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By Philip_H
Pagan Grove at Holker Hall Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, Nr Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria to mark Imbolc (2nd February).

Also called Oimelc, Imbolc in the Celtic pagan calendar celebrates the awakening of the land, the growing power of the Sun and the life force of nature awakening through the darkness. In the Christian calendar, the 2nd February is celebrated as Candlemas, and it is said:

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain
Winter won't come again.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Old Ironsides'.

Best wishes,

Tags: Lake district Cumbria Imbolc Wildlife and nature Yew trees Cartmel peninsula Pagan Grove Holker Hall Gardens Cark-in-Cartmel Candlemas Oimelc Pagan calendar

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
2 Feb 2013 11:22AM
This is a great image of these amazing trees Philip !! The info is also good SmileGrinGrinGrin

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Tibetan 5 3 England
2 Feb 2013 11:27AM
Nicely presented Philip, love trees at the best of times but these are special, good narrative, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
2 Feb 2013 11:28AM
I like the write up and the image as a herald of spring and I also like the framing.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Feb 2013 11:41AM
No cloud and rain here today, Philip, but very strong winds, wonder what that means?Smile Love the presentation. Carol
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
2 Feb 2013 12:14PM
OK you've just ruined 2nd February for me with that prediction!! Tongue Glorious sunshine, frosty and bitterly cold so guess it's more winter ahead. Lovely image. Like the shapes in those branches.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
2 Feb 2013 12:23PM
Cold and bright in London.... roll on winter SmileSmile

Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 12:52PM
Great composition of this exceptionally interesting image - it is indeed very bright here today and I have just read snow is forecasted again for next week - they knew what they were talking about!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 2:10PM
The light vignette adds to the mystery. Effective.
2 Feb 2013 2:54PM
Excellent composition and nice presentation
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 2:57PM
Great image - well composed and a nice description
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 5:20PM
Very nicely photograph and presented Philip. Nice shot.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Feb 2013 9:02PM
Thanks for this, to day here it is cloudy, but could not rain as it is way too cold, snow is likely later on--- That is good news-- spring must be around the coner!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2013 9:29PM
The first festival of spring, of dreams and the waking of the earth.
Light is noticeably growing now. We can observe the signs that Spring is on its way.
We see new shoots appearing from bulbs and perhaps a swelling in the buds on trees and shrubs.
A time of beginnings. I time to begin new plans and ventures and to start to implement them.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
3 Feb 2013 11:27AM
Lovely shot with beautiful presentation and interesting info.

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