November 'Photo of the Month'
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It’s the last day of November in the year 2023 and your photo of the month has now arrived… in the nick of time.
This is an image of a purple iris, taken in my flower bed, in the year 2019. As you can tell, the photograph is highly edited for artistic value and is the result of a vision that emerged during the creative process. One such edit was to transform the flower into a mirror image of itself, with an emphasis on angles, lines and deep penetrating color.
The title of the image is ‘Virility.’ By definition, virility refers to manhood, masculinity and procreation. So often we attribute flowers and petals to women and gift giving during romantic holidays. But in the natural world, the male reproductive parts of the flower —the filament and the anther—produce the pollen and are responsible for the fertilization carried out by wind, insects, birds, and others. This is indeed a noble trait, being that it perpetuates the survival of many species, through the production of pollen and sperm cells, spreading from flower to flower, on and on.
The term virility is to men what fertility is to women. And to me, it was the most obvious name to give this photograph. It is strong, sturdy, and full of vigorous life.
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Happy last day of November 2023!
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