Photo Essay

Spring Indeed - The Perpeual Astonishment

Spring Indeed - 02.Snowflake

It all started with a photo I saw few years ago, similar to 'The Snowdrop' one below. It remained into my mind and this year I said to myself that I should try shooting something alike. A couple of days after taking and uploading that photo, JPG came with 6 new themes and among them there was 'Bloom'. So I thought 'why not continue with this kind of photos all spring long, even try to make some series ?!'

With two self-portrait ones and the help of wonderful people around me for the other photos, I've succeeded in my task, shooting some of the most important spring messengers.

I'm not so good in telling stories, so I leave that to my photos. Below you will find some data about the flowers I've pictured.

The Snowdrop (Latin: Galanthus nivalis) is the first flower coming even out through the snow, forecasting the spring arrival. It is considered to be one of the most delicate flowers on Earth - a symbol of fragility and tenderness.

The Snowflake (Latin: Leucojum aestivum) is called also 'The Marsh Snowdrop' and appears a couple of weeks later, being more solid and brassy.

The Dandelion (Latin: Taraxacum officinale), you can meet them on every grass field... and not few at number. It is famous for its medicinal uses as a tea or eaten even fresh.

The Tulip (Latin: Tulipa) has the origins in Southern Europe, Northern Africa and Asia, where you can find it even on Iran's national flag. It includes over 100 species and in my country it is very, very popular.

The Elderberry (Latin: Sambucus nigra) is very well known as a medicinal tea flower or even used fresh for making of refreshing drinks. In the past, people put it in horses' mane in order to drive away the flies with its powerful smell.

The Chamomile (Latin: Matricaria chamomilla), maybe the most known medicinal flower on Earth, is very frequently met on the fields of my country. It has an apple like scent and in the past it was used as a dye to produce green color, but mostly for alternative therapy uses. For example, US National Library of Medicine lists over 100 separate diseases which chamomile has been traditionally used to treat.

The Forsythia (Latin: Forsythia) is also called "Golden Rain" because of the shining yellow flowers which bloom in the early spring, even before the leaves are produced. Forsythia had overtaken many European gardens and parks as an ornament flower.

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20 responses

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    Fabulous photostory! Excellent captures of the wonderful flowers.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    This is superbly done, an absolute "yea" from me!

  • Tijana Cvjetićanin

    Tijana Cvjetićanin said (22 Apr 2009):

    love your essay! it's a real treat, great idea and gorgeous photos. looking forward to more images in this! (and a big yes from me, too :)

  • Juergen Thode

    Juergen Thode said (23 Apr 2009):

    Great pictures, very well arranged :-))

  • peggy yen

    peggy yen said (23 Apr 2009):

    this is a great shot =) you got my vote!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (25 Apr 2009):

    A delightful essay, Camil, and all beautiful and emotive images. Looking forward to seeing more in this series. Got my vote.

  • ~Tizy ~

    ~Tizy ~ gave props (26 Apr 2009):

    excelent story , and ``mirobolante`` poooze :">

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (7 May 2009):

    This is just so well done! I vote yes!

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos said (15 May 2009):

    Very interesting description about these flowering plants. Spring really inspire us to enjoy life! All the best.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (26 May 2009):

    It rocks for me. Nice photos. dp

  • Jim Pope

    Jim Pope said (26 May 2009):

    Nice Spring series of really excellent images that tell the story well. I like the narrative bits about each flower, too.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (27 May 2009):

    I find this very creative and you have a good thing going with excellent photos for your essay, Camil...My vote!

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (5 Sep 2009):

    Brilliant essay!

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    Not good at writing stories?? You sell yourself short....this is great!! My vote

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    An absolute yes here, too. Wonderful images. Unusual, creative, fresh, and evocative.

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (10 Jul 2010):

    You have my vote.

  • Rebecca Kinzie Bastian

    Rebecca Kinzie Bastian gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    Beautiful. Really lovely.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (26 Apr 2011):

    Beautiful images and story! *voted*

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (23 May 2011):

    1000 yes, and yet one more YES!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Jun 2011):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

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