I am… I am but the stardust that tumbles I am but the twig that snaps beneath your umbels…

Posts tagged “mermaid

The Nixie of the Mill-Pond…

georgia2Has just dropped by to remind you that her dear friend, Raisie, will be on display in the art exhibit “Reflections on the River,” an exhibition of works by local artists which includes Anastasia Traina.  The David & Joyce Public Milne Library in Williamstown, Ma. has hosted the show since Sept 7th… and where Raisie will continue be on display until Sept. 3oth, 2016!

Hope to see you soonishly!

Georgia Mc Donald as The Nixie of Mill-Pond

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~2016~


The Little Merrow…

the littlest mermaidWho lost her Magical Cap!  Merrows wear a special hat called a cohuleen druith, which enables them to dive beneath the waves. If they lose this cap, it is said that they will lose their power to return beneath the water.  Also, a Merrow music is known to be heard coming from the farthest depths of the ocean, yet the sound travels floatingly across the surface.  Merrows dance to the music, whether ashore on the strand or upon the wave.

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~2016~


Tanaquill, the Faery Queen

saraWhat angel wakes me from my flowery bed?

Sara Cooke, (Artist and Mother to the McDonald Sisters) as Tanaquill from the Artist Underwater Series

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Ruby’s Metamorphosis

IMG_6897I have had the great privilege to be able to photograph the magical McDonald Sisters for the last five years…  and when I look over the photographs we have taken (a mere fraction of which I have posted) their metamorphosis into womanhood has been nothing short of astonishingly miraculous…  breathtaking, really.  And perhaps, when I began this project I did not truly understand the scope, or how tremendously moving it would be for me, the grandness of witnessing each of these tender buds, blossom into such beautifully unique flowers.  For in this photograph of Ruby, the youngest, it has become crystal clear to me that she is shedding her little red childhood cloak and bravely moving forward into the forest of the future and what ever may come her way… So I just want to humbly say, thank you for all the light and ticklish wonderment you have shared with me.  No, this is not the end, but nearly, and I wanted to leave you with my one wish for all of you, expressed so wondrously by  Maya Angelou, in  a letter she wrote to her daughter ~

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”

With much love and muchiness, I thank you!

oxox,

Ana

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Anna Liffey

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She asked that it be named for her… the river.

Georgia McDonald as Anna Liffey

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016 ~


Neave

pip2 Neave, (Bright Light) is the daughter of the god of the sea, Manannan mac Lir and one of the princesses of Tir na nOg, the land of eternal youth. When she grew up she fell in love with  poet-hero Oisin.

Ruby McDonald as Neave

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Olwen

IMG_0928 (1) copyWith the streaming yellow hair… when she walks flowers bloom beneath her steps.

Ruby Mcdonald as Olwen

Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Frigg

georgia 2The White Lady of Midsummer… Frigg’s home is in the great sea hall known as Fensalir, however, she also has a home in the celestial sphere where she enjoys spinning star dust.

Georgia Mcdonald as Frigg

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016~


Rose’s Bloom

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“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”

~ Therese of Lisieux ~

Ruby McDonald as The Rose

Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2016


The Enchanted Rosebud…

Sleeps on her bed of rushing crystals. Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~

Sleeps on her bed of rushing crystals.
Photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2015 ~


THE SEA FLOWER

Country folk say that the folded sepals of the wood anemone are used by fairies for protection, pulling the curtains around them.  UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANASTASIA TRAINA ~ 2015 ~

Country folk say that the folded sepals of the anemone are used by fairies for protection, like pulling the curtains around them. UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANASTASIA TRAINA ~ 2015 ~


Will-O-The-Wisp…

Photography by Anastasia Traina

Photography by Anastasia Traina


Leanan Sidhe

 

A beautiful otherworld woman who stole young men for her pleasure, first in erotic dreams, then in the earthly world to lead the victim to her fairy palace. There the lover danced to fairy tunes, ate food more delicious than any known on earth, and drank delectable wine that never made one drunk...Should a man live through his return, food had no taste, and music no melody... Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~

A beautiful otherworld woman who stole young men for her pleasure, first in erotic dreams, then in the earthly world to lead the victim to her fairy palace. There the lover danced to fairy tunes, ate food more delicious than any known on earth, and drank delectable wine that never made one drunk…Should a man live through his return, food had no taste, and music no melody…
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina ~ 2014 ~


Lorelei

poem by Heinrich Heine I know not if there is a reason Why I am so sad at heart. A legend of bygone ages Haunts me and will not depart. The air is cool under nightfall. The calm Rhine courses its way. The peak of the mountain is sparkling With evening's final ray. The fairest of maidens is sitting So marvelous up there, Her golden jewels are shining, She's combing her golden hair. She combs with a comb also golden, And sings a song as well Whose melody binds a wondrous And overpowering spell. In his little boat, the boatman Is seized with a savage woe, He'd rather look up at the mountain Than down at the rocks below. I think that the waves will devour The boatman and boat as one; And this by her song's sheer power Fair Lorelei has done. Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina

poem by Heinrich Heine
I know not if there is a reason
Why I am so sad at heart.
A legend of bygone ages
Haunts me and will not depart.
The air is cool under nightfall.
The calm Rhine courses its way.
The peak of the mountain is sparkling
With evening’s final ray.
The fairest of maidens is sitting
So marvelous up there,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She’s combing her golden hair.
She combs with a comb also golden,
And sings a song as well
Whose melody binds a wondrous
And overpowering spell.
In his little boat, the boatman
Is seized with a savage woe,
He’d rather look up at the mountain
Than down at the rocks below.
I think that the waves will devour
The boatman and boat as one;
And this by her song’s sheer power
Fair Lorelei has done.
Underwater photography by Anastasia Traina


The Waterbaby

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~


Le Peu d’Esprit de l’Eau…

The little water spirit Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013

The little water spirit
Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013


The Willow-O-Wisp

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~2013~

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~2013~


The Enchanting of Fair Rosamund

According to fairy legend, to protect the fair Rosamund the fairies transfigured her into a the most beautiful Fleur De L' Eau... Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~

According to fairy legend, to protect the fair Rosamund the fairies transfigured her into a the most beautiful Fleur De L’ Eau…
Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~


La Belle au Bois Dormant

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013~

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013~


A Mermaid’s Kiss

Underwater photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~

Underwater photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~


The Princess Nobody…

Patiently awaits her thankful Prince's return. Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~

Patiently awaits her thankful Prince’s return.
Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~


The Littlest Seafairy!

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~


Eleionomae’s Illusion

The Eleionomae often misled travelers with their illusions. The illusions constituted images of a traveler's loved ones. Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~

The Eleionomae often misled travelers with their illusions. The illusions constituted images of a traveler’s loved ones. Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~


The Little Watersprite and her Magic Beetle!

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~

Photo by Anastasia Traina ~ 2013 ~