E.J.Wilkins

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David's flower

Saint David's Day ~ Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant ~ is celebrated on March 1st .

St David is the Patron Saint of Wales. The daffodil is the accepted national flower for Wales, although there is some confusion because the leek is the national vegetable. Welsh for Daffodil is "Cenin Pedr", for the leek it is "Cennin" or "Cenhinen".

Those celebrating Saint David's Day will wear a daffodil in their buttonhole or on their hat.

Here is some information from the BBC website - Saint David -

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i pawb!

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P. S.
I'm not sure why, but this picture is not as sharp as the original and it's now too late to do anything about it.
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David's flower

Saint David's Day ~ Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant ~ is celebrated on March 1st .

St David is the Patron Saint of Wales. The daffodil is the accepted national flower for Wales, although there is some confusion because the leek is the national vegetable. Welsh for Daffodil is "Cenin Pedr", for the leek it is "Cennin" or "Cenhinen".

Those celebrating Saint David's Day will wear a daffodil in their buttonhole or on their hat.

Here is some information from the BBC website - Saint David -

Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i pawb!

please visit my vfxy
.
..........

P. S.
I'm not sure why, but this picture is not as sharp as the original and it's now too late to do anything about it.
..........

comments (20)

happy st david ! I am learning something as well as seeing a shot, great ;-) I like the angle but it's a little to dark (I use a laptop though...)
EJWilkins: Yes, it is dark Dafredo, that's because it was cloudy and the flower was/is growing in the shadow of a very tall and very dark Yew hedge. Sorry if it doesn't work on your computer. sad
  • alex
  • 1 Mar 2007, 04:14
yeah, not very sharp, but i don't care. good one again, ellie. and thanks for the history and etymology lesson. i always chalk up a day as a "win" if i learn something. smile
EJWilkins: I like to learn too, and since I've been here on Shutterchance I've learned so much about people's lives and traditions in very comfy surroundings.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 1 Mar 2007, 04:30
Happy Saint David's day! I knew your Welsh language skills would come in handy, even if it is just to amaze people like me with how many consonants can be lined up in a row without any vowels to break them up smile

The daffodil looks fine to me in terms of being in focus. If anything it could perhaps use a little more contrast, but it is very nice as is.
EJWilkins: Ah, but you see, in Welsh the letter 'y' is a vowel wink it has two sounds depending on where it is in the word. It can be an 'ee' (as in deep) or an 'u' (as in up) so Dydd sounds a bit like deeth, because dd makes the th sound ... her ends your Welsh lesson for today wink
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 1 Mar 2007, 05:08
What a splendid way to start March, Ms. Ellie! I never knew about this St. David (there are so many saints, aren't there!) and have enjoyed getting my education at the start of my day!

The tidbit I loved the most from your link:

"His shrine became a great place of pilgrimage; four visits to the shrine at St David's were considered the equivalent of two to Rome, and one to Jerusalem!"

That's really saying something! smile

Happy St.David's Day to you and yours! His flower is delighted in by many all over the world as one of the first signs of spring. Your capture of it (with your new camera!) is absolutely fine the way it is. I love how you've cropped it!
EJWilkins: Thanks Ginnie. Yes, he was an important person in his own right before he was made a saint.
I'm delighted that the daffodils in our garden have started to open almost exactly on cue, for this day, they were only planted last year. Hopefully next year they'll have grown into larger clumps and there'll be more flowers to enjoy.
Did you wear a Daffodil? What a confusion with the names!
The photo is so... very... yellow... and lovely wink
EJWilkins: Yes, I wear a daffodil, but I don't use a fresh/real one because I buy one each year from one of the cancer charity shops.
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1 Mar 2007, 07:36
Yakky da (don't know how to spell it although my Mother is Welsh)! It looks like those SC gremlins have been at work again - pixel expansion in upload? Still a very nice close up Ellie. I do agree that the contras could be upped a bit, but what the hell, it is still very good. Many regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Iechyd da!
Too late to do anything because I was busy and by the time I checked the picture out it was already live, no matter, I'll know for another time. Thanks Neil.
  • Josť-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona)
  • 1 Mar 2007, 08:22
The set is pleasant, but you are right when saying that he is a little defocused. But nice DOF too.
EJWilkins: Thanks Jose smile
Nice DOF
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal smile
Nay, that's right; but why wear you your leek today?
Saint Davy's day is past.

Henry V, Act V, Scene I

The whole scene is funny, all about leeks. It was the first thing I thought of when I read your post. (Well, okay, I had to look up the reference. The ACTUAL first thing I thought was, "Oh, there was something about leeks in one of Shakespeare's Henry plays.")
EJWilkins: I think the Welsh Guards wear leeks in their hats today, I should have checked.
yes, that quote is from a rather amusing scene. thanks for finding it smile
Ah, you found a single one then! wink and its sharp where it needs to be Ellie smile
EJWilkins: I did find a single one Chris, yes grin .. but only after going through various contortions to separate it from the one it was close to, while battling with gusts of wind. Hopefully next year there will be more of these in the garden, and I'll be brave enough to pick one and take it indoors to experiment photographically.
magnifique fleur... rayonnante comme un soleil
  • xavi
  • barcelona
  • 1 Mar 2007, 16:48
great great picture magnifique congratulations
  • julischka
  • Germany, near Frankfurt am Main
  • 1 Mar 2007, 18:11
To me it's perfect. I like the English name of that flower. They are starting to bloom here. Spring is coming!
And a great call for springtime Ellie !! You know how I love flowers... !! Thanks for your nice and lovely message today Ellie !! ;-)
One of my very favorite flowers and a sure sign that spring is on it's way!
That is a beautiful flower, love the middle of the flower, almost like a litle bird sticking out it's beak... smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Mar 2007, 20:48
Great daffodil. I think your issue with sharpness is an yellow issue. Difficult colour and what it combines with. I find that if i keep on studying this pic, certain parts become more clear as me eye roves.
  • Dotun
  • USA
  • 1 Mar 2007, 23:52
I like the soft focus of this shot
A smell of spring is around this blog smile smile
The detail here is great. As Zebigleb says you can smell spring looking at this picture. I like seeing this bright sun-like flower against the dark contrasting background.

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