Symbiosis – trees and chickadees.

Symbiosis is a much higher reflection of intelligent life – Frederick Lenz

Symbiotic or parasitic?

Our natural world functions in a symbiotic relationship. Plants and animals when not interfered with will generally find a way to co-operate, so that each benefits.

Balance and harmony is vital for the well being of all life, including our own.

While painting this ornamental tree with its vibrant green and yellow leaves, I noticed that it was filling up with little birds.

The Chickadee’s, who are usually residents of the larger trees and hedges around town have moved in. They too have been displaced by development that is paving us into a concrete jungle.

The names that are given to these new apartment buildings can be amusing, such as “The Green” with its sales office painted in green while every tree, shrub and blade of grass is carefully removed from the vicinity including the sidewalks.

Maybe I should have called this painting the refugee tree.

Tree with birds, chickadees, fall garden

Symbiosis, the Chickadee Tree

“The actual trouble is that profit is identified entirely with money, as distinct from the real profit of living with dignity and elegance in beautiful surroundings.” ~Does it Matter – Alan Watts.

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Artist - seeking the magic in the everyday! Happiest when I am outdoors swimming, hiking, communing with nature and painting. My art is informed by the mysteries and magic surrounding our daily lives, from the shimmering world in a dewdrop to the rainbows reflected in an insects wing. Born in South Africa in the foothills of the Drakensberg or dragon mountains in the year of the dragon. Living close to nature, it is our natural world has informed my vision. Africa has a vast history and mythology with amazing creatures that will appear if you take the time to be quiet. My mother was my inspiration and an elemental force of nature, through her I learned to commune with interesting creatures. Recently I relocated to the West Coast of Canada, a place that has become a wonderful new home. Art is my voice and I use this to draw attention to what is often missed in the haste of daily life.

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