Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Persephone in the Underworld: Part 5

This is opalescent glass in the Great Mausoleum of Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, California. It was made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Harry and Bert Hopps, Frederick S. Lamb or Charles J. Connick before World War I. The Cypress Lawn Collection comprises one of the largest displays of opalescent glass in the United States. This somber paradises sparkles like Persephone in an underworld of jewels and colors. 







Sunday, March 01, 2015

one filmy cloud by Diane Dehler

   

one filmy cloud
in an overcast sky
I wanted
a world of white camellias
winter love affair

Diane Dehler


First published in moonbathing: a journal of women’s tanka, issue 9, Winter/Spring 2014

Monday, February 23, 2015

faith, hope and charity said Princess Haiku



This is one of the flowers that I captured in the dahlia garden in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco this year. The garden was a gift from the San Francisco Dahlia Society. Thanks to the volunteers who presented the City of San Francisco and its visitors with such a wondrous garden.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Study of a Water Lily



The water lily is perhaps the most poetic flower that exists and is known as Nymphaea; an aquatic plant in the family Nymphaeaceae. They are opulent with iridescent colors and dream their hours away in their watery gardens. Some water lilies open under reflected sunlight and sink beneath the water at twilight, while other species such as the Egyptian white water lily seek moonlight. Should you be so fortunate as to view one in perfect bloom it will intoxicate you with its bewitching beauty and leave an indelible watery impression of the other world upon you. 

The water lily was inspired by the nymphs of Greek and Latin mythology and the lotus often appears in Hindu and Buddhist stories as well. Terra-cotta plaques from the 12th century depict the goddess Asherah holding two lotus blossoms. Ivory panels from. Long ago show the god Horus seated on a lotus blossom. The sacredness of the flower is illustrated by its frequent reference to Buddha. When Buddha walked the earth he left lotuses in his trail instead of footprints. The phrase "Om mani padme hum," which used in meditation means "the jewel in the lotus" refers to the Buddha or to the mystical union of male and female energies.

The water lily studies that I am presenting in this series were captured at the: UC Botanical Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Pool of Enchantment outside of the De Young Museum in 2014.


Red lotus
This symbolizes the original nature of the heart (hrdaya). It is the lotus of love, compassion, passion, activity and all the qualities of the heart. It is the lotus of Avalokitesvara. http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/b_lotus.htm










Tuesday, February 17, 2015

orchids in my temple of beauty said, Princess Haiku



Late February is a wonderful time to visit the, Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. All manner of lush orchids are in bloom.

inspired by De Profundis said, Princess Haiku

Thanks to editor, Marie Lecrivain for including my poem, "Lady of Rocamadour" in a new anthology inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. For more info follow the link.
Book Description: "Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis, is not only an anthology of poetry, fiction, and artwork that pays tribute to Wilde as person and artist, but it can also serve as a guidebook for those who struggle through the process of irrevocable transformation. "
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the angel and I said, Princess Haiku



The Angel and I came to an understanding said Princess Haiku, for ghosts too belong to the other world.

Angel, Cypress Lawn Cemetery early 1900s

Monday, February 09, 2015

Study of a Water Lily



 The water lily is perhaps the most poetic flower that exists and is known as Nymphaea; an aquatic plant in the family Nymphaeaceae. They are opulent with iridescent colors and dream their hours away in their watery gardens. Some water lilies open under reflected sunlight and sink beneath the water at twilight, while other species such as the Egyptian white water lily seek moonlight. Should you be so fortunate as to view one in perfect bloom it will intoxicate you with its bewitching beauty and leave an indelible watery impression of the other world upon you. 

The water lily was inspired by the nymphs of Greek and Latin mythology and the lotus often appears in Hindu and Buddhist stories as well. Terra-cotta plaques from the 12th century depict the goddess Asherah holding two lotus blossoms. Ivory panels from. Long ago show the god Horus seated on a lotus blossom. The sacredness of the flower is illustrated by its frequent reference to Buddha. When Buddha walked the earth he left lotuses in his trail instead of footprints. The phrase "Om mani padme hum," which used in meditation means "the jewel in the lotus" refers to the Buddha or to the mystical union of male and female energies.

The water lily studies that I am presenting in this series were captured at the: UC Botanical Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden and the Pool of Enchantment outside of the De Young Museum in 2014.



White lotus

This symbolizes Bodhi, the state of total mental purity and spiritual perfection, and the pacification of our nature. It generally has eight petals corresponding to the Noble Eightfold Path of the Good Law. It is the lotus found at the heart of the Garbhadhatu Mandala, being the womb or embryo of the world. It is characteristic of the esoteric sects, and the lotus of the Buddhas.

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/history/b_lotus.htm

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Mezin,





In the village of
Mezin, rose briar
grows gnarly and
thick. Tall, crimson
hollyhocks arise
in disorderly array.

Our garden grows
wild again. Hours

Of youth in eternal
pause. Two magpies
quarrel overhead
not you and I.

Tangles
of wild flower
fragrant poems.
New lovers
burst riotous color
into Spring.

Hidden, a garden
cottage where
the roof cascades.
A gentle rosewood
bed creaks and stirs
remembers centuries,

Of rose petaled
hours, unblemished
first love. Such a
wildflower garden
only reverie can
capture.

Friday, February 06, 2015

in the temple of my flower said, Princess Haiku

I captured these beautiful magnolias in the San Francisco Botanical Garden yesterday. The photo above is a Magnoliaceae, or Magnolia Dawnsoniana which is native to China.



This is a Magnolia Stellata, Water Lily. I spend several hours snapping as I knew a pineapple express storm was making its way into the San Francisco Bay Area from Northern California.


This is another Magnolia Dawsoniana flower from a tree that is about 40 feet high.


I love the delicate star like blossoms of the Magnolia Stellata. Several stellata trees were at peak bloom and I knew after the storm few petals would be left.


The hours of a magnolia blossom's life are few. I was happy to be able to experience the full beauty of the trees.


These two are Magnolia Dawsonianas and viewing them required a telephoto lens.


The serenity that I experience in the temple of my flowers is all encompassing. I hope that you enjoyed your small view of my world. Thanks to all of the staff and volunteers who work at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

Door to Eternity: Part 5


The Colma Necropolis is located outside of San Francisco and is a vast city of souls for about 1.5 million people sleep within the gates of its sixteen cemeteries. Although the Necropolis was founded in 1924, entire church graveyards and neighborhood cemeteries predating the 1900s were relocated to Colma, from San Francisco.

Today, the cemeteries contain burial grounds, columbaria, private and public mausoleums chapels and a treasure trove of hidden art. Within the gates of the various cemeteries can be found priceless stained glass windows, hand carved monuments, and beautifully engraved metal doorways into private mausoleums. Several of the hand engraved private mausoleum doors captivated me with their intricate beauty & spiritual symbolism. During a recent visit to the Necropolis I captured several images of them, which I will be posting.


In essence the doors were made to be portals into spirit, doorways into eternity and entrances to private chambers, where loved ones could find consolation.  Many of the crypts are deteriorating with age and much of the beauty Tiffany glass has disappeared sadly due to theft. My visit was a rare opportunity to view the vanishing art of the Necropolis and an opportunity to share what I found with others. Although this is funeral art; in the end it is simply art with the capability of transcending death.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Persephone in the Underworld: Part 4

This is opalescent glass in the Great Mausoleum of Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, California. It was made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Harry and Bert Hopps, Frederick S. Lamb or Charles J. Connick before World War I. The Cypress Lawn Collection comprises one of the largest displays of opalescent glass in the United States. This somber paradises sparkles like Persephone in an underworld of jewels and colors. 













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