Here a lovely forest nymph enjoying a spring day.

Here is a lovely forest nymph enjoying a spring day.

Now, finally in my part of the world, spring has arrived. After a fairly rough winter the delights of spring are all that much more pleasant. I can never get enough of the warmth and sun, and with the warmth and sun come those delightful spring nymphs: wood nymphs, water nymphs, mountain nymphs, ocean nymphs, river nymphs, there are a multitude of different nymphs and they all reappear after a long winter’s hiding.

This is our first nymph of this spring, a lovely and petite Dryad, a forest nymph, who has come out from her hiding to enjoy the fresh sunshine of spring. She reminds me of Daphne, the nymph that Apollo desired, but failed to win. He chased her through the woods but before he could capture her she prayed to her father, a river god, for help, and he in turn changed her into a laurel tree. Apollo still loved her though, and in honor of her he made the laurel tree, and the leaves of the laurel tree in particular , a favorite symbol of his powers, especially with respect to artistic and intellectual pursuits, of which Apollo was quite fond.

Apollo and Daphne, by the great Italian sculpture Bernini.

Apollo and Daphne, by the great Italian sculpture Bernini.

I hope to find many lovely nymphs this spring and summer. It is always a delightful time.