The curse of Apollo, the god of the sun and music, was brought onto him when he insulted the young Eros (a.k.a. Cupid) for playing with bow and arrows.
Apollo was a great warrior and said to him, "What have you to do with warlike weapons, saucy boy? Leave them for hands worthy of them.
Behold the conquest I have won by means of them over the vast serpent who stretched his poisonous body over acres of the plain! Be content with your torch, child, and kindle up your flames, as you call them, where you will, but presume not to meddle with my weapons."
The petulant Eros took two arrows, one of gold and one of lead. The gold one was supposed to incite love, while the lead one was supposed to incite hatred.
With the leaden shaft, Eros shot the nymph Daphne and with the golden one, he shot Apollo through the heart.
Apollo was seized with love for the maiden, Daphne, and she in turn abhorred him. In fact, she spurned her many potential lovers, preferring instead woodland sports and exploring the woods.
Her father, Peneus, demanded that she get married so that she may give him grandchildren. However, she begged her father to let her remain unmarried, like Apollo's twin sister, Artemis.
He warned her saying, "Your own face will forbid it." By saying this he meant that she was too beautiful to keep all her potential lovers away forever.
Apollo continually followed her, begging her to stay, but the nymph continued her flight. They were evenly matched in the race until Eros intervened and helped Apollo gain upon Daphne.
Seeing that Apollo was bound to catch her, she called upon her father, "Help me, Peneus! Open the earth to enclose me, or change my form, which has brought me into this danger!"
Suddenly, her skin turned into bark, her hair became leaves, and her arms were transformed into branches. She stopped running as her feet became rooted to the ground. Apollo embraced the branches, but even the branches shrank away from him.
Since Apollo could no longer take her as his wife, he vowed to tend her as his tree, and promised that her leaves would decorate the heads of leaders as crowns, and that her leaves were also to be depicted on weapons.
Apollo also used his powers of eternal youth and immortality to render her ever green. Since then, the leaves of the Bay laurel tree have never known decay.
(Information taken from the files of wikipedia)
Now a series of pictures of our tragic forlorn couple.
For those of you who may be wondering, Laurel leaves are green, not white. The white portions represent the flower buds that grow on laurel plants while the surrounding greenery are supposed to be the leaves.
Apollo sure seems to enjoy being on his knees a lot, doesn't he? Hmmm.
I wanted to see if this stucco wall background would show them off better. You decide.
As I look back at these final shots of our lovely Daphne, I ponder did this story create those wondrous catch phrases like "Need some wood!" or "Got a woodie?" or maybe even ZZ Top's classic "Woke up with wood."
I must admit this tale makes want to pick up a copy of the complete Ovids Metamorphose and read every story, inbetween building more epic sculptures from Lego of course!
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor
Dude, you don't need so many pics! The first few outside swallow your builds, and it wasn't until I saw them inside I could appreciate your builds. Score= 4
Thanks for the info. You're actually the first to tell me that. Oh and just to let you know, all of the pics were taken outside. The first ones were next to some miniature rose bushes to try and set the scene while the rest were shot next to the house both under and without the patio cover. To tell the truth I don't know a darned thing about photography and that's where I could use some actual training or a class or something! So once again thanks for some truly useful advice. My next question is, how many pictures are good enough?
I find it surprising with my pictures coming out very clear, at least to me, that it should be easy enough to tell ABS from from living plants but I had the feeling someone would be confused by the scenery in the first few pics. That's why I made sure there would be plenty of others with a plain background showing all the details. The idea was, as the story goes, Daphne transforms into a laurel in the middle of a forest. So I put her into a natural forest of equal proportions. I guess that worked too well. Maybe I should go into being an illusionist? Well, maybe not.