Today was a beautiful spring day in Western Michigan: sunny, warm but not hot, and breezy. A perfect day for spending ample time in our favorite park. What started off as a casual venture became a 2-hour, 6-mile tour of the entirety of Dreamvine Circle. Normally if we walk the entire park, we tend to proceed sunwise. This time we started in the northeastern cross quarter, proceeded to the northwestern, crossed through center to the southeastern, went to the southwestern and finished at the center again, effectively tracing a large figure-eight. It felt like the best kind of housekeeping on a large scale, lifting the spirits and firmly rooting one’s awareness of the land beneath your feet. We saw and met with Maple trees, Apple trees, Sumac and Dandelion, Tree Swallow, Gray Catbird, Cardinal, and many more.
Through the process of this park visit, we approached Wildhorn Rock from the east rather than the west. This at first seems to be a trifling difference, but it brought to light something interesting about the rock itself. When viewed from the east, especially in sunlight, the shadows from the rock’s contours look almost like a stag’s head with antlers, making yet another association with Cernunnos. I placed a Robin’s egg shell fragment found along the way underneath as thanks for the appearance.
On a more humorous note, the moss as it is normally viewed from other directions seems abstract in shape, but coming around the rock from the east appears to render.. what looks like a squirrel.