What a surprise I got yesterday when I was trying to photograph some pink larkspur in my garden. In a closeup photo as I was about to snap the picture, I saw a distinct bunny face staring at me! Have you ever seen them? Can’t believe I’ve grown larkspur for 3 years and never noticed the bunny faces! Here’s the photo that opened my eyes to larkspur bunny faces:
Apparently the larkspur flower has been reclassified from the genus Delphinium to Consolida. Larkspur varieties are grown and used as cut flowers and are thought to have earned the common name of larkspur because each bloom contains an elongated petal that looks like a spur (which you can see in the above photo), presumably like the hind claws of a meadowlark. The larkspur was originally classified as a Delphinium (meaning dolphin) because the tiny buds on the flower look like dolphins. We humans see so many resemblances in the plant kingdom of familiar animals, don’t we? Like the bunny faces in larkspur! I recently saw a post on Twitter of an exotic black bat flower! Yep, looked like a bat. I think one could write a huge book on plants and flowers that remind us of other living creatures. Seems like our Creator has so many surprises for us to find and enjoy!
There is even a Christian legend which says that after the crucifixion and Christ’s body was placed in a burial tomb with a large boulder in front of the entrance, many people doubted that he would rise again. However, a tiny bunny tried to remind them of Christ’s promise. When all ignored the bunny, it waited in the dark until Christ arose. The bunny spoke to Christ and rejoiced that He had kept His promise. Christ knelt down, showed the bunny a tiny blue larkspur flower and told the bunny to behold the image of the bunny’s face in the flower. The face of the bunny in the larkspur flower symbolizes trusting in Christ and remains a symbol today.
So, dear friends, always be on the look out for surprises hidden among the beautiful creations of God’s earth!