Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Wee Fairy Circle



Traveling the country roads this weekend I came upon a ring of mushrooms, commonly known in folklore as a, "Fairy Circle".  

In Celtic Folklore a Fairy Circle is the place where the Fae come to dance.  If a human were to enter the circle they may never return to their earthly life or, if they do, time has passed unknown to them.  

In Holland, Folklore states that these rings are left by the Devil's milk churn.  When he picks it back up again, the ring is left.   Scandinavian people believe these rings are where the elves come to dance.  
Germany knows them as, "Witches Rings", and in many European countries these rings are associated with sorcery and bad luck.  

Out here in the back country they must not hold much importance. I suppose this property owner believes that it is just a ring of mushrooms spores living underneath the soil.  Just what kind of fun is that, I ask?  I drove by yesterday to see if the ring had, "completed itself", only to find it had met its fate with the lawn mower.


"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."  

Mary Oliver  

42 comments:

  1. How interesting! Hope you have a pleasant day.

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  2. I think they start out as a small cluster of them and as the nutrients are used up they move away from center until it forms a ring moving farther away.

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  3. I've never heard of a fairy circle. Just mushrooms? I doubt it :-)

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  4. My Mom is Scottish and we grew up knowing these are Fairy Circles and that there had been a dance the night before...my 9 year old shared this belief with a friend at school who was not of the same mind...at all... Seeing them always make me smile.

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  5. Ha!
    My lawnmower runs right over these. Is that a bad thing? Hope the wuitches don't come for me.

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  6. What a cute thing. By the way, pic is very beautiful.

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  7. I can just the picture the large, old tree that must have stood inside that circle at one time.

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  8. That is 'kool' and the info interesting!

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  9. i've been known to mow them down as well. :)

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  10. Morning, love that' looks so neat.Blessings Francine.

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  11. Thanks for the history lesson. We get them here but I just see dead grass or moss, we used soapy water to kill them. But in this case, a mower works best.

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  12. Very interesting! Loving the mushrooms popping up in our yard this time of year.. I spent Saturday afternoon mowing and went around the dandiest ones. :)

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  13. I had never heard the folklore, very interesting, I will never look at them the same!Thanks for your birthday wishes to Jim!

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  14. Oh, I love Faerie lore! I'm so glad you snapped this mushroom ring before the home owners mowed them down! Most people don't appreciate mystery and folklore. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. What a great faerie circle! I'd've mowed it over too...

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  16. Whatever it means, isn't it amazing how its part of a perfect circle? Ain't nature grand?

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  17. I have never heard of this before but I will tell you I had a small one in my yard a few weeks ago! That's crazy!

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  18. How magical! Too bad about the lawn mower! xo Karen

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  19. the circle is almost perfect!! i have never seen one but read about them on other blogs. nice image!!!!

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  20. I love it! Too bad the lawn mower came . . . those 'shrooms were lovely!

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  21. Interesting tidbits, and too bad the lawnmower got them!! Great photographic catch!

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  22. Most interesting. I've never seen that before...:)

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  23. Every fall we start to see fairy rings here and there, I love the stories behind them and the little bit of mystery they hold :)

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  24. I wonder if that ring is there because there was at one time a huge tree . . .
    It has been quite the year for mushrooms around here.
    Love the Mary Oliver quote . . .

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  25. I would love to have been there at night to see the fairies dancing. :)

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  26. Hi Michelle!:) This is a curious but magical sight, and I love to see them!

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  27. It's more fun to think it's fairies and good luck! :)

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  28. How awesome! I have had fairy rings in my yard and was just wishing I would get another one. But I have never seen one this big...simply amazing.

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  29. how neat is that? i've never heard of this before and now i want to find a fairy circle!

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  30. I wonder what happened to the lawnmower when it entered the fairy ring. lol

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  31. Super fun post. I liked reading the "folk lore" behind the ring. Your shot was really neat. So glad you took the time to photograph it. I like faeries much better then the devil story.

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  32. Michelle,
    You capture so many treasures in our world-and I enjoy getting to see them!

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  33. I don't think I have ever seen one that large before, but I have always heard the fairy dance tale..haven't heard of the other lore. Too bad the lawn mower got them!

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  34. That is so interesting! I have never seen a circle of mushrooms!

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  35. This is my brother, David Milby's house and that explains a whole lot! They've been there ever since he moved in and they come right back every single time he mows. :-) Thanks for the informative lesson, we all enjoyed it.

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