Saturday, May 9, 2009

In traditional societies of Latvia, Lithuania, and northern Germany, the world tree was thought to be a distant oak, birch, or apple tree with iron roots, copper branches, and silver leaves. The spirits of the dead lived in this tree. 

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Learning about Twitter...tweets....chirps.

Photo dictionary -visual connections on the web. Learning about can connect to 100 trees...birds do nest in trees.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Expanding our Boundaries

Blogging starts with what people read. The big difference with  publishing now is in the process.   Publishing can  no longer be treated as the end of the process. Writing happens toward the beginning of the process and we publish to connect , to comment, to receive comment .  from W. Richardson, Expanding our Boundaries, OTF Conference 
Expand our Boundaries
Blogging is a unique genre of writing - made for critical thinking, writing that hypertext allows for in an environment that we can link ideas. The link is imperative. If we are not connecting ideas with our writing ....W. Richa.2009rdson Feb 27

Tapping into the ground water....roots meshed

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday Night in the Forest

The forest is the place where vegetable life thrives and luxuriates, free from any control or cultivation. And since its foliage obscures the light of the sun, it is therefore regarded as opposed to the sun's power and as a symbol of the Earth. Since the female principle is identified with the unconsciousness , it follows that the forest is also a symbol of the unconsciousness. It is for this reason that Jung maintains that the sylvan terrors that figure so prominently in children's tales symbolize the perilous aspects of the unconsciousness...J.E.Cirlot

reaching up

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Canada and theForests

Canada's boreal forest is the largest contiguous intact forest left on Earth and the second largest frontier forest. It covers 35 percent of the country's land area and is home to the world's largest caribou herd, the second -highest wolf population, and polar, black and grizzly bears. About three billion birds nest there each year. (Source: David Suzuki Foundation)

Tree Proverbs

The oldest tree often bears the sweetest fruit.  German Proverb
One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade.  Chinese Proverb
We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls.
We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything. Buddha

If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree.

Skye tree finished

Friday, January 30, 2009


Amber has a pine aroma when heated, and the ancient Germans used amber and burned it as incense, and called it bernstein or "burn stone."

A Lithuanian legend tells of Jurata, the queen of the mermaids,who lived in an amber palace. She fell in love with a mortal,the fisherman Kastytis and took him beneath the waves to live with her in her palace.  This so angered Perkunas the thunder god, that he hurled  a thunderbolt which destroyed her palace and killed her love.  Not content with this, he chained her to the ruins of her palace where she continually weeps tears of amber. 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Phaeton son of Helios was not able to control the sun god's chariot when he took the reins without permission - scorching the earth. Zeus hurled a thunderbolt - destroying the chariot and killing Phaeton whose body fell into the sea. His sisters gathered at the water and wept for their brother. Zeus, unable to bear their lamentation turned them into poplar trees ringing the shore. 

Even as trees they continued to weep. Their tears were transformed into amber. 

Red Sky, Blue Leaves

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness.
Kahlil Gibran from Sand and Foam

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's the little things citizens. do.  That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees. 
Wangari Maathai

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Rabindranath Tagore


Sunday, January 11, 2009

In Cherokee legend, the cedar tree contain the spirit of one's ancestors.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Hamadryads are Greek mythological beings that live in trees. Hamadryads are born bonded to a specific tree. If their tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well.  For this reason dryads and the gods punished any mortals who harmed trees. 

Friday, January 2, 2009

A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. Two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four.

Welcome to the world of my blog ... my endeavor to paint 100 trees or a traveling forest has begun. Three paintings so far - The Penguin Tree, The Engagement Tree and Three Trees...

Penguin Tree on an Egg