June 15 2017

Photo of the Week: A Peony in Full Bloom

By: Rich Hosford

Another week, another photo to highlight.


This week’s photo is a validation of all the rain we’ve been getting so far this spring. It was sent in by our own BNEWS Anchor Phil Gallagher and shows a beautiful peony in bloom.


Peonies are flowering plants native to Asia, Europe and Western North America that flower in late spring or early summer. They have been celebrated by many cultures, both among Eastern cultures and closer to home. A peony is the official flower of both Taiwan and the state of Indiana.


The flower has also been the subject of much lore. In the Middle Ages they were often painted with their ripe seed-capsules, since it was the seeds, not the flowers, which were medically significant. Ancient superstition dictated that great care be taken not to be seen by a woodpecker while picking the plant's fruit, or the bird might peck out one's eyes.


Finally, mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, giving it the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers.


Thanks for the photo Phil!


We’d like to see your photos. They could be of something you see around town, the weather outside your own door or even photos of your family members and pets. Whatever you think is interesting and would like to share.


Email your photos to bcat@bcattv.org with the subject line “Photo of the Week.”


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