Sunday, December 19, 2010

Winter Solstice Bonfire (Northbrook, IL)

© (2010) Photographs by Vicki Polin

A friend told me about the annual Winter Solstice Bonfire at Somme Woods Forest Preserve in Northbrook, IL.  It was a balmy day for Chicago, I think it was in the upper 20's, so I went.

It was a gather of folks to celebrate teh season with music and a towering bonfire of buckthorn wood.

I was told that the custom was to think of things you want to let go of in your life, or changes you want to make as you throw wood into the fire.

The event started out in the parking lot and the bagpiper lead a procession through the beautiful winter oak woodland to a mountain of invasive brush that has been cut during the last year.

The event was sponsored by Friends of Northbrook Forest Preserves, North Branch Restoration Project, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

I couldn't find bagpipe music so I figured Celtic music was pretty close.

Music by Ceoltorii - Scottish Real Set

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