Robyn Graham Photography

Loyalty and Devotion

Loyalty and Devotion

How I shot this: ss 1/60 f 4.8 ISO 2500 – natural light – Nikon D800, Nikkor 100mm f2.8

In the Victorian language of flowers, Alstroemeria mean devotion and loyalty.  My husband gave me a beautiful bouquet of them on our 20th anniversary in November.   The flowers kept their beauty for three weeks, when I finally had a chance to photograph them.   The funny thing is, they have never been my favorite…I am unsure why, and needless to say my husband was teased about brining home flowers that he knew were not my favorite.  His intention, however, was perfect.  The Day Lily is the flower for the 20th anniversary.  As he was not able to find Day Lilies he purchased another flower that is in the lily family.   Now that I know the meaning of the Alstroemeria, and because of the occasion that introduced me to the meaning, they will become a flower I appreciate and treasure.

And with that, I leave you with a quote that could not be more perfect to accompany this post.

“Through devotion, your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to the prince more faithful, and our work, no matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable.”

~ Saint Francis de Sales



  1. I am not a big fan of receiving flowers because they fade away so quickly. But now I also photograph them so I can have a lasting reminder. I love the way you used such a narrow depth of field (DOF). Completing the picture with its meaning was a nice touch.

  2. Congratulations on your twentieth anniversary. That is a great testimony to you as a couple. May you have many more. And it is a lovely photograph of a lovely flower.

  3. Alstroemerias have always been my favorites, and I love mixing shades of pink with purples. All this time I’ve loved them, but now, thanks to you, I also learn that they symbolize loyalty and devotion. Thank you!

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