Happy Beltane from the woods of the Pacific Northwest.
Beltane finds its roots in
spring summer (thank you Erin) festivals welcoming the light half of the year, and celebrating the fertility of the earth. I always associate it with the blooming of the Hawthorn tree–which actually happened very early this year, and is nearly finished now.
But there are many flowers that herald the return of summer. In the woods, tiny beautiful blossoms crowd close to the paths as if eager to greet the humans who walk there.
The delicate blossoms and striking stamens of pacific waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes, above) are just coming into profusion, though the leaves have been spreading thickly over the forest floor for weeks now.
The insect-like piggyback plant (Tolmiea menziesii, above), a.k.a. thousand mothers or youth-on-age, is in its prime.
As is the feathery, fringey false Solomon’s seal (Smilacina racemosa, above).
And speaking of fringe, the sweet, tiny fringecup (Tellima grandiflora) is in transition. Half of the plants still have fresh, greenish-white blossoms, but the other half are deepening in hue to brilliant magenta as they age, like those pictured above.
I hope you all feel inspired and energized by the surging of life all around us–and that you find time to revel in the beauty of spring.