Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mackinac Island Flora/Fauna Trails

Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Weekend

The woods of Mackinac Island pull me in, 


Along the trails of never ending 
Wild Forget Me Not's,




A Lilly of sorts? Not sure exactly 
which one this is, 


Happened upon Me Lady's Yellow Slipper's, 


I Have never in my life seen the 
Yellow Slipper's in the wild, 
these beauties are along every  trail side, Amazing!!!!



Here in southern Michigan, 
the early spring wildflowers are done,
on the island they are either 
still in bloom or just finishing, 





Forget Me Not's,




Soloman's Seal,



The discovery of an ancient 
Native burial grounds marked with 
dedication, 



This is the road where the local's say you can see 
Civil War Soldiers walking in the wood
at dusk ! 


Every private home, cottage or 
Inn has a Lilac shrub,
Of course our Lilac's here
 finished about two weeks ago, 
The Island Lac's are still in full bloom, 
for the celebration of the  Lilac Festival, 


I found a rock altar along the outer island trail,
The one on the left is my creation,
You will find these all along the island trails, 


Along the trail, looking at the 
Round Island Light House,

This is the same Romantic Island 
from the movie "Somewhere In Time"
 when Ellyse and Richard row out to it.........

Sigh.........
such a romantic Island!







Friday, May 6, 2016

Motherhood Trails and Tribulations !


Along the Trail, 





I gather, walk, contemplate,






Past, Present, Future, 
the plight of Motherhood
over these years,  



 Obstical's,




Thickets, 


Twist's and Turn's, 


Among the Ferns, 


Moments Up's and Down's  



Thorn's around


Alas.........

The Sun  Shines Through,


Blooms Forth...... 



Quiet meadows, mellow places, 



All is well in the Garden of Motherhood,


Wishing you all 
a blessed
Happy Mother Day



Monday, May 2, 2016

Merry Beltane Fires



May Pole, 




The Festival of May Eve, also known as
Beltane,or Walpurgis Night.
Faeries dance to the music of Faerie pipes all through the night.
Carry a Primrose and peek at the Faeries over its petals.
If you don't want the mischievous Faeries in your house,
scatter Primroses in front of your door.







Although not widely known in the US, this May-Eve night shares many of the traditions of Halloween and is, in fact, directly opposite Halloween on the calendar.
According to the ancient legends, this night was the last chance for witches and their nefarious cohorts to stir up trouble before Spring reawakened the land. They were said to congregate on Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains - a tradition that comes from Goethe's Faust. In the story, the demon Mephistopheles brings Faust to Brocken to consort with the coven of witches:



Like Halloween, Walpurgis has its roots in ancient pagan customs, superstitions and festivals. 
At this time of year, the Vikings participated in a ritual that they hoped 
would hasten the arrival of Spring weather and ensure fertility for their crops and livestock. 
They would light huge bonfires in hopes of scaring away evil spirits.



But the name "Walpurgis" comes from a very different source.
In the 8th Century, a woman named Valborg (other iterations of the name include 
Walpurgis, Wealdburg and Valderburger) founded the Catholic 
convent of Heidenheim in Wurtemburg, Germany. 

She herself later became a nun and was known for speaking out against witchcraft and sorcery. She was canonized a saint on May 1, 779. Since the celebration of her sainthood and the old Viking festival occurred around the same time, over the years the festivals and traditions intermingled until the hybrid pagan-Catholic celebration became known as Valborgsmässoafton or Walpurgisnacht - Walpurgis Night.


May your fires burn warm on this cold Beltane Day!