Tuesday, August 25, 2015

dew drops on pale petals 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, August 21, 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 in 2014 at the: UC Botanical Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Pool of Enchantment outside of the De Young Museum and The Conservatory of Flowers, SF.

Pink lotus
This is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity, sometimes confused with the white lotus it is the lotus of the historical Buddha.

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




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

an angel in the clouds said Princess Haiku



The Italian Cemetery
Colma, California
early 1900s


I asked the angel if the heights made them dizzy said, Princess Haiku and they unfolded their beautiful wings.


Friday, August 07, 2015

Door to Eternity: Part 11


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, August 04, 2015

Persephone in the Underworld: Part 10


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. This is part 1, of a twelve part series that I am posting on Princess Haiku 2014-2015. Enjoy! It wasn't easy venturing into The Great Mausoleum and peering into tombs, but I wanted to capture some of this beauty before it disappears. Priceless glass, monuments and other funeral art is disappearing from cemeteries across the United States and represents a valuable heritage of art. It is my hope that historical societies will do all that is possible to preserve and save that which is still intact.















Saturday, August 01, 2015

Persephone by Diane Dehler

                                                                                                
Persephone

I can be seen
slipping down the dusk
in a thin black boat.
Oars made of my
wooden love, send
chilly notes of reproach
through watery channels.
I pass beneath frozen
rocks that dazzle me
cold black and grey designs.
A solitary bell tolls,
Persephone’s bell
ringing an ancient time.
One moment past tragedy
hours before dawn.
Remembering roses and
sunlight, windy clouds,
Rain on my face.
There are crevices where
my eyes once were.
You who have tasted the
Bitter red fruit
of love, we know one
another you  and I.


Diane Dehler




First published in The Taj Mahal Review, Vol 2 Number 12, 2014

Study of a Tombstone Angel


Angel wearing a crown of stars.

Study of a Tombstone Angel

Angel with eternal  roses.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A 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 in 2014 at the: UC Botanical Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Pool of Enchantment outside of the De Young Museum and The Conservatory of Flowers, SF.











Tuesday, July 21, 2015

an angel reading poetry, said Princess Haiku



Angel Engraving
Cypress Lawn Cemetery
Colma, California


I asked the Angel if she was reading from a book of souls said Princess Haiku and she said she was reading, Keats, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever."  I was not surprised.



A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: 
Its lovleiness increases; it will never 
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep 
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep 
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. 
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing 
A flowery band to bind us to the earth, 
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth 
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days, 
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkn'd ways 
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all, 
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall 
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon, 
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon 
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils 
With the green world they live in; and clear rills 
That for themselves a cooling covert make 
'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake, 
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms: 
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms 
We have imagined for the mighty dead; 
An endless fountain of immortal drink, 
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink. 


Friday, July 17, 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 studies that I am presenting in this series were captured in 2014 at the: UC Botanical Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Pool of Enchantment outside of the De Young Museum and The Conservatory of Flowers, SF.

Pink lotus
This is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity, sometimes confused with the white lotus it is the lotus of the historical Buddha.

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






Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Persephone in the Underworld: Part 9


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. This is part 1, of a twelve part series that I am posting on Princess Haiku 2014-2015. Enjoy! It wasn't easy venturing into The Great Mausoleum and peering into tombs, but I wanted to capture some of this beauty before it disappears. Priceless glass, monuments and other funeral art is disappearing from cemeteries across the United States and represents a valuable heritage of art. It is my hope that historical societies will do all that is possible to preserve and save that which is still intact.














Friday, July 03, 2015

Door to Eternity: Part 10


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.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Sweet Spot by Diane Dehler

Diane Dehler
June 10, 2013


Sweet Spot


Dandelion seeds unfurl a white thistle sky.
She is dressed as a ballerina in clouds.

Eyes around her are flounces of poppy petals.
She is imperturbable beauty, an entire forest of tall trees.

Her dress: a dream theater and underneath her dress the sweet spot.

They told me about it.
I searched for it myself she said; higher, lower…

A communication that loses itself in its own endeavor for a
body prefers to understand beyond words.

This way- that way, your body adjusts itself against mine.

A wave laps against the seashore, a
merge of in and out.

You are as much a part of my body as a lover, sweet spot.
Your pleasure moist, a mirror of agate soul body,

Agate smooth skin that always knows the way….



Diane Dehler





First published in poetic diversity: the Litzine of Los Angeles, April 2014



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

bathing in apricot light 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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

a red dahlia darling 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, June 19, 2015

Study of a Lotus



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 in 2014 at the: UC Botanical Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden, The Pool of Enchantment outside of the De Young Museum and The Conservatory of Flowers, SF.



Purple lotus

This is the mystic lotus, represented only in images belonging to a few esoteric sects. The flowers may be in full bloom and reveal their heart, or in a bud. They may be supported by a simple stem, a triple stem (symbolizing the three divisions of Garbhadhatu: Vairocana, lotus and vajra), or a quintuple stem (symbolizing the Five Knowledges of Vajradhatu). The eight petals represent the Noble Eightfold Path and the eight principal acolyte deities of the central deity on the mandalas. The flowers may also be depicted presented in a cup or on a tray, as a symbol of homage.

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





Tuesday, June 16, 2015

angels at play said, Princess Haiku



The Italian Cemetery
Colma, California
Late 1800s

At twilight I could hear the voices of children at play in the Cemetery. "Aren't you supposed to be sleeping," I asked?  They just laughed as children will and I found consolation in their little patter.

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