Posts Tagged ‘Botany’

“Contained” for Kaleid Gallery

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Kaleid Gallery (San Jose, Ca) invited me to participate in their “Exquisite Corpse” exhibit opening July 14th. I was assigned to do a torso. We were also given specific parameters for the type of paper and dimensions. Since I do not have the proper brushes to do a water color in my typical low brow style I decided to do a mixed media somewhat abstract. 😀 I started out doing a drawing with prismacolor pencils, one of my favorite tools but given the size of the paper and time constraints I ditched my first efforts, I did cut it up into bits and pieces for some future endeavor 😀

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In other news I finally saw our neighbor the peacock! Stunning! I could not get a good close up of the plumage but you can still see enough…

Also, we made a visit to the Santa Barbara Botanical gardens and I couldn’t resist photographing one of my fav flowers, gigantic white poppies, I will be planting some!

I so adore this poppy!

Passiflora or the Passion Flower

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

I have written about the passion vine before there are several varieties, this one was growing on a property that I went to see yesterday and its intricate unreal looking beauty is always so bewilderingly perfect.

I learned a little interesting tid bits about the passion vine from Susan Ford Collins who writes about it in her flickr set. In fact she goes into great detail about many wonderful exotic plants, great photos and information.

The shape of the stamens is other-worldly! Purple, white and green spots cover these creature-like stamens. Yellow-green pollen hangs ready for attracted visiting bees.

The Jesuit priests who saw natives of the New World eating Passion fruit took it as a sign that they were hungry for Christianity. In the red species, the color symbolized the blood shed on the cross, the 5 stamens the wounds, the 3 styles the 3 nails, the vine tendrils the ropes and scourges, the 3 secondary leaf bracts the Holy Trinity.

In the blue/purple species, white symbolized the purity and blue, the heaven above. The flower is usually open for 3 days representing the 3 years of Christ’s ministry on Earth.

And this woman uses the passion vine to her advantage

Purple Passion, Passiflora, Passiflora violacea

Passion Fruit and I grew a pepper

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The passion fruit is so beautiful!! I wish it tasted as good as it looks but its really kind of bland.

And, I grew a pepper

unlike the carrots it is BIG! There WILL be salsa in the near future 😀