Before we get to the photo-story of my last week, FIRST things first .... I'm DELIGHTED to highlight for you one of my very special Lady's Slipper Ring Members!
Sue is an extraordinary woman.
Through our work together I've seen the incredible strength of heart and passion for mother earth that Sue holds and expresses. It's truly an honor for me to know and serve her, and I'm excited to share with you the most wonderful gifts she offers and the ways in which she serves others.
In her own words, she writes:
"After two years of several major life changes and then a tragic loss, self-care of any kind seemed a lifetime away. The simple act of reflecting on why I am worthy of self-care is slowly becoming a daily reminder. I have one of the those personalities that strives for constant production; self-care was often on the to-do list but I just never got around to it. My place in the mystic is still raw and uncertain and sometimes I am my worst enemy. But my effort to keep my worthiness front and center helps to break free of that kind of self-critical thinking.
One of the changes I made was to leave a 20 year career in higher education to pursue my own business. The learning curve has/is constant! Inserting some of my values into my business design is a wonderful feeling though incredibly time-consuming. I started a gift basket business that is inspired by the scents and aromas of herbs & spices. Ninety percent of my products are created by small American businesses including two herbalists. I offer several of the traditional ready-to-eat food baskets but also design multiple thematic collections. You can check out my unique designs at http://thewitheredherb.com."
Thank you, Sue, for being YOU and for sharing your beautiful, yummy, gift creations!
The land is painting itself with color and inventing its signature scent of May 2012.
The Orchids are blooming in their exquisite perfection and provocative shapes
The Cottonwood fluff is *everywhere*
Plant walks abound in the Happy Valley, and I'm happy to finally make it to one
.... wild lettuce detail ...
Aralia neudicaulis, wild sarsaparilla, is widespread along the forest floor..
Tangles of mystery, deep in the forest
Little peeks from the rattlesnake plantain
Mountain Laurel is blooming elegantly
I'm a sucker for gorgeous tree bark, especially on the black birches
and for the spicy-sweet delicacy of fresh sassafras root bark. I'm happy to have started a fresh jar of elixir.
The wild roses cascade along the landscape, scenting the bike path and the highway wind
I patiently anticipate the linden blossoms.....
Creatures have been paying me auspicious visits. This Northern Flicker was at our Red Tent....
I blended a sensuous and uplifting aromatherapy oil with Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, and Vanatu Sandalwood, to help calm and ground my nerves (and those of my Lady's Slipper Members) during stressful times.
And I saw a black bear for the first time in my life:
I took a hiatus on the holiday weekend ... spending a day with the waterfalls in the woods, and then a day at the beach gathering roses with my mama......
Renew the spirit
and make me very, very, happy
The Rose Harvest:
Best to start early, when the mist is still hanging over the water
The scent is at its richest early in the day
I brought my menstruums with me so I wouldn't lose a drop of perfume, or magic
Thanks to my crazy fabulous facebook herbal community, I made friends with a new fragrant plant: Sweet Gale, or perhaps a closely related spp of Myrica which I haven't keyed out yet.It's herbaceous, lemony, astringent, and very uplifting, with a long tradition of use in fermented beers, meat seasoning, and topical balms.
My first experiment with it is a batch of elderberry - myrica kombucha. I'll also make an oil.
Herons are always enchanting to see...
I loved the abundance of the white roses as well, who exuded an equally delicious perfume with a little spicy twist.
To die for beautiful. I took so many photos!
Happiest in the outdoors, collecting plants, by the water.
And always wearing that dorky camera bag :)
Sweet peas are just beginning their showcase as well. These make excellent trail grazing, yum.
Thank you roses. Thank you water. Thank you trees. Thank you Earth.
I am grateful.
I am grateful for your healing waters, and abundant medicine
I am grateful for your fragrance, your colors, your moods,
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