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Viktionary: Elixir

 ...the sweet elixir of the flower...


Viktionary: Elixir

 ...the sweet elixir of the flower...


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  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Apr 2011, 00:07
Lovely tones and textures Viktor
vz-nostalgia: you forgot to mention a good composition, Savo. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Apr 2011, 01:44


vz-nostalgia: Stay with me, Ray, keep the balance. Don't fall into the pit of vulgarity. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Apr 2011, 08:48
This phenomena was first recorded in 45ad by the Romans - I even found a quote from Emperor Nero's time ...

"Letters, however small and indistinct, are seen enlarged and more clearly through a globe or glass filled with water"

... nature makes her point a thousand fold in your photo.
vz-nostalgia: You are a well of knowledge, Mike. smile I had no idea they were making glass in 45 AD. smile But I do remember the era of big b&w TV boxes with very small screens (like 5"x5"wink. A hollow glass lens filled with distilled water was placed in front of a TV box. I was a little kid back then. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Apr 2011, 09:20
Each droplet of water is like a miniature magnifying glass. Beautiful.
vz-nostalgia: ...and it's up to us to fill those magnifying glasses with something worthy to look at. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Apr 2011, 11:44
Fly eyes. I wonder how many of these droplets does a fly see?
vz-nostalgia: well, I don't. It doesn't make a slightest difference to me, Louis. smile
The learned Blackdog has made the point about the technicalities, but I will add that it makes a very fine photograph.
vz-nostalgia: The technicalities... smile The technicalities, Bill, should be like air we breath: unnoticeable, until it stinks. smile One shouldn't think about technicalities, looking at the picture, same way one shouldn't notice the play of an actor/actress in a movie. The minute you say: "Ah, what a great actor he is" while watching a movie, the actor fails. smile
  • iris
  • hamburg
  • 8 Apr 2011, 12:55
tears of joy on electrified skin
vz-nostalgia: what does it take to make one's skin electrified, Ms. Iris? smile
  • alberto
  • United States
  • 8 Apr 2011, 13:17
As the surface tension builds she begs for surfactant
vz-nostalgia: Alberto, every time you leave a comment, I have to dive into a dictionary. At first, I thought you just misspelled "surfucktant". smile
  • YKW
  • Paradise
  • 8 Apr 2011, 13:47
Pleasure usually follows after all that sweating... smile
vz-nostalgia: Is that the order of things in paradise, YKW? smile 'Cause in the Kingdom of Delightful Madness sweating usually accompanies pleasure, not follows it. smile
  • Mike Reid
  • United States
  • 8 Apr 2011, 14:12

One of your best. Really beautiful.
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Mike. Though, I understand that the definition of the "best" is very subjective. Just look on the enormous load of crappy music Kenny G sells. smile
seems very familiar Mr. VZ
vz-nostalgia: You must have seen it in one of your dreams, Ms. Aniko, but in color. smile Did it look like this: smile
  • eva
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Apr 2011, 18:55
OH WOW !! The lens effect unbelievable! Already makes me so thirsty smile
vz-nostalgia: Blessed are those who are thirsty, for (one day) they will be satisfied. smile Don't look it up in the Bible for it's a nostalgism that I just came up with, Ms. Eva. smile
The droplets are not far off becoming one and cascading! smile
vz-nostalgia: You don't even know how close you are to make a revolution in mathematics, Ms. Linda. Did you know that 1 + 1 is not 2, but just a bigger 1? smile If you don't believe me, add one droplet to another. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Apr 2011, 21:02
After due consideration, I came to the conclusion that a fly sees all the droplets.

It is said that the Egyptians used obsidian to study small objects.
vz-nostalgia: smile
Louis: After due consideration, I came to the conclusion that a fly sees all the droplets.
VZ: How did your life change after coming to this conclusion, Louis? smile

Louis: It is said that the Egyptians used obsidian to study small objects.
VZ: My vocabulary is one word richer after reading this, Louis. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 8 Apr 2011, 21:50
Magnified beauty Victor
vz-nostalgia: Yep. That's what I usually do, zed. I take a beauty and magnify it. smile
The Elixir of Life itself, Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: When the Cloud of Nostalgia gets entangled in the branches of the Tree of Life, it will shower the droplets of desire on the naked roots. Only then the tree is able to produce the sweet elixir. smile
  • Toks
  • United States
  • 9 Apr 2011, 07:11
Beautiful image Victor
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Toks
  • Glo
  • United States
  • 9 Apr 2011, 07:27
love this in B&W!
vz-nostalgia: How about in color, Ms. Glo?
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Apr 2011, 08:31
Yes, anniedog is right -this is an example that we see sometimes more by photography (or microscope) than we would see by your own eyes! A refined, beautiful photo! - "sweet elixir" is the nectar the Greek gods were drinking to be eternally young- but do you wish that? Rain droplets are not "sweet" but very refreshing.
vz-nostalgia: :
Philine: Yes, anniedog is right...
VZ: For once... smile

Philine: ...sweet elixir" is the nectar the Greek gods were drinking to be eternally young- but do you wish that?
VZ: Sure I do. All these talks about the golden age is total bullshit. Everything starts falling apart. smile But from what I've heard one has to sell one's soul to devil to have teh elixir of eternal youth. smile Have you seen a movie "The Witches of Eastwick" with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michel Pfeiffer? If not, go ahead and check it out. smile

Philine: Rain droplets are not "sweet" but very refreshing.
VZ: Sure. Same way some music is not sweet, because it has no taste. smile Do we really have to look at everything rationally, searching for logic and reason, if even ancient Greeks (your specialty smile) often spoke in metaphors? smile Aristotle said in his “Poetics”: “Metaphor is the application of a strange term either transferred from the genus and applied to the species or from the species and applied to the genus..." See, "strange term" he said. So, a rain droplet can be sweet, depending on who tastes it. smile
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Apr 2011, 00:09
watery windows on the inner self, a truly beautiful image my friend, like this a lot.

I'm reminded of a book I read as a child by CS Lewis "the great divorce" but moreover of the little known, unfinished transcripts that he wrote shortly before his death where he described himself as having "momentary periods of clarity" which he likened to "watery windows on the inner self".

Love the image and all that it stirred within me.

vz-nostalgia: ah, what a nice reflection on teh picture, Mal. I must admit I have my own "momentary periods of clarity". Unfortunately, they are exactly what they are: momentary periods. smile The rest of the time my mind is as foggy as London streets in winter. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2011, 21:53
You should know I don't like the word "sweet" in every context- sadly, it is too often used ("verniedlicht") and has lost its original lovely meaning (even in German the word 'sweet' is used in a light- hearted way) - You should have noticed that I love metaphors and in general poetic language, but not in all contexts, sorry, in my view.
vz-nostalgia: :
Philine: You should know I don't like the word "sweet"...
VZ: smile Give me just one reason why I should, Ms. Philine. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2011, 22:22
home sweet home, sweet kisses, sweet music, sweet love...- thousand upon thousend times used and therefore a bit devalued (google the word 'sweet', and you might find verified its inflationary use like 'lovely', 'nice'; nett, toll, super (in German) or think of some praising words on SC often repeated... - please, don't think that I never use these words - for often I don't know another word and I tend to repeat some words I read...- In my mother language I can speak more differenciatedly.
vz-nostalgia: smile That's not what I asked for, Ms. Philine. smile I didn't ask for samples of teh use of the word "sweet". smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 12 Apr 2011, 22:55
Oh, sorry, I don't understand your reply - I thought I had explained ('reason') my scepticism regarding the word 'sweet' - it is a pity that we cannot communicate with each other (in a language that is a foreign language for me)- I think I should stop my viewing.
  • Glo
  • United States
  • 13 Apr 2011, 02:53
hmmmmm.....the tones you chose make it just as interesting as the B&W version....very cool
vz-nostalgia: smile See. smile The lesson to be learned from this is, never hurry with assumptions. smile But seriously, some pictures work only in b&w, and some only in color. And there are plenty of examples to illustrate both cases on Nostalgia. smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 14 Apr 2011, 05:14
Oh mr VZ..what a beginning for a new poem!!

"the sweet elixir of your flower
drags me to another world
while the soft aromas of your petals
make me ask for more and more...

please, let the rain wet you wholly
when our flavors melt the ice
sweet and sour, hot and frozen
this ambrosia is what I want"

I do like 'sweet' and a touch of "sour" sometimes... nice picture mr VZ
vz-nostalgia: I see now... You spent so much time on this blog, you absorbed all Nostalgia vocabulary, Ms. KA. smile

For some "the sweet elixir of your flower" is the beginning, while for others it's the end. smile
  • Lyris
  • Brazil
  • 14 Apr 2011, 17:12
Apparently we share some views, Vik.

Not so much the technicalities though, but hey...
vz-nostalgia: smile Who wants to share views on technicalities, Ms. Lyris? smile Definitely, not me. smile
  • Ken
  • United States
  • 16 Apr 2011, 20:06
I picture the rain from the water-saturated air forming on your subject matter. While the two acids, H2SO4 and HNO3 mix with the surface of your leaf and slowly drip and tip down into a crystal bottle ready to be capped off for a perfect combination of Nature's elixir. Only to be used on the most very special of occasions.
vz-nostalgia: Ken~ smile
Gee... I think it's been a year since I saw you on Nostalgia last time. smile You got me here, man. I have no idea what you just said. smile I was never strong in organic chemistry. It bored me to death. I paid more attention to the chemistry between girls and boys in high school (also kind of natural/organic, don't you think? smile).
  • ,mscherrylane
  • Australia
  • 22 Apr 2011, 17:01
wow the VZ is on fire lately-THREE images in a row I really like! Now there are too many images i like of yours I guess I can't order any....that happened with me and a TV- so I have not had a TV for 4 months now cos I still can't make up my mind, fence sitting libran tendancies...gotta love wink
vz-nostalgia: I understand, Ms. Cherry. How can my images compete with a TV? They have no chance. smile
It' so typic you, very nice one Viktor. I love the little magnifying glasses here. As always, you can find little beauties in your garden. smile
vz-nostalgia: I find little beauties wherever I go, not only in my garden, Gabor. smile I must admit, it feels good. smile
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