Herald of Spring

Herald of Spring

Herald of Spring

The generic name Galanthus, from the Greek gala (milk) and anthos (flower), was given to the genus by Carl Linnaeus in 1735. He described Galanthus nivalis in his Species Plantarum published in 1753. The epithet nivalis means “of the snow”, referring either to the snow-like flower or the plant’s early flowering.[3]

The common name snowdrop first appeared in the 1633 edition of John Gerard‘s Great Herbal (in the first edition (1597) he described it as the “Timely flowring Bulbus violet”). The derivation of the name is uncertain, although it may have come from the German word Schneetropfen, which was a type of earring popular around that time.[4] Other British traditional common names include “February fairmaids”, “dingle-dangle”, “Candlemas bells”, “Mary’s tapers”[5] and, in parts of Yorkshire, “snow piercers” (like the French name perce-neige).[6]

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Taken: 14 January, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s
 

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Taken: 14 January, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s
 

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Taken: 14 January, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
 

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Taken: 14 January, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 60mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1250s