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A Thirsty Daffodil

My yard is feeling the expansion of a new spring season. The winter left many new changes. Yesterday morning, I walked the woods to survey any new and unusual variation from last spring. I saw a lone beautiful daffodil in the center of a large circle of cedar trees. It was a jewel sparkling in the sunlight. I wondered if the flower felt alone, or did it have a sense of pride. How did it get there?

Living with the curse of the artist’s eye is not easy. Having ruthless discrimination gives way to many frustrations, the smallest change is amplified to extremes. The phenomenon occurs with everything I see: colors, forms, figures, words, numbers, nature, clothes, hairstyles, and food. What others see as three-dimensional is just two-dimensional to me. I appreciate the beauty of the lone flower in the middle of the forest, even though it is out of place. My cognitive rational mind yearns to know not only how it got there, but also how it sustains itself in a sun-deprived area of my property. How does a flower live in nature? Is it really alive? What is its structural construction that allows it to grow and shine like a radiant diamond in a sea of untilled and nutrition shallow soil? I know fractals are involved. How does it nourish itself? Will honeybees find it in such an obscure place in the forest? What differentiates a tulip from a daffodil or a crocus? Nature’s colorful signals of spring make me crazy in a good way. These questions flood my mind just like the questions that emerge when I see a patient for any sort of malady, or create a new piece of art.

An artist embraces the miracle of life in all of its aspects. Beauty and emotion are key elements to the understanding of art in all its forms. Even the ugly have an odd sense of wonder. Despite its random appearance, nature is organized, it grows, it expands and it reproduces. These are the fundamental properties of life. Diverse living formations interact with their environment in signature ways. They transform energy, regulate their growth, adapt to their surroundings, and respond to stimuli or changes in their intimate environment.

Water and carbon are the most fundamental building blocks of life. Water supports all life. Carbon is life. Water is a simple molecule made up of two hydrogen atoms bonded to an oxygen atom. Water is a polar molecule with negative charge favoring the oxygen and positive charge near the two hydrogen atoms. Water’s polar opposite composition provides life giving properties. The attraction between each water molecule is weak so it can form, break, and reform quickly and often. Sounds like human relationships.

Water is cohesive, moderates temperature, is a perfect solvent, and it can expand. It exists in all three states -- solid, liquid and gas – and gives many different life forms opportunities to use it in different ways. Water has the ability to defy gravity. The flower has adapted its architecture to exploit this property, so have 200-foot tall trees.

Water is a vital component for living; its versatility gives way to diverse life forms. The very essence of life is water to some extent or another. If we take time to examine and investigate beauty, we will find water somewhere in its construction. All living things share two important things: water and carbon.

As you walk this spring, and enjoy the beauty of unfoldment, recognize the miracle of water; a divine resource that our entire planet depends on. Remember to nourish your body with water, enough to be healthy. Too much water can be intoxicating and poisonous. All things good for us can be bad for us also, if we go to extremes.

Find a way to celebrate water without wasting a drop. Some life form somewhere is depending on it.

Posted by Katie Reed at 8:37 AM
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