Weekday Wrap-Up

WeekDay Wrap-Up 9: Marching Along

Louisa by Nikoloz Mameishvili on Flickr

It’s been a busy month so far, what with last weekend being spent celebrating (and how – all three Lord of the Rings movies and two of the Indiana Jones ones. They are all awesome movies, but LOTRs is soooooooooo long, my goodness!) and this week taking care of this and that and everything in-between. I am getting all excited, however, because a favorite holiday is fast approaching…my birthday I mean St. Patrick’s Day! Seriously, I am giddy about both just because it is kinda awesome to have a birthday on said holiday and I adore all of the Irish/Celtic lore. I’m thinking of maybe even doing a little something special on my blog next week for it…tee-hee!

Leprechaun Fending off Beetle
Well, maybe not quite like this…

Since March is Women’s History Month, I’ve been looking into some of the history behind a few of the gorgeous vintage pictures of woman I have come across here in the virtual realm. This particular picture caught my eye early in the week and I was enamored first by the beauty of the photo’s composition and by the stunning woman in it. This is what I found out with a bit of research…

Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934) : Zitkala-Sa 1898

The women in the photograph is Zitkala-Sa(1876-1938)and she was a beautiful Yankton Sioux woman of Native American & white mixed ancestry. She was well educated and went on to become an accomplished author, musician, composer and later went on to work for the reform of Indian policies in the United States. The photograph of her reading was taken by Gertrude Käsebier who was one of the most influential American photographers of the early 20th century. So talk about two incredibly amazing woman who’s places in history are not only remarkable, but so worth finding out about.

Princess Xenia and Princess Alice via LawhimsyThese two images are of  Princess Xenia of Russia and Princess Alice of Battenberg and later of Greece and Denmark. Two more remarkable women with unique histories that equal the haunting depths these images hold. You can almost sense a tangible personality from each one and their expressions hold so many secrets and so many stories. I’m actually in the process of researching the past of both of these women and each holds a certain amount of tragedy and fascination. Ah, the tomes of history never dull in my eyes!

Ledger Love by art-e-ology on Flickr.Happy International Women’s Day ~ are you doing anything to celebrate or honor the women in your life (including yourself!)?  Happy weekend and thank you to every woman who has lived, loved and helped form the World we know today and will move forward into tomorrow!

Namaste ~ Ella

*Most images link to either my Flickr, Pinterest or Tumblr, however each is sourced and I provided direct links below each when I can.

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