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A Solo Act

June 24, 2013

Single mushroom, radiant in sunlight.

Our Dad was a businessman turned poet and artist.  His extensive journals of collages were thick and rippled from layers of newspaper clippings, postage stamps from around the world and all kinds of paper scraps the ex-scrap metal man layered into those pages.

Yet even with such density, he liked to share this irony.  “The one-paste collage is the ultimate,” as if the simplest gesture was the closest to perfection.  We’re reminded of that philosophy when we find a single horticultural specimen that stands on its own in perfect form.  We call them one-cuts.

Sometimes the most elegant way to draw with nature is to isolate one single piece of a plant, standing solo, standing tall.  When adorned in sunlight, it’s both ancient and contemporary, rooted in good soil.  Good genes; exuding good vibes.

October 2014 update: On a walk with the Mushroom Club of Georgia, we learned the pure white mushroom is the deadliest of all, known as Destroying Angel. It’s in the Amanita family. Eating just one quarter of this angelic looking creature’s “fruit” would likely be fatal.

Destroying angel

Destroying angel

Pure white hellebore blossom that seemed to hybridize itself to this snowy white color.

Pure white hellebore blossom that seemed to hybridize itself to this snowy white color.

A shroom that bloomed during a blue moon.

 

A single Fothergilla 'Mt. Airy' flower, fringed, elegant and licorice scented.

A single Fothergilla ‘Mt. Airy’ flower, fringed, elegant and licorice scented.

Single laurel seedling, above and below water.

Single laurel seedling, above and below water.

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  1. Let the magic live on…

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