To the right, outside the picture, is the rear of our house, and my
office overlooks this scene, albeit from a different angle (basically
at 90 degrees). When we moved in there was only one tree wound
(stump), the one on the right. An aborist recommended we retire
(cut down) the neighboring 50 foot tree, whose wound (stump) is now on
the left, because of the danger of limbs falling on the brand new roof
from high winds, given the age of that tree. We were reluctant to
disturb the plant world's designs, but the danger was real, and had
happened before at the previous home Linda had owned in Concord MA -
large limbs from a great tree had fallen on the roof there.
When the aborist was finished retiring the tree he pointed out that
from the wound he could tell the tree was dead on the inside and might
have completely fallen sooner rather than later - not just the limbs
overhung the roof of the house, but the whole tree.
To honor the nature spirits of the place in which we were living, I
placed the tall (about 8 inches) crystal on the new wound, which
crystal rests upright on a naturally occurring hexagonal stone I found
some years ago. This had been in our home, near the door to my
office, but now seemed to be needed to help focus earth-energies on the
newest wound to these remarkable royalty of the plant world - the great
trees. To further honor the nature spirits of the place, I put
the Hopi-stone on
the older wound. The Hopi-stone had also been just outside the
door to my office. Now both the crystal and the stone were on the
On a recent morning (6/28/13), which was very foggy, I noticed, while
looking out the office window, the large mushroom on the right, which
had emerged quickly over a couple of nights, suggestive of the
acceptance of our honoring acts by the Kingdom of Faerie.
As you can see, the whole scene is also under the gaze of the Buddha
statue, tucked against a tree inside the bushes where the grass meets
the forest edge. If you look closely at the Buddha, you can see
that the tree behind it seems to suggest energy rising from the
Buddha's head upward - an interesting accidental (?) effect of the fog
and the light. This energy image also aligns with the crystal,
again an accidental (?) effect on the image, which I did not notice
until after the picture was taken, and I was writing these words.
At the base of the crystal can be seen a small orange feathery tuft,
which was a bit of cloth the aborist found attached to the head of a
very old nail he discovered in the tree when he retired it. He
left this nail on the wound when he and his crew finished their work,
which is why I incorporated it in the composition of the crystal
hexagonal motif that was place on the wound.
If you have Google Earth, you can put in our address: 6 Monticello Dr.
Paxton MA 01612, and see the large forest at the rear and left of our
this lead to the work on the Faerie-World Terrarium
Our recently purchase home in Paxton,
MA, included a terrarium - from the outside it
looks like this:
from the inside it looks like this:
Inside the "terrarium" I began to construct some "models", intended to
honor the Kingdom of Faerie, which I know to exist, but which I can't
see with my senses - only with my awake thinking - a Kingdom that makes
possible a great deal that happens in nature ... the models tend to be
small, sometimes less that an inch high, while the plants (the
"forest") go from just 3 or 4 inches to two feet or more with flowers
on the top ...
the physical objects used are mostly "found", around the house, and
perhaps enhanced a bit ... the physical objects are meant to be among
the forest/plants as if they were in a giant forest ... there continue
to be interesting "accidents": the small (about an inch tall) purple
"bear" with a pack on his back, in the foreground, seems over looked by
a snake-like or reptilian creature, which was actually found on a beach
in SF after a huge winter storm that competely rearranged the coastline
there ... not until this photograph did I ever "see" the "reptile" in
that piece of driftwood ...