Beauty and Inspiration all around.
I love Winter here.
Rushing, swirling, frothing
Dark pooling forced into brilliance
by necks of rock
Fumbling, clumsy, seeking connection with my companion.
How am I normally
When I am alone?
I am seeking her and how she is experiencing this water falling.
My dog whines for motion
I wish the sun had shone for us
I wish that man had not trampled the far side
taken violent machines and saws to the forest
and poured their concrete into barriered
human ways since my last visit,
for now the fae scream out their protest at this invasion
Crowded on the very edge,
Raw the presence of man.
I feel like screaming too.
We scream. Drowned out and taken downstream.
Evicted from the forest, but river always remains untouchable
Need to come again in summer shine
and see their ardent building
bringing back to green
to water sparkle and balance
to dip and immerse completely in this rushing by.
Kat Robertson. March 2018.
It has been quite a year for lichen around here. As you can see we have been getting quite a show. The usnea (‘bearded’) lichen loving the wet and the sunny breaks.
Introducing my new mandala muse. LICHEN.
A serpent in the sky and lovers in leaves led me back into the forests around my home, searching for fresh inspiration.
A neon, fibrous, filament glowed invitingly.
A symbiotic fungal, algae, layered, magik caught my eye
And however hard I blink
It invades my being with it’s beautiful form.
Like it, we all are only just hanging on,
gasping for the sun and clean air.
Kat Robertson. March 2018
I decided to have a play with creating some new lichen mandalas. I think I am in love. Their structure is so much fun to work with.
I find these mandalas are also inspiring more explorations into ‘drawing out’ some of the ‘characters’ and creatures the symmetry brings about. The stories the lichens tell. Hopefully will some to share here soon.
As a side line I am also learning loads about these symbiotic, half fungus, half algae, tree fascinators! I became interested in, perhaps, doing an Open University degree in them, but as soon as I started looking into it all my inner dyslexic aspergers watched all those long dictionary words wobble in front of my eyes and I knew it was not for me….the internet is a wonderful resource tho and I am beginning to observe the different species in the garden and pay more attention to these extraordinary organisms, for want of a better word!
They are not plants, they are made up of two distinct species, they do not harm the trees, all they need is a perch to get the sun and nourishing rain…they do help fix the nitrogen in the air, thereby aiding the tree, and the rotting lichen ‘drop’ serves as nourishment. Made up of many complex layers they breathe for us all, totally independently, despite their parasitic appearance.
I find there is a lot to like.