“Lily of the Valley”
“If people did not love one another, I really don’t see what use there would be in having any spring.”
― Victor Hugo
This flower is my sure sign of spring. Though it was a bit late this year, due to cooler, wetter days, it still managed to bloom in May. There always seem to be a few hardy specimens that bloom early, despite cooler weather.
May is a busy month of celebrations in our family. It’s my wife’s birthday, my anniversary, my mother-in-law’s birthday, and my oldest daughter’s birthday, within a two-week span. And the lily of the valley is usually part of those celebrations, adding its sweet fragrance throughout.
With its brilliant white, bell-shaped flowers, it proved a bit more of a challenge to photograph that I had first thought. Either when whites were blown out or the green leaves were too dark. I managed to finally find the balance and am sharing it here.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100
High Resolution image on 500px