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Cactus Flowers and Hearts – Collage and Haiku

My friend, Cherie Holt, has a yard full of cactus plants.  Here is a collage of some of her photography of the beautiful flowers that these cacti produce, and a naturally formed cactus heart.  And there is a magnificent swallowtail butterfly perched on the flowers. Sharing with Random Hearts and Winged Edition.

 

Prickly though they be
There is a heart amongst them
Sending love to all

Perched on the flowers
yellowtail butterfly sips
nectar daintily

                

                

 



Paint Party Friday is Here Again – and Orange You Glad It’s Friday!

First off, I’d like to thank all my blogger friends who have visited my blog!  I really appreciate it and it inspires me more and more to create something, art, poetry, or just sharing a meme with others of like mind.  And especial thanks to those who have written comments – and know that I appreciate each and every comment, suggestion or praise!  Back in 2008-2009 I had two blogs and no one to share them with.  I don’t know if it was because I didn’t understand how to network or whether blogger just didn’t have the technology that WordPress has now.    Suffice it to say, I’m doubly appreciative to have finally connected with the rest of the blogging world!  It is very exciting and uplifting  to be able to  connect with So many wonderfully talented people who enjoy writing and sharing their worlds with others.

Today I am sharing the latest entry in my art journal with Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day. The artwork today is a collage created with tissue paper, labels, medium/varnish and markers. It’s finished Except I will probably go over the scriptural verse with some color or collage a thin tissue of color over it. I think it needs to blend more with the picture. Any ideas?

And I’m also sharing this with Sunday Sketches. I’m working on the text box still but figured it would be better if I shared this with SS now and show the finished artwork next week.  (A few times when I went to link with Sunday Sketches it was too late, the link was already closed – so disappointing!)



This is one of Arizona’s splendiferous sunsets, being shared with Orange You Glad Its Friday.



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Out-of-the-Garden II and a tanka too

Here is a mosaic of some of the vegetables out of my gardens from the past.  I simply can’t wait until the weather cools down and work can begin on my square foot gardens. I’m chomping at the bit – raring to go! When I look at these fine vegetables I wonder how and why I ever stopped gardening in the first place.

Well, I really know why – the dearth of growth the last two seasons because of the hot weather coming too soon in the season, like two seasons ago it was over 100F for two weeks in April!

And just when my tomato plants were starting to produce like crazy the Japan earthquake hit and then I started worrying that the Fukushima radiation may possibly be drifting into this area and affecting our gardens.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had set up monitors in different states where it was thought radiation might blow in with the Gulf Stream coming from Japan across the Pacific and into the United States

As I was preparing this post, I decided to double check some of my facts (like the monitors) since it’s been seventeen months since the meltdown in Fukushima, and what I came across dampens my spirit again and reminds me anew why I stopped gardening.  This article is in the VC Reporter and it indicates that there is really no USA or Japanese government investigation presently going on into the effects of the radiation coming out of the plant and the waters around the plant that are still traveling across the Pacific Ocean on the Gulf Stream currents.

Once again, human nature’s way of dealing with problems, if they are really big ones, ignore them, hide from them, pretend they are not there, deny them – until catastrophe strikes and the problem cannot be ignored! Oh well, now how do I segue into a better more positive frame of mind? How about a tanka?

Earth and ocean shake
Trouble brews across waters
As man bravely fights
Poison spills on land and sea
God and nature will redeem

This post is being linked to Mary’s Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and Smiling Sally for Blue Monday. Thank you Mary and Sally for allowing fellow blogger’s to link and share with one another!

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