Have you packed away your winter coat yet for this year? Or is it still hanging the hall, just in case? It's almost the time when spring turns to summer and the winds are a welcome breeze, not a force to wrap up against!
What's this got to do with Daniel's illustration of a rather elegant Horse? Well, the ancient Greeks (a big influence on Daniel's work!) believed the winds were brought through the earth by swift running horses. Though, Zephyrus, herald of the spring winds, is the only one you'd welcome. The other three Anemoi, horse-gods of the winds, brought winter freezes or autumn storms destroying crops in their path.
Zephyrus, on the other hand, brings the warmer air and has a bountiful partnership being married to the goddess of flowers and father to their son the god of fruit. Now that sounds a recipe for a happy home!
Except, as is the way of Greek gods, Zephyrus is not content with monogamy. He was also linked to the goddess of the rainbow and sired Apollo's horse with yet another. Zephyrus was also (sort of) responsible for the creation of the hyacinth when he accidentally killed a beautiful youth, the object of unrequited love, in a jealous rage. It seems many dying Greek youths were turned to flowers!
Whatever the colourful past of the Greek gods, Daniel's colourful equine creature perfectly evokes the early summer ... I can even spot a wind-swept flower on his haunches.
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Tyrannosaurus Rex was named by Henry Fairfield Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History in 1905. He used greek, tyrannos, (meaning "tyrant") and sauros, (meaning "lizard"). and Latin, rex (meaning "king"). Translates as Tyrant Lizard the King!
I love this story! It is old, it comes from the 2nd Centry, probably from Greece. Sailors mistake sleeping whales for islands. They would tether their ships to the “island”, disembark and set up camp. The whale would then plunge to the depths of the ocean sinking all the ships and drowning the sailor
The DM Cats and Dogs sit side by side without a ruckus, but in the real world it’s not quite the same. The two popular pets often fight or at least reach a state of resentful co-existence. But according to a Chinese legend it wasn’t always so....
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