The Devils footprints at Super Snow Moon, by Ben Edge 2019
Tonight is the night of the Super Snow Moon, the largest of this years Super Moons.
Named by the ancients as ‘Snow Moon’ both in Europe and by Native American tribes for February traditionally being the time of year when snowfall was at is heaviest. In this painting I have also depicted the incredible February snow related Devon folk legend of the ‘Devils Footprints’ where in February 1855, after a bout of heavy snowfall, locals of the the Exe Estuary in East and South Devon and the surrounding areas, awoke to trails of cloven hood tracks that covered a distance of 40 to 100 miles, that defied scientific logic, for the strange meandering, single file patterns that were left in the snow. What also baffled locals was that whatever unidentifiable creature they were made by had a supernatural gift, that enabled it to walk straight over rivers, haystacks, snow covered roofs and a wide array of obstacles that would have stopped any known native living animal in its tracks. Due to the unexplainable nature of the hoof marks, Locals feared the worst and soon declared the tracks to be the marks of the ‘Cloven Hoof of Satan himself’ and for some time after this strange occurrence, avoided venturing from their homes past midnight, the story was picked up by the press and became a nationwide phenonimum. Thank you to @the_dorset_ooser for educating me on this incredible folk tale.