On November 23, 2014 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its seventeenth Winternights. We met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead in the afternoon to gain at least a little warmth during one of the colder weeks to date. Due to cold temperatures and frequent winds, we saw no other people in the area as we made our way to our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande, the same site we had used the previous three years. The weather also meant we saw less wildlife than in previous years. Aside from a few ravens and crows huddled together in the trees, we seemed to be alone in the Bosque. Continue reading
On November 10, 2013 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its sixteenth Winternights. We met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead on an afternoon whose warm weather made a pleasant contrast to the weather of the previous year. We met many others in the area enjoying the respite from the cold and the fall colors of the Bosque as we made our way to our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande, the same site we had used the previous two years. The familiar wildlife of the years before 2012 was back; we saw and heard a number of ducks, crows, cranes, and other birds as we walked. Continue reading
Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its fifteenth Winternights November 10, 2012. While for the most part the weather to date had been warm and dry, the morning we met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead was cold, overcast, and windy. Intermittent drops of rain fell as we made our way to our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande, the same site we had used last year. Perhaps because of the weather, we saw less wildlife than in previous visits, though we did see a few ducks and crows, and at least once we heard the sound of cranes flying overhead. Continue reading
Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its fourteenth Winternights November 6, 2011. Though the drought gripping New Mexico had continued, there had been enough precipitation that the Bosque was once again open (in fact, it had rained for a few hours the previous morning), so we met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead and hiked for a time until we reached our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande. The site was one we had not used for many years, but it offered a spectacular view of the river; during our time there, we were made aware of the presence of ducks, cranes, ravens, and crows. Continue reading
On November 7, 2010 Keeper of Seasons Hall celebrated Winternights on the bank of the Rio Grande in the Bosque. The day of the celebration was unusually warm, even with the mild onset of winter that has become a regular feature of Albuquerque for the past few years; the sun shone brightly, and the temperature approached (though did not quite reach) 70 degrees Fahrenheit. We met at the Montaño trailhead, chatted for a time, and headed to our site, an area the Hall has used a number of times now. Though we did not see as many cranes or geese as in previous years, we saw quite a few ducks and many times heard the raucous cries of crows and ravens in the trees.
On June 27, 2009 Keeper of Seasons Hall met in the Bosque near the Montaño trailhead to hold the year’s Midsummer Blót. Though this summer had been cooler and wetter than usual thus far, it was still warm enough that we decided, as in previous years, to meet early in the day to avoid the worst of the heat. The unusual amount of rain in the weeks leading up to the blót meant that the plant life of the Bosque was much greener and more lush than last year, and in addition to the usual bird life (including cranes flying overhead), we encountered large numbers of toads, frogs, lizards, insects, and small mammals on our way to the blót site. Continue reading
Keeper of Seasons Hall held its eleventh Winternights blót on November 1, 2008 in the Bosque near the Montaño trailhead.
Much like last year’s Winternights celebration, the days leading up to the event were fairly mild; it was only at night that the temperatures dropped below freezing. The day of the blót itself was warm and sunny. Many of the trees had changed their color, but few had lost many leaves yet. Though we had originally planned on using the same place in which we’d held our Midsummer celebration this year, we ultimately ended up in a different area. We at first had difficulty finding the location, and we spent some time rambling through the Bosque looking for landmarks. Continue reading
With the solstice falling near a weekend, Keeper of Seasons Hall met on June 21 to hold its 2008 Midsummer’s Blót. As in the previous year, we met early in the day to avoid the worst of the season’s heat. Though summer storms had been visiting the area recently, we had nothing more severe than cooling winds during the ceremony; the day was clear and bright. Erich and Celeste had earlier scouted the Bosque for a new location for this year’s blót, a well-shaded site on the banks of the Rio Grande that offered a spectacular view of the river and its surroundings. In this holy place Erich led the blót, announcing our purpose in gathering and hailing the powers of the season; afterwards, each person present made personal hails, and the remainder of the mead was poured into the river in offering. Continue reading
On October 28, 2007, Keeper of Seasons Hall met near the Rio Grande to hold its tenth Winternights celebration.
Despite a few nights that dipped briefly below freezing, much of Albuquerque’s summer warmth had continued well into the following season; the day of the blót was warm, clear, and sunny. Many of the trees of the Bosque had changed color, and a few had lost their leaves, but there were still some smaller trees to be found that stubbornly held on to their greenery. The skies were frequently traveled by crows, ravens, geese, and cranes as members of the Hall made their way to a spot scouted previously for this blót. Continue reading
Midsummer’s Blót was held June 20th on a sweltering New Mexico afternoon. Sunna’s gold rays struck heavily on our walk to the site. We were, as usual, along the banks of the Rio Grande, which, despite a period of very dry weather, were lush with native grasses. We walked along the worn path seeking a site we have used many a time. A site where the trees shelter a shady spot of clearing with a well placed groove leading to the bank and a strip of tree-shrouded grass large enough to stand on comfortably at the very edge of the river. After passing the site inexplicably and coming back around from another path to the strip of grassy bank, we set up for the blót. Continue reading