Tuesday, June 26, 2007


I was not sure how well this would read. The intersection of twigs, branches, etc always make for interesting patterns. In this case they are rushes along the edge of a lake. There is a yellow patch in each pie shape division; the black ring marks the beginning of the lake and a reflection in the water. The yellow dot above the white stick is the head of a yellowheaded blackbird. He would not come out of the rushes to pose for a picture. So I just used the touch of color his head provided.

Monday, June 25, 2007

different view of a blue water iris

This is a different view of a blue water iris, with the sun coming thru a just opening bud. The veins of the flower create the pattern. It almost looked like the seeds in an apple when it is cut across the middle. Seeds of a new mandala?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Grouse eggs

Up in the mountains, I was pleasantly surprised to find a clutch of grouse eggs. They are naturally a mandala/circle on their own - nests being round, but the intertwining of the twigs in the nest and the grass nearby made interesting patterns for this mandala. There was a pinecone in the nest when I took the picture and at a later date when I looked again there was a dead tigerswallow tail butterfly among the eggs. I did not expect to see either. I'm hoping when I take a peek next weekend that the eggs will be hatched out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

the flowers keep blooming

If you hadn't guessed I'm a gardner who takes pictures of her flowers. The mandala above reminded my of a lace doily. Grandmother's used to make them to put under fine china, etc. The flower in this mandala is a jasmine vine that allows a wonderful fragrance to float into the house in the evening.

Monday, June 18, 2007

a flower again

Petunia Star
I've been having a thing with primary colors. If I combined the last two mandalas I'd have Red, White and Blue! The star within the star keeps going like an image receding in a room of mirrors. I've been re-reading a book "Mandala: Journey to the Center" by Bailey Cunningham. She talkes about color and the number of radiations a mandala has. My petunia has 5 radiations, she says it "perfectly expersses the beauty of a flower"

Saturday, June 16, 2007

poppies again

The perennial poppies are gone and the annual poppies are just starting. The circles are almost too concentric, but still pleasing. The red of the poppy is so vibrant against it's complementary color that it almost vibirates. I'm greatful for all the variety of flowers.

Friday, June 15, 2007


There is some mystery when the picture is a little out of focus. This is the inside color of a hanging white and pink fushia with a dappled background of sunlight on leaves. I like the colors and the shapes this mandala made. I was looking at a sacred geometry site earlier in the day, they were talking about the sacred geometry of a sunflower. Truely any flower is essentially a mandala, and sacred in it's own way.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

frosted leaves

Colorado weather has been crazy over the last couple of weeks. With 90 degrees last Monday to snow in the high country last Wednesday and Thursday. The field full of mule eared daisys in the mountains was laid over by forst last week, when I captured the above image at sunrise. Then I sat in the field watching as the sun warmed things up. The leaves laid over by the frost were standing up one by one . It was as if the wind were stirring the leaves, but there was no wind, just nature do its thing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

blue water iris

Rocks are the timeless elements of nature and flowers are the transitory, fleeting elements. Both make intersting mandalas. The iris leaves create the patterns in the middle of this mandala. The geometric shapes formed by the organic forms of flowers always amaze me

Friday, June 8, 2007


This looked like a sand dollar to me. All things in nature intrigue me. These were river rocks, rubbed smooth by the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, CO. We are headed back there today. It snowed while we were away, so we'll see how warm it gets this weekend.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

pretty flower in the grass

You never know what you will find in the grass. Grass always makes interesting mandala patterns, this is highlighted by a blue flower The flower is a Sugarbowl - Clematis hirsutissim(Coriflora hirsutissima) A hairy plant generally with several stems in a dense clump, and at the end of each stem a purplish-brown, dull reddish-lavender, or dull violet flower hanging like a small, inverted urn. (Thanks to eNature.com for the helpful plant identification) This one is a violet color, this is only the 3rd one I've seen in the Steamboat area where I was for 4 days. I got to help hang and have a Mandala in the art show at the Depot. The Emerald Anniversary Sh0w, June 8th thru July 22nd.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

double white amaryllis

The double white amaryllis bloomed yesterday. The picture is taken from above this morning and I really liked the mandala it made. There is a pull from center to outer edges. The outer petals remind me of a Georgia O'Keefe flower. I will be off to the mountains for a couple days. Hope to come back with some more good pictures.