First camping trip of 2019 for Layula! We named her after my fifth great grandmother who was a Native American from the Lumbee Nation. We are on the creek at Montgomery Bell State Park. Our goal is to stay in all the Tennessee parks. I call this glamping!
I made 3 artist cards last night. Yesterday was great day and I’m still trying to download a few photos. In the meantime, here are a few ATCs that I’m leaving around Charleston before we leave town.
High above the land
Tiny ants in the sand
No interaction, only observation.
Where do they come from
Where will they go
I don’t know
Make no assumptions, only observation.
He did this, she does that
THEY made me….
Don’t take it personally, only observation.
High above the land, ants in the sand.
Yesterday was a day of celebration. Not only was it Independence Day, it was Ashley’s birthday. Deliah and I went through our mystery rock bucket we purchased at the magic waterfall. We found amethyst, calcite, fluorite, rose quartz and citrine. We might make jewelry. We played all day then went to Pigeon Forge to watch fireworks. We came back and watched the Spears family launch their LED rockets. I tried some star photos and was too lazy to go get the tripod. I did get one pretty clear shot of the Big Dipper.
Two more days and Dan and I head to Myrtle Beach. I haven’t been there in probably 40 years. I’m sure it has changed quite a bit! Looking forward to week two.
We went to Circle E ranch for a family weekend over Memorial Day. It was a great time for all. On Monday morning this beautiful Luna Moth had landed right outside the cabin door. I have never seen one. They are beautiful and delicate creatures. I found the info below and thought I would share this rare opportunity. Look closely at the delicate antennae of this lovely, short lived creature.
A luna moth emerges from its cocoon with not long for this earth. The average lifespan is a week, during which time they have no means to eat (no mouths). Their week (and life) goal is simple: to reproduce. To make love, the strongest of human emotions.
Many observers believe this to be a reminder of the importance of ceasing the day. Live and love to the fullest and enjoy every experience that gets thrown your way. That’s as the luna moth does.
Luna moths are a beautiful member of the animal kingdom, with the unique patterns across their wings marvelled by enthusiasts worldwide.
Encounters with luna moths are rare, so any time they bless us with their presence is not only a thrill, but a time for reflection.
With such a short livespan, many believe the luna moth appears to individuals to remind them to remove themselves from life’s petty problems. Your lifetime is only short – forget about what is stressing and concerning you and focus on being loving to others.
A Symbol of Protection and Success
The striking patterns of the luna moth are directly related to its symbolism. These patterns across the wingspan provide protection to luna moths against common predators, including owls and bats. This protection against a formidable foe serves as an opportunistic time to challenge anything you’re struggling to overcome.
As sightings are rare, the protection symbolism is seen as being sporadic. This is something we should aim to capitalise on, with the sighting of the enigmatic moth believed to bring success against foes.
Brigid is drunk again! She was really thirsty after hiking all day! She’ll sleep good tonight!
We were told by Bunny Sings Wolf, a Lakota healer and our new maske’, which is a noun for female friend of a woman, that Mato Tipila which means bear lodge is the Lakota name for Devils Tower. It is sacred ground for not only the Lakota but all Native Americans. It is a most awe inspiring place. It is steeped in history and whispers the voices of the ancestors who came before us. It rises some 1200 feet above the Belle Fourche River. It is composed of Phonolite which is supposed to “sing” when struck by a hammer.
Lynn and I were up and at the tower at sunrise. Valuable lesson: being at the base of the tower at sunrise does not make for a good sunrise photo. In spite of that, we were the only humans there and it was both eerie and energizing.
The drive to the tower passes by a prairie dog town. They were watching us with careful eyes as we drove slowly by.
There are signs everywhere to remind you to not disturb the prayer bundles left all over the site.
The month of June is designated as a sacred time and climbers voluntarily stay off the mountain. We don’t know why, but when we were there, three climbers were making their way to the top. If you look closely you will see them.
Every change of light brings a new look. You can see the tower from miles away.
Lynn and I had a stone massage with Bunny Sings Wolf. She is a gifted Lakota healer, but she is also an incredible artist and musician. She has deep Lakota roots and is very active in preservation of the tower and the ceremony connected to it. You can read more about this nation’s first national monument by simply googling Devils Tower. Spend some time and read the legends. And plan a trip in your future. Well worth it.
Advice from the Tower by Ilan Shamir
Reach for the sky
Stand up for yourself
Tell stories of the past
Stay strong together
Be respectful of Sacred Places
Be rock solid!