A little treasure in the mail… this is a small book from 1926 bei German botanist and folklorist Heinrich Marzell. It contains texts and delicate wood cut prints of traditional healing herbs. I was drawn to it by the cover. Now that I can hold it in my hands I feel this was a good choice. Just skimming through the content made my heart jump. :-) I had not known of this author when making first humble steps in herblore and find it quite exciting to see a lot of the herbs I felt intuitively drawn to listed and discussed herein. I am just wondering, why I did not come across this author before. The book honors the botanists of the 15th century, especially Otto Brunfels and features some beautiful old woodcut prints of the plants, which are of a startling accuracy considering the time when they were made. The texts focus on the folklore but do not neglect the state of scientific knowledge at the time and warns against dangers of misuse. Today this book can be treasured for its historical value. There are few copies available on Amazon but I found it for a much nicer price at a second hand literature seller on Ebay. Now I see they also have a website. If you are interested visit Watermill Books
Dressed in their extravagant rags, the Fir Darrig (also known as Fear Dearg, Red Men or Rat Boys) may be encountered in the strangest of places - on river-banks, under bridges, by the coast, on refuse tips and in sewers. In Ireland, they may even enter houses uninvited and sit themselves down by the fireside. They are fond of bothersome practical jokes, but aren’t a malicious breed. They will frequently engage humans in conversation, especially if there is food, liquor or tobacco to be scrounged, but all that the Fir Darrig has to say must be carefully considered as he is a contradiction in terms. He may claim that he was once human but became trapped in the Otherworld, and will then warn you of the dangers of talking to Fay beings. But here he is, in the waking world - a Fay being himself engaging you in small-talk. The fact that his Shillelagh (Blackthorn walking stick or club) is adorned with a real human skull also does little to inspire a sense of well-being.
From a series of photos taken in nature at dusk and/ or night. Any effects are achieved whilst taking the picture, e.g. via long exposure and moving the lense whilst the shutter is open. Very little post-editing done, mainly only enhancing contrasts in some areas of the images, aiming for a raw look and feel.