Cathedral of Light

Cathedral of the Trees

Sometimes you can fiddle for ages with a photo until it feels right. The above image, on the other hand, emerged with only a bit of playing around with the gizmos on PicMonkey.  To me it represents a Cathedral of Light, a gift to humanity from the tree elementals which were part of the original image of an avenue of trees.

In Praise of Trees

In praise of trees

The base image for this piece of digital art is a photo of rainforest. Superimposed are images of what is called The Methuselah Tree, the bark of an olive tree, a ficus tree and the bark of a rainbow eucalyptus tree.

This is simply to honour trees, the role they play in regenerating the earth, and the way in which trees benefit human beings with their presence, their calmness and their reminder that not all things important are about material possessions.

Trees rule, okay?

Love of Trees

Love of Trees

My mojo decided to up stakes and go off on walkabout this past week which is why I haven’t been posting.  It was a bit of a surprise to me as normally I don’t have artist’s or writer’s block. But I decided to sit back, rest (because the good ol’ sciatica has been playing up leaving me with sleepless nights and dog-tired during the day) and take time out to consider what art I create and what fires up my passion.

I think I became a bit excited with all the gizmos that have appeared in Pixlr and got diverted into stuffing around with the images rather than the inspiration. I deleted a few images I found murky and unfocused, and as I did so I began to get a bit more clarity on my creative purpose.  I came to the conclusion that what really fires my passion is working with images from nature, which is returning to the love of nature I had as a child and into my early ‘teens.

The above image is from a tree stump I used recently to create another image. What I wanted to bring to mind here is not only the love of trees we need to embrace ourselves to ensure the future of the planet, but also the dispassionate love trees themselves have for the planet. They provide a vital function for the continuing life of Mother Earth, they are the lungs of the wonderful piece of the galaxy which supports and nurtures our existence. We – the trees and all sentient beings – are mutually interdependent and I hope this image creates one piece of the healing jigsaw so many of us are working to  complete in defence of this planet’s continued existence.

 

Homage to Trees

Life of Trees

I created this image from a photograph taken by Ann of the blog Republic of Ann.

The fungi growing on the tree reminded me of just how much life trees sustain and how, too often, we forget the magnificence and power of trees.

I can see the auric field around trees and had the wonderful opportunity once to meditate in a powerful area of south-east Queensland close to Mt Barney, where I saw huge gouts of energy flaring up from the trees far into the atmosphere. Awesome and a moment for humility in the face of unseen energies which sustain so much life here on Planet Earth.

So here also is Paul Robeson singing Trees, the poem written by Joyce Kilmer.I always remember this song being played at the funeral of a good friend of ours, John Thomson, who had been a forester and life-long activist in defence of trees in south-west Western Australia. As the song started, all the plants in the room started moving slightly, as if John’s spirit were present at the memorial to a truly remarkable, honest, incorruptible man of great integrity whose life had been dedicated to living in harmony with the environment and his beloved trees.

Buds, Poplar, Stones

I noticed that the young poplar at the end of our apartment block has just started putting out buds. I took a photo because I liked the juxtaposition of the flexibility of new life in the buds breaking through and the solidity of the wall beside the poplar.  It’s as if, just when we think everything is fixed in our world, a new door opens up beckoning us to continue our growth and movement along the path of new adventures.

Buds, Poplar, Rocks
Buds, Poplar, Rocks