When seeking answers to foundational human questions, many plants and animals have lifted their voices in reply, and have shown me how we are all one. We can learn from each other as our best selves come forth. Through the teachings from many things in the natural world including moss, flowers, nuts, seeds, snakes, birds, water, and more, this developing series of both photographs and words has come into being as I remain open to new whispers of inspiration. Enjoy taking a peek at photos from this ongoing project and stay tuned for more.
Abundant nourishment and healing can be found in every ecosystem on the earth in flowers, leaves, stems, roots, fruits,
bark, and more. What may have been disregarded as a “weed” just might offer powerful healing for our bodies. I invite you to get curious and get to know what is growing around you. You will be surprised and delighted with what you discover! Before long you will find yourself
planting things and enjoying your connection with the earth.
Flowers for Mom
For almost five years, I photographed a flower every single day, as my artistic response to my mother’s ongoing struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Flowers from 23 states, the District of Columbia, and 15 countries are included in this offering during which there were moments of feeling lost in the weeds, of grieving over what is no longer blooming, and of being bothered by pests in the garden of life. Experiencing this floral odyssey showed me that when I pause and pay attention, there are new buds showing promise, flowers to be enjoyed exactly as they are, and butterflies pollinating the garden to ensure future blooms. When facing hardships in life, flowers remind us we can discover beauty in the most unexpected ways. Beauty abounds. Seek it daily.
Beauty of the Earth
Be it the purple color of a tiny flower barely above the ground, a bird in flight, or sunlight touching the branch of a tree, there is always something drawing my attention when I spend time in nature. Sometimes I just breathe it in, and at other times I invite my camera and pen to join me in creating something beautiful to share.