The Secret Life of Peafowl.

Can you eat a Peafowl? In Medieval times the birds were prepared by roasting and then the feathers were arranged on and around the roast. This made it appear as if the fowl was still alive! Here’s the presentation instructions from Medieval times; “wynde the skyn wit the fethurs and the taile abought the body,... Continue Reading →

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Snow Queens.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Snow Queen' SNOW QUEENS   I look up. The hibiscuses are invariably there! Peering through their snow-streaked leaves. Gazing down from the heights,   Like inquisitive, spruced up socialites.   Curious they are about their surrounds – What is in the air and on the ground.   They twist and twirl in all... Continue Reading →

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Mystic Blue

Using blue in a painting, other than where it is considered natural, generally promotes feelings of depression, sadness and mystery. One of my favourite artists who went through a ‘blue period’ was Picasso, from 1901 to 1906.  All of his works during this time depict strong feelings of gloom and despair. The Absinthe Drinker (after... Continue Reading →

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May my soul be like a flower.

"May my soul be like a flower; beautiful, yet humble; unique, timeous, bold and perfect. May it colour lives unselfishly, and bring joy to others, even if just for a moment. May it flourish in the 'light' and never wilt in shifting shadows, or die in darkness. May it continuously look up to the heavens... Continue Reading →

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Art, Photography, Crotons and Butterflies.

BUTTERFLIES ON CROTON LEAVES. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/butterflies-on-croton-leaves-caroline-street.html [This post features 4 images.] I have many favorite things in my life, and I have combined four of them in this post, i.e., art, photography, crotons and butterflies. (You know, those flowers that fly around 🦋🦋🦋 and bring such joy to the heart ❤️! I am fortunate to have... Continue Reading →

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The Humblest Flower.

(This post contains poetry and seven images.) THE HUMBLEST FLOWER © The gracious tulip, renowned For its hue and beauty, Humbly bows down Towards the ground. Its posture offers a view of its being, Which glows in a shaft of light. A scintilla of heavenly blue Enhances its purple hues. Minute fingers dusted with pollen... Continue Reading →

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Fascinating to photograph. The Dragonfly.

There is nothing as fascinating to photograph than the dragonfly. First there is the exciting moment when you spot one, usually near water, but I also find them hovering in my garden on a favorite plant. Once they find a plant they like, they will usually be there for a while. Now, I run for... Continue Reading →

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A tree with an exquisite flower and the ugliest fruit.

(This post contains 11 images). Photography has led me into a whole new world of flora. I am no longer happy just photographing these creations, but find myself doing little studies on them as well. I have always been fascinated by the sausage tree but then, who would not be? This amazing tree is common... Continue Reading →

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If at first you don’t see her, look again!

[This blog contains 5 engaging images.] I just happened to see this female African Migrant (Catopsilia florella) butterfly in flight. If I was not in this fortunate position I would never have seen her settle in the Snow Queen Hibiscus in my garden, as the shrub has many white leaves and this offers perfect camouflage... Continue Reading →

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They do not sow, nor reap, nor gather.

Birds have that something that is a little more challenging for me as an artist than most subjects.  I am a bird-lover and I guess the main reason why I am attracted to birds, besides their beauty, is their happiness!  Painting and photographing birds have filled many of my hours.  The featured image in this post... Continue Reading →

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A Picture Poem about Forrest and Celeste, the Thick-Billed Weavers.

Over the years I have taken photos of the thick-billed weavers building their nests, and I thought the best way to make use of the photographs was to create a video with words and music.  I hope you enjoy!  Don' forget to turn the sound on! DID YOU KNOW? The thick-billed weaver differs from other... Continue Reading →

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CREATION DAY ONE TO SIX, ON CANVAS.

He [God] spoke and galaxies whirled into place, stars burned in the heavens, and planets began orbiting their suns - words of awesome, unlimited, unleashed power.  He spoke again and the waters and lands were filled with plants and creatures, running, swimming, growing, multiplying - words of animating, breathing, pulsing life.  Again he spoke and man... Continue Reading →

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A Rhino’s Tale.

'A Rhino's Tale',  is a hypothetical poem about Rhinos which I pray never becomes a reality. I hope the poem does instill a feeling of desperation and overwhelming sadness in the mind of the reader, because the situation of the Rhinos is exactly that!  I must just add that although this poem is about Rhinos, it could also... Continue Reading →

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Death of a Child.

DEATH OF A CHILD. A child is a remarkable blessing, Surpassing all the treasures on Earth, Who brings forth indescribable happiness From the moment of inception to incredible birth. The little being who adds significance To our existence on Earth. An astounding miniature of human form, With wispy hair and downy skin, Tiny fingers that... Continue Reading →

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Sweet Mother of Mine.

SWEET MOTHER OF MINE. Sweet Mother of mine, your length of days has passed. Your soul is free; released    into the hands of God. Your absence has left an emptiness.   Your sprinkles of sweetness are no longer here to enrich. Your rare conversation echoes and some memories are bittersweet.  You did not judge.... Continue Reading →

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