Mind’s Garden

The Mind's Garden

This is one of my favorite black and white photos.  The way the lines become almost abstract just moves me.  It’s also one of my entries for a “Dreams” show.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  I’m really trying to hold to that resolution this year and try to get my work out into galleries.  And while that isn’t as much about traveling the world it is about traveling through life and following the wings of adventure in another way.

The photo was taken in a temple garden in Northern India.

Reminders of Home

Hollyhocks in a Thai temple garden in India.

When I was India I got so excited to see the tall stalks of hollyhocks growing in the temple garden.  I was surprised at how many flowers I knew from home were in the garden, I never associated India and Wisconsin with climates compatible with the same vegetation.  It really starts the mind thinking on how the plants around us come to be there.  What are truly native and what are the ones that are just so loved that we can’t imagine a garden without them?  Hollyhocks will always remind me of home, especially my Grandma.  Every year when the hollyhocks bloom my Grandma would make me hollyhock dolls, something her mother taught her to do and her mother before her taught her.  When I saw these in India I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone ever figured out how to make hollyhock dolls there too.  I love hollyhock dolls because they remind me of fairies.  Now that they are blooming in my Grandmother’s yard too I can’t resist making one, after all it’s a tradition 🙂

Water Plants

A potted Lotus in Thailand.

I thought I’d put up some water flowers in honor of the start of the rainy season.  Seeing as the Songkron festivities seemed to have been a successful rain dance and it is coming down for real now.  Thailand has some beautiful flowers.  These plants are particularly popular in large pots in front of business and restaurants.  While the lilies are very stunning I have to admit that sometimes I feel like I am surrounded by Widows desktops.

A potted water lily in Thailand.