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ShareMondays2020 – Nymph

Marbled White Macro

ShareMondays2020 – Nymph

What’s in a name? Melangaria galathea, the marbled white, sometimes called the half-mourner or chequered white, is actually a member of the Browns family. They are Satyrinae, a subfamily of the Nymphalidae, brush-footed butterflies. When Carl Linnaeus originally assigned names to the butterflies he had identified, he placed them into families and genus with distinctively Greek and Roman mythological origins. I love thinking of these beautiful insects as nymphs, sylphs and satyrs! It’s so very appropriate.

Marbled White showing mites on body

The name galathea most likely comes from the Nereid, Galatea. One of fifty sea-nymphs of Greek mythology, daughters of Nereus (son of Gaia) and Doris the sea goddess. Galatea means she who is milk-white. The name was also given to the statue of woman by Pygmalion of Cyprus, who came to life in Greek mythology. When roosting, these beautiful butterflies are most certainly statuesque! They are usually found on moist, chalky ground in southern England, were they can gather in large numbers in July. It really is an amazing sight! Another amazing fact about the marbled white is that they are drawn to purple flowers, usually seen feeding on wild oregano, knapweed and thistles.

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#FeelGoodPhotoOfTheDay – Circe’s Magic

Circe's Magic

#FeelGoodPhotoOfTheDay – Circe’s Magic

Circe’s Magic

Dainty enchantress
Weave your mystical magic
Can you heal the world

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Travel Theme: Horizons

Horizons

Travel Theme: Horizons

A place, a landscape, a picture has many different tales to tell! I love the view from Kamari Beach, in Kos, across the Bay of Kefalos to the volcanic island, Nisyros. It’s a magical sight upon the horizon filled with myth and mystery. A view that has inspired this poem.

Upon The Horizon

The sun sets unseen
Dipping the eastern horizon
Into hues born of inks and oil
A short-lived canvas
A new artwork each night
Painted fresh before
The viewers’ eyes
Hear the ancient myths
Cry softly from the mist
Where upon the boundary
Of sea and sky
Rests the rock
Once hurled tumultuously
By the hand of Poseidon
To fell foul giants
That grumble still
Beneath the mountain
Spitting fury through
Volcanic vents and fumaroles
Tread softly lest
They awaken and arise
Wreathed in flame
And sulphurous smoke
The old gods watch
Through cats eyes
Sentinels of the streets
Wise and whiskered they wait
For the tremors of discontent
To raise alarm and call
Upon their ancient cohorts
Willing the master of waters
To rise with the waves
And rain down upon
The giant’s wrath
To quench his thirsts
For revenge and ruin
But not tonight for
All is calm and quiet
As night descends
Leaving naught but
Shadows and stars
At the very limit
Of our vision

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Monochrome Madness: Welcome To The Labyrinth

Monochrome Madness: Welcome To The Labyrinth

Monochrome Madness: Welcome To The Labyrinth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Another fabulous collection of images have been compiled for this weeks Monochrome Madness with Leanne Cole and Laura Macky! I’m also linking my image to the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Wellers Auctioneers held an auction of sculptures at RHS Wisley Gardens at the weekend which I previewed during the week. My favourite piece by far was this sculpture by Andrew Sinclair called “Minotaur”.

I felt like the Minotaur was inviting me into his world of myth, monsters and gods! He inspired me to create a monochrome image in which I could add some Greek ruins to help tell his story.

The sculpture itself is a true work of art and I hope I’ve done him justice with my own additional artwork!