As promised, I’m going to tell you what I was grinning about in my last post!
Eroticalia (aka Ikletikfiks) contacted me about continuing his Pre-Raphaelite project. (Check out his shot of Ivory Flame HERE). I got “The Lady of Shalott.”
“Lying, robed in snowy white
That loosely flew to left and right —
The leaves upon her falling light —
Thro’ the noises of the night,
She floated down to Camelot:
And as the boat-head wound along
The willowy hills and fields among,
They heard her singing her last song,
The Lady of Shalott”
In the poem, she has been cursed and can only see the outside world through a mirror. She sees Sir Lancelot in her mirror and turns toward the view of Camelot from her window, setting the curse into effect. She gets into her boat and singing, sails down to Camelot where she dies.
It’s a very pretty painting by Waterhouse! Click for painting and poem.
We rented a gondola in beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare town) and were taken to this spot by motor boat!
I had stayed in the hostel in Tiddington the night before, and found out that this was the village in which a girl Katherine Hamlet drowned. She is thought to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Ophelia (Hamlet’s sister)…
Countryside just outside the hostel:
… and though we only decided to shoot an Ophelia picture at short notice, we had the perfect location: Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm! 😀
It was such a beautiful place- as I stepped into the pool filled with koi, the butterflies began to land on my dress. I did lie down but we preferred these shots.
It’s interesting. Both women died singing.*
I should mention that as I stepped into the pool, one of the butterfly ladies had a quick chat with me:
Just to let you know, they shouldn’t harm you but there are leeches in there.
Yes, they feed on the fish but also on warm areas of the body.
If you get one, just come to me and I’ll get rid of it. 🙂
I didn’t get a leech, but I did get a much more welcome snake and a tarantula after I’d dried off a little.
This is a Coastal Carpet Python. Isn’t he GORGEOUS???
Photographer Chris aka Ikletikfiks is the SNAKE MASTEEEEEERRRR!
Snuggly and fluffy and eight-legged… why is everybody backing away?
I even saw my first black widow spider- it’s smaller than the one tattooed on me! No pictures sadly- too dark.
You can have some more animal pictures soon (they all have four legs, I promise.) As it is four a.m. I’m going to sleep finally, having spent four wonderful days back home with people I love, and answering four days worth of e-mails. (Lots of fours!)
P.S. *I can’t sing.