Saturday, August 20, 2011
Fairy Ring!! On Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD August 20, 2011
Folklore says that fairy rings (also called fairy circles, elf rings, elf circles, or pixie rings) appear when a fairy or elf has visited!! The rings disappear without a trace after five days or so, but if you hang around, you might get to spot an elf or fairy and catch it when it visits the ring!! Other stories say fairies and elves dance in the circles. People are warned, too, not to step into the circle! The Celts recommended running around the circle 9 times to avoid being pulled in.
The mushrooms are only one part of the underground network of fungi. Many fairy rings have no mushrooms at all, but are simply rings of darker green grass or no grass at all. Much depends on the rainfall and soil type.
France has a fairy ring that is 700 years old! England has another famous ancient ring.