Once again the allure of the sea has inspired a nature mat.This was a work in progress as the weather changed and wild seas battered the coast.This mat depicts a more serene aspect of the sea, a calm rock pool that invites imaginative play and story telling.
After the wildness of the weekend a rosy sunset glowed on a sea that was tame again.
It seems to have become more difficult to post, because of fearing to be repetitious and boring. After a while even new projects seem to take on a similarity, although I can see, sometimes, an improvement or a new way of presenting a former theme.
Here are some newly created characters, miniature needle felted rabbits. They bring back to mind visiting one of Beatrix Potter’s homes “Hilltop” at Sawry in the Lakes District of England. Much to my delight we saw two rabbits ,pictured below,frolicking in a field.
In the main wild rabbits are considered to be a major pest. Here in Australia they were introduced and have multiplied too well endangering native species ( this introduction being a consequence of ignorance and folly of man, not the fault of the rabbit).
As a pet or subject in art or literature rabbits become endearing. In the whole scheme of nature they have a purpose and a reason, for everything is connected and relevant.Sadly the interconnection of all things has been forgotten and abused . The balance of nature is now much compromised and too many creatures,including humans, face extinction.
As happens with rabbits, these little characters are multiplying too! The only danger they represent is a pull at the heartstrings.
It is April, yet we are having another day over thirty degrees centigrade. A day that is bright,clear, hot and feels like summer. Its has a glow and blaze like the flame of the bird of paradise flower that has decided to reveal its beauty and light to the garden this week.
However, in the southern hemisphere, this is supposed to be the time of Autumn. The time of mists and cooling down.Instead we are still heading to the beach.
Nature is confused. The garden last month offered Autumn crocus that has been followed by the yellow jasmine that usually blooms in Spring and early summer.
Summer has lingered longer this year and felt much warmer than in the past. This week seasons and seasonal markers have come to mind and taken shape as persona.
These season sisters wear pointy hats for a reason. It was an ancient belief that such headgear focused energy and concentration to connect with a higher creative power; in this instance nature and the cycles that have manifested life and sustained it on our planet for millennia.
Whoops, not only are the seasons mixed up so is the order of the sisters, who stand as summer,autumn,spring and winter. initially i was going to remove the picture and replace it,on second thoughts I shall leave it ,it works well with the sentiment.
Easter has come early this year . In the northern hemisphere the symbols of baby animals,flowers and new life makes sense as a celebration of Spring, rebirth and renewal. Here, in the southern hemisphere, we are entering Autumn so this ancient Spring ritual seems a little out of place; however, the symbols can still make sense as we celebrate harvest and a time to go deep in the earth, to burrow, and to reflect on what we seeds we will sow to emerge anew in our Spring.
This musing led me to realise that often rabbits and hares seem to have hopped into my imagination and creative endeavors. I have been including tiny rabbits or hares in most of my nature pieces for sometime. Since the beginning of the year they have become little white creatures and seem to have wanted to take form as tiny companions and comforters for children. Considering that we have just experienced a lunar eclipse, and for many the celebration of Easter, now seems an appropriate time to share some of these little rabbits
Rabbits and hares are ancient symbols in many cultures and belief systems.As a symbol they are often linked to the moon, to fertility, renewal, abundance, luck, emotion and intuition as well as the triple Goddess and to the trinity.
I have also read that Native American wisdom terms the rabbit as the “Fear Caller”, calling to attention that its timid, ever alert, nervous behaviour can attract the very things that are feared by continually thinking about them.This makes a lot of sense to me and in this instance it has been suggested that we can use the rabbit as a reminder to work past fear and to create positive intent and action. Perhaps this is why intuitively I have chosen to make tiny rabbits as “pocket pals”.
The rabbit is also a symbol of family and that, too, is close to heart so I am going to continue to work with and love the rabbit as a guide.
Autumn seemed to have forgotten to visit this year. It has been unsettling. The ongoing heatwave has made it harder to work. Heart and mind have yearned for cooler mornings,mists and coloured leaves.
However, in the past few days, rain has come and as if by magic the expanse of barren dust surrounding us has been transformed into a lush, green carpet. Fungi is making an appearance as well revealing that life is returning to the parched soil.
This morning Mother Nature announced that Autumn is on the way. An early walk in the garden led to this discovery, a perfectly beautiful crocus whose appearance heralds that change of season is on the way.
This tiny crocus is brave and resilient; it has surfaced in spite of a severe summer serving as a reminder of what should be and what can be lost forever if we do not connect and care better for our planet.
Brisbane is growing rapidly. Like many cities worldwide the buildings are reaching up higher and higher to the clouds.
Our visits to the city centre have been few and far between, mainly driving past to the the airport. Rarely do we venture to the inner city. Even more rarely do we see it as a tourist, and then we head to Southbank Parklands which was the traditional home of the Turrbal and Yuggerah people. Now this area is the cultural centre of the city. It is here that the art galleries,museum, theatre, conservatorium,markets and eating spots are to be found, as well as the man-made “Streets beach”. It is also the location for various festivals throughout the year.
On this visit we discovered Epicurious, an organic garden established within the Parklands to enable people to experience and learn about gardening. Midweek free samples are available with volunteers on hand to assist with advice.
What a wonderful concept to bring awareness and connection to nature, and to encourage healthier lifestyle options.
Close by to Epicurious is a rainforest area, where a huge fig tree provides a tunnel though it for children to explore, and a rock pool is a haven for wildlife.If you look closely there is a bearded dragon on the rock to the right of the ibis.Perhaps best of all this area of the Parklands offers an opportunity to find peace in the very heart of the city.
Have you wondered, too, what it might be like to live in a little house like this?
As a piece of felt becomes a little mushroom house I tend to go into flights of fancy.Making these is a joyful experience, the process, the materials, the dreaming and the stories they inspire. If they give pleasure and inspiration to someone else it is a rich reward for the many hours it takes to complete.
Welcome your dreams. Explore and enjoy the creativity they can unleash.
This tree is not a native but it thrives in our area, and gives the gift of beauty. As the season warms up the glow of this tree enhances and dazzles. The richness of red, the pattern of the petals, the contrast of the flowers to dry bush landscape around is a living work of art. It warms the imagination and inspires.
A local red is the flame tree which offers pure wonder when it is in full bloom. It hosts a multitude of insects and birds who revel in its flowering. Whilde in bloom during spring and early summer it dazzles and makes an exuberant presence in the bush.
When the flowers disappear the green foliage blends into the landscape. Their strong presence, when garbed in red, has softened. It seems that, once they have made their statement, they wait patiently nurturing the seeds of creativity, the offspring of this strong statement of beauty and presence.