Mar 012011

Today, as Welsh men and women the world over know, is St David’s Day. Natives of Wales sport either a daffodil or leek in their buttonhole to mark the day of their country’s patron saint.

Having spent many school holidays as a youngster in North Wales, I have a strong affinity for its landscape an interesting mixture of mountains, valleys and coastline. Whenever I visited Wales as an adult, which was frequently since I only lived 60 miles away, I always felt at one with the place, almost as if it was my spiritual home.

With these feelings in mind, I managed to capture of a shot of a daffodil in the front yard of a house in Riverside.

St David's Day Daffodil in Riverside. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

While processing the image in Photoshop CS3, I accessed iTunes and listened to Bryn Terfel, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, singing songs associated with Wales — Men of Harlech, Cwm Rhondda, and others¬†— which culminated in a rousing rendition of the Welsh National Anthem — Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadu (The Land of My Fathers).

Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Full Version)

Happy St David’s Day!