I’ve rounded up some photos of those awesome anemones
highlighting the beauty of the season and capturing the
romantic atmosphere surrounding Valentine’s Day.
Greek mythology linked the red anemone, sometimes
called the windflower, to the myth of Aphrodite,
Goddess of Love and Adonis, a mortal.
Anemos in Greek means wind!
According to this myth, when Adonis lived with Aphrodite,
the two lovers would go hunting in the woods. As Adonis
chased game through the forest, the goddess would follow
closely behind, in her swan-driven chariot, dressed as a
huntress. Aphrodite's ex-lover, the god of war Ares,
grew jealous of her affair with the mortal. While his rival
was hunting alone, Ares disguised himself as a boar and
attacked Adonis causing him lethal injuries. Adonis used
his spear to strike back to Ares, but was soon gored to
death by the boar's great tusks. Aphrodite hurried to
Adonis in her chariot, but his soul had already descended
into the Underworld. In despair, she sprinkled nectar on
Adonis’ wounds. As Aphrodite bore her lover's body out
of the woods, crimson anemones sprung up where each
drop of blood and nectar fell onto the earth.
This specific myth inspired great poets like Ovidius or,
much later, Shakespeare, to compose hymns dedicated
to l o v e !
Enjoy Valentine’s Day!