Friday, October 31, 2014

Bundling Up The Wild

I'm wrapping up little bundles of wild things I've gathered from my last wandering.

Sage, pine needles, juniper sprigs, prairie grasses, all tied up in turquoise thread!

Running around in the Rawah Wilderness and traipsing along the banks of the Laramie River, I gathered up an armload of wild things. Brown and withered buffalo grass, blue grama and fescue. I stumbled on mounds of yellow grasses, snagged my sweater in deep maroon willow thickets and itty bitty burrs got in my socks. With handfuls of prairie grasses, I held them up to my nose and breathed in, like I would imagine a fox or a coyote would do, as they slink in and out of the fragile stems following the rivers edge. There is a scent to things that have gone to seed. The last of the Indian grass has faded and dried but I wrapped their sweetness up tight, not to be forgotten just because their season is over.

 

 

24 comments:

  1. prachtige bundels daar kan je lang van genieten.

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  2. yes, much like a fox or coyote would do.
    and now this coyote wishes to bundle up some sticks, here in the hinterlands.

    xO

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    1. Yes! Hobbit sticks and cottonwood leaves!
      Tie them up. Keep them close.
      That's what a coyote would do.
      x

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  3. "Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
    Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
    Remember me to one who lives there
    She once was a true love of mine."

    Turquoise!! :) Sweet pine needles and juniper sprigs...

    "I would imagine a fox or a coyote would do". . . maybe cat?? (i love cats) ;)

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  4. My cat, Muenster's dad...mountain lion. (My first memory even involves a cat.) :)

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    1. Seriously??!! Mountain lion?
      Must have been your first pet. ;)

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  5. A remembrance of your trip and homage to place every time you light one. Lovely bundles.

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    1. I may try to light one of these baby's one night. Breathe in that wild stuff.
      :)

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  6. so very pretty, nature's offerings bundled up in vivid colors.
    speaking of vivid colors, your last post with that insanely blue sky was mind-boggling! i love that you used one on your blog banner.
    i'm still catching up from being gone so much-- i caught the last full-out gasp of color here upon my return just before the first frost quietly began to bring autumn to its chromatic close. now we turn inward and nurture the inner fires along with the home fires.
    xoxo

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    1. Yes. Wintering and nurturing. They are perfect together.
      I suppose you are happy to finally slow down from traveling, eh?
      Enjoy yourself.

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  7. Similar sentiments here. :) I collected no less than 20 big prairie hair curler burs on my sneakers and shoelaces on my last walk. Love that sage bundle, sis.
    xo

    p.s. I've asked our uni. library to add Eating Stone to their shelves.... :)

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    1. Every book shelf deserves that book! :)
      Happy wanderings, burrs an' all!

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  8. that is good yumminess!

    love and light

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  9. ps love your header image....gorgeous!!!

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    1. Wow thanks, earth mama!
      Bought some international stamps yesterday. Just for you. ;)

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