It seems apt to post this at this time of year. This photograph was taken in the grounds of Milton Clevedon church – St James’s – near Shepton Mallet in Somerset. According to Wikipedia “the parish is part of the benefice of Evercreech with Chesterblade and Milton Clevedon within the Diocese of Bath and Wells”.
In taking photographs there – and of course I took many more besides this, of the building and its surroundings – I was struck by the peace and silence of the place. It is some distance from a road in what is already a quiet setting, and when one is used to being assailed by the sounds of traffic, trains and the endless chatter of digital media, tranquillity becomes a palpable and almost poignant experience, made more so by the presence of these flowers, with their well-known symbolism.
For the technically-minded, this was taken at ISO 200, f5.6, at 1/100th of a second, on a 40mm prime lens (Nikon), with macro facility.