My contribution for the Mundane Monday Challenge #116 set by trablogger. The challenge is to encourage us to see so called mundane objects/scenes from a different viewpoint, then present a photographic image of our subject. The world around us isn’t always as it appears, its facets present many faces. Sometimes we may overlook the beauty of such things.
Anyway, regarding my photo, it was taken at the site of Bryn Celli Ddu, a Neolithic burial chamber in Anglesey, North Wales. Why focus on the ferns growing at the side of the doorway into the chamber? They caught my attention strongly and I made note of my gut reaction. Ferns are a hardy and very ancient life form, resilient and infused with symbolism. They are to be found growing in the most unexpected of places, hanging on and taking root in the smallest of crevices it seems. Their juxaposition with the chamber doorway made me smile. Not the usual reaction expected one might say when viewing a burial chamber. Doorways and thresholds have an important symbolism of their own, being places of transition, entrances and exits from one state of being to another. In this case going from the world of the living and mundane into a a place of transformation, death and rebirth. I wasn’t aware of the associations and correspondences relating to the fern until later on.
It’s a plant with connections to deities of the Otherworld, Hades, Pluto and the Faerie folk, the Sidhe. In folk magic it’s said to be bound with thunder and lightning and so could protect a home from such elements. There are further associations with Sky Gods, Midsummer, the Underworld and energies of the Midwinter. It’s considered a threshold plant, gaining power at the point of change from one season to another. Again, it struck me how apt its position was on the burial chamber. A good day on this occasion.