Familia

Familia

This photograph is in honour of our family and specifically for my husband’s birthday today. He has always been the head of the herd just like the bison, being in charge and taking leadership as a privilege whether it has been him serving as Lieutenant Colonel of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment twice or being a Manager in Information Technology or co-leading our family. Here is an article explaining more – https://mikawoz.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/fort-garry-horse-lieutenant-colonel-david-atwell-leader-of-the-pack/ 

I grew up in a very tight knit family and I hope we have instilled the same kind of belief systems and values in our son. I thank my husband, David Elliott Atwell, for being a caring and loving soul. Thank you for being my partner in life this time around.  

Familia is the Spanish form of “Family” and it is the choices you make to love and care for certain people who cross paths in your life. This photograph is a representation of Dave, myself and our son. 

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Golden Harvest

Golden Harvest

This photograph is entitled “Golden Harvest.” I wanted us to remember the good times of harvesting. 

We are in winter now where life is dormant and in hibernation mode. In spring, we will plant the seeds and in summer, we will tend and nurture them. In autumn, we will harvest the goods. It is a yearly cycle and routine which we can endeavour to pattern our lives around. We are now enjoying the produce of our efforts with these times of celebration. This is not a typical image for this time of year but it is my “Horn of Plenty” and I hope you enjoy and appreciate the golden harvest we are enjoying at Christmas time. 

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Wandering Dude

Wandering Dude

I spent the very last day possible at the Conservatory at Assiniboine Park. I literally stayed until they closed up not only for the day but also the life of the conservatory to the public. Why? Because I have very fond memories from many years of visiting when we or I used to go there and enjoy the lush trees, plants and flowers. I would particularly go in winter time to get a break from the white, blustery snow and see beautiful greenery in the warm and humid environment. 

Some of my fondest photographs are of my immediate and extended family, some of whom, are no longer with us in physical form, and they graced their presence on this Earth by being in the conservatory. Back in the day, there were black and white photographs that were developed with film and you had to wait a very long period of time for them to be developed in the lab before seeing what you had accomplished with your camera. 

This is a photograph I took of a “Wandering Dude” or Tradescantia zebrina or Inch Plant amongst the brick work. It is a houseplant that has trailing vines and is often used in hanging baskets. 

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Fleurs Blanches

Fleurs Blanches

These are beautiful white flowers or Fleurs Blanches found in the old Conservatory Building at Assiniboine Park. The building is no longer there and has been demolished. I hope the plants found a good new home. 

This photograph has Asiatic Lilies and Arum Lilies being showcased. They are exquisite in their elegance and perfection.  They are romantic.

They were situated in a spot that many people would walk by and not even notice them but they definitely caught my eye. The Asiatic Lilies look as if there are multiple trumpets sounding off in all the directions.  

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Luscious Growth

Luscious Growth

This is the kind of luscious forest growth I like. The older trees have character, texture and colour while the new plant life is coming up around them to live, grow and prosper. 

I like the symmetry of this photograph I took. Although it is kind of off the center aspect ratio, there is balance as the trees and plants offset one another. 

This is an image from the West Coast in Vancouver, British Columbia where the forests have incredible dimensions. They are a lush green in sight and have a musky type of smell in the undergrowth of the forests. 

According to the Vancouver website, “Vancouver has at least 30 different kinds of street trees, of all shapes and sizes, ranging from giant sequoiadendron, elm, maple, chestnut, oak and liriodendron to robinia, ash, hawthorn, birch, linden, beech and hornbeam.” 

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Fungi

Fungi

This is a photograph I took of some very interesting capped mushrooms or fungi on a tree. It was either a poplar or a birch tree. It has interesting shapes and textures but is not edible. 

I can’t help it. I wanted to call this photograph “Fun Guy.” Laughter is the best medicine… 

Anyway, according to Wikipedia, Hoof Fungus or “Fomes fomentarius is a species of fungal plant pathogen found in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. The species produces very large polypore fruit bodies which are shaped like a horse’s hoof and vary in colour from a silvery grey to almost black, though they are normally brown.” 

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River Runs Through It

River Runs Through It

This is a pen drawing which is pretty basic and simplistic but I felt a flow with it and had the thoughts of “A River Runs Through It.” 

Then I researched it online and this line is actually from a book and movie by the same name. Norman McLean wrote and published the semi-autobiographical book in 1976. It was adapted for screen play by Richard Friedenberg. According to Wikipedia, “’A River Runs Through It’ is a 1992 American drama film directed by Robert Redford and starring Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, and Emily Lloyd.” 

Now I have never seen the movie as far as I know but according to Mark Blanchard on Quora, it means the following: ”That’s the final line to Norman MacLean’s beautiful A River Runs Through It and it speaks to the merger of spirituality and science, the soul and nature, as MacLean saw it.” 

Also, Chanjoo Brown writes in Quaro, “My take on the quote is that all kinds of twists and turns, obstacles come at us in life, like the flows of a river. And no matter how we try to change that flow or redirect it, it’s always going to run in the direction it’s meant to, which is into a larger body; the ocean which represents the ‘One’ thing we all merge into (mutual destiny). “ 

Based on who I am as a person, it makes a lot of sense to me and perhaps, I did intuit it. I was, nonetheless, inspired to draw it by hand and then create more of it as a digital artwork piece. 

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Craven

Craven

This is what my husband and I, affectionately, call these birds: “Cravens.” It is actually a combination between the words, Crows and Ravens. They are so similar in appearance that we combine the names into one name, “Cravens” There is a difference between the two though. 

According to the Audubon Website, “These two species, Common Ravens and American Crows, overlap widely throughout North America, and they look quite similar. But with a bit of practice, you can tell them apart.” 

Further they write, “You probably know that ravens are larger, the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups.” 

As well, “Listen closely to the birds’ calls. Crows give a cawing sound. But ravens produce a lower croaking sound…While crows caw and purr, ravens croak and scream bloody murder.” 

In flight, “Ravens ride the thermals and soar, whereas crows do more flapping.” 

I took this photograph in the Interlake area where the Cravens were hanging out near some Bald Eagles. I was able to get a pretty good close-up of the Craven. In some cultures, crows and ravens are seen as magical messengers from the Divine. 

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Piercing Brown Eyes

Piercing Brown Eyes

I absolutely love it when I come across eagles and especially Bald Eagles. They are such a joy to watch soaring across the skies and landing on tree tops every so elegantly. 

They are absolutely magnificent creatures with such amazing abilities to fly up amongst the drafts of air and wind. 

This eagle was well camouflaged in amongst the tree branches but I found its piercing brown eyes checking me out at a distance and me at him. It is no wonder that they are symbols for so many nations and organizations, as they are powerful and kings of their own domain soaring ever so higher into the upper realms of the atmosphere. 

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Vibrant Flame

Vibrant Flame – Acrylic Painting & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Vibrant Flame

I was painting and felt inspired to paint a flame up close and personal. It has many colours and textures of gaseous flames. It is creating heat and it rises up higher and higher into the atmosphere. 

It reminds me of “My Undying Love For You.” It is all about emotion that joins us all together in one glorious moment in time. It is about love that binds the world together and, in fact, the Universe. 

In all sincerity, I send out my love to you now and wish you the best that life has to offer. May you enjoy the flames of love in your life! 

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