Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Thumbelina's petal bed.

Thumbelina is a fairy tale about a girl of that name who was only the size of a thumb. She had to overcome adversities thrown onto her path before she was able to find true love. Being nature's child, she drank dew and slumbered in a soft, pink petal in a pond full of beautiful water plants.In an encounter with a toad, she managed to escape from the unpleasant prospect of marrying the toad's son but lost her petal bed. Perhaps this one belongs to her. But no matter, by now she would have married a prince and is safe from the toad and the likes of her. In my version of this fairy tale, the pond was a jungle of giant lotus flowers and leaves seen from Thumbelina's point of view.

Botanical name: Nelumbo nucifera

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