Forest knots mandala…

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in the deep forest, everything is connected: unity

Inspired by time spent hiking in British Columbia this summer, this new mandala grew organically bit by bit over quite a few days starting from the Celtic knot in the centre. The level of detail might be getting just a touch obsessive 😉 On the other hand I do find it truly meditative and a joyful process. I will post it again after I have added a layer of water colour. In the meantime, here is a close up to give a clearer view.

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forest knots – detail

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! Thanks Tom!!

Beneath the canopy of leaves
the forest world awaits
with intertwined complexities
and deep entangled states

Without beginning, without end
both root and branch are one
into each the other blends
as leaves soak up the sun

protecting flowers deep down below
in shadowed forest glades
turning toward the light they know
in floral-fine cascades

as in the depths the open eyes
of roots observe the world
aware of all that lives and dies
around the centre curled

in intricate embellishments
of density required
to supply the nourishment
of souls by this inspired

Poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

images (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer

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4 Responses to “Forest knots mandala…”

  1. So many connections to inspect! Beautiful and mesmerizing. The one tiny squirrel is a nice touch!

  2. Beneath the canopy of leaves
    the forest world awaits
    with intertwined complexities
    and deep entangled states

    Without beginning, without end
    both root and branch are one
    into each the other blends
    as leaves soak up the sun

    protecting flowers deep down below
    in shadowed forest glades
    turning toward the light they know
    in floral-fine cascades

    as in the depths the open eyes
    of roots observe the world
    aware of all that lives and dies
    around the centre curled

    in intricate embellishments
    of density required
    to supply the nourishment
    of souls by this inspired.

    Not totally please with this. It came out as a ballad, which I’m not sure is right for this image at all, but it’s what the poem wanted and it’s something different. This is more “a poem about the image” than “a poem of the image”.

    But the image itself is absolutely stunning!

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