Coral Pea

alan shapiro

New York, United States

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This is a Coral Pea from Longwood Gardens (another of my “happy places”)

For some reason, I made a mental leap to the story of “The Princess and the Pea” (this was accompanied by the imagined sound of a delightfully Rennaissance ringtone that I added to Stacey’s phone)
The story tells of a prince looking for a suitable princess to marry. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be sure whether they are real princesses because of their un-princess-like behavior. One horribly stormy night, a young woman drenched with rain claiming to be a princess asks for a night’s shelter in the prince’s castle. The prince’s mother (that’d be the Queen) decides to test their unexpected guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night. The bed is stacked high with 20 mattresses and likely a feather-bed or two. In the morning, the woman tells her hosts that she endured an awful sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed that she is certain has bruised her. The prince smiles for only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding. The two are married. And many would have us believe they lived happily ever after but that can hardly be the case for these two shallow and overly sensitive individuals.
There is so much wrong with this story that I don’t know where to begin but suffice to say that I do everything I can to keep peas out of our bedroom. And my princess hates peas so they stay out of our home altogether.
Now summon the pages (insert ringtone) to bring me my camera gear. There are floral damsels to be courted.

#coralpea #macrophotography #flowerphotography #trippininthegardenonmiraclegro

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