Saturday, March 30, 2013

Out of darkness, light

Human beings have known since the beginning of time that survival depends on Spring bringing rebirth. Light after darkness. Renewal. Hope. It is fitting, and probably not coincidental, that Easter (life after death) and Passover (freedom after slavery) are celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox. We all feel the change in the air. We are creatures of nature, of this world.


I have nothing profound to say about a basic human need we all understand; I'm just going to share my joy in the season with pictures of flowers, like the calla lily above, and some silly shots I made by putting artworks outside in our garden to let them live the moment.

This brass bunny is about the size of a walnut and came from Czechoslovakia more than 65 years ago. I set him on a bed of baby tears.
Iceland poppies. They make me smile, bobbing in the breeze like tiny kites. So fragile and yet enduring.


Dancing young bear I found in a shop in Canada. There is something so winsome in his expression. He was carved by Markoosie Papigatuk of Cape Dorset.

Backlit pansies, because I love the sun's illumination through petals, that reminder that light changes the way we see things.


A gift from a friend long ago--vintage glazed ceramic rabbit. I always thought she was beautiful, but taking her off the black enamel cabinet and out into the garden puts her in a new light. Vulnerable, aware, alive.



Ranunculas. Every garden in spring needs them. Such joyous color.


Dancing walrus! Oh, how I love this guy. Purchased him in Canada. Created by Ed Kabluitok Panikotuapik of Rankin Inlet.

Everybody dance, please, 'tis the season.





13 comments:

Donna said...

Yes, let's dance. Thanks for a view of the world through your eyes.

Anne Gallagher said...

What a beautiful garden. Color me envious. I love that glazed bunny. Well, I love all your creatures, really. I wish I had a garden to do something like this. Someday.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts today. Happy Easter.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Donna: Looking forward to dancing with you! :)

Anne: Thanks! It's particularly lovely this time of year, for sure.
Happy Easter to you.

Jemi Fraser said...

The dancing walrus is my fave! He's beautiful and fully captures the joy we're all feeling!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Jemi: Isn't he wonderful? I admit that I adore him. Happy day to you, my friend!

Bish Denham said...

As always, your photos and words are beautiful. I can see why those keepsakes are precious to you. And giving them a moment in the sun amid flowers, delightful.

The Golden Eagle said...

You must have a wonderful garden! I loved seeing the different characters in among the plants. :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Bish and Eagle: Thank you both. Glad you enjoyed them with me.

Hobo Annie said...

What a wonderful idea to share the spring garden with your 'indoor creatures'. Think of the stories they'll tell their friends!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Annie: Exactly! I felt like a little kid doing that, and it was so fun. I'm sure they had a very good time, too. ;)

Sarah Laurence said...

Happy Spring! It's still mud season in Maine but our spring is coming soon. Thanks for sharing yours.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*waves at Sarah* I hope warm days and blooms find you soon.

Talli Roland said...

Oh, wonderful! I'm jealous - I'd love to have some outside space.