Walking through the silent pine forest, the air is crisp and your breath forms clouds of condensation. A light dusting of snow covers the frozen ground and your boots crunch on fallen needles. Towering above you are 300-year-old Scots pine trees, their twin needles glinting with snowflakes in the weak winter sunshine. You can imagine the Druids celebrating the winter solstice in Scots pine glades, decorating the trees with lights to represent the Divine Light. You pick a few twigs and make a wreath - the pine is a symbol of peace.
A perfect way to reconnect with your loved ones with a moment of wonder for this ancient tree.
Size: 10.5 x 14.8 cm Envelope: recycled brown fleck Kraft Card: 300gsm 100% recycled card Medium: watercolour, Photoshop
Front: Peace Inside: blank Back: The Scots pine slowly made its way up to what is Britain today when the last ice age melted 10,000 years ago. Living up to 300 years the Scots pine has come to support hundreds of animals and plants. Perhaps because of its importance in supporting so much life as well as its evergreen needles, Druids are thought to have lit bonfires of Scots pine at the winter solstice to celebrate the passing of the seasons and to draw back the sun. During the celebrations glades of Scots pines were also decorated with lights and shiny objects, the tree covered in stars as representation of the Divine Light. Wreaths have been associated with protection since pagan times. It is easy to see how these rituals gave rise to the yule log, Christmas tree and advent wreath.