Miami Art Week

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“Camellia Flower 1”

I love the first week of December in Miami. The weather is cool and a multitude of artists, art dealers, collectors and art enthusiasts from all over the world converge here for modern and contemporary art. The most well-known art show is Art Basel/Miami Beach. This show alone features 267 galleries exhibiting the work of approximately 4000 artists. There are numerous other art fairs scattered throughout the city—more than 20– in addition to Art Basel. Tonight I attended the opening of Scope, which is housed in a temporary pavilion, on the sands of Miami Beach, off historic Ocean Drive. Scope has 120 international exhibitors from 22 countries. A couple of my favorite pieces were the bright Camellia Flower 1 & 2, by Joung Joa Kim. When I got up close I could see that the yellow pollen of the flowers contained tiny mother-of-pearl birds, stars and flowers. Below are a few other favorites.

Plant Flowers

IMG_1488 bar harbor(2)“But for one’s health as you say, it is very necessary to work in the garden and see the flowers growing.” 
― Vincent van Gogh

Photographed in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Peace

IMG_1446 bar harbor(3)“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”
― Thích Nhất HạnhBeing Peace

Photographed in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Joy

La Rochelle,France (2)“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”
― Iris Murdoch

Photographed in beautiful La Rochelle, France.

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Sunflowers

Amsterdam (3)“The earth laughs in flowers.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Photographed outside of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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The Miracle of a Flower

saint peter port, Channel Islands (2)“Around us, life bursts with miracles — a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”  — Thích Nhất Hạnh

Photographed in Saint Peter Port, Channel Islands.

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Frenchboro Flower

IMG_1421 frenchboro (2)“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.”

–  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Highest Version

orange flower (2)I came across this great quote from fellow blogger Madeline Johnson: “What would the highest version of myself do in this moment? What would the bravest, most fearless, strongest, happiest, calmest version of me do right now?” Good to think about for a few days…

I photographed this flower in the medieval walled town of Concarneau, France. Anyone identify it?

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Flowers of the World

IMG_1491 (2)I love beautiful flowers and take lots of pictures of them while I am traveling in the U.S. and all over the world. They don’t grow abundantly in Miami. It’s just too hot in South Florida for a large variety of flowering plants. Here’s one from a recent trip in Maine. It was taken in Bar Harbor. Can anyone identify it?

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Lemon Flowers for Ileana

20 (2)My potted Lemon Tree is covered with blooms and the bees are happily flying from flower to flower, helping to pollinate them. I was going to plant the tree in the ground but the small Meyer Lemon is doing so well in the planter that I decided to leave it in there. This variety is known for thriving in containers. The fruits have a sweeter, less acidic flavor than the more common Lisbon or Eureka lemon varieties commonly found in the grocery stores.

In Every Plant Has a Story I talked about how my aunt Ileana had given me this tree as a Christmas present back in 2013. I always think of her when I look at it. These fragrant flowers are for you, Ileana.

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