Beauty – #WQWWC

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There are many species of reindeer around the world, some forming the mainstay of local lifestyles, providing milk, meat, bone and fur to people who have little, given their landscape and who waste less. They are superbly adapted to their environment.

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Their hooves are very wide and flat, which helps them swim and they change with the seasons, hardening or softening to give the best grip for the prevailing conditions. Their coats are thick and warm, with a soft underlayer and hollow fur that traps heat and is buoyant when they swim to cross rivers. They are exceptionally beautiful creatures. Except when the yearly moult is on them… and then they are the scruffiest-looking creatures in Nature.

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They are still beautiful though. Reindeers are magical creatures. Even if you are ‘too big to believe in Santa Claus,’ there are many other myths and traditions that show the place this creature holds in the hearts and minds of men.

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Ancient Mongolian megaliths carved with ‘flying deer’. Image: Aloxe via Wikipedia Free Art License)

No matter how scruffy they look from a distance, the magic touches you as you meet their eyes. They may be domesticated or accustomed to people because of their captivity… yet these are still creatures with the song of the wild in their own hearts… and somehow they seem to let you share their song.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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15 Responses to Beauty – #WQWWC

  1. Lovely. —- Suzanne

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  2. Helen Jones says:

    This is lovely, Sue – I especially like the monolith carved with flying deer. Seems that story predates Santa Claus, another retelling of an old tale. And I really like reindeer too 🙂

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  3. Judy Martin says:

    How lovely. They are beautiful creatures – even when they are looking a bit threadbare! 🙂

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  4. Sue, once again you shared some of the rarest beauties in the world. Thanks always for your lovely words. You make us all more aware of the beauty in this world. Hugs! ❤

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