Summer has arrived, please take any opportunity to bask in it’s glory. Honor it’s presence. Smile, laugh out loud. This is a source of life and happiness that everyone, every animal and all creatures great and small can enjoy.
Does the sun ask itself,” Am I good? Am I worthwhile?
Is there enough of me?” No, it burns and shines.
Does the sun ask itself, “What does the moon think of me?”
“How does mars feel about me?” No, it burns, it shines.
Does the sun ask itself, “am I as big as suns in other galaxies?”
For the followers of the Kilauea eruption in Hawaii, I am sharing what it looks
Like from a boat next to the flow. It is hot! (Over 2000 degrees F) and it smells of Sulfur. However you feel like you are witnessing Creation. This is how the Hawaiian Islands were created. The vent that is erupting is called the Puu Oo Vent and it has been erupting continuously since 1983.
While traveling in the Galapagos Islands in 2001 I decided to scuba dive. As you know this archipelago is a volcanic formation, so while diving you are surrounded by lava rock as well as hammerhead sharks, turtles, not to mention an enormous array of fish. It is a very primitive ancient environment. It has a sense of being at the beginning of creation, untouched by humans.
After rising out of the ocean I had what I will refer to as a vision, for lack of a better word. The image in this post is a pastel drawing of that experience.
I’m posting it here because it looks so much like all of the aerial drone and helicopter shots of the lava flow that we are now seeing from the eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.
This was a strong visual experience without the aid of a camera; imagination at it’s best.
Hannah Wiley, USA Today Published 10:40 a.m. ET May 10, 2018
Sometimes referred to as Madame Pele, or Tutu – grandmother – Pele is hailed as the powerful force behind Kilauea’s decades-long eruptions.
The volcano has been in a constant, on-off state of eruption since 1983, although this eruption is a more severe case.
“She is very dynamic, sometimes very angry. Quick to anger and quick to forgive. But she’s a force to be reckoned with,” explained Kame’eleihiwa.
“We must treat the landscape and others on the landscape as if our lives depend on one another-people, forest, trees, fresh water,” she said. “The Pele reminds us that as short as our human life is we must be good stewards.”
She also said people in her community “come to pray, make offerings, watch in silence, or just come to be in the presence of creation because Pele is a visually dramatic phenomenon.”
As a hula performer, Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani honors the memory of the property and lives lost through the years of Pele’s volcanic rage by sharing family stories, and through hula’s traditional songs, chants and dances.
‘This is Pele’s place’
Sometimes, Kame’eleihiwa said, Pele needs to cleanse the land. It’s the akua’s way of reminding the people how the island must be treated, and that she feels the desecration of the land.
“This is Pele’s place,” Kame’eleihiwa said. “And we as descendants of akua and descendants of the land need to live in harmony with the elements and the land. Humans are not the most important things on the earth, the elements are.”
At the end of the day, Pele will take what is rightfully hers.
“As long as Pele is erupting, we say she is dancing,” said Kame’eleihiwa, who referenced the sudden uptick in earthquakes as Pele in labor. “She is giving birth to land.”
Photograph by Diana Dunlap taken in hawaii from a boat next to the eruption 2013
In these difficult times, it is essential, yes essential that we spend time laughing. We all know that this is the best medicine and that it is contagious. So laugh by youerself, laugh together, laugh at yourself, try it. PLEASE, it will make you feel better and fast! Be silly because you can. The best of us are totally bonkers, so laugh! Being human is a brief experience and we are blessed with the ability to laugh about it, no matter what happens. If you can’t think of something to laugh about look at animals. There are so many wonderful and laughable videos online of animal behavior that will get you howling. So LAUGH!!
Life is not a path of coincidence. happenstance and luck, but rather an unexplainable, meticulously charted course for one to
touch the lives of others and make a difference in the world.
This photograph from the Ice beach sometimes referred to as the Diamond beach in Iceland, was featured in a group show at O’Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, California. The show will remain until April 19th.The title of the group show is BLUE. Happy to have this selected. It is printed on metal which gives it a 3D effect.
This Photo collage is an imaginary story; you can make up the story from looking at it and asking questions. Starting with where did the elephant get that headdress? Elephants are good swimmers, and this Raven has decided to bring his band of butterflies to lighten up the journey across the river. The bands name is Joy.
There is the lavender light between them, what does that indicate?
In the end it is Beauty that will save us. So we must keep something of Beauty in our hearts. We can refer to that Beauty when life becomes difficult or in thanks when it is joyous.
Horses are symbolic of freedom and strength, and Rainbows are symbols of Beauty.
Upon seeing a rainbow, no matter if it is just a part of one or a full-blown double rainbow, it stops us in our tracks and we have no choice but to admire it. The rainbow is illusive, disappearing as quickly as it appeared. So keep that in your heart.
When I see a horse I want to give it a hug for being so magnificent and beautiful.
Horse sense is something a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
On a journey down the shore of Limantour spit in the Pooint Reyes National Seashore we spotted an unusual site. Once on January 30,2018 then again on February 5, 2018. The what of this is that it’s a very large engine. Where or when it arrived isn’t documented. How did it get here, I assume it washed up from a wreck years ago. Moving with the rise and fall of the tides. It does beg ones imagination to wonder.
A new year has arrived! Time to change things that we’ve wanted to change. We make resolutions, cast prayers to the wind, and reflect on what happened in the previous year. Fire works explode all over the globe heralding the change from one year to the next.
PEACE, LOVE AND HAPPINESS for ALL!
Open hearts, yes, open hearts all around.
Step out of your comfort zones and explore being crazy, absolutely bonkers in fact.
No time like NOW!
Roll with it, the ride is part of the fun, not just the goal achieved.
Increase the amount of time that you give to LAUGHTER.
You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often
to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have been carefully kept.
Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and
Your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things
Don’t matter at all, because when you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
words from the Velveteen Rabbit
Photo collage by Diana Dunlap 2018, from McClures beach, California
After the journey through the Misty Arch we land deep within a golden cave
Inside of this gleaming cave is a misty watery presence
With a rainbow reflecting off of it
I will call this the oracle
So one is allowed to ask the oracle a question
An hopefully receive an answer to that question
I only had to stand there and this was the answer to the unspoken question
“My first word of advice is this, say yes. In fact say yes as often as you can. Yes is a beginning, it’s how things grow. Yes leads to new experiences, and thus knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times.” –Michael Hogan
As the Solheimajkull glacier breaks off into sparkling tourquoise and white ice scultures, they create a bay of ice water. This water carries the sculpted ice to the black sand beach known as the diamond beach. The beach is covered with these diamonds, not for sale or for the taking. They are melting, they are for your eyes only to be captured in that moment not to be repeated. This is truely the most amazingly enchanting site I have ever seen. The word beautiful hardly covers it. As I was editing these images that Paul Simon song played in my head.
People say she’s crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes
Well that’s one way to lose these
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
All of the photos in this blog were taken in Iceland at the Jokulsarlon Diamond (Ice) Beach, by Diana Dunlap 2017
And above all, watch with glittering eye the
Whole world around you because the greatest
Secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely
Places. Those who don’t believe in magic will
Never find it.
This is a view from the back of a waterfall in Iceland. The energy here was crackling with negative ions like something I’ve never dreamed of seeing. Iceland has thousands of waterfall gracing its land. It’s truely a water world in all of its forms; glacial, geothermal, rain, rivers, mist,shoreline waves and Ice.
Photographed at sunrise from Baker Beach, San Francisco, July 2017.
Chin up, chin up Everybody loves a happy face Wear it, share it It’ll brighten up the darkest place Twinkle, sparkle Let a little sunshine in You’ll be on the right side Looking at the bright side Up with your chinny chin chin
May you live in Interesting Times –Old Chinese Curse
On the cover of Orion magazine in 2012 was featured an amazing photograph by Tom Wolfe, this was the inspiration for this painting/photograph.
There are few words left to say about Climate Change, it’s in our faces every day.
Whether you are a believer or a denier doesn’t really matter, those are views of the human mind. What does matter is the physical reality of our planet and our bodies, which are embedded in the planet.
Let this image speak to you without further explanation.
Each and every one of us is both cause and solution, and each of us can make simple changes in our lives to turn this around. Something as obvious as what we eat, how we grow it and how we use the waste, has a great impact and can be done by all, no matter where we live, our culture or age.
In Paul Hawken’s new book, Drawdown, he addresses 100 things that can be done to reverse global warming.
And never forget the words of Bobby McFerrin (outlook is very important)
‘Finally we could see the plane through the smoke, coming in on a wing and a prayer.’
I’ve always thought I got by in life on a wing and a prayer, a saying from WWII
I was born to parents that were at war, arriving after the war in 1946. Emotionally they were at war, even though it was over for the world there was the psychological fallout that remained.
Think English atheistic mother and devout Irish/Scottish protestant father. I came in after a 24hour labor that ended in surgically removing me from my Mother, not a happy beginning. Thus coming in on a wing and a prayer. Talk about setting the tone!
First important friend
Awaiting me was the best gift that my father ever gave me, my collie dog ‘Skippy”. She basically was my best friend and guardian as long as she lived, 17 years. She walked me to school everyday and picked me up at the end of the day. Yes, those were different times, kids walking to school with a dog instead of mom driving an SUV. She was a perfect companion, all unconditional love. She had my back.
Art my Savior
From the time I was 5, teachers and parents knew I had artistic talent. This allowed me to escape into the world of imagination and creativity, which has sustained me throughout my life.
First life changing experience
At the age 22 my boyfriend from Millbrook, NY and I hitchhiked through Mexico. No Visa, a few dollars and the first time to be out of the country. We decided to fast on water and lemon for 30 days hoping for some kind of enlightenment, and then we went to Oaxaca at a beach called Puerto Angel. While swimming in the ocean I lost awareness of swimming and instead was in the presence of chanting like I’ve not ever heard, coming from pulsing lights on a brilliant blue dome. There was the tunnel of golden light drawing me in. Then suddenly a voice said you can’t die now, too young and a lot of work to do. BAM! I’m flat face down on the sand surrounded by people who thought I was dead.
This isn’t an experience one can forget; it has a very strong imprint in the mind. Today these experiences are called NDE’s.
I have spent my life swimming, scuba diving, and kayaking in the ocean ever since.
The Magnum opus of the alchemical process analyses the values of black: the first of the four stages that govern our life, according to alchemy, and one which is linked to earth, night, winter, old age, wisdom, sadness and death.
It is followed by the second stage of white, corresponding to water, dawn, childhood and variable moods.
Yellow is the color of the third stage associated with air: noon, summer and youth.
The Fourth and last is the red stage, connected in alchemy to the element fire: light, autumn, sunset and maturity.
The passages from earth to water to air to fire mark the transformations of matter that progressively dematerializes until it reaches the ethereal and luminous consistency of the philosopher’s stone. This cyclical nature is a comforting guarantee that winter will be followed by spring, night by dawn, a symbol of resurrection.
Megan McIntyre is photographed at night performing a fire dance with 2 balls of fire.
All along the California coast, where I live, we have been experiencing record rains and flooding. In weather terms this is referred to as an atmospheric river. This comes with trees falling, streams turning to torrential rivers, waterfalls appearing out of nowhere and loss of power in our homes.
There is always an underlying spiritual message to what we are experiencing in the outer physical world that is important to note, if just for our sanities sake if nothing else. The following quotes seem fitting to this time we are in.
The photo collage this week started with a photo of a magical waterfall on a small break from the rain at the Lagunitas near Samuel P Taylor Park. This waterfall is normally not there. A glimpse into another realm.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.” Norman Maclean, A River Runs through it
There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.
Anyone who has gone to a pet store, or animal rescue facility knows how it feels when you’ve been picked by the animal: There’s a spark of recognition and love, an interspecies connection that has been with us since humans populated the planet. When the first humans arrived the animals were here, as fearsome or friendly, either way, they were our first teachers about how to live on this earth.
In modern times we go to zoos, go on safaris, go whale watching and visit national parks around the globe to encounter animals that we haven’t seen before. We are usually amazed at their beauty!
And very importantly some of us choose to have pets or raise herd animals, choosing to care for and befriend them.
This image demonstrates the flirtatious way an animal knows to capture the heart of someone looking to make that connection; and hopefully take him/her home.
I have lived with several Zen masters-all of them cats.
Starting with a background of a close up view of a pink rose with dew, I became immersed in the color Rose.
Roses are as comfortable being tended by the angels as well as decorating a passionate valentine card.
The rose is the flower that alchemy likens to the philosopher’s stone; representing carnal and spiritual love.
Then pink takes hold of the vision and flamingos are asked to join the picture. All birds are messengers of some kind, so in this case I think they bring some playfulness to love, with multiple shades of pink to red.
“We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is,
Knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.”
This week’s photograph started in Machu Picchu, Peru. Shot at sunrise creating the mystical blue light I began to imagine, what if. What if the ocean really did rise and come up to 8,000 feet above sea level, above the clouds.
This is a fantasy world; of course, those are things that happen at the end of Ice Ages.
Then everything changes, some species survive, and new ones take hold and Life, as we know it changes.
The world is a product of our minds and imaginations as much as the physical things we see with our eyes.