April 12, 2009

The Narcissus


Believing his reflection to be another beautiful young man, Narcissus died on the riverbank transfixed, unable to tear himself away from own image; rejecting food and sleep and the attentions of the chatterbox nymph Echo. His body disappeared and the sweet flower which now bears his name grew in its place.

10 comments:

Rinkly Rimes said...

And she was doing her best to gain his attention, too!

My Castle in Spain said...

I have a weakness for Narcisse. He's one of my favorite mythological characters because of his frailty of mind and obsessiveness.

Happy Easter to you !

Dot-Com said...

And a beautiful flower it is!

willow said...

Ooooo~! Your white narcissus is gorgeous! Love the Waterhouse, too.

giulia said...

Lovely. Always love to see anything about mythology, flowers, & paintings. Buon Pasquetta....xo susan

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Love the story of Narcissus. The painting is dreamy. Now you have put me in the mood for mythology. Have a great week Hazel! Oh - we have both been in a Gerbera daisy mood I see. Aren't they happy flowers?!
Catherine

Beth Ahrens-Kley said...

happy belated Easter!

and what makes the narcissus flower even more enticing, is how it scents the air of a spring day...Your photograph is really nice. What makes blogs great is how this kind of beauty can so easily be shared! Sometimes I wish there could be another name for "blog", the word doesn't fit with "beauty."

California Girl said...

Your images illustrate your sweet short explanation of how the flower came to be called. So nice.

The Clever Pup said...

Happy Easter to everyone too.

and Beth, blog is a silly word isn't it. How about monograph. Sherlock Holmes wrote monographs. Or maybe Daily Chronicle.

Poetikat said...

"Chatterbox nymph". That's a good one.

Kat