Peonies, in the Victorian Language of Flowers have several meanings. Bashful being one of them. To capture this delicate flower on a breezy morning just after a rain shower I used the following settings: SS 1/800 F 5.0 ISO 400. As always, the shallow depth of field produced a magical and ethereal effect.
“Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.” – Marilyn Monroe
Because it really does take more than passion to make marriage a success. It really does take one layer of relationship after another to make it work.
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why the above quote? In my post titled “2013 Peony Series – 01” I provided the meanings of the Peony. Anger was one of the meanings. I chose this quote and image not because the image makes me feel angry, but because if you look closely at the image there is a Peony hiding in the background as though perhaps it is angry, or has caused anger.
I love the quote because it is so true and there is no value in holding onto anger, only in letting it go.
“I confess that I love him, I rejoice that I love him, I thank the maker of Heaven and Earth that gave him to me. The exultation floods me.”-
– Emily Dickinson
As an introduction to the Peony series I must share with you the meanings of the Peony in the language of flowers. The meanings vary and include a wide range of emotions.
Peony: Shame, happy marriage, compassion, anger, bashfulness
The image posted above is titled heavenly because it appears that the flower petals float off into infinity, or heaven. It is dreamy, like pink clouds. The quote links the meaning of the peony, happy marriage, with the title of the image. Love and heaven united.