Photo taken at Jardin Botanique de Lyon in April 2006.
Native to Australia, Viola hederacea is a striking example of a ‘wild’-type violet that’s nevertheless cultivated in gardens. Wikimedia Commons has other photos of the species, but this one did best at showing the almost waxy translucence of the petals, as well as the cream-and-plum hues, distinctive veining pattern, and unusual overall shape of the flowers. M. de Longe’s deft use of lighting and depth of field truly elevate this from merely another example photo to a work of art as exquisite as the flowers themselves.
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