A graceful Siberian Iris for you this time, IRIS SIBIRICA, which has been a symbol of royalty and divine protection for centuries throughout the world.
This flower is named after Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, because of the wide variety of flower colours in this genus, and the iris of the eye is named after her too, to reflect the many colours of the eye.
The word "iris" means "eye of heaven" because the goddess Iris would take messages from ‘the eye of heaven’ to earth travelling on the arc of the rainbow.
But she is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky, who travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld.
For the coastal-dwelling Greeks, the rainbow's arc was most often seen spanning the distance between cloud and sea, and so the goddess was believed to replenish the rain-clouds with water from the sea, with the use of her pitcher. She restored calm and balance to the forces of nature after a storm.
Iris is represented either as a rainbow, or as a beautiful young maiden with golden wings on her shoulders, wearing a multi-hued gown, and is associated with communication, messages, and new endeavors.
Her name contains a double meaning, being connected both with iris, "the rainbow," and eiris, "messenger".

I was thrilled to receive 7 User Awards for my clematis, a record for me.
Thankyou Gary (Growmore), Ronnie (RonnieAG), Ann (EAS), John (lifesnapper), Lin (sweetpea62), Dave (WhiteRose1) and Ken (franken).


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Iridaceae Siberian flag Iridoideae Asparagales

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Aug 2012 4:03PM
A sublime presentation, Pamela. Carol

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Paree 13 616 3
13 Aug 2012 4:08PM
I think this must be near to perfection,
its adorable,

happy to give you my paree award
13 Aug 2012 4:12PM
Superb image Pamela,
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
13 Aug 2012 4:14PM
Absoloutely stunning, Pamela, with wonderful detail, love it...think I might just have to part wioth my UA here Wink
Trev Smile
Tibetan 6 3 England
13 Aug 2012 4:16PM
Thank you Pamela I have masses of these this colour never knew the name, and as always very well presented with good detail and colour which in my estimation is true, very nice, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinWink
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 4:19PM
Wonderful composition Pamela and beautifully captured. Nice touch of purple/blue tone in the background, just gives it a lift.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
13 Aug 2012 4:20PM
Beautiful clarity and presentation again, Pamela. So skillfully produced.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 4:25PM
So beautifully presented and what a capture Pamela
love the hint of mauve also at the top
perfect image
Meditator 9 4 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 4:31PM
Very well presented detailed image. Composition, colour and detail all work really well.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
13 Aug 2012 4:39PM
Another fine shot Pamela and lyrical description too.
I think I would prefer to see Iris as that beautiful young maiden
who needs her wings clipped,rather than a rainbow however.
Not sure about her multi hued gown though.
I did not like these awful ones they wore on that Big Fat Gypsy Weddings on the telly.
And I certainly hope Iris was not as fat as some of these Gypsies either !!
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 4:44PM
Stunning !

Herge88 11 40 4 England
13 Aug 2012 4:55PM
Fantastic sharp details in this fine image.

Best Matt
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 5:03PM
Another superb shot Pamela. Excellent detail and colour. A beauty.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 5:16PM
The detail is, as always, spot on Pamela, but what I really like here are the background colours complementing the colours of the iris, and the arc of purple at the top fading to green! It's just beautiful!
13 Aug 2012 5:34PM
A gorgeous image and wonderful write up Pam', well done.

John Smile
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
13 Aug 2012 5:42PM
Stunning! Loved all the info too.

cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 5:45PM
Another stunning image top notch

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
13 Aug 2012 5:49PM
Floral images don't get better than this Pamela. Congratulations!

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
13 Aug 2012 5:50PM
A most attractive arrangement of the flowers and buds wthin the frame, beautifully captured and presented against that blue/green graduated b/g, Pamela.
Wendyp 6 England
13 Aug 2012 5:53PM
I love everything about this picture.

xwang 9 56 8
13 Aug 2012 6:00PM
Superb detail and colour..the background works very well, wonderful writing up.. glad to knowSmile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 6:17PM
A rather interesting and certainly informative foreword, supported by this somewhat awe inspiring image of such amazing quality.

Regards Nathan
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
13 Aug 2012 6:17PM
Gorgeous of flowers and toning b/g.
Very well done Pamela.

Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 7:28PM
Absolutely beautiful. Superb capture in ever way, Pamela.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 7:39PM
As good as they come PJTongue

superbly sharp throughout.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 7:52PM
Thankyou so much Maureen, Trev and Albert for your User Awards, I am always thrilled to receive them.
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
13 Aug 2012 8:24PM
Beautiful presentation Pamela - they look like floral rockets ready to launch.Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
13 Aug 2012 8:45PM
A beautiful iris Pamela, you've presented this one to perfection
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
13 Aug 2012 9:49PM
lovely capture and so beautifully presented with the background colours.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 9:53PM
Crikey, two more UAs, I can't believe it......thankyou so much Adrian and LillianGrinGrinGrin.
13 Aug 2012 10:48PM
Stunning Pam,beautiful work,love your background..Lin
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
14 Aug 2012 1:52AM
The soft bckground gradient add so much to this beautiful image!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
14 Aug 2012 6:16AM
Don't see many of these around my way. Very beautiful. These remind me of my childhood.
14 Aug 2012 8:20AM
Beautiful presentation Pamela and well deserved awards
Ray42 10 3 England
14 Aug 2012 8:49AM
An excellent shot - pin sharp and a good use of dof making the iris jump out
Five very well deserved UA's
The quality that comes from an artist as good as you, it ticks all my boxes, ...superb top class image. A++++
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
14 Aug 2012 11:58AM
Ho...lee...cow. The detail, clarity and colour here are ammmaaazing, Pamela!!! Jeez. And that smooth background REALLY makes the iris stand out.


In awe.

saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
14 Aug 2012 7:08PM
Simply superb and stunning, Pamela.

Malc (Doffs cap and touches forelock in deference)
14 Aug 2012 7:53PM
Pamela, just catching up been mad week so far, wanted to come back to you and comment, lovely comp with great detail and strong colours......very nice work.

snappersue 9 11 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 6:55AM
Stunning. Sue
15 Aug 2012 2:44PM
Absoloutely stunning, wonderful detail, love the bg
15 Aug 2012 9:13PM
Lovely - and they are one of my faviorate flowers. Nice image..

15 Aug 2012 9:43PM
WOW!! What a fantastic shot Pamela. Simply beautiful, and the colours and detail are second to none. Great work!!

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:45PM
Another UA!? Thankyou so much, Jane.

And thankyou all for your very kind and favourable comments, too, they are very much appreciated.
15 Aug 2012 11:17PM
The picture of the highest class! Bravo!Smile
In response to your comment: I meant - a snag, this is a flooded dead tree.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
17 Aug 2012 1:42PM
fantastic detail.. wonderfully arranged.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2012 6:13PM
Wow, thankyou Philip, that now makes 7 UAs, I'm such a lucky girl.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
21 Aug 2012 12:35AM
You'd get another one if I had it to give,,Tongue

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 12:41PM
Beautifully captured and well deserved awards Pamela SmileSmile
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
22 Aug 2012 7:32PM
This is stunning in its sharp simplicity. I love it

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