Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Cave State

It may be under appreciated just how many caves we have here in the Ozarks and throughout Missouri (especially since I've visited so few). So we have decided to start exploring these gems. Recently we visited both Cosmic Cavern near Berryville, Arkansas & Talking Rocks Cavern near Branson, Missouri. Both caves were really spectacular with guided tours lasting about an hour. Though I must say I enjoyed Cosmic Cavern more so due to an excellent guide, sometimes that makes all the difference. Here are some pictures from our subterranean explorations:

Cosmic Cavern - Berryville, AR

We were lucky to spot the tiny, elusive brown cave bat!

Talking Rocks Cavern - Branson, MO

A Winter Village

Mushroom Monday

Back in November I stumbled upon this purple-hued cluster of mushroom. The tops of them looked almost metallic taupe but underneath was purple indeed. I think they are Silvery Purple Corts, but not certain.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Emerald Post

This Traveling Chariot is soon to start delivering something very exciting (and green) to mailboxes near and far.....

Enchanting Artisan Parcels
Unfolding Traditions, Art & Lore
From the Old World, From Celtic Lands
From Elsewhere & Elsewhen

Within each limited edition Emerald Post Parcel you will find artwork inspired by Ireland, Celtic lands of Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall, & history & folklore of these lands. Each Emerald envelope is hand addressed to the recipient and contains approximately 3-5 items evoking another world or another time. Currently, Emerald Post is available in one month, 3 month, or six month suscriptions. Your parcel may include:

               A quality print of my original artwork
               Photo prints
               Postcards *
               Notecards with envelopes *
               Original Block Prints
               Occasional Original Artwork
               Use of ephemera such as postage stamps, maps, etc
               Tidbits of history & folklore

For the holiday I'm offering a Yuletide Edition of Emerald Post to arrive near Winter Solstice (Dec 21). They would make great holiday gifts.  Here is a sneak peak:

Get the Yuletide Edition HERE for $14

Read more about Emerald Post here.

To my regular blog readers here at Traveling Chariot: In addition to my blogging here of travel, art, and my Missouri adventures, I will maintain a blog at for things related to Emerald Post and Ireland. Sometimes they might overlap. There is also an Emerald Post Newsletter you can sign up for HERE if you'd like updates and musings about Emerald Post. Thanks!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Paths to Winter

Daylight hours are waning though the sun is still quite warm. We have crossed the threshold from light to dark, from summer to winter, we are well on our way. The monarch and I are soaking up the still warm sun for sustenance, she for her long journey south, me for my long journey into winter's short days & cold nights.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mushroom Monday

My guess is the oyster mushroom - these were very small on a long dead willow trunk.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Autumn, for a Spell

We've crossed over into the luminous, liminal season, the fleeting, over all too soon Autumn. I'm trying to slow the clock, as I harvest my dreamy Glass Gem Corn, as I walk the fog cloaked mornings, as I watch my pumpkins grow.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Heirlooms of High Summer

Seeds were given by an acquaintance to my Grandpa to then to me. An unknown heirloom tomato.
It may be a local heirloom, kept for generations but it is similar to Brandywine or Millionaire
They are mammoth in size (this is nothing near the biggest I've seen), irregular in shape, and slightly pink.
The best tasting tomato I've had!

Awaiting my Gem Glass Corn and mighty excited about it.
Although they are beautiful, these decorative corns are edible just as you'd eat sweet corn,
and it can be dried and popped for popcorn too.
I'll have to try it all ways!
Purple Stalk of Painted Mountain Corn

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall from the Vine

Volunteer pumpkin vines unfurling in the fog.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mushroom Monday

Periodic rain & heat has the forest alive with fungi, especially large and colorful mushrooms pepper the forest floor.

This purple hued mushroom was a treat. I think it may be a Silvery-Violet Cort but I'm not sure.

Gem Studded Puffball with guest

Edibles - Smooth Chanterelles & Indigo Milky Mushrooms