12 May 2012

THE BONES, THE FEATHERS AND A HARE

There is often a need to go out collecting specific plants , twigs and roots and other things for different purposes, but when it comes to bones and feathers its such a joy when they just seem to appear for you.
As was the case with a lovely rams skull that seemed to be waiting for us as we walked back to the car after walking over Dartmoor, right next to the car..

Picking up a mermaids purse for spirit work on a beach in Dorset when it was the only one there amongst hundreds of pebbles.

The Owl feathers that I found a few weeks ago, literally waving at me to notice them as they were caught on a piece of driftwood along by the river here and blowing in the breeze...

The Crow skull was found on the path we were walking on that leads to what is known as the hidden village of Wycoller in Pendle, one of my most loved areas...

Of course just coming across them out there in the wild means they arent always in perfect shape, other animals and birds have often damaged them , but its good to know there is something of these birds and animals left for us too, to work with , and as something beautiful to have around.
So, with our love of bones and feathers, you can imagine our curiosity when on our walk today we saw a Hare, a dead Hare in a Hawthorn Tree, up on one of the high branches. We walked up to the Hawthorn and wondered if it would be ok to take the Hare back with us, but before we could do anything some sheep in the field that are normally perfectly ok with us, even when their lambs were first born, started racing towards us and definitely chasing us away, they were behaving and sounding totally different to how they usually are, and certainly standing their ground, even the young ones were acting the same. They all stood around the Hawthorn , it was quite clear they were making sure that the Hare stayed there and the Hawthorn and the Hare were protected.
You are always told whether its ok to take anything from nature, or whether you are welcome in certain places, sometimes its just not the right time, or its something that must stay with the land, and its always wise to take heed of the warning...



8 comments:

  1. It's a special gift to find things in nature like that I think. I always whisper my thank you's to Mother Gaia when I am given something.
    I love feathers!
    How strange with the hare & the sheep though!! Animals definitely let us know what's right & wrong...even if hey can't tell us why.

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    1. It is indeed Julia, very strange, a magical experience. Still cant find out why the Hare was put in the Hawthorn though...

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  2. I love and cherish all that i have found in nature. A wonderful blog also Morgaine, beautiful photo;s, interesting posts.

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    1. Thank you Monica, good to see you here :-)

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  3. I do not know why the hare would have been left in the tree,Karen. i do, however, remember coming across little statuettes left in the wild when I was living in Wycoller in the early 70s. Magic was very close to the surface, and the farmers were certainly aware of it and observed certain ways of doing things. It was not talked about much but neither was it hidden.

    I do not know how things are there now, but doubt that the magic can have been eradicated, even though it is now more inhabited. Living as I do now, in the inner city,I miss the close everyday contact with nature that I had then.

    By the way, I love your art. Hope to have enough pennies to buy something soon.

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    1. Ah Wycoller, one of my most favourite places, it certainly hasnt lost any of its magic, it must have been wonderful to live there back then,as you say its a big difference for you now living in a city.
      That is so interesting what you say about the statuettes being left in the wild.
      I was able to go over to Wycoller regularly up until a couple of months ago because I lived in Haworth, which you will know is not far from there, just over the moor, there is still a fantastic atmosphere there at Wycoller, something that I have seen over there though is lots of moles hanging on a fence near one of the footpaths, we were told that it is so that the mole catcher can prove to the farmer that he is catching them, but it makes you wonder if there is more to it than that.
      Thank you, Im pleased you like my art :-)

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  4. Fascinating collection! Nature is so awe-inspiring. I also really love that drawing of the girl in the forest, it's so beautiful! :)

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