Posts Tagged ‘dragons’

Follow me on a dragon hunt along this bracken bordered path into the bog. Don’t be afraid, but be careful where you put down your feet. The bog is never as it seems.

Moss that appears ankle deep will sometimes make you sink up to your hips in green. Grassy and muddy open areas can be as deceiving and  treacherous as quicksand.

Ancient northern peoples often hid their treasures and their dead in bogs. The bog swallowed them whole, preserving them indefinitely for centuries with its magical mud. Perhaps that’s why the dragons are here…

Known through the ages as protectors of treasure, dragons are part of the lore of many cultures. Sometimes good, sometimes evil, in Medieval England they were symbols of greed.  Back then, conquering a dragon was a metaphor for conquering one’s desires for the material world.

Nobody knows what treasures are protected here by these dragon’s mouth orchids.  One can only imagine. Dare you look down into the mouth of a dragon and ask?

Looking into the mouth of the dragon

Although they have mouths, these dragons aren’t likely to tell us what treasures are buried here. They’ve kept their secrets well hidden for centuries already.  Why tell now?


More information about the dragon’s mouth orchid can be found at John Crabtree’s  Mushrooms and  Wildflowers of Nova Scotia.

Text and images copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2012

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dragon claws

Every spring, the leaf tips emerge on the Boston ivy vine that now covers much of the house.  The tips are bright red and as they are attached to a finger-like sequence of nodules (one for each year the tip has produced a leaf), they always remind me of dragon claws.  The vine branches may be grey and gnarly-looking during the winter and early spring, but soon sprout to life. 

The transformation is nothing less than magical…

Boston ivy vines in summer

Boston ivy vines in summer

The vines keep the house cool in the summer by providing an extra space where air can be trapped between the walls and the leaves.  Leaves also hang across the top and along the frame of the living room window, providing a natural valance that filters the glare of the sun in the late afternoons.  Small birds will often hang on the vines. One year, a bird’s nest was made on the window ledge behind the leaves.

In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant red and then pink, providing a beautiful tapestry over the grey brick and white siding.  The color is spectacular.

This vine was planted about 12 years ago.  A similar vine was planted on the other side of the house about 8 years ago and is slowly beginning to bring to life a bare wall of vinyl siding.  I don’t think I’ve ever planted anything that’s enhanced the appearance of my home as much as these vines.

Boston ivy vines in autumn

Boston ivy vines in autumn

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