Valentine's Day and the Rockies? Be someone different...


Is there a Valentines Day for - Rocky Mountain Lovers !


Full size Images at the end of the post.


From Explore – Real Simple :( on line magazine )

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, one thing’s clear: Valentine’s Day history goes way back. And while Valentine’s Day is now known for kissing, candy hearts, and hard-to-get dinner reservations, the origins of the holiday are far less romantic.

Who was Saint Valentine, exactly, and what does he have to do with chocolate hearts? Not much, it turns out. Saint Valentine’s Day was a feast day in the Catholic religion, added to the liturgical calendar around 500 AD. The day was commemorated for two martyred roman priests named—you guessed it—Valentine. However, very little was known about these two priests, and, because there were conflicting reports on the Saint Valentine Day story, the feast day was removed from the Christian liturgical calendar in 1969.

But according to others—and this is how Saint Valentine became affiliated with a love-focused holiday—Saint Valentine was a Roman priest who performed weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, because of an Roman emperor edict decreeing married soldiers did not make good warriors. He wore a ring with a Cupid on it—a symbol of love—which helped soldiers recognize him. And, in a precursor to greeting cards, he handed out paper hearts to remind Christians of their love for God.

From Life Hacker:

Historians aren’t 100% sure about the origins of Valentine’s Day, but many believe it all started as the pre-Roman empire ritual known as Lupercalia, which sounded like a real hoot. Every February 13 - 15, goats and dogs were sacrificed at an altar by the Luperci (or “brothers of the wolf”) as an offering. After that, folks were anointed in the blood of the animals, wiped clean with some wool soaked in milk (as one does), and feasted until they were full and drunk. Then came the best part: the Luperci took the skins of the sacrificial animals and ran around naked, smacking people with them.

I'd recommend you don't try this come valentine's Day this year!!!

Then we ( the Big WE  as in our North American Culture ) changed Valentine's Day , once again and put the Commercial Spin on it – read this column below from Life Hacker ( I put the emphasis in ! )

Around the start of the industrial revolution in the U.S., Valentine’s Day went from being a small-time, historical day of romance to full-blown money tree. The new age of machinery ushered in mass-produced, factory-made cards one could easily purchase and pass off to those they cared for on special occasions. In 1913, Hallmark Cards offered pre-made valentines, and in 1916 started mass producing them. The day of romance was born anew as a commercial holiday. Since then, the day is not only about buying cheesy cards to pass around your third grade class, but it’s also about buying flowers, candy, jewelry, and trying unsuccessfully to get reservations at halfway-decent restaurants. Love is still in the air, but there’s no doubt the holiday is more about “stuff” nowadays than romance. It almost makes you miss the carcass-slapping days of old.

What has this got to do with my Photography -

Anyone can buy flowers, chocolates, candy and jewelry - BUT you are NOT

ANYONE and neither is your SWEETHEART!!

Instead of "stuff" How about a thoughtful gift of Art for the one you want to impress on Valentine's Day. ( and you can still go out to dinner and talk about it)

Check these two Valentines Cards from nature available from my on line Gallery

              Image: A Mountain and a Valentine 

                                                                                                                                                                            Image: Valentine's in the Rockies

These will be available from the website Gallery  until February 4th , don't swing a carcass around - Give Art !