29 October 2011

Samhain Flower

. . . and so we end at the beginning . . .
. . . as the bud slowly unfurls . . .
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"This the night when the veil is thin that divides the worlds.
It is the New Year in the time of the year's death,
when the harvest is gathered and fields lie fallow.

For tonight the King of the Waning Year
has sailed over the sunless sea

that is the womb of the Mother
and steps ashore on the Shining Isle,
the luminous world egg,

becoming the seed of his own rebirth."
- Starhawk

Our Bird of Paradise plant gives birth to a new bud
on the week of the Halloween.

It is both magical and eternal
because at the moment
the plants bud, blooming flower and fading one
seem to represent the Samhain (Halloween) Triple Goddess:
the maiden, the mother, the crone . . .
. . . repeating the natural pattern . . .
over and over . . .
And as people scare themselves silly
me and my hounds in heaven
celebrate the beauty of life and death
in the never-ending cycle
of regeneration . . .
Our lovely Birds of Paradise plant I dedicate heartily to
Maia, Beverly, Denise, Luiz, Laerte, and Sandy
and all flower and plant lovers.


Cheri said...

Wonderful post - lovely shots. I love the Bird of Paradise but since we no longer live int he tropics don't see them much. Wishing you a blessed Samhain!

Carolina Mts

Joyful said...

Beautiful images.

Ann said...

nice, my plant is different.

maiaT said...

So this is your own, pretty Bird of paradise. I've never seen one in its natural environment or garden.
Happy Samhain to you and yours.

Tina´s PicStory said...

very lovely flower. i have never seen it!

chubskulit said...

Simply beautiful!

Pink Fairy

Cindy Adkins said...

Your photographs are stunning! Thanks for commenting on my Pink Saturday "pink kitty noses" post!

queen of rainbow said...

this is amazing!

the flower and the shots are lovely

thanks for dropping by and the comment :)

really fabulous

eileeninmd said...

What a gorgeous flower. Lovely series of photo. Thanks for sharing, happy Sunday!

Carletta said...

Love that you photographed it from the beginning of the bud to the lovely bloom!

RNSANE said...

How lovely to see this beautiful plant from it's birth to full bloom, something I've never gotten to see before!

Excellent photography and blog!

Eden said...

I love Birds of Paradise and I have one growing in our front yard. Beautiful photos.