Tag Archives: creation

Flourishing butterbur Beavers woke up Full moon in three days

img_6188

In this magical time of the year when Nature unveils itself, the most conspicuous recent traces of change around my usual routes just turned into a Haiku style blank verse and appeared as a title of this post.

img_6189

Everything in nature resting during the winter, got charged up to come out as the earth is waking up in spring. Flowering Butterbur stock (Petasites vulgaris) gives the river bank a bit of a look of a Martian landscape. Butterbur extract may prevent migraine headaches, they say. Doctors do not know exactly how butterbur prevents migraines, they say. And this, in addition to many medicinal properties of this plant. 

img_6186

Spring is all about light. Everything around is opening up and shaking free from winter dormancy. Especially beavers! Beavers do not hibernate, but are less active during winter.

img_6190img_6192

Obviously beavers are embracing the freedom of spring after a long winter. On my spring exploratory excursion, I encountered a well-built beaver lodge, one I hadn’t known about before.

img_6194

Beavers’ ability to change the landscape is second only to humans. their favorite foods include water lily tubers, apples and the leaves and green bark (cambium) from aspen and other fast-growing trees. Tree cutting is part of nature’s cycle, and beaver pruning stimulates willows, cottonwood and aspen to regrow bushier than ever the next spring. 

img_6195

Again  we become part of the process of re-creation that is occurring during the season of Springtime! And speaking of being a part of creative process, I just happened to meet these amazing people deeply fascinated by poetry in Haiku style. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets. I have been always admiring brevity and imagistic language in haiku which makes you feel connected to nature. Haikus are often inspired by nature, a moment of beauty, or poignant experience… And on the other hand, writing haiku provides a new way to look at the world… 

I am so proud that the first issue of Haiku Port Quarterly 1/2018  was published with my participation.  And on the other hand, writing haiku provides a new way to look at the world… 

 

Flourishing butterbur

Beavers woke up

Full moon in three days

 

 

 

Advertisements

The Red Willow of the Equinox

The spring equinox is the best time to start something new. Our sacred sun has returned to bring new beginnings and balance.  This time used to be considered the new year in many parts of Europe until the middle of the 18th century. And what other peculiar facts can we find about spring equinox?

Millennia ago the Lakota people of the U.S. Midwest noticed that every spring, the sun rises in the constellation known as the Dried Willow. Those stars look like nubs on the branch, and the branch represents the red willow. The inner bark of that red willow is the main ingredient used to make tobacco for the equinoctial Sacred Pipe ceremony, which is meant to rekindle the sacred fire of life on Earth…

img_5746

The equinox is a day with light and dark of nearly equal length, with the Sun rising precisely in the east and setting precisely in the west. Equinox literally means “equal night.”

img_5790

The spring and fall equinoxes are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead.

img_5757

Spring is the time of the year when the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is complete. The light and the darkness meet at equal footing…

img_5730

An ancient method of tracing the Sun’s meanderings through the sky involves using light and shadow to paint particular images…

img_5779

img_5754

That day upon a portion of useful information, I went watching Nature’s equinox installations on a stormy sea shore and collecting fragments and bits to create a new beginning for something beautiful.

img_5727

Finding treasures of this equinox – drops of solidified sunshine on the beach – is so inspiring!

img_5709

Memory, Mystery and Magic… Amber is a window to the past. The most attractive quality of amber is that it possesses very old energy. With this old energy comes the acquired wisdom of the earth.

img_5773

Amber belongs to a small class of organic gems, neither a crystal nor a mineral, but a biological product of nature, a protective resin that oozed from living trees in dense, prehistoric forests and fossilized over millions of years. Sap is the liquid and Resin is the solid parts of the life essence of a tree. This Life Essence carries the trees Immune system, nutrients and healing properties like blood circulating throughout the body of the tree.

00958c0c-d09d-4527-8c64-b0263434d7a0-7970-0000066b16d4b9bf_file-1

Amber was used medicinally for thousands of years for headaches, heartaches, and pains of all kinds. Amber is a mixture of hydrocarbons, composed of several tree resins (mostly of an extinct Pine genus, or in some areas extinct Hymenaea species), plant materials, a volatile oil and succinic acid.

img_4069

My friend Mara can turn “Gold of the Sea” into intricate talismans of beauty, protection and renewal.

img_4145

img_4105

img_4068

Meanwhile, on the beach Nature kept playing with light and shade creating incredible structures of ice and willow branches on the sand.

img_5739

img_5698

And when all equinox legends and myths read, “catch” of the day collected, I got down to translating elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.

“And suddenly you know… It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

img_3356

 


albedo too

more chronicles of concupiscientia oculorum

Rayela Art

Creative Entrepreneur, Rachel Biel

The Pale Rook

Textile Art by Johanna Flanagan

Janice Paine Dawes, Artist

Fine Art Textile Artist Studio

Obovate Designs™

My dabbling and exploration in contact printing, natural dyeing, and soap making

sharity4

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Priscilla Edwards

priscilla@priscillaedwards.co.uk

Felting,stitching and embellishing fibres

Chrissie Day Felting artist Blog

Local & Bespoke

think globally, craft locally

Sea Green and Sapphire

A blog about a love of colour, addiction to fabrics and joy of crafting...

Friends... French... France...

A topnotch WordPress.com site

h..... the blog

a blog of art, photography and all the adventures inbetween

Conny Niehoff-Malerei

und lebens K U N S T

Down to Earth

bits and snippets on fiber, mud and life as I know it

Ecofren F & B Community

Blog is about yummy,delicious,tasty....it includes food reviews,food history, recipes, reports and food fun.

Danny Mansmith

picture diary

The Little Green Dress Projekt

Wear it and Compost it

Natural Dye Workshop with Michel Garcia and Sustainable Dye Practice

A film series and discussion forum dedicated to the science and practice of natural dyes and pigments using sustainable methods.

THREADBORNE

Fibre Art, Eco Printing, Natural Dyeing, Book Arts

Crazy Coats of Many Colors

Using Crazy Quilt Techniques

gracefully50

On your birthday: count your candles, count your years, count your blessings.

%d bloggers like this: