22 January 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.
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22 January 2018
Oh, yes, I need cheering. My country is moving even deeper into the malaise. That place signals me to push even deeper into the bond between nature and human nature. And one uplift came from an image created from my last visit to the world-famous Longwood Gardens.
The Chrysanthemum Festival from last month was spectacularly memorable. And the photomontage in the Lens section was the burst of energy that shored my spirit at each gaze.
These button chrysanthemums are tiny (1 ½”). And their diminutive form exudes a vibrancy and triumph associated with floral effervescence. Their presence courts me with theatrics that are made through spirited, dancing hues.
This mum easily won my attention with multiple petals and pompom flower heads. Their perfume is delicate and mimics their perennial role as a herb. The range of colors ease from white to pink to yellow to orchid, fascinating to be sure.
So while I am a bit anxious in the throes of my country’s dysfunction, I have given myself a respite as I seek sanctuary in my own resistance by savoring nature’s omnipresence and omniscience.
More and more human migration is being caused by climate change such as erosion, sea level rise, warmer temperatures, heat waves, severe storms, increased rainfall, flooding, increased moisture, and … It’s just the beginning. The most vulnerable live in coastal communities and islands, but the entire planet is subject to its conditions, which includes shortages in water and other alterations to the ecosystem. Climate refugees, which includes Mother Nature’s progeny, are becoming part of our twenty-first century way of life and its disheartening and scary.
Last year the internationally-recognized artist Ai Weiwei introduced the documentary “Human Flow” (2 hr. 20 minutes, iTunes, $4.99). The movie is a testament to his mission as an artist and this global crisis, where “65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II (iTunes).” Weiwei visits twenty-three countries that are at the heart of this current human migration. I encourage you to view this emotional and informative film that depicts the reality of the effects of climate change.