Could You Be Mine... Swans - NZ Valentines Card by AndreaEL
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Could you be mine… Could you be my Valentine?.

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, but its religious observance is still permitted. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
The most beautiful and incredible gift of love is the monument Taj Mahal in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife it stands as the emblem of the eternal love story. Work on the Taj Mahal began in 1634 and continued for almost 22 years and required the labor of 20,000 workers from all over India and Central Asia.
In America, the pilgrims used to sent confections, such as sugar wafers, marzipan, sweetmeats and sugar plums, to their affianced. Lot of value was placed on these gifts because they included what was then a rare product, sugar. After the late 1800’s, beet sugar became widely used and more available, and sweet gifts continued to be cherished and enjoyed.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Jan. 2011 Southland

*Could You Be Mine… *

Happy Valentines Day! – Carnation

Happy Valentines Day My Love

Happy Valentine’s Day – Silvereye

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 4 years ago

    this is lovely!!!!

  • Thank you Charmiene for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • saseoche
    saseocheabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful great work!

  • Thank you for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 4 years ago

    very cute

  • Thank you Lynn for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Meladana
    Meladanaabout 4 years ago

    This is just fab-u-lous!! Those gorgeous swans with the feathers that look like frills, what a wonderful pair they are, swans really symbolise life long partnerships! Love it Andrea!

  • Thank you Meladana for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Very pretty Andrea!

  • Thank you Swaby for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work,

  • Thank you Byron for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 4 years ago

    Great work Andrea

  • Thank you Maggie for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 4 years ago

    Terrific Andrea!!!…Tony

  • Thank you Tony for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Aase
    Aaseabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful card Andrea, sweet:-)

  • Thank you for your kind words and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • David  Hughes
    David Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Just beautiful, it’s a fave. Also love your Descrition very detailed. Great Job!

  • Thank you David for your kind words, fave and comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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