Hyacinth by Mike Oxley

The Myth:

Hyacinth was a beautiful youth loved by both the god Apollo and the West Wind, Zephyr. Apollo and Hyacinth took turns at throwing the discus. Hyacinth ran to catch it to impress Apollo, but was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground, and died. A twist in the tale makes the wind god Zephyrus responsible for the death of Hyacinth. The youth’s beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo’s discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. Apollo did not allow Hades to claim Hyacinth. Instead, Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, from Hyacinth’s spilled blood.

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
April 4, 2010

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polariser
Iso 100, spot metered, F6.7, 1/60 second

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful detailed capture Mike, love the color

  • Many thanks, Larry. I’ve been wating for these to bloom for a couple of weeks and the warm spell we’ve just had did the trick!

    – Mike Oxley

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 5 years ago

    A beautiful flower combined with a fascinating myth. Well done, Mike!!

  • Thanks so very much, Deb. Always loved mythology. These and the daffs were shot in my sister’s front yard. Bulbs everywhere, no thanks to the squirrels!

    – Mike Oxley

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 5 years ago

    Another lovely one Mike, and a great refresher course on mythology. There was a time when I actually knew some of that, thanks for bringing back some youthful memories!

  • Greatly appreciated, George. I was an avid mythology buff in my youth, too. Greek, Roman and Norse were the favourites – particularly Norse.

    – Mike Oxley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Great macro!!! :D

  • Many thanks, Cee! Much appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 5 years ago

    Spring must be either there or around the corner.

  • Thanks, FM. Spring is finally here – we had a nice high of 29 on Saturday. But there is still a faint possibility of one more snowstorm – been known to happen!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Jonice
    Joniceabout 5 years ago

    Mine didn’t come up this year. So my hubby went and bought me some more. Great capture Mike!

  • Many thanks, Jonice. That’s too bad about yours – maybe the squirrels got them?

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    How about that Apollo? What a fair-haired boy…. Wonderful shot of this up-&-comer. Can smell it all now.

  • Thanks so very much, Sheila. Quite the lad, that Apollo. Named after a space rocket, I believe.

    – Mike Oxley

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