Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cathedral of the Woods


The Nave of the Cathedral

Stained Glass

Stained Glass Windows

Ruby Red Stained Glass

Fan Vaulted Canopy of the Forest

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wishing Well - A Candle & Tradition

Stop over at the Emerald Post Shop to learn more about the Wishing Well Candle - a small votive candle containing a lucky Irish or British coin inspired by the age old tradition of pilgrimage in the Celtic Isles to Sacred Springs and Holy Wells. Lots of other new goodies on the Shop Shelves now too.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Hallowe'en

Have a wonderfully spooky, safe All Hallows Eve. And in case you missed it....hop over to Emerald Post Blog to trace the gnarled roots of this ancient festival.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween in the Old Country

The Ancient Valley - Cemetery at Glendalough, Ireland 
5x7 Print Postcard available HERE

Hop over to Emerald Post Blog this week to trace the roots of Halloween back to Ireland and the Celtic Isles. Many of our Halloween traditions lead back to the old ways.  Also - New creations are lining the shelves at Emerald Post Shop just in time for the holiday season.

Just a handful of new creations.. more where these came from and many more to be listed in the coming days. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

A World of Whorls

"A world reveals itself in a tree's bark. Lean in close to bark, and you will find a landscape which you might enter, through whose ravines and ridges you might make day-long journeys."       - John Constable

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mushroom Monday: Autumn Shades


A Family of Boletes

Unique Earthstar Mushrooms

Friday, September 15, 2017

Prelude to Autumn

Reading Ray Bradbury and dreaming of Autumn, which seems to have arrived early on raven wings.
“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .”   - Ray Bradbury

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mushroom Monday

These photos were taken just one day apart showing just how quickly mushrooms change, and the next day, this one was probably gone altogether.

Day One


Day Two


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tales from the edge of Summer





Passionflower which will soon bear edible fruit

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mushroom Monday

Epic Oyster Mushrooms on a log. Found Hiking Lost Valley near the Buffalo River, AR.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lúnasa


The beginning of August marks the old Irish Gaelic festival day of Lúnasa, halfway between summer solstice & autumn equinox, marking the beginning of harvest time and the turn from summer to winter. (In Irish, the word for August is Lúnasa.) It is a time to honor the sun, for Lúnasa (or Lughnasadh) is named for Lugh, the old Irish god of the Sun. It's a time to gather the first harvests, to light a bonfire in thanks for your blessings, bake a pie with freshly gathered blueberries, for matchmaking and hand-fasting, for pilgrimages to holy wells and sacred trees. Here Lúnasa arrived on a cool front, one I was aching for, a blessed foreshadowing of Autumn and all her finery. Happy Harvest to come. 

You can read more about Lúnasa and Irish customs at:
yourirish.com
Ireland Calling
Irish Central

Monday, July 31, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

British Isles #23: The Great Glen to Glencoe



The large and deep fault line carves itself across the Scottish Highlands, from Inverness on the east to Fort William in the west. They call this The Great Glen and in the valleys lie many lakes including the infamous Loch Ness, as well as Loch Lochy and Loch Linnhe. Mountains rise above both sides. Needless to say, this is a stunning landscape and scenic drive. The A82 stretches from Inverness to Fort William, following the glen as you drive along nearly each lake. 

About a half hour from Fort William sits this architectural wonder: the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Atop of these arches, travels the West Highland Railway (or perhaps you've seen it carrying the Hogwarts Express). This is an easy site to get to with parking just off the A830 and short walk through a bit of woods and along a stream (or a "burn" in Scots).  It is massive, impressive and built over 100 years ago (1897). Definitely worth a stop if you are in the vicinity. You can travel the West Highland Railway which surely journeys through some spectacular scenery. Perhaps one day I'll venture back and hop aboard. (FYI Highly recommend Clan Macduff Hotel in Ft. William, situated across the loch - splurge for a loch view balcony).




From Fort William we continued southwest on the A82 through Glencoe and past several evocative Mountains including Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Britain. It was moody and overcast, with intermittent rain and fog along this most scenic of drives but it didn't spoil the scenery. Being in a rainy mountainous area, there were waterfalls aplenty - some very near the road or a short hill walk away, dozens of white water ribbons adorned the mountainsides. Quite breathtaking, sublime and humbling. Don't miss Glencoe if you are Scotland. 





Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Mighty Fortress

Don't forget, I'm doing a giveaway over at Emerald Post Blog, Just leave a comment on any Anatomy of a Castle Post to enter. Read more about it here: Castle Giveaway

Fortress Block Print $11
Inspired by the magic and majesty of castles and my journeys through darkened corridors and up spiral staircases to the tops of turrets, this hand carved and hand pressed Fortress Block Print was featured in the Castle Edition of Emerald Post. You can still get one in the July Issue of Emerald Post HERE or the Fortress Print individually HERE. You can have your castle printed on black, ivory, or and old page from The Death of King Arthur. 

Below are the contents of the July issue of Emerald Post: a 5x7 Notecard & Envelope featuring Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland, the 5x7 Fortress Block Print, and 5 Polaroid inspired photos nestled into a tiny envelope.

July Castle Edition - $15