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Divinely dewed by the River.  Dianthus deltoides, Maiden Pink / Heide-Nelke, Ems Levee, near Heede, Emsland, Germany | by Rana Pipiens
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Divinely dewed by the River. Dianthus deltoides, Maiden Pink / Heide-Nelke, Ems Levee, near Heede, Emsland, Germany

It is said that Aristotle's successor as the head of the Lyceum in Athens, Theophrastus (c.371-c.287 BCE), saw a flower growing near the temple of Zeus which he named after the god. This was taken by Linnaeus (1753) to be a Caryophyllus for which he derived from the Greek a Neolatin term: Dianthus. Our flower is called Dianthus deltoides, 'Divine Flower with Saw-tooth (= Delta-like) petals'. But a far prettier name, of course, is Maidenpink, the German Heide-Nelke (Carnation of the Heaths), or even the Dutch Steenanjer (Stone carnation).

Returning to Groningen from Gut Altenkamp (see former photo), we stopped and walked along the levee of the Ems River near Heede, Emsland, Germany. The day was stunningly gorgeous with a 'high', light blue sky, a fluttering breeze, bright Autumnal sunlight.

And then: there it was totally unexpected, a little clump of Dianthus. Late for the season and Divine in the middle of the grassy footpath, with still a drop of dew unconsumed by the waning sun.

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Taken on October 7, 2010