Sunday, September 28, 2014

NATURE: The prairie has gone to seed...

Mixed prairie grasses with their colorful seed petals... 

Dissecting a yucca pod...

Everything is dying to give seed.....

Just as beautiful as the spring prairie flowers are
the various grasses which turn purple, yellow, & orange,,,
in autumn.... 

Seeds = Survival.



Wish you a good week!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NATURE: Hike in the refuge...


A hike in the wildlife refuge today.
This place fills me with peace and wonder every time.
Though I ended up with one long cactus sticker going 
through my shoe! 

Peace to you.

Monday, September 22, 2014

NATURE: Brutal Beauty

"Mt. Scott of September"  (Photography & Encaustic w/Flower)
I get to see this rugged granite mountain every day.  It's just to our west in the
Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.  Greg & I once bouldered from the base to the top.   
Over the years I've explored parts of this mountain and other trails and mountains
in the refuge with friends, family, groups and with Greg and even by myself...

Yes, years ago (I suppose I felt fearless and invincible) I would
 hike deep into the refuge and boulder to the tops of mountain ridges.  
I would spend 5-6 hours at a time exploring an area.  Sometimes I would mark the 
boulders with colored chalk to find my way back to a trail or to my car.
I was very foolish to hike alone.  

The news reported that a man disappeared in the refuge on Friday night, 
and today they found him - dead.  It's very tragic and sad.  
He was camping and hiking by himself.   

Though the refuge is filled with natural beauty and life, 
it's also brutal, wild and deadly.  

Never hike alone. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

ART: Annual Medicine Park Art Walk & Flute Festival

 
 
 

It was a perfect Art Walk again this year. 
I met wonderful people and was surrounded by 
beautiful art, fine crafts and native flute music.

The cherry on top of this weekend,,, 
Greg surprised me with my third flute!!!  
A maple wood, D-keyed beauty!

I'm very blessed.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NATURE: Friendly Guy

I was going to pick this flower,,, when I saw him.
Meet Zody.
I have horrible hands, but he's a great model. :)

He really was friendly... I should have carried him down Prairie Hill
and placed him in my garden.  But I put him back in the flower where
I found him.  Often mantises stay in the same area, so there's a chance
I'll meet him again on my next walk up the hill.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DREAM: Fear Not


I woke up to this dream this morning:

A rattlesnake was slithering near my sister-in-law and her son.
It was so close to their faces and I was screaming for them
to move.  They moved and were unharmed.  Then the same snake
slithered onto my step-dad, but Pops, with his typical fearless
approach (paid no attention to my frantic screaming) and 
just kind of smirked at the snake while watching it slide
over his shoulder, chest and then off his back and away.
It actually slithered on down the road!!
It did not harm him.

When I have a 'special' dream I know it.  It's filled with a
spiritual message and brings clarity.  What did I get from this?
My dad's response was NO FEAR and so the snake had no power 
or desire to harm him.  It left him alone.  

I (we) are just too afraid of things....
Imagine the powerful and free life we could live....
Walk like Jesus through a crowd that was ready to throw him
off a cliff.  Walk through fangs...

It's pure coincidence that last September right around this time, 
I experienced a rattlesnake slithering in the grass next to my feet. 
 It was pure grace that I didn't get bit. The snake knew I was there. 
 It felt my heat, but it went right passed me.  Once I realized though, 
it was a rattler going by, I screamed and ran like crazy.

Today, I placed the painted rattlesnake rock in the exact spot 
in the backyard where my miracle happened last year...

Today,  I've been thinking about this dream and its message
about walking without fear...  

We all know what we need to walk through...

Much love.
Sandra

Monday, September 15, 2014

NATURE/ART: Crystals and a nest

Crystal Necklaces


a neighbor saved this big cottony nest for me.  
he said it fell from a plow coming out of the barn.
he has a cotton farm by the way.  ;)