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Ice sparkle & twinkle…

February 21, 2015

An Ice Storm can be the super ice sparkle for your eyes.


It is one of nature’s most beautiful and wonderous  of winter storms;
with it’s glistening stems and branches all woven up with threads of ice. 

Just have some good storm-boots on those feet!

Crepe Myrtle pods by Lisa Rivas Crepe Myrtle pods in ice - Lisa Rivas 2015
Ice Branches by Lisa Rivas
Hawthorne buds freeze by Lisa Rivas

Weeping Willow in ice by Lisa Rivas


It occurs to me now that I have never seen the ice-storm put upon canvas,
and have not heard that any painter has tried to do it.

I wonder why that is.
Is it that paint cannot counterfeit the intense blaze of a sun-flooded jewel?
Following the Equator ~ Mark Twain

Love is Life!

February 14, 2015

“Love is a basket full of nuts and berries.

I know, because I gathered them from the forest myself.
”

― Jarod Kintz, Love Quotes for the Ages.

Forever After by © Lisa Rivas

Forever After by © Lisa Rivas

Where there is love there is life. ~Mahatma Gandhi


“An act of kindness may take only a moment of our time,
but when captured in the heart the memory lives forever.”
― Molly Friedenfeld, The Book of Simple Human Truths

Winter Berries,

January 22, 2015

 “…the winter is kind and leaves red berries on the boughs for hungry sparrows…” ― John Geddes

More Berries? by Lisa Rivas

“On the motionless branches of some trees,
berries hung like clusters of coral beads,
as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .”
~Charles Dickens

Ikebana inspired…

January 20, 2015

In principle, Ikebana aims not at bringing a finite piece of nature into the house,
but rather at suggesting the whole of nature, by creating a link between the indoors and the outdoors.

They are floral poems.

Ikebana (one-liner sketch) by Lisa RivasIt started with a one-line sketch…
which just bloomed
and then became.
(day 15) 

At The Helm by © Lisa RivasAt The Helm by © Lisa Rivas (day 16)

Finding Land by ©Lisa RivasFinding Land by © Lisa Rivas (day 17)

Drizzling Flowerets by © Lisa RivasDrizzling Flowerets by © Lisa Rivas (day 18)

Knowing about Spring by © Lisa Rivas
Knowing about Spring by © Lisa Rivas (day 19)

Flirting Around by © Lisa Rivas
Flirting Around by © Lisa Rivas (day 20)


In Japan the art of arranging flowers is elevated to the status of kado—the “Way of flowers.”
Through these Ways or Do forms, the Japanese have sought to realize the Way of living itself.
They have approached the universal through the particular.”
― H.E. Davey, Japanese Yoga: The Way of Dynamic Meditation

Days 13 & 14 … Secrets?

January 14, 2015

Beyond the swirls of leaves,
and among the shadowed petals,
dwells the seed of secrets. ~Lisa Rivas

Are there secrets under the fade? ©Lisa Rivas

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” ― Henry Green


“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung