An unreliable memoir

Seed of Gold

Chrysotoxum festivum. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f16 1/45 ISO 200

Not another bloody hoverfly.

Sorry yes, but they’re so beautiful.

Can’t you mix it up a bit?

Well it is the peak of the season, they’ll soon be gone.

Even so, give us a break will you.

OK. Sorry.


chryso” = gold, “toxum” = seed. The “seed of gold” was a crucial element in alchemy for creating gold, a mysterious substance which aided the transformation of minerals into gold. The “seed” was always present in alchemists’ concoctions. “festivum” = festivity, merriment, joy. You’re looking at the seed of gold. Be happy.

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