Wednesday, 30 April 2014
May Eve on Port Meadow
Some pictures taken this evening in Oxford's Port Meadow, on the eve of May.
The neighbouring fields were full of rabbits, enjoying the evening light. May Eve is supposed to be a night for fairies, but none were in evidence tonight - only the rabbits.
That tower in the distance belongs to what was once the church of St Philip and St James. May 1 is the feast of these saints, so tonight was their Eve too.
The last sun of winter began to set behind the ruins of Godstow Abbey:
Some legends say the dead walk on May Eve, but I didn't wait at the abbey to test this for myself.
By sunset, I could see in the distance a small group of people gathering to build a bonfire, to welcome summer in. You can just about spot them in this picture, dwarfed by the water and the sky.
And so the sun sets until May Morning.