Innocently Jocose Sylvan Nymphs: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail #17

Take a moment to listen to my reading aloud of William Bartram’s Words, from William Bartram’s Travels.

What happens when William Bartram and a companion stumble upon frolicking Cherokee virgins in the wilderness? Listen to find out:

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Frolicking Maidens 233 by Beth Thompson

Frolicking Maidens 233 by Beth Thompson Click image for larger view or to order prints.

While no longer can one wander the hills and river valleys of Georgia and Alabama and stumble across frolicking Cherokee virgins, if you take a side trip north of Montgomery Alabama, you will find frolicking nude Greek statuary in a magnificent garden:

Jasmine Hill Gardens.

Solitary Venus 258 by Beth Thompson

Solitary Venus 258 by Beth Thompson Click image for larger view or to order prints.

Unlike its inspiration, the Acropolis of Ancient Greece, Jasmine Hill nymphs and hamadryads are surrounded by the lush green vegetation of the Southeast of the United States.  Above, Venus de Milo sets the stage for the gardens, spreading her attribute of beauty gently over this corner of Alabama like a soft mist.

Also present is William Bartram’s

Envious Matron….Hera.

Envious Matron Hera 201 by Beth Thompson

Envious Matron Hera 201 by Beth Thompson Click image for larger view or to order prints.

She resides in her temple on a hill outside Montgomery, and had seen the Olympic torch carried from Greece to alight at her temple.

The Hotblooded Lads

are also present in Alabama at the Gardens, and no, I am not talking about Alabama rednecks!

Hotblooded Lad 77 by Beth Thompson

Hotblooded Lad 77 by Beth Thompson Click image for larger view or to order prints.

This one resides in the center of a fountain to keep him cool.

Beneath the watchful eyes of the Kore and Hera, the maidens frolic, unaware forever of their observers…..

Kore 177 by Beth Thompson

Kore 177 by Beth Thompson Click image for larger view or to order prints.

Forever dancing over the sylvan scenes, wondered at, photographed, and woven into the fabric of Alabama legend and lore, and placed gently into a

Possible Perception of Dancing Nymphs.

 
Dancing Nymphs: Possible Perception 6040 by Beth Thompson
Dancing Nymphs: Possible Perception 6040 by Beth Thompson
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*Opening stanza from “The Slacks” by Trip Shakespeare.
 

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