A journey by field and sea

oh my goodness, a new post already! Almost spring and the song of the blackbirds and of the sea, – and of Selkies and seals     “How does one shed their skin and become human?” she asked the great shape-shifter. “The last time I tried to go ashore the dogs howled most frightfully and drove…

Not always here and never all there

    I wonder if I’m missed!! I’ve really fallen by the wayside in blogging. I admit to using Flickr on and off as it has been a lot easier to post and poof. Here I must be more thoughtful and with my previous bout with depression (SAD) plus, and then a painful sciatica in…

Happy Hauntings! The Custodian’s Tale

I wish you all a Happy Halloween or Samhain. I hope you have left an offering at the crossroads and may all saints and all souls be blessed. I managed a little haunting for the occasion ( story)   and then another haunted tale The Custodian ( or Crypt Keeper) Mr. Wharton wearily made his…

The day the moon tried to swallow the sun

Greetings from the island!! Finally another posting from this busy summer. I’ll be catching up with you all. Days before the eclipse I realized I had waited too long ( as usual) to find a solar filter for my Canon and everyone was sold out of solar glasses as well. Luckily I had a pair…

A Summer Alchemy

Alchemy is an ancient practice shrouded in mystery and secrecy. Its practitioners mainly sought to turn lead into gold, a quest that has captured the imaginations of people for thousands of years. Alchemy: A seemingly magical transformation.  There was a very strong spiritual component involved – a belief in the connection of all things;  that…

Ahh Summer!

My contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 4-14 is “Sunlight on Daisies.”  I have included both coloured and monochrome versions and I like both! ( and a poem of sorts) Ahh Summer! parting the blue veil of morning tracing the pattern of flowers against the window light wrapping the meadow up in afternoon gold as…

I must begin somewhere

because the ending is yet to be written.   Morning arrives on the mountain side. It’s summer at last! I wake up to such a profound quiet I wait a moment for my soul to return from wandering until I finally hear the wind in the trees, a bird’s song or the faint hum of…

A Summer of monochrome and fairy lore

my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (4-9) this week was this lovely butterfly at one of my hanging baskets. I had no idea that internet connection might be a problem from time to time when you live outside of town!! but that means I actually get to go out more! and when days are…

Songs and Dreams

Here I am again at last, on the threshold of a dream. I’ve been feeling very quiet and still lately but …. this is my contribution to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 4-7.  All are welcome to submit monochrome images!  (my images are places on Vancouver Island.) My tongue is silent Cradled in it’s dark cavern…

The Forest Primeval

Time flies by and I fear I will always be behind from now on, but, I have a few things for you. This was my submission to Leanne’s Monochrome Madness this week. Our west coast forest floors are laden with the ancient fern while giant fir trees keep the sky from collapsing. Ferns, cycads and tree ferns have…

A plethora of flowers

Here we are again, immersed in Spring which, due to the fickleness of west coast weather, is never predictable! But regardless of weather, by May,the wild flowers arrive in meadow and parkland. For Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (4-3), I have chosen a nymph of the flowers, one of the anthousai, and you can find her in meadow and…