Lovely Iris is a digitally enhanced photograph of a gorgeous spring iris. The lighting was just perfect the afternoon I took this photo.
Iris is the Greek name for rainbow and refers to the many colors of her gorgeous flowers. Iris is also the name of a Greek goddess who medically and magically creates an iridescent bridge between the realms of human and Divine. Iris also is known to carry purifying and protective energies. Irises are placed on thatched roofs in Japan to purify the environment and protect from fire. Another example is the use of yellow irises for water purification. They are usually planted in a reed bed foundation. The roots consume nutrient pollutants, like what comes from agricultural runoff.
Irises are perennial plants that grow from rhizomes or bulbs. They have long, sturdy stems and arrow shaped leaves and spectacular flowers. Standard irises have three petals that stand upright and three petals that fall downward and many have a beard of short, upright extensions in the midline of the falling petals. The downward petals provide an ideal landing zone for pollinating insects. The flowers, sometimes called flags, are easy to cultivate and propagate and are very popular garden flowers. With 260 – 300 species, there are many to choose from.
A stylized version the iris, the fleur-de-lis, was adopted as a symbol of the French kings of the House of Capet in the 12th century. A white fleur-de-lis on a red background was the symbol for the city of Florence, Italy until the Medici family came into power and reversed the colors to a white fleur-de-lis on a red background. The iris is also found on the flag for Brussels-Capital region and as a symbol of Scouting.
Gardens are lovely planned, mostly outdoor, spaces devoted to a particular form and function. Botanical gardens are mostly for the cultivation, display and enjoyment of plants that may be ornamental and or food crops. Examples include vegetable gardens and rose and butterfly flower gardens. Some garden follow a formal design like a xeriscape Zen garden or a formal English garden with mazes, statuary and water fountains. Natural gardens tend to be somewhat less defined.
Gardens often contain constructed elements such as ponds or other water features, sometimes with fish, arbors, trellises, gazebos, and works of art, paths, decks and lighting. All elements are designed to support the plants and to create aesthetic interest and delight for the senses. Gardens provide a means to co-create with nature, and a place to observe the change of the seasons and bird and animals in the natural world.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
May 9th, 2020
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