Can't get enough lavender? I already bought some fresh bunches at the farmers market a few weeks ago. Attending the festivals is the way to go. There, you can immerse yourself in the fields and soak up the aroma from the blooms bursting forth in the sun. You can cut the flowers fresh and bring them home to enjoy. After enjoying the flowers for a week or so, then you can hang them to dry, and then place them back in the vases as dried flowers.
Here are all the festivals this year in case you want to plan a world tour.
I recently read this Mohawk Thanksgiving prayer during a class I am taking called The Great Turning which is focused on the shift from the Industrial Growth Society we know so well to a Life Sustaining Society. It is said to be 900 years old. I thought it might be something you can share with your loved ones as part of your holiday ritual/celebration. It is a powerful way for all of us to pay our respects and remember the scope of our connection to other elements and species on our dear planet including mother Earth; the waters; the fish; the plants; the animals; the birds; the trees; the Four Winds; the Thunderers; the sun, moon and stars; the Enlightened teachers and teachers who have come before us or will follow us; and the Creator. Please let me know if you incorporate this into your celebration. I would like to hear about your experience.
Each week I buy fresh flowers at the farmers market. Occasionally, they will go limp shortly after putting them in the vase with water, and I feel bad that I am not able to provide a better environment for their last days of life. Some flowers lose their life force very soon after being cut. That was the case today with some fresh feverfew that I bought. I think it will be better to hang them upside down for a dried flower arrangement instead. On the other hand, this marigold has lasted two weeks. I was still able to mix several from that bunch with the fresh ones I brought home this week.
The contrast and gamma on the image have been adjusted a bit for the light effect you see here. The result looks more like a painting than a photograph. The radience of the colors represent the fiery light energy from the sun, as we are currently in the hottest time of the summer for this part of Northern California. Appreciate this energy. It is the pure love of the universe.
Every Saturday morning I walk over to the farmers market about four blocks from my house. About two street blocks are partitioned off for the vendors. It is very popular and quite crowded with the locals. The cherries passed their peak a few weeks ago, but this was the first week I purchased fresh nectarines. Additionally, I couldn't resist this wonderful trio of boysenberries, blueberries and blackberries. Really, it was the presentation that motivated me to buy all three. Presentation is important, when you have several people right next door competing for the same business. The seller had a container that would hold all three kinds of berries, and she had thoughtfully prepared them all for sale that way. They all looked so pretty next to one another all lined up on the table.
It's Lavender Festival season again! The first U.S. festival starts in Blanco Texas on June 9. Next on the lst are the California festivals in mid-June. Beginning in July, there are many choices of events not only in the U.S. but also in Europe.
Here is the updated list of events around the globe for 2007.
I enjoy flying on days that are clear enough to see the vegetation below. While flying over the Eastern half of the US, the human imprint on the land is often significant, as seen in this image from a recent flight between Miami and Orlando, Florida. As a photographer, it is interesting to explore the geometric plots of varrying shades of green plants to brown dirt.
The contrasting image is from a flight into the Amazonian rainforest in Bolivia. It is a powerful experience to fly over vast expances of rainforest with no signs of human encroachment, especially with an appreciation for the diversity of life that is supported by the ecosystem. One of the largest threats to the rainforests is conversion of the land for agriculture. If you haven't traveled to visit a rainforest, I strongly recommend considering making plans to do so. Consider it an investment in yourself, as you will be guaranteed some incredible experiences connecting with nature. Nature has many lessons to teach you, it you take the time to pay attention.
The following resources will get you started if you want to plan a trip to visit the rainforest:
The season of Spring represents a time when new life comes forth. After looking at barren trees, shrubs and vines for a few months there are new signs of hope. Today during my lunch break I noticed small bursts of green from the bark of a potato vine on the patio. This new life coming forth is a primal example of beauty in nature. In noticing this beauty we connect with the source energy that connects all forms of life on the earth. What are the aspects of nature in your surroundings that create a sense of awe? As you become aware of the environment around you, you increase your awareness of the evolution of life in your surroundings. By paying attention, you can begin to attune to the ways in which your actions can enhance the ecosystem around you.
Exploring the sciences of cosmology, biology and genetics help us to better understand the deep human connection to nature.Cosmologist Brian Swimme explains how being human is an extension of the original energy that emerged from the eruption of light that occurred 13.7 billion years ago in our universe.As the universe expanded and cooled the actual components of our bodies emerged.These components exist throughout the planet in various species and forms ranging from water to rocks.Biologist Lynn Margulis discovered that all complex life developed from an original symbiosis of four different bacteria.Three of these bacteria were incorporated into the first nucleated cells, and the fourth was the one that gave them mobility.These nucleated cells eventually fused into more complex forms including plants, fungi and animals.Biologist Edward O. Wilson has described how all higher eukaryotic organisms, which are organisms containing one or more cell with visibly evident nuclei and organelles, from flowering plants to insects to humanity are thought to have descended from a single ancestral population that lived about 1.8 billion years ago.A genetic comparison between humans and other primates highlights the similarities.The typical human protein has accumulated just one unique change since chimps and humans diverged from a common ancestor about 6 million years ago. Jane Goddall and Mark Beckoff explain that we share 98.7% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas and 96.4% with orangutans in their book "The Ten Trusts."Geneticist David Suzuki speaks about how humans literally are our environment.The air that we breathe; the water that we drink; the sun that generates energy in plants that we eat; and the soil that grows these plants; all exist as elements within our physical bodies.Johan Galtung reminds us of how the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, micro-organisms and plants all come together for the successful operation of photo-synthesis, which in turn is the basis for the food chains on which we all depend.The components of nature all exist within us.Elisabet Sahtouris explains how humans see through their eyes that plants, animals and even rocks are separate, but if we look into a magnifying glass all of nature exists in an energetic molecular dance of chemical reactions and recombinations. We are connected to all aspects of nature, and its preservation is critical to our very survival.
I always love discovering new fruits, vegetables, herbs etc. This mornings visit to the farmer's market resulted in the discovery of a hybrid called cheddar cauliflower. According to the Territorial Seed website, the curds contain approximately 25 times more beta carotene than white cauliflower. It apparently retains the orange color when cooked. What a beautiful vibrant color. It makes me think of sunshine.