The plants, very popular with gardeners, flower in the early spring around the period of Lent and are widely known as the Lenten Rose. The white variety is often called the Christmas Rose. Actually they are not roses at all but rather belong the the genus Helleborus. They’re also called the Oriental Helleborus. They are native to much of Europe, across the Mediterranean, along the Turkish coast and on into the Caucasus. I found this one in the Memorial Garden at my church where it is called, of course, The Lenten Rose.
If you suffer from these as I do from time to time, you know why photography was the last thing on my mind yesterday. My vision goes haywire for about 15 to 20 minutes making focusing on just about anything impossible. It usually starts on the left side of my eyes and slowly advances across the field of vision. It is often followed by a headache. Not the 12 alarm kind my wife has but rather a dull, nagging throb at one temple or the other. I will usually take a sumatriptan pill at the first sign of one and that usually makes the pain tolerable but as many migraine sufferers will tell you, the cure is almost as bad as the headache. One feels completely washed out. Anyway, that’s why the cameras stayed in the bags yesterday and my fingers stayed away from this keyboard. See you next time on most of this same site….hopefully with no squiggly lines darting across my vision.