Inner Knowing Mandala - (Healing in Circles series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007
I have recently begun a new day job in an office located in an industrial park area that actually has nice and well kept landscaping. I keep my camera tucked away in my car, and go on mini photoshoots on my lunch breaks (since it is overcast here much of the time) or after work.
This shrub is part of the local landscaping. After a bit of investigation, I was able to identify it as a variety of dogwood -- Bailey's Red Dogwood, to be exact! This added to my knowledge, because I never knew dogwood blossoms grew in clusters like this. But aside from that, what I liked even more was taking the time to look, really look. How often do we see these shrubs and take them for granted, without ever noticing the subtleties of color or the faint red outline on the leaves?
When I finished this mandala image, I had a deep sense of knowing that part of what I do is create beauty from the everyday and present these everyday occurrences in a more direct and accessible way for the viewer and potential collector. I felt satisfied.