Oh my! First, what a charming and question-raising shot. What is the lad reaching for -- fruit or flowers. The answer so tantalizingly just hinted at. And the sense of children out wandering on a spring day, full of curiosity and wonder…But also, immediately, the word "tantalizingly" echoed in my mind, as I recalled the rather more sinister origin of the word. So to refresh my memory I've just looked it up and really, Allison, your shot could not more perfectly echo that myth (though I am sure there is a happier ending for these tykes!) Anyway, tho I'm sure you all know it, here's what Mr. Wiki has to say about Tantalus: …..A Greek mythological figure, most famous for his eternal punishment in Tartarus. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink. He was the father of Pelops, Niobe and Broteas, and was a son of Zeus and the nymph Plouto. Thus, like other heroes in Greek mythology such as Theseus and the Dioskouroi, Tantalus had both a hidden, divine parent and a mortal one.
An idyllic scene here, Allison. A vision of innocence and simpler days. Beauty, joy and peace all captured in one image. Wow!
My eyes watered at that green. So beautiful. I'd forgotten how it looked. And those primary colours... including the red bows in the distance. The colour is enough but then the composition... well, it's just all so very splendid. What a lovely moment captured. Impossible not to smile and dream of springtime puddles past and those to come. Makes me think of a favourite quote by I can't think who: "Only a child can see the value in rainy days and puddles." I'd like to think that's not true however... you're happy proof that such wisdom isn't limited to the childrens... (:
What interesting comments, Barbara and Carin! I did not know the myth of Tantalus and how perfect. And, I agree with both of you, the memories this scene evoked for me and a sadness that this is a rare sight these days - children just out playing on their own in a puddle, oblivious of any adult intervention (of which there was none). It was actually taken in Newfoundland last fall - the accidental colours of the clothing just made the scene for me, and of course the carefree mud puddle adventure.