The Myth:

There are two derivations of the name. One is that of the youth of Greek mythology called Narcissus, who, in at least one of many variations of the tale, became so obsessed with his own reflection as he kneeled and gazed into a pool of water that he fell into the water and drowned. In some variations, he died of starvation and thirst from just sitting by the edge of the pool until he gave out, gazing at his reflection until he died. In both versions, the Narcissus plant first sprang from where he died. The other derivation is that the plant is named after its narcotic properties (ναρκάω narkao, “to grow numb” in Greek).

Cornwall, Ontatio, Canada
April 4, 2010

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300mm, circular polariser
Iso 100, spot metered, F6.7, 1/350 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 Truppover 4 years ago

    Very pretty Mike, one of my all time favorites

  • Thanks so very much, Larry, Greatly appreciate the “fav”, too!

    – Mike Oxley

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    very nice Mike. I was going to take some photos myself today but it was too windy and I didn’t have anything to block the wind

  • Many thanks, Dave. It was a little windy down this way, too, so it was a bit of a waiting game (and a bit of flowery language!).

    – Mike Oxley

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done, Mike! I prefer derivation number 2. A little less romantic, but also reminds me less of my ex. (I think he was the brother of Narcissus). I love the perspective of this shot.

  • Greatly appreciated, Deb! They’ve been in bud form for a couple of weeks now and the heatwave this weekend finally did the trick. And I think we’ve all encountered a Narcissus of one type or another over the years! Such a joy to be around……

    – Mike Oxley

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 4 years ago

    Hi Mike, lovely shot of the daffydill! Love to see them come out, it would be so nice if they bloomed a bit longer. I think we all welcome them as one of the first signs of spring.

  • Many thanks, George. Definitely spring down here this weekend – nice little heat wave going on. I think it triggered a massive growth spurt – trees, flowers, you name it, have all burst into life!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brock Hunter
    Brock Hunterover 4 years ago

    nicely done Mike. Isn’t it nice to get out shooting and not have to fumble with gloves?

  • Many thanks, Brock! Certainly is. In fact, it was almost too hot yesterday!

    – Mike Oxley

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Great shot.

  • Many thanks, FM! Spring is finally here!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Jonice
    Joniceover 4 years ago

    Love those Daffodils Mike! Great capture!

  • Thanks so very much, Jonice. Been waiting for a couple of weeks for the buds to finally flower!

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Oh, nod on. I grow numb just looking at it, & that’s a very good thing considering the amount of chocolate I ate yesterday. Ours have just begun; love these daffs, but my favorites are the little white paper narcissus which come out a bit later. But you’ll be happy to know that along with all that barnyard & Easter weirdness that sits on the table, there are now three daffodils in a clear glass budvase…. Beautiful pic of this mellow yellow fellow.

  • Greatly appreciated, Sheila. Been monitoring them for a couple of weeks now and the weekend heatwave did the trick! Sister has some narcissus, too, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for them.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Aileen David
    Aileen Davidover 4 years ago

    I bet you are happy the flowwers and warmer weather (hopefully) are back!
    Beautiful capture :)

  • Thanks so very much, Aileen! We had a bit of a heatwave this weekend and, suddenly, there was almost an explosion of colour. So wonderful to see!

    – Mike Oxley

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