Woodland Beltane

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.

beltane 2015a

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.

beltane 2015b

The insect-like piggyback plant (Tolmiea menziesii, above), a.k.a. thousand mothers or youth-on-age, is in its prime.

beltane 2015d

As is the feathery, fringey false Solomon’s seal (Smilacina racemosa, above).

beltane 2015c

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.

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