Sunday, October 7, 2012

Celebrating Samhain!

Join me all month long as I celebrate the Celtic Calendar festival of Samhain in pictures, poems and prose!! Come back often , you shan't know who'll be showing their wares!;)

There are so many reason I love this time of year! The colors are breathtaking as is the surprise of a chilly morning after a long, hot summer! But it is a magical time also, one that stirs my Gaelic roots (MacIntosh and McIntyre) reminding me of the rich, tapestry that Mother Earth gives us to care for and cherish.

This past weekend in Pittsburgh was a full moon, or "Harvest Moon" as its sometimes called. Though it had seemed the weather the day or two previously was more like Seattle with intermittent showers and sun, the clouds this night were quintessential for showing the many moods of an autumn night sky.

These pictures  were snapped by gifted friend and photographer, Kimberly Rocha around 10:30 PM or so September 29, looking up into the eerie cloud-covered skies an Allegheny mountain ridge, near Pittsburgh, PA. Barnabas  (vintage Dark Shadows) Collins quality, the moon and skies above blessed us with a ethereal display that was truly chilling!

With her permission I share them with you!

Be well~

Available now! Master of Desire (In Dark Pleasures-erotic tales of the Samhain season!


Chelsea said...

Great pictures! I really enjoy looking at the moon and have tried to take pictures of it several times but most of the time they don't turn out as well as I would like.

Chelsea said...

I also love this time of the year because with Halloween its a time of year were the supernatural is acknowledged. I don't like the creepy aspects that go along with Halloween but I enjoy acknowledging the presence of magic and spirits being around us.

Jeanne M said...

Hi Claire -

I loved your post and the pictures were wonderful! Have you ever thought of using one you've taken yourself for one of your covers?

I live in New England so it's no surprise that Fall is my favorite season.

To me it's the most peaceful time of year and as the weather cools down my husband and I often start a small fire in the fireplace and settle back to enjoy reading and being able to just glance out any of the windows to see the beauty of the leave turning colors and gentle falling and coloring the yard with a layer of beautiful colors.

We have a picture on our wall of our sons when they were growing up playing in the leaves and it reminds us of the carefree days of thier youth.

Our grandchildren will be visiting again this fall from South Carolina and once again we'll have the sound of laughter filling the house while we make carmal apples and have warmed apple cider and the fire going to warm them up when they finally draw themselves away from the leaves and come inside to exclaim over the brillant colors of fall!

Norma said...

I love the fall because I'm a September baby. It means cool nights and the sleeping is great and cooler days and crisp leaves to rake and then jump into with the grandchildren.

It's gorgeous colors that Nature has painted on the trees and harvests being brought in.

The pictures of the moon are spectacular I wish I could take beautiful ones like that.

Becky said...

I love the pictures that your friend Kimberly had taken. I love those times of pictures dealing with the moon. I always mean to take a picture similar like those, but never have the camera handy to take one. I love this time of the year. I like to go and look at the trees changing colors and plus I love Halloween. I also like the cooler weather. I prefer cold weather over hot weather so this time of the year I really enjoy how the days get warm and the evenings are cool.

Pat Cochran said...

Eldest son took some really great
photos of the Harvest Moon using
his fancy telephone. I was sur-
prised by the clearness and the
clarity of the moonlight, realtime
and in the photos.

We live in Texas. Weatherwise we
experience things such as droughts
and triple-digit temperatures. My
favorite season is Fall when temps
begin to cool. I love cooler weather!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures! We tried to take some with my husband's I Pad, but these are great! Thank you for sharing!


Mary Preston said...

I'm a woeful photographer. These are amazing.


Kima said...

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. Curling up with a good book and a hot beverage with a purring cat in my lap just can't be beat!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Chelsea, I love the ethereal, ancient legends of Samhain..not sure where along the way it became Freddy Krueger *sigh. When my kids were growing up , we'd build Linus and his pumpkin patch in our front yard while everyone else did scary stuff. Now dont get me wrong, I happen to love cemeteries, but I have a high respect for the dead. I wonder if many people realize the background of Samhain..thanks for stopping by!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Jeanne, I loved the visual you painted of the favorite things you love about this season. So right up my alley! ;)
It is one of my dreams to visit New England in the autumn. It must be a delightful feast for the eyes;)

If you have a pic that you can send I would love to post it here this month!! send to my email on my homepage!

I looked at our fireplace longingly the other day (awoke to 27* brrr) and thought we need to find a chimney sweep! Those are becoming a rarity these days!

Enjoyed you stopping by to share!

Amanda McIntyre said...


I would LOVE if the weather could stay this for like 9 months of the year. But then things would get out of whack, wouldn't they? I live where the seasons change and I do love it.
We lucked out with these pictures the night they were taken. It had been raining and the rain clouds seemed to part just long enough for Kim to snap a few good ones! Nice to have you, stop in again!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Hi Becky,
I have to give Kimberly all the credit. I wouldn't have had the eye and patience she had in snapping the right shot, but she got a few that were truly inspiring!! have to say I'm loving this cooler weather! Thanks for stopping by!

Meljprincess said...

Hello Amanda,
Fall is my favorite season. I love the changing of the leaves, the cooler temps, apple cider and doughnuts, football, and the holidays. Halloween is my favorite. I've been singing "Shine on Harvest Moon" for days.
Hope you're enjoying fall. Watch for ghosts and vampires! :-)=

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Amanda McIntyre said...

Pat, I have friends near Houston and I hear you about the drought conditions! We had them here in the upper Midwest as well. Does Texas get more rain in the autumn? I was just in Pittsburgh last week at a reader/author conference and they said it often rained there a lot in the fall. Take care and stop by again!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Kima, sounds like a perfect afternoon!!
Anonymous and Mary--all credit to Kimberly's great eye! I just dragged her outside to look at the moon, because I get giddy about such things. I'd read that this date there would be a full moon-more precisely the Harvest Moon, so I' just been waiting. On Sunday evening, it shone hug and bright in a cloudless Pittsburgh sky over the mountain ridge--absolutely gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed the pics!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey MelJ!! Great to hear from you! That's the song I kept singing last weekend as I viewed that marvel over the forest-y mountain ridge.
Thanks for stopping in!!

kansassweet43 said...

I'm more of a spring person, rebirth and all that, but fall is a close second. Cooler temps, trees changing colors, family and friends by the fire pit, s'mores. Ah yes

Amanda McIntyre said...

Love, love sitting around a fire pit when its chilly. Such fun! We had a sudden cold front come through this morning and I keep thinking more and more about a fire in the fireplace;)
thanks for stopping by!