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This is a photograph I took recently of a Male Hooded Merganser that
was floating around on the water sleeping. However, he seemed to
keep a watchful eye on me. Two females were also nearby.
It's been very cold and snowy this winter, so I haven't been out taking photographs. This was my first time taking photographs in several months. We're supposed to get more snow tonight and tomorrow, except this time they're also saying we might get 0.25 inches of ice here along the coast of Connecticut. That will be very bad. I hope I don't lose power.
I received Elisabeth's Robert Burns Postcard in the mail this week. Unfortunately one of the butterflies got ripped off somewhere in transit. She decided to mail her artwork to the first person who commented on it, which I thought was a great idea! This was her entry for a recent Sunday Postcard Art challenge.
I used several symbols of Imbolc in my piece. I show Brigid driving out Winter/Darkness (snow/moon) and ushering in Spring/Light (flowers/sun). The snake that emerges from the hole is in front of her. The fertile ewe is behind her.
This is my second attempt at a piece for this theme. My first piece wasn't coming together. After a good night's sleep, the idea for this piece came to me when I awoke. I don't know if I've made a similar piece before, or if I started this idea once before but was unable to bring all of the elements together to create it and gave up, but I am very happy with how this came out. I started with the woman, and the rest of the elements followed.
I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.
The vintage images are by the artist Walter Crane and are from the Internet Archive. (See the side of my blog for links.)
Thig an nathair as an toll
La donn Bride,
Ged robh tri traighean dh' an t-sneachd
Air leachd an lair.
The serpent will come from the hole
On the brown Day of Bride,
Though there should be three feet of snow
On the flat surface of the ground.
Carmichael, Alexander (1900)
Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations, Ortha Nan Gaidheal, Volume I, p. 169