Beth Moon is an American photographer who for the past 14 years has captured on film the strangest, most ancient trees in the world and depicts them in books.  Some of these rare trees are over thousands of years old.  Many of them have survived only because they exist in remote uncivilized regions. It took 3 years for her to visit this Shebehon Forest in Yemen.   As she puts it, her efforts “celebrate the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries.”


Ancient majesties

surviving time’s ravages

photographic wonders

…thanks to Beth Moon’s passion for ancient exotic trees…


“I cannot imagine a better way to commemorate the lives of the world’s most dramatic trees, many of which are in danger of destruction, than by exhibiting their portraits.”


 Honoring Mary with Lilies of the Valley


A Christian legend proposes lily bells to be “the frozen tears of the Virgin Mary”

In France, people give each other a bouquet of ‘muguet blanc’ as a love offering…like my grandmother used to give me…



Delicate bells bow

Over royal verdant stems

Spring intoxicates

…time to spritz this elixir all around..!



Joy Illustration by Susan Black

When Choosing Joy – Expect Miracles


Today I awoke with an irresistible notion of joy and want to share it with you.


“That your joy may be complete” – Father Zundel

“The man who has lost the faculty of being in wonder and struck with reverence is dead.”  Einstein

This surge of joy propels me to shout this HAIKU:

O Joy, stir me up!

This day’s horizon is sea-worthy

I stand unshaken



The Birth of Summer by Joseph Stella


By now you should know my exuberance for deep rich colors to inspire writing, and Joseph Stella’s painting is a perfect springboard.  Next to Georgia O’Keeffe, his unique style draws botanicals in bold Fauvism lines and inspires this


It shall come to me

Birth of summer – intense heat,

Passions to wake up


“At my arrival in Paris, Fauvism, Cubism and Futurism were in full swing.  There was in the air the glamour of a battle, the holy battle raging for the assertions of a new truth.  My youth plunged full in it.”

Joseph Stella (1877-1946)


Purissima by Joseph Stella 1927


Italian born Joseph Stella was instrumental in forging the American Modernism theme during his lifetime.  He famously incorporated 8 distinctive art styles in his works such as this futuristic vision of the Virgin Mary…my humble attempt to honor Her during this month of May.


Beauty beyond belief

gathering universal prayers

attentive to each one


Mary sees the face of every suffering human being and brings them to her Savior Son.



Japanese Cherry Blossoms

by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)


Hiroshige is famous for his beautiful Japanese women and landscape wood block prints and inspires this


Take a moment out

notice all the little details

nature begins to move your heart



Women Walking on the Beach at Futami – shrine dedicated for married couples


He dictated this poem as he died:

“I leave my brush at Azuma,

I go to the Land of the West on a journey

To view the famous sights there.”


Senecio Painting by Paul Klee (1922)

“The word and the picture that is, word-making are one and the same.”


When Swiss Artist Paul Klee pronounced this declaration, he made himself a vanguard to applying the entire color spectrum of “color theory.”  Along with his peers Picasso and Kandinsky, Klee dared with colors to show his artistic confidence “by taking a line for a walk.”  He left us over 9,000 artwork despite his lifelong battle with autoimmune disorder and remained creative to the end in 1940.

This Senecio is delightfully whimsical to my mind and inspires this


Cube orange around

Splash confident yellow red

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