Wednesday, March 9, 2011

of kings and lost lizards

a short distance away from the extreme sculptural opulence of the Pont Alexandre III, a golden salamander bask alone in the sunshine...
in search of the king who had once held it in such high regard to symbolize the mandate of his reign "nutrisco et extinguo"*...

[*"nourish the good and extinguish the bad" - vive la France!]

2 comments:

Peter said...

Bravo for having noted the little symbol of François I!!

Gina V said...

Merci, Peter!...I always found it intriguing that such a supreme king chose such a small and slimy [but sleekly elegant!] amphibian for his emblem - it just confirms my belief that most creatures have powers beyond human comprehension!