20 August 2009

Beauty in the Shadows

My beloved and reknown professor, Susan Waters-Eller from MICA, recently returned from an Artists' Residency at Rocheforte-en-Terre. During her time there, Susan captured the serenity and eery history of the topiary gardens. Her most recent post reminded me of some of my past sightings.

When I was on a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, I got a chance to visit the vast lava fields between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Every now and then, if one was perceptive, they could catch a little flower or plant growing up between the cracks of a desolate looking plain. No matter how destructive or unnatural a location is, I've noticed that nature and beauty always triumph in the end.