The word is of Greek origin and means rainbow.
In Greek mythology, Iris was a messenger-goddess who rode rainbows between heaven and earth to deliver messages from Olympus.
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece.
In mythology, Mount Olympus is the dwelling place of the chief god Zeus.
Also, the foremost gods of the Greek pantheon have their palaces at the summit.
It is here that the gods assemble to consume nectar and ambrosia ("immortal"), the substances which reinforce their immortality.
According to the myth, the top of Olympus, which is covered in snow and hidden in the clouds,
reaches all the way into the aether.
Aether or ether is energy
and here it means "pure fresh air" or "clear sky"
imagined in Greek mythology to be the pure essence where the Gods lived and which they breathed.
There are so many fascinating stories to tell about the Iris flower whose very name conjures up
tales of rainbows and messenger-goddesses and palaces on high mountain summits.
Don't you love it?
Note: It was a windy day at the Iris-Gardens , but that fuzzy look on the last photo was just me having fun with special effects! This one is called "camouflage" and gives a painted look.