Wednesday, November 04, 2009


infinite life mandalaInfinite Life Mandala (Circles of Awareness series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image: Himalaya berries

And the seasons, they go round and round ~ Joni Mitchell
Himalaya berries
Himalaya berries grow in disarray along the North Coast of California, and their branches make a better barrier than barbed wire. I love sampling these plump, juicy, seedy gifts from heaven throughout the summer, testing them for ripeness, marveling at their succulence when they are just right and warm from the sun at high noon. It's not hard to imagine our ancestors conceiving of pie during those moments.

I took the photograph in early autumn, before the rains washed away berry sweetness. I love the beauty of the different stages of their ripeness against the backdrop of lush green leaves.

This mandala has eight rays, a number that symbolizes harmony, balance, and infinity. This configuration is also known as The Great Wheel, and it speaks of life's transitions.

The center of a mandala represents the self, and the center here is juicy ripe, dark and inviting. Be that center.

Thank you, Himalaya berries, for showing us your gift.

Sue O'Kieffe
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chris zydel said...

Hi Sue,

Thought I would stop by and see what you were up to today! Such a beautiful Mandala. I just love how vibrant and alive the berries are..... it's almost like their glowing. Looking at it made me feel peaceful and really energized at the same time.

And I never think about how many color changes they go through as part of their life cycle but you really captured that luscious diversity of hues.

Thanks for your gift today....

Julie Jordan Scott said...

How beautiful and full of life your art is today. Brava!!