8 results for tag: earth


Every Plant and Rock Holds the Secret of Desert Wildflowers

In the desert there are secret treasures waiting to be discovered like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Tucked away between mysterious geologic formations and barrel cactus the sunbaked hills tell the secret of desert wildflowers if you listen closely. It's a best kept secret that only the locals - such as the lizards and crooked-spine Yucca can tell. A wildflower is "A flower of an uncultivated variety or a flower growing freely without human intervention." By this definition, every plant in the desert should be a wildflower. How these delicate creatures thrive among scorched rocks and bleached sand with barely a drop of water each ...

New Ways to Speak with Trees for Earth Lovers

What do you think and feel when you see beautiful tall trees dripping with lush green loveliness? When surrounded by all those earthly giants whispering, do you stop to listen? What about a big old tree hug - have you tried that lately? If you're reading this, you probably wish for more tree hugging and listening. Many trees have been around longer than most humans alive today. Do you ever wonder how they communicate and what they have to say? I believe we can learn a few secrets if we turn off the mind and tune into the heart.  If we listen carefully, we may learn some new ways to speak with trees. Trees Talk to Each Other In her YouTube ...

Washed Ashore: Art from Plastic to Save the Sea

Earlier this year in Bandon, Oregon I discovered Washed Ashore. They make art from plastic to educate the public about how much of it ends up in the sea. I saw their brightly colored life-sized plastic sculpture known locally as Henry the Fish. Henry is made of pieces of plastic that have washed up on the beach. I find this idea of making art from plastic very creative, but it also saddens me. The reality it makes clear is one of oceans filled with human garbage. Their studio in Bandon was closed for the day, but I caught a glimpse of numerous large plastic sculptures through their front window. This organization is about more than just art. Art ...

5 artist residency programs for people who love nature and science

Source: 5 artist residency programs for people who love nature and science | MNN - Mother Nature Network | As anyone who has ever done anything creative knows, the single thing that will advance your work most isn't raw talent, the best teachers or the most expensive equipment. It isn't even money (though that can help). It's time. That's why artist-in-residence programs exist. They are spaces, sometimes complete with art materials, that give time and space for a creative person to focus on, well, creating. And while Yaddo, Bread Loaf and other famous retreats are well-known even among non-creative types, many more retreats exist. There are ...

Aina: That Which Feeds Us

Everything that lives on the earth is nourished and sustained by food. Without it, all this beautiful world in which we have come to be passes away. Because of their closeness with the natural world, native Hawaiian people have understood intuitively that this must be a reciprocal relationship. Otherwise we will no longer be able to live: for we will have destroyed the source of our own sustenance. "Aloha 'aina simply means to love and respect the land, make it yours and claim stewardship for it. Malama 'aina means to care for and nurture the land so it can give back all we need to sustain life for ourselves and our future generations, and An ...

Falling Back into Happiness

As the last days of fall dwindle and winter darkness looms ahead, it can take a little more effort to shift thinking and reset a negative thought spiral back to positive again – if we let it happen. There are lots of ways to stop the chattering mind and reprogram ourselves for falling back into happiness. If you're looking for ideas, here are some quick way to capture a few blissful moments of peace. Take a walk around the block swinging and stretching your arms freely (and forget about who might be watching). Touch a big old mossy tree (or better yet - try hugging a hug - I dare you). Search the ground for any new seedlings poking through the ...

My Old Friend, The Ground

I have been snapping pictures of the ground at my feet for a reason I can't quite explain. I feel as if I am searching for something lost. It's not my keys, my wallet, or a lost mitten. It's more of a search for an old friend. When I was little I would spend what seemed like hours in the backyard digging pathways and building homes in the pea gravel. Small narrow flat rocks were couches and beds, plump oval ones - the size of a five year olds thumb - became cars, and tiny pebbles were people. I would keep at it until I created neighborhoods complete with families, parks, and connecting towns. Other times I sprawled in the grass watching ants hard ...

Garden Happiness: love of dirt, color green, and peace

I had a garden once that swallowed the house with living proof of heaven on earth. It was an amazing place filled with perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs of every size and shape, and green garden happiness. Sweet woodruff, Sedum, variegated Euonymus, and spirea hugged peonies, tickseed, and purple pincushion. Transformed over seven years from a cement launch pad and brown-patched lawn, my garden became an urban farm sanctuary packed into a narrow 5000 square foot lot. There were several kinds of berries, fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables wherever I could tuck them. The only thing missing were chickens and goats. This garden was an evolving ...