Friday, 20 September 2013

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Otmoor Hare

Otmoor Hare courtesey of Tezzer


The Celts believed that the goddess Eostre's favourite animal and attendant spirit was the hare. It represented love, fertility and growth and was associated with the Moon, dawn and Easter - death, redemption and resurrection. Eostre changed into a hare at the full Moon. The hare was sacred to the White Goddess - the Earth Mother - and as such was considered to be a royal animal. Boudicca was said to have released a hare as a good omen before each battle and to divine the outcome of battle by the hare's movements. She took a hare into battle with her to ensure victory and it was said to have screamed like a woman from beneath her cloak.
The Celtic warrior Oisin hunted a hare and wounded it in the leg, forcing it to seek refuge in a clump of bushes. When Oisin followed it he found a door leading into the ground and he eventually emerged into a huge hall where he found a beautiful young woman sitting on a throne bleeding from a wound in her leg. The transmigration of the soul is clearly seen in Celtic lore such as this. 


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Migrant Hawkers

 
Migrant Hawkers courtesey of Mark Chivers above
and Andrew Marshall below.

Spider and Hawker (the Dragon got away)
 
 


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Otmoor.A.M. 4th September.

                                                               Araneus Diadematus with Prey.
                       
                                                                Meadow Grasshopper