Winter Greens

Winter Greens

Winter Greens


Continuously renewed or self renewing, evergreens have always symbolised the eternal enduring green energy of life. Mother Nature wears a patchy grey and white coat, splashed with green, during the winter months. She paints highlights on the bare grey land, using ink from her green skinned holly tree.

I thought, as Winter draws to a close, I would share some of her winter green highlights from this year. Tiny green patches on an otherwise colourless earth.  Each one a window into the pulsing green energy waiting just beneath the surface. Keepers of the light in darkness, the dark Cailleach and the Holly King, revealed in these patches.

You can see lots more Green posts at Where’s My Backpack this week.

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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14 Responses to Winter Greens

  1. Nicely done. Do you know Sheilagh’s Brush? I just learned of it this morning. We had late winter snow yesterday and the low pressure brought on eight lambs! This certainly will be the last of the white stuff. Nice pictures … nice thought … another nice post. Appreciated. D

    • No, but I will do a Google search immediately! How fascinating that low pressure brings on lambing….I was just reading yesterday that its low pressure ahead of snow or rain which causes aching joints in some people. Makes me a good weather gauge 🙂

  2. Mary Mageau says:

    Beautifully lyrical writing with just the right accompanying photos.

  3. mmtread says:

    Love the bench and the snowdrops! Great shots.

  4. gorgeous mossy green…my favourite. the last two months have been quite a lot like walking around in a not particularly inspired greyscale postcard. things are looking up, though! the changing of the guard. 🙂

  5. ladyfi says:

    What lovely greens! We’re still in the winter whites at the moment…

    • But perhaps soon those little green highlights will appear? Now that the snow is mostly gone and the soil is warming up again, the dogs get really nice and muddy on their walks!

  6. Seonaid – I saw the strange looking blooms of skunk cabbage and its first green shoots in a swampy area. Are you familiar with it? I don’t remember seeing it in Europe when I grew up, but its abundant here in the NorthEastern US. Also, robins and bluebirds are back – definite harbingers of spring! Yippee!

    • Now Skunk Cabbage is definitely new to me….what a name 🙂 does it smell nasty? The birds are the best messengers, but our robins and tits stay around all winter. What I noticed a few weeks ago was that they had started singing their little hearts out again….a sure sign the earth is warming up 🙂

      • Yes, skunk cabbage smells a bit like skunk and the flower smells like rotten meat. The green leaves are inedible. My husband tried once in his hippie days and said it was so terrible, he tried to stuff soil in his mouth to get rid of the taste and sensation. But the roots of skunk cabbage are medicinal, very powerful respiratory treatment, even in small doses.

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