One of my favorite man-made objects on the grounds of Bellingrath Home and Gardens is the Mermaid Pool and its fountain. Recently, my beau and I visited the grounds in Theodore, Alabama to enjoy the spring blooms and see The Azalea Trail Maids.
See the pacific look on the mermaid’s youthful face, revealing not a care for anything but joy in the world. She sits effortlessly in a large sea shell, balancing herself with one arm.
In her strong outstretched right arm she holds a sea shell vase, and from it spurts a stream of water. Look at her long hair, and you’ll see an imperceptible breeze playing with her bangs and tossing her locks.
Viewing her from the back, you can see her legs gently curl underneath her body, each leg transmuting into two fish tails. You realize she is firmly ensconced in her sea shell, dainty and diminutive, but ever the princess of the pool and all that surrounds her.
This area where the pool and fountain sits is quiet, except for the bubbling waters flowing through the runnel. Live oaks surround the area, and a bird may chirp melodiously from time to time. This is a tranquil setting, far removed from the cares of the world.
Mrs. Besse Bellingrath purchased this delightful terra cotta mermaid fountain from an old New Orleans, Louisiana garden. At one time, the runnel helped carry the overflow of one of the artesian springs down to the Fowl River.
©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.