Forget-me-not

A local arboretum had masses of this non-native wildflower in a few spots:

The masses of blue were irresistable. I learned a new word, calque, when I read about this flower. The name forget-me-not is calqued (translated word-for-word) from the German Vergissmeinnicht. The English name has been around since the 1400s.  Vergissmeinnicht is also the name of a few German lieder, including one by Schubert.

12 thoughts on “Forget-me-not

  1. You did a good job in limiting the focus to your subject and including it in an out-of-focus arc of the same color. A broader arc echoes across the background.

    My years studying linguistics acquainted me with the word calque. A synonym that explains what a calque is is loan translation.

    • That was the image idea: a small in-focus stem in the foreground against out-of-focus flowers, all the same color, all the same flower. The arcs of flowers were what made this patch attractive. I thought you were a mathematician, not a linguist! Not that they are mutually exclusive.

  2. I LOVE this! It is one of my favorite flowers, and this image of it is absolutely stunning.
    It is fun to learn that about its name. Just last night my husband and I were reading about the meaning of double dots over vowels, and the different names they have depending on the circumstances.

    • 🙂 Thank you!
      I’ve gotten in the habit of looking for masses of the same flower to see what I can do with them. I was lucky with the relative positions of the foregound and background flowers for this image. I know those double dots as umlauts in German. There are so many marks for special sounds (dieresis, cedilla, accent grave…)

      • Oh good for you to be able to remember them! I confess my eyes glaze over and I quickly forget…

  3. When I was a child, reproductions of these flowers were used in many ways: porcelain for vases; straw for hats; and so on. I never realized there was a real flower behind all those arts and crafts; it’s only been in the past few years I’ve seen them on blogs such as yours. They’re pretty little things, but you’ve moved them into the realm of real beauty.

    • The first time I photographed forget-me-nots, I found them in an unattractive ditch near some woods. Since then, I find them in wet places here and there, but never as many as in this patch. The beauty was in the crowd of flowers – so much blue.

  4. We have these multiplying throughout our yard, and you know – I have never photographed them! Time to change that I think. I like your placement of the single stalk in the frame on this one Tom.

    • Thanks, Mark. I’ve been thinking about compositions with the subject small in the frame like this for a while. It opens up the composition to the surrounds.

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