i thought this narcissus flower looked like one of those swing seat rides at the state fair that spin people around a pole from a rotating hub, like helicopter blades. in the process of trying to find a name for this kind of ride, i found out that such rides date back to byzantium. who knew that a spring bulb in a pot in my window would lead me so persistently back into the ancient world. narcissus and byzantium in one afternoon. all i know is that, historical significance or not, you will never get me on a swing carousel. even one as pretty as a paper white flower head.

spent paperwhite bloom

  • Ginny says:

    Tilt a whirl came to mind, but an image search proved that wrong. Fascinating what you can spend time learning, huh? So, did you ever find out what it’s called?

  • Carol says:

    As a child this ride terrified me. I pictured myself orbiting Pluto after being flung from it. The merry go round was as daring as I ever got.

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