Friday, March 26, 2010

The Promise of Spring

The iris's history is rich, dating back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide the dead in their journey. Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the iris’s exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces.

Through its intricate history, the meanings of the iris have come to include faith, hope, and wisdom. I guess I have the wisdom to faithfully hope for spring to arrive!

6 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Gorgeous shot!

Matt Decell said...

Great colors. I like the details and textures. Well done!!

Jacob said...

Beautiful! I'd say you've found your sign of spring!

valeria said...

I love the Iris, even its name is lovely! Bellissima macro , Saretta, I hope you are enjoying the beginning of spring. xxx

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful colors. The purple sheen on the iris makes it look silken.

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow, you're way ahead of the Seattle area ... tulips are blooming, but iris won't be along for a while yet.