Questions to be asked while viewing these images:
Which images are straight, which are manipulated?
Which are true, which are false?
Which are fact, which are myth?
Which are really real?
Photo taken 8/6/13:
Dragonfly attacking tomato cage in our garden .
Giant kelp with the faded eyes
Photograph taken 10/8/14 at Long Sands Beach in York Maine.
In my mind's eye, the scene was dramatic as I describe in my blog on October 11th:
"Arriving straight from the briny depths – without warning – I was confronted by a giant kelp with faded eyes who spoke strong words to me..."
I took this photo in a meadow on Harmony Hill Road in Northwood on 11/3/14. Then on 11/8/14, I used this image in my blog post commenting about how our survival depends on reconnecting to mythos, As Carl Jung wrote long ago:
“We do not understand yet that the discovery of the unconscious means an enormous spiritual task, which must be accomplished if we wish to preserve our civilization.”
The ancient ones
Notes: Photograph taken 9/4/14
I felt privileged to be able to take this closeup of this convocation of wise elders, camouflaged in the roots of this driftwood tree that washed up on the beach at Fort Foster ME
Three ancient pilings
along the Merrimack
Photograph taken 9/1/14 near what used to be Sewells Fall Dam. I was struck by this image: three ancient pilings outlasting the conceits of men, now long gone, who sunk them in the mud: Yes, my three amigos are still here, aging well and not giving a dam, no longer caring which end is up.
Our sunflowers bowing
gracefully to their fate
This photograph was taken 12/5/12. Just as old man winter was symplifying the landscape, I simplified my image, reducing it in Photoshop to a minimalist symphony of bare, bowing sunflower stalks harmonizing with the swaying white birches in the background.
Shaman of the Northwest
This photograph was taken on September 11, 2013 in a rainforest along the Pacific ocean, just north of Cannon Beach, in Oregon. The Shaman spoke to me out of this magnificient tree stump, stopping me dead in my tracks. I faithfully recorded what I saw.
Indigenous Acension to the East
Notes: A merging of realities
First photo taken 4/24/12 at Taos Pueblo, NM, the oldest continously inhabited indigenous community in the U.S.
Second photo taken of a sumac highlighted against the rising sun at Seapoint Beach in Kittery, ME.
Some Native American cultures made protective totems by weaving a web onto a willow hoop and decorating it with sacred objects such as feathers. The resulting “dreamcatcher” was used as a charm to protect sleeping people, usually children, from nightmares.
This dreamcatcher image was created by weaving together two photographs:
• a friendly grandmother raven taken 9/4/10 at Point Reyes National Seashore in CA.
• a tent caterpillar nest silhouetted against the sky along the Merrimack River in Concord, While tent caterpillars are considered to be pests by us humans because their habit of defoliating trees, they are the most social of all caterpillars and exhibit many noteworthy behaviors.
Dragonfly, goddess of change, has come to free us from modernity's steel cage – and reconnect us to our bodies, our dreams, mother nature, and the place art comes from.
Cathedral of the Future
This photograph was taken 8/14/11 at Seapoint Beach in Kittery ME. Allthough it is a giant kelp, I named it "Sunrise through the Seaweed" and it was published in the Concord Monitor along with my essay on "Myths to Live By."See my blog for 8/4/11