Zenobia Willetta

Detail of statue of Diana, Biltmore House, Asheville, NC | 66mm, f/5.3, 1/500 sec., ISO 400

Why, you ask, have I titled this post “Zenobia Willetta?” Well, it’s the name of the “person” who sent the last piece of junk mail that I just received, and has absolutely nothing to do with the image.

Do these spammers just make up random names and hope that they’ll be lucky enough to hit on someone I actually know that matches one of their made-up names?! And even if I do receive something from say, John Smith, and I think “Hmmm, I wonder if that’s the John Smith I know? Might be a legit email.” I’m pretty sure that when I see that they’re trying to sell me a case of Viagra, it might be a tip off that it’s not MY John Smith!! So no thanks, Zenobia, I don’t need any Canadian-made Ambien tonight. Jeez.

Anyway, I carried my camera around with me all day today, and didn’t see anything I wanted to shoot. So tonight, I go back into my grab bag and haul this out.

I don’t do much black and white imagery, but I liked this one. This is a closeup of the statue of Diana at the Biltmore in Asheville. It actually sits way back in Hemlock Grove, the cluster of trees at the end of the expansive front yard and hillside in front of the home.

What drew me to this closeup is the one-finger touch of Diana on the creature’s head. In mythology, one of Diana’s “assignments” was goddess of the hunt and of woodland creatures. I don’t know what this creature is exactly, and perhaps, we’re not intended to know. But I like that the sculptor chose to portray this obviously powerful animal under Diana’s power/control with merely a touch.

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