leaves wings and other such things


moth to the light

in honor of the new year

luna moths—who gravitate toward light.



a symbol of spiritual growth, awareness, & rebirth.

to light & transformation in 2014.



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mystery at sea

one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea,
whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.
  —Herman Melville

2 mermaids move through the sea with a sky filled with snails

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riding the wave

Land and water are not really separate things,
but they are separate words, & we perceive through words.

—David Rains Wallace, The Untamed Garden and Other Personal Essays


woman's face in wind blown leaves


woman riding the waves on a fish with leaf filled fins






Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
—Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

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bird fish still life

fish detail in a still life illustration







those outside

dancing about in branches & moving through
wind stirred oceans

fill the air with

rustling, chattering, splashing, whistling,
barking, howling.

bird detail in a still life illustration


for those placed within

life is still

enclosed in wood grain veneer

adorned with graceful glass containers
of pure blue water

echoing an unsettling quiet.

bird & fish together in a still life shelf



The fact that we have to keep animals in captivity is a sign of the abject failure of us as a species.
The long-term goal should be that we do not need to keep animals in captivity. . . . 

—Damian Aspinall, wildlife park owner, to the Evening Standard.

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hearts and fish and air


it is as necessary to have

air, water, plants, insects, birds, fish & mammals

as it is to have brains, hearts, lungs & stomachs
—Alan Watts





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spring brings such beauty to summer. browns, greens, crimsoms, & blue, emerge.
all the creatures move about & live in it. so much rich color—so much inspiration.
girl wearing the beauty of spring in the summer










   The oriole sings in the greening grove

As if he were half-way waiting,

The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green,

Timid and hesitating.

The rain comes down in a torrent sweep 

And the nights smell warm and piney,

The garden thrives, but the tender shoots

Are yellow-green and tiny.

Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill,

Streams laugh that erst were quiet,

The sky smiles down with a dazzling blue

And the woods run mad with riot.

 —Paul Laurence Dunbar, Summer in the South

pink tree blossoms against a blue skyred flowers against blue sky

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a pocket of water

water—soothing, refreshing, significant to the earth, significant to human life, significant to all life.water giving to the life of fish & flower

according to the water information program of colorado “the human body is more than 60 percent water. blood is 92 percent water, the brain & muscles are 75 percent water, & bones are about 22 percent water.”

once during a workshop, an instructor quoted a poet who inspired him. i am uncertain of the actual quote, but what i heard was “a pocket of water can save your life.” considering how precious water is,

i have continued to think about what that means. So…

when my sweet companionmy sweet cuddly pocket of water giving you the foot
is feeling cuddlymy sweet pocket of water showing off his beautiful long legs

& i am wrapped in the long legs of his feline hug, i find myself in a pocket of water.
the embrace of my pocket of water



additional images about water in my portfolio water water water

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gone fishing

when in florida i find the most curious birds, on roof tops, walking through parking lots, bathing in ponds, flying across the vast blue sky—egrets, osprey, storks, ducks, geese, vultures. an amazing wealth of inspiration.

egret keeping watch from the tree branches as a storm is brewinga beautiful egret so magestic in the trees—so casual walking down a sidewalk.

young osprey watching me watching hima young osprey enjoying the sun, stretching out his wings while nested in the twisted branch of a dead tree.

curious strutting wood storksa community of wood storks strutting through the yards of a quiet neighborhood unphased by those of us watching.

i imagine what kind of life these creatures have that is kept secret from us. perhaps they survive in a way that we cannot see—that they let us see only what they want us to see. if so, then what if. . . .

egret taking a catching a fish by the tail sketch

egret enjoying his catch

egret flipping a fish in the air before swallowing

perhaps they would have a personal reserve—their own private fish tank.an egret with his own private fish tank—gone fishing

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