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I posted earlier about the Mitoraj sculptures installed around Aix en Provence. I’m back in town just now and just stumbled across a couple more I missed first time…

mitoraj

mitoraj

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Here it is….

going

and now it’s gone….

gone

There’s something very beautiful about these delicate wind-borne seeds. I watched two of them today, firmly entangled with each other, floating high up over the tall pine trees, sailing across the deep blue of the sky to……well, who knows where?
And will this seed fall on fertile ground? And will it push through the soil to become another…….what kind of plant is this? Can you tell? Just from looking at this seed?

I found myself thinking, here it is, the start of another cycle of growth. But then, is it? Is it the start? How do you find the beginning of a cycle?

While you think about that, here’s another one to look at. Isn’t it just absolutely amazing?

lighten

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For weeks, there’s been typically little rain in Provence, so now the hillside which is usually a grassy green under the pine trees has become hard and dusty and brown.

But look at this! Right out of the ground, pushing up through the dead, dry pine needles, new, green life!

green shoots in the dry soil

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chateau florans

I went to a concert the other evening and the sun was low in the sky as everyone headed home. I was struck by how the rays of light mingled between the trees and the dusty air of the hot, dry path, but once I got home, I was especially pleased that, in this photo, the strongest beam of light was shining on two people holding hands.

I like that

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Bubbles

perrier

What’s the link between bubbles and happiness?

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mmmm….

melon and ham

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seeds

like it says at the top of my front page – becoming not being……

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lourmarin

look closer……

lourmarin

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the power of flowers

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of the spirit. Using the word “enlightenment” in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.

A New Earth. Eckhart Tolle. ISBN 978-0-141-03941-1

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what lies beyond

Wow! Look at the sky! It’s like right there in the middle of the heavy grey rainclouds a heartshaped clearing appears enticing us to look beyond.

It reminded me of the old woodcut by Flammarion, where man pokes his head through a gap in the firmament and gazes on the cosmos beyond –

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