White lily flower.
This flower has a long and sophisticated signification
in european history ( especially in France ).
The lily was claimed to have sprung from the tears shed by Eve as she left Eden (just as that unrelated flower, the lily of the valley, was said to have grown from the tears of the Virgin at the foot of the Cross).
In Europe, Lily flower has been the symbol of purity and was accordingly adopted by the christian Church to associate the Virgin Mary's sanctity with events of special significance.
When Pope Leo III in 800 crowned Charlemagne as Emperor, he is reported to have presented him with a blue banner covered (semé) with golden fleurs-de-lys.
An event which may have given birth to the legend of the Virgin's gift to Clovis, as it formed the basis of Nicolas Upton's reference, around 1428.
Clovis is the same name as Lois, Loys and Louis, and as Loys was the contemporary spelling used by the Kings of France until Louis XIII (AD 1610), ":fleur-de-lys" has been claimed as a corruption of "fleur-de-Loys".
The French kings used the fleur-de-lys as an emblem of their sovereignty throughout centuries.
On his seal of 1060 (before heraldry became formalised), the king Philip I sits on his throne holding a short staff that terminates in a fleur-de-lys. The same staff appears in the great seal of Louis VII ( 1137-1180 ), whose signet ring was charged with a single fleur-de-lys. The great seals of Philip II and Louis VIII show them seated, holding in one hand a flower and in the other a sceptre on which is mounted an heraldic fleur-de-lys within a lozenge.
But long before this, although it may perhaps be merely coincidence and unrelated to later practice, the Roman Emperor Hadrian (AD 117-138) issued a coin which represented Gaule (as France then was) with a woman holding a lily in her hand.
Louis VII is believed to have been the first to use Azure semé of fleurs-de-lys ( designated as France ancient ) on his shield, but its use on a banner, and especially on the French royal standard, may have been earlier than this. The reduction to three fleurs-de-lys, today designated as "France Modern", was commanded by Charles V in 1376, reportedly in honour of the Holy Trinity.
This was copied by Henry IV of England who, following Edward III, had symbolised the English claim to France by placing the French lilies in his first quarter.
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kebarrow (23) 2005-11-15 20:01
This is a beautiful photo! It would have been nice with just the lily, but the sunset makes it amazing. I like the perspective that makes the lily look so big.
Igec (345) 2005-11-15 20:43
This one of those lovely photos. Congratulations! Great note as well! Keep up with the good work!
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2005-11-16 1:11
Hi jean renaud.
Excelent photo. Nice, nice definion, superb composition and lovely colors.
cobraphil8 (82) 2005-11-21 2:13
La gestion de la lumière est très bonne pour faire ressortir ce lys blanc. Et puis tu avais un super ciel ce soir là.
BlaiseCendrars (0) 2005-12-05 13:08
lovely composition Jean Renaud!
The lily is sharp and lighting is good and the background is great.
jbweasle (9373) 2006-01-02 0:51
Hello Jean, this is a very well lit shot of this lily. Well composed. But what makes this special is the red sky in the background.
novacain (2193) 2006-10-29 4:28
quels belles notes colorées avec ce ciel couchant à l'arrière. cela en ressort du calme et de la serenité.
merci pour ce post
gavinfrankel (0) 2006-11-09 3:13
well done on this photo, very good quality and i like the red sky in the background. Also liked your post text, all very interesting!
- Copyright: Jean Renaud Leborgne (jrleborgne) (1554)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax Optio 555
- Exposure: f/7.9, 1/40 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): flowers [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-11-15 17:56
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