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
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