The Daffodil blooms for a short time here around my place near the Ouachita National Forest. The rain we have had the past couple of weeks has knocked the flowers down. These flowers show to me that winter is almost over and the newborn wildlife will start appearing.
I read that the Daffodil is the national flower of Wales and the symbol of cancer charities in many countries.
The Daffodil is also a national flower symbolizing the new year or Newroz in the Iranian culture.
In the West, the narcissus is perceived as a symbol of vanity, in the East as a symbol of wealth and good fortune, while in Persian literature, the Daffodil is a symbol of beautiful eyes.
In western countries the daffodil is also associated with spring festivals such as Lent and its successor Easter. In the United Kingdom the daffodil is sometimes called the Lenten lily.
Although prized as an ornamental flower, some people consider Daffodils unlucky, because they hang their heads implying misfortune. White Daffodils, are especially associated with death and have been called grave flowers. In Ancient Greece, Daffodils were planted near tombs.
I also read and if you’re superstitious you should always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.
How I Got The Shot – Daffodil
I was using my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting handheld. I was in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second at f8 and the ISO at 800. White Balance set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.