A messenger-goddess

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.


  1. What beautiful pictures. They are such lovely flowers, I think because there is such a huge range of colours. I love my apricot coloured one.xx

  2. Lovely photos! The last one looks like it's been painted by Monet!

  3. Fabulous images of the irises! I am always drawn to red/orange and that capture is especially beautiful! Thank you for the fun review of Greek mythology-- in spanish, rainbow is arcoiris (arch of Iris). What is it in French?

    Your last photo is really like a painting. Well done!

  4. Sandra, all of these are beautiful, but the last one is truly a work of art.
    Would love to see that enlarged and hanging on a wall for all to see.
    I have never seen an iris that is the color of the second one here.
    Really beautiful.
    Wishing you a wonderful day!

  5. Hi Sandra,

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I enjoyed it very much! The iris is a pretty flower indeed! I have a wild yellow one along the stream in my garden and a blue one in one of the flower beds. They are at their best at the moment.

    Yours are beautiful too!

    Happy weekend!


  6. Wundervolle Foto`s, auf deinem Blog!
    Ich komme sehr gern wieder.
    Liebe Grüße,*Manja*

  7. I'm enjoying your iris adventures, especially since ours have already bloomed. The salmon colored one is so gorgeous, and a color I have never seen before on an iris. You've had such a lovely time capturing so many colors of these beauties, haven't you? I've enjoyed stopping by to enjoy viewing them.
    xo Beverly

  8. p.s. LOVE your last photo art!!!

  9. Your pictures are lovely (as usual) and I really like your last shot.
    An interesting post as well. Greek mythology is fascinating don't you think?

  10. Wow, I love all of these - great painterly effect on the last one - and I always love reading your posts, I always learn something. :)