Narciss Karenko

Narciss is the Russian word нарцисс, translated to English, the feminine counterpart of Narcissus, from ancient Greek mythology, and also the flower Narcissi.

Long celebrated in art and literature, Narcissi flowers are associated with a number of themes in different cultures, ranging from death to good fortune, and as symbols of spring. In the West, flowers in the genus Narcissus are perceived as a symbol of vanity, in the Eastern Cultures as a symbol of wealth and good fortune, while in Persian literature, the Narcissus is a symbol of beautiful eyes. Although there is no clear evidence that the flower’s name derives directly from the Greek myth, this link between the flower and the myth became firmly part of western culture. The Narcissus or daffodil is the most loved of all English plants, and appears frequently in English literature. Many English writers have referred to the cultural and symbolic importance of Narcissus.

The Narcissi Flowers
For in the winter fresh and faire
The flowres ben, which is contraire
To kind, and so was the folie
Which fell of his surquedrie.
—John Gower, Confessio Amantis 1390

In addition to the relatively predictable garbage bears at the Delian dump, in the above pictures you will see an event that really frightened me. We stopped on a bridge, and saw a brown bear below, fishing for salmon. Before I could stop her, she bolted down the embankment to get near the bear so I could take her picture. She ignored my warnings, and requests for her the come back … right now. I was afraid to shout too loud, because I didn’t want to upset the bear. She insisted that I take pictures of her, and I did hoping she would hurry and return to the road. After she returned, I managed to get a picture of the bear, who appeared to ignore her and just kept on fishing, then wandered off upstream.  I was amazed, and watched her more closely after that incident.

 

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