Autumn Colours

look_low_resolution21When I was planning my art work for the storytelling project I was very certain that I wanted a tree to feature in the picture and Pedro Rodriguez has drawn a beautiful illustration with children sitting under the tree and fairy tale folk sitting in the tree both listening to the storyteller. Since moving out to Sant Pol in 2001 walking has become a great pastime of mine and the countryside where I walk a great inspiration.

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As a family we have been walking since September 2007. We walk with a group which organises guided walks in our local national park, Parc del Montnegre i el Corredor. It’s a hobby which we all love and we look forward to our weekends with an added enthusiasm. Each and every walk is completely unique and I am constantly surprised at the end of the walk of what we have done or seen. I also love the moments I have, where my mind wanders and  I think about all the folk and fairy tales that have their roots in the forest.

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This autumn Natura and ADF, two other groups, which are involved in rambling and the environment, were running a course on identifying trees. We thought it would be a great opportunity to further our arboreal knowledge and visit other national parks in our region so we signed up. We went out in 4×4 on three spectacular days to Parc Natural del Cadí-Moixerò, Parc del Castell de Montesquiu and Parc del Montnegre i el Corredor. We had a great time, the forest was particularly beautiful with its changing colours and hopefully now we can identify the beech tree from the birch and the ash from the alder.

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Here are two great websites; The Spirit of Trees is a resource for therapists, educators, environmentalists, storytellers and tree lovers. You will find here an abundance of resources, in particular a varied collection of multicultural folktales and myths. Featured is an Estonian folktale Mikku and the Trees retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, which introduces children to the different trees of the forest and environmental issues.

Trees, mystical World Wide Web, offers an a to z tree mythology and an explanation of where the expression “touch wood” comes from and talks about the world tree know amongst Scandinavian nations as the “Ash Yggdrasil”.

 

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All the photos taken on this blog were taken by myself in the national parks mentioned above.

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