The Origin of Halloween

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Boo from Amelia River Cruises

 

 

If history has taught mankind one thing, it is that all things are subject to change. At least, when it comes to how modern culture and practiced traditions are destined to evolve in some way, shape, or form. Holidays all have some evolutionary qualities about them. For example, a brief take on Christmas past to present. Once meant to be a humbling celebration of the birth of a savior, this event would soon become a day of indulgence. Materialistic desires and a more innocent notion of parents wanting to see their children happy and spoiled have become majority hash tags on a once strictly, holy day. While Haloween is a holiday of the lighter variety, there is another side to the celebration spectrum. One which also comes from origins of the ancients.

Happy Haloween from Amelia River CruisesSome two thousand years ago, rituals began to be held by the Celtic people. The Celts arrived in Ireland around the dawn of the 5th century. In a somewhat close proximity to the time of Christ’s tour of Earth, a festival known to signify the change from the fall to winter each year began taking shape. The Celtic people called this anticipated time of change Samhain. The significance of the events’ timing was meant to recognize that fall (a lighter season) was predecessor to a darker time – winter. It was from the symbolism put forth by this festival of light and dark distinctions that Halloween became an annual celebration. The indigenous peoples formed the traditions – many of which are followed to this day – out of practices that were derived from pagan ritualistic behavior. So, why is it that when Halloween is mentioned in passing, imagery of candy and costumes are the first things to sit on your thoughts. Well – in short – societal evolution. We create new realities to fit our lifestyle in a way that allows modern culture to carry on with celebrations as times change. Who doesn’t love costumes and candy? As a young adolescent, Halloween is the single day out of the year when you may figuratively become anyone or anything you so desire. Moreover, you get to see exactly how many mini-snickers your can stomach in one sitting. It’s a win-win!

So, where did the idea for dressing in costume come from? The original plane of thought for costuming on Halloween was one based on reasoning that was not as simple as our modern fantasy role-playing. The Celtic people were always held fast when it came to one unshakable belief. The ancients believed that the barrier that keeps the spiritual world separate from that one of mortal existence was at its’ thinnest state during the changing of light-to-dark seasons, or Samhain. In an effort to ward off any evil spirits that might pass through the barrier between the two planes of existence, sons and fathers would disguise their appearances accordingly as to not be seen.

We at Amelia River Cruises wish everyone a happy and haunted holiday! Contact us online or via the ticket office at the Fernandina Beach downtown marina to book your next cruise join us for one of the best sunsets. (continue…)

 

 

Effects of Climate Change on the Sea

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Marsh at the Intracoastal

 

With global climate change slowly making its’ way into the factual mindset of citizens around the word, the notion that there is any possibly of it being a myth has slowly – albeit surely – become a moot thought. For that, the scientific community is greatly thankful.

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Coyote sightings on Amelia Island?

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

Coyote in Parking Lot

 

While the list is not one of particular brevity, one of the treasured aspects of the parcel we islanders happily call home is its’ uniqueness. Without quoting Forest’s “Mama” on the subject of chocolates, life has surprises like is has sunrises. For many, the defining amazement that Amelia Island offers up is an ever-increasing number of unnaturally beautiful sightings of wildlife, reminding us of our proximity to creatures of the wild.

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Hurricane Irma – A mighty wind

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba

The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017

 

On August 30th, near the Cape Verde Islands, a beast began to take its shape. Though no less of a tragedy, eyes shifted from recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey in stricken Texas to the Florida panhandle. In less than seven days time, the monstrous wave that began off the coast of western Africa morphed into a Category 5 hurricane on September 5. As it took form, Hurricane Irma became most anticipated hurricane in United States history. The storm turned out to be catastrophic to the British Virgin Isles, Haiti, and many parts of the continental United States of America.

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St. Johns River threatened to be overloaded with nutrient content

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

St Johns River near Jacksonville

 

There is no work more noble than that of the volunteer Ban Ki-moon. He wisely ascertained, “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

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Killer Whales are Members of the Dolphin Family

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Orca - Killer Whale in the ocean

 

Making a trip to one of the Sea World locations used to be the stuff daydreams were made of for children as well as adults. While the killer whale was not unheard of, its popularity went up exponentially for those who watched the film “Free Willy”. And chances were that if you had watched it once, you were sure to view it another time or two. Who doesn’t love a good movie ending in a victorious, daring animal rescue to wrap up the story’s plot line.

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Beach Erosion A Widespread Problem

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Beach on Amelia Island

 

Last year, the Florida’s coastline and others experienced a blow that has only been equaled a few times in the past century. Hurricane Matthew was an undisputed tragedy. Residents of Amelia Island evacuated to central areas in Georgia and other safe zones for shelter from the storm. Hundreds of people in the  Caribbean lost their lives, poorly manicured municipal tree lines and other factors cost tens of thousands to be without power, beaches were flooded up to the dunes. While the storm causes a great deal of erosion, the process is certainly nothing new, and a footnote to the erosion playing out on a much larger scale over time.

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Jellyfish: The Florida Five

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish

 

Recently, we’ve discussed how the media’s portrayal of sharks – particularly the great white – in the movie “Jaws” has distorted the general public’s view of sharks as a species. While there’s no real need to be on the lookout for sharks in the water, there is one group of troublemakers that go unnoticed rather easily. Jellyfish are mainly such a threat because their movement is hard to predict. In whichever direction the might flow, it is entirely dependent on the current of the waters they inhabit. In that sense, their movement isn’t all that different from our own. They don’t choose to go in any certain direction. The tides shift them whichever way it pleases. In mankind’s journey through its existence, life’s own version of tides is known to us as happenings. Things happen to us, and we find ourselves moving with the flow – just trying to stay “afloat.”

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Galeophobia: Irrationality at Work

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

A day at the beach

 

We’ve reached that part of the year. While grinding away in our cubicles and spinning around unproductively in our office chairs daydreaming, the most common destination of said daydreams is a hazy memory of the beach. For many, it’s almost like winning the lottery when they get a chance to visit their favorite sandy spot. It makes sense. Vacation is all about relaxation. With the private sector basically trademarking the sound of waves crashing, the most relaxing sound to the human ear has been programmed into alarm clocks and overhead speakers in the majority of spas across the globe. We are subconsciously programmed to yearn for the place where the sand meets the water. While the sounds of the ocean are quite relaxing, many learn that the inhabitants of the ocean have been known to cause us humans a fairly enormous amount of both stress, and debilitating pain. What is the biggest fear of ocean waders?

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Boating Safety 101

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

Changing Weather

 

Of course, we at Amelia River Cruises would love for every time you set foot on a boat to be one of our own. However, that will not always be the case. Whether just going out for a fishing day or buying your own vessel, you need to be prepared and well advised on boating safety.

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