Fractals + biologist Ernst Haeckel = Alien, Lovecraftian Nightmare.

Haeckel_-  Diatomea

Visual poetry by Anaol Knotek

"Too Much"

"The End"

Things money can't buy

Looking up in passing and then being unable to tear your gaze away from the stars.

The feeling you get when you realize your worst fear didn't happen, and is now behind you.

Seeing little kids faces when they're out hiking in nature, especially when they get really excited about the animals they're seeing.

When you see a best friend after years and its like you were never apart.

Tree Peony

When the youngest one in your family randomly messages you "I Love You".

When your cat curls up in your lap seeking safety during a thunderstorm.

Looking up at the sky for a split second and seeing a shooting star.

There is little difference in people,

but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

W. Clement Stone

Be patient and kind to yourself. Nudge yourself gently in the direction of noncompetitive appreciation of your place in a gorgeous bouquet.

Chinese woman with Wisteria

Wisteria bonsai

“I have more than enough to be happy.”

The happiest of people aren’t the luckiest, and they usually don’t have the best of everything either.  They simply make the most of everything they do have. The reason so many people are unhappy is because they tend to look at what’s missing in their life, instead of what’s present.

Take a stand and flip the switch.  Stop wishing you had more.  Stop wishing you were somewhere else.  Stop wishing you looked like someone else.  Love your quirks enough to let them shine.  Appreciate your body and use it to it’s full potential.  Appreciate the things you have that so many others dream about.  Scream it out loud if you must:  “I am lucky to be alive!  I am happy to be me right now!  I have way more than I need and so much to be grateful for!  My life isn’t perfect, it’s just pretty darn good!”  

Whimsical art by Melissa Moss

He'll grow into it.

But I’ll tell you what hermits realize.

If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. 

Alan Watts

Children recreate the classics

All images © Bill Gekas Photography

Seven decades (excerpt)

At thirty I thought life had passed me by,
translated Beowulf for want of love.
And one night stands in city centre lanes –
they were dark in those days – were wild but bleak.
Sydney Graham in London said, 'you know
I always thought so', kissed me on the cheek.
And I translated Rilke's Loneliness
is like a rain, and week after week after week
strained to unbind myself,
sweated to speak.

Caravaggio “David with the head of Goliath”

At forty I woke up, saw it was day,
found there was love, heard a new beat, heard Beats,
sent airmail solidarity to SaƵ
Paulo's poetic-concrete revolution,
knew Glasgow – what? – knew Glasgow new – somehow –
new with me, with John, with cranes, diffusion
of another concrete revolution, not bad,
not good, but new. And new was no illusion:
a spring of words, a sloughing,
an ablution.

Edwin Morgan

Read full poem here

Book whore

We dance round in a ring and suppose,

But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

Robert Frost
In the Clearing, 1962

Design the life you want to live

Traditionally human consciousness has the ability to

connect the inner and outer worlds. This has long been the role of shamans and poets, artists and mystics. These are the visionaries of the soul who have held this thread for humanity, who have been called to work in the depths and bring its numinous wonder closer to our collective consciousness. And now as the world is dying and the world is waiting to be reborn, it is calling to those who are awake to this inner dimension, who can make the connection between the worlds. As the psychologist, visionary and gnostic, Carl Jung said, “The world today hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Dali Vogue cover, April 1944

Orange Ranunculus

Ranunculus asiaticus (Persian buttercup) is a species of buttercup (Ranunculus) native to the eastern Mediterranean region in southwestern Asia, southeastern Europe (Crete, Karpathos and Rhodes), and northeastern Africa. It is a popular ornamental plant in gardens, and widely used in floristry. Numerous cultivars have been selected, including 'Bloomingdale', 'Picotee', 'Pot Dwarf', and 'Superbissima'.

The Tecolote, the most common of the 600 species of ranunculus, comes in almost any color imaginable. Its paper-thin petals, cascading in ruffles, are most often yellow and white, but can also be found in gold, a variety of pastels, pink, red, sunset orange, and bicolored picotee. Some species of ranunculus sport significantly fewer petals than the typical Tecolote but retain the lustrous quality ranunculi are known for.

Heliconius Julia Butterfly

Dryas iulia

Dryas iulia (often incorrectly spelled julia), commonly called the Julia Butterfly, Julia Heliconian, The Flame, or Flambeau, is a species of brush-footed butterfly. The sole representative of its genus Dryas, it is native from Brazil to southern Texas and Florida, and in summer can sometimes be found as far north as eastern Nebraska. Over 15 subspecies have been described.
It is colored orange (brighter in male specimens) with black markings; this species is somewhat unpalatable to birds and belongs to the "orange" Batesian Mimicry mimic complex.

This butterfly is a fast flier and frequents clearings, paths, and margins of forests and woodlands. It feeds on the nectar of flowers, such as lantanas (Lantana) and Shepherd's-needle (Scandix pecten-veneris), and the tears of caiman, the eye of which the butterfly irritates to produce tears.
Heliconia sylvana

Heliconius are recognized by their large eyes, long antennae, characteristic elongate wing-shape, teardrop-shaped hindwing discal cell, and distinctive colour patterns. The hostplants are all Passifloreae (Passion Vine), and there is some phylogenetic association between species groups of Passiflora and the Heliconius species that feed on them (Benson et al., 1976; Brower, 1997)

Members of the genus are found from the southern United States throughout Central and South America and the West Indies, with the greatest diversity of species in the Amazon Basin.
Helliconia atthis


as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good

"Fish of prosperity" --  Shieh Yin Ching

The Carp

Carp in your garden pond or lake,
How long time keeps your hearts awake!
You seem to swim out of death's mind –
Fish of such melancholy kind.

Edwin Morgan