Lily of the Valley

The lily of the valley is also known as the convallaria majalis. This flower is very unique and it may be the only one of the species, this flower is not a lily and it is important to know that.

Lily of the valley is supposed to protect gardens from evil spirits and is known to have been used as a charm against witches' spells. It is also considered the flower of fairies, its tiny bells used as cups from which to drink. Some European countries believe lily of the valley prompts visions of heaven, aiding man to see a brighter future. In Germany and Scandinavia, the flower is a springtime symbol of good luck. In England, when St. Leonard of Sussex fought his grievous great battle with a dragon during the sixth century, as a commemoration to his efforts, the flowers are believed to have sprung from the ground where his blood spilled. It is also believed that the flower is in honor of Maia, the daughter of the mythological Atlas. Alternatively, some believe the flower is bad luck and should only be used on graves, in honor of death.

(Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss ZF.2 100mm 2,0 T* Makro-Planar, iso 200, handheld)

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