The Dryades & Oreiades were the beautiful Nymphs of the trees, groves, woods and mountain forests. They were the ladies of the oaks and pines, poplar and ash, apple and laurel. For those known as Hamadryades, trees sprung up from the earth at their birth, trees to which their lives were closely tied. While the tree flourished, so did its resident nymph, but when it died she passed away with it. (x)
1. Greek mythology: beings that live in trees. Hamadryads are born bonded to a specific tree. It is believed that hamadryads are the actual tree, whilst dryads are the entities or spirits of the trees. If the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died along with it.
2. another name for the King Cobra.
Etymology: from Latin Hamādryas, from Greek Hamadruas, from hama, “together with” + drus, “tree”.
Inspired by mythology and the natural world, this series started with the root-toed sprite playing the harp strung with spiderweb, and I only recently added the waterfall nymph and–just today–the stone sprite with her snail buddies! I’ll definitely be adding more, and always open to suggestions ^^