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'Stat rosa pristina nomine...'. Rose, Rose Garden, Capuchin Friary, Rapperswil, Switzerland | by Rana Pipiens
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'Stat rosa pristina nomine...'. Rose, Rose Garden, Capuchin Friary, Rapperswil, Switzerland

There I was in the pretty secluded Rose Garden of the Capuchin Friary in the shadow of the highly perched Lindenhof of Rapperswil Castle overlooking Lake Zurich. Roses galore. Beautiful roses, amazing roses, scented roses, buzzing with late-Autumn bees and hoverflies and bumblebees. Fantastic colors.

A mere memory now but the name 'rose' still evokes this Beautiful Rose in my mind. Ah! Gertrude Stein's (1874-1946) famous 'A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose'! But perhaps more appropriately Umberto Eco's (1932-) famous The Name of the Rose (1980). Its protagonists are the Franciscan Friar William of Baskerville - the Capuchin Order is an off-shoot of the Franciscans - and Adso of Melk, a Benedictine novice. In the course of a murder investigation at a monastery, Adso gets to know in more ways than one a pretty peasant girl from the village below. He never learns her real name, though. And the book ends with the Latin phrase 'nomina nuda tenemus'. we retain mere names or words; but 'Stat rosa pristina nomine', by its name the Earlier Rose stands firm (in our memory). Paradoxical to not have a real name, but yet that the 'mere', 'nude' name evokes our memory.

Anyway... This particular rose was labeled as named 'Senteur Royale'. Incorrectly. But even the memory of that wrong label evokes for me its very Real Beauty.

This photo is dedicated to my Naturalist Friend in Groningen, a classical scholar and librarian, and a lover and fine photographer of Roses.

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Taken on August 29, 2012