I went hiking yesterday (7th of January). I was intending to reach a cave as suitable filming location for a forthcoming videoclip. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to final location but that I enjoyed the walk through the wintry woods and all through the way I found the most singular trees, mostly gnarled oaks
According to Mythology the term “Dryad” comes from “Dryos” meaning Oak or Tree, and this female minor deities were guardians for the forests, groves and trees in general that they would protect fiercely. Those who were linked to a the life of a particular tree (being born and dying when the tree would perish) would be named with the term Hamadryad (from “together” and “tree”) and would have different names depending on the tree to which their existence were tied to. Dryads would have great longevity and would only pass away once the tree they inhabited had died. Fierce protectors and guardians, this wood spirits of shy nature would have shapeshifting powers.
In Roman mythology their counterparts are known as Querquetulanae, or Nymphs of the Oak groves. As we know Quercus is also the Genus the many species of Oak trees belong to, being one of the most popular the European Oak or Quercus Robur (meaning robust Oak).
I am a December Child, it was my birthday yesterday 16th of December
so here older and wiser with another Winter/Yule/Christmassy post…
this time inspired by the Fairytale “The Snowbride” and the ethereal
beauty of frost and snow… This one is a throwback and was released
back in 2016 (I make a little winter special every year) and because
Midwinter is just a few days away stay tuned because there is a brand
new one that will premier next Friday Winter Solstice.
As I told in my previous post some of
the posts I will share in December are going to have a very Christmas or
Yuletide (Winter) vibe. I am myself a December child as I was born mid
December, so for me it’s a very special time of the year, a time of new
I write this article to draft a glimpse
of the background story behind this tradition of using “Evergreen”
during the closing of the year, Winter or Yule. But also I take
the chance to say how sad is that millions of trees are chopped just
for the sake of this tradition. If you must use a real tree, please
consider to buy it in a pot instead of chopped off, even deprived of
light it might make it if you plant it again after the festivities are
9th of April was Unicorn day and though I am a little bit late for the Unicorns party, I have taken this celebration as an encouragement to write this article. So I am sharing some Unicorn photography, my own version of “The Last Unicorn” soundtrack main theme (one of my favourite movies ever) as well as my Unicorn books, movies, thoughts and musings.