Monday, September 3, 2012

Monthly Mosaic - August 2012

august mosaic

The essence of a tragedy, or even of a serious play, is the spiritual awakening, or regeneration, of the hero. Maxwell Anderson

Another month has come and gone, and it is time once again for Magnetised by Life's Monthly Mosaic Challenge.

This month's color is pale green and the theme is regeneration and cleansing, and the quote I chose for today couldn't be more appropriate.

Life, while not tragic, has been full of serious matters in the past few years. Yet, even as I write this I realize that part of that is a lie. Life has always been full of serious matters, and these past few years have not been any different. Only the matters have changed. And some, are in fact, perennial issues that return again and again.

Nevertheless, there has always been an underlying theme of transformation and growth through adversity. Holding on in knowledge that the difficulties are part of the alchemical quest that all humans undertake by virtue of the fact that they've been graced with the gift of life.

From left to right and top to bottom, these are the descriptions of the images that make up this month's mosaic"

  1. Macro shot of a green carnation from a bouquet of flowers I brought home.
  2. Hedge Apples are starting to drop from the trees now.
  3. The uniquely colored green waters of the Emerald Coast taken from my business trip to Florida this month.
  4. Scan of one of the images received from one of my Liberate Your Art Post Card Swap cohorts which contained many lovely shades of pale green and an important message (more on that below).
  5. Bowl of sauteed escarole destined to be a luscious addition to a calzone that we prepared in an Italian cooking class I attended this month.
  6. Tuft of dune grasses from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Just a reminder of how growth can occur in even the most austere conditions.
  7. Sand toys and buckets put away after a day of beach fun.
  8. Frog spotted by the two sons of a coworker as we strolled around in a park as we strolled around looking for a place to take some great family photos, which I promised to do as a portfolio builder.
  9. More of the green carnations, placed in a green coffee creamer given to me by my sister one year for Christmas.

Now back to the post card that I featured in this mosaic. I've mentioned here and here has been an eerily syncrhonistic aura about the cards I've received and this one was no different.

The title of this lovely image is "nesting," which is synchronistc in and of itself, as a common theme in my blogging this year is my domestic efforts and feathering my nest.

(speaking of synchronicities, notice the little puppy portrait on the left hand side?)

As a bonus to this little nod to that which has been important in my life the quote on the back addresses another common theme and encouraged me in a way that I very much needed.

"The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air, all I must do is find it and copy it." Jules Renard.

After the quote, she writes... "Tell your story, I'm listening"

My story, at least the one I want to tell has been on the back burner with all the other things that have been going on in my life lately, some good and some I'd rather not be dealing with. Nevertheless, I need to make the time and as I've spent the entire long weekend doing nothing but puttering around my house, reading and resting, I have realized that I need to reserve a good amount of space in order to do this.

That's another topic for another time. But, thanks Kathy for writing that message and for listening and sharing such a lovely photograph of a beautiful place.

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  1. A very thoughtful post! And a lovely and colourful mosaic. Hope this week will be a good week for you!

  2. Sieht wunderschön aus!!

    LG Mathilda ♥

  3. Love your mosaic and your post. The sychronicities you are noticing are wonderful and yes, I think pupography is in your future! I'll have to see if I can get that word in the dictionary. I just love it! You have sunshine coming just around the corner, my friend. ;-> BTW, your Monthly Mosaic does not seem to be going to a valid grip. I get a warning about being outside my safe search, whatever that means and when I looked at the URL it says The MONDAY Mosaic. Thought you'd like to know.

    1. No, I checked the link and it does go to the monthly mosaic group on flickr. For some reason the url says Monday Mosaic, the title of the group is Monthly Mosaic.

  4. Wonderful impressions of August!
    Love this mosaic ♥


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