This photo from September 2019 - me gathering bare hands jumping Cactus Chollas in hot Arizona.
One year prior I did purchase one cactus stick from someone -must have my soul told me.
Since that time: month after month, my Chollas Journey continues by me living with Them - living as it is my relationship-everyday day they are in my life.
Luckily as Shamanic Priestess, I have strong force/ commitment & opportunity to prioritize relationships with plants over any others.
I will be sharing soon what this plant can help us, perhaps it will be revolutionary & helpful hand in very sensitive & hopeless situations.
Stay tuned, make sure you do follow me! #chollacactus#kaktus#cactus#gathering
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Destination: Joshua Tree - Cholla Cactus Garden 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵
The cholla is a beautiful cactus that has been nicknamed the teddy bear, but this is one teddy bear you do not want to hug! 🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵🌵The cactus is covered in spines that will latch in to your skin on the slightest touch. This defense mechanism is effective for desert survival but can create more an unpleasant experience for those who don’t stick to the trail and very painful to remove.
Such a breathtaking view to see
Expect stunning views at the Cholla Cactus Garden ❤️ Between the surrounding mountains, the valley floor and the large clusters of cholla cacti, this unique stop is worth stopping at! It has a short, flat 1/4 mi loop. The cactus look fuzzy but don’t let that fool you. If you brush up against one, the barbed needles will “leap” onto you and quickly imbed in. There’s a first aid kit provided at the beginning of the trail for those that don’t watch where they’re walking. Wear closed toe shoes and ENJOY! 🤗
Cholla skeleton with circle stone and bone, foraged on walks 🕳
They say the urge to draw circles indicates self-growth. To be honest this whole past year and a half felt like a study on quarantine. I feel oddly mentally prepped to turn inwards and cope with change. It’s still scary. I wish I could say my yoga practice helped/is helping but I gave that a rest too a while back to heal my body. Instead, I picked up meditations with hand and mind. Painting, photography, books, now still-life. Whatever calls to calm right now is right for me, free from any achievement or outcome ⚫️ #santafestilllife#isolationcreation
There are few things in life more captivating to me than the Milky Way on a completely still and silent morning. Watching the stars flow overhead with no one else around. Completely lost in that moment. Nothing else seems to exist in my mind when I’m capturing the stars.
>>> The Desert Bangles <<<
Well, because I made so many pieces (35!), and only have a week to give you previews before launch, I’m going to double up with breakfast and dinner time teasers! Here’s the first spotlight on the bones of the collection 🌵 Through all four collections I will have a base collection. Each “location/element” will have two main textures, for the desert that is elk skull and cholla cactus. Each of those textures will have matching series of rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. All simple in design, but carrying so many well thought out details and messages. The rings and necklaces are in series of three: plain, with stone, and with element, the Desert’s being FIRE. The bracelets and earrings are in series of two: plain, and with stone. All compromised of natural texture I found in their location, if with stone, they’ll be hand collected, and each piece with a ribbon of gold woven somewhere to symbolize the beauty and strength in our imperfections, and ability to grow past our life’s obstacles. 🖤 These are the core bracelets from The Desert Collection. A hand formed and stamped half round sterling silver band, in varying sizes, each displaying a fine silver diamond of their texture. Two with elk skull, two with dried cholla cactus. The “plain” textured diamonds contain a “crack” of 24k gold running through it. The “stone” for the elk piece is a piece of Kingman Turquoise, and for the cholla texture, a piece of coyote tooth I’ve found traversing the Southwest, set in a 14k gold bezel. They will be available with the rest of The Desert Collection on April 9th at 6pm CST 🌵🦂✨<<<
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California Cholla can be found on the slopes of the hills and mountains that surround the Salton Sea, especially in the transitional zone between the high desert (Mojave) and the low desert (Colorado). #chollacactus#saltonsea#bloom
Yesterday on our hike we stumbled upon an open air art gallery thousands of years old: petroglyphs etched by the Southern Pauite people at the foothills of striped sandstone depicting bighorn sheep, scorpions, human figures, & other abstract forms. I was admiring a boulder covered on all sides with these sheep when I saw Floyd out of the corner of my eye dart after a tiny lizard.
Overall I've been pretty strict with him when it comes to chasing wild animals. Why put them through that stress when there's no real value in the chase? Not like he's herding or legitimately hunting for food.
Buuut I recently loosened up with that, started allowing him to chase these lizards on our hikes. He just looks like he's having so much fun! & that's valuable, right? Plus these suckers are so fast I doubt he'd ever actually catch one.
What I forgot to take into consideration were the other hazards of the desert, particularly, the dreaded cholla cactus Floyd ran right into while trying to snag said lizard.
I looked up from the artwork & saw Floyd hobbling towards me on the trail, a hunk of cholla stuck in his lip, hanging by a yellow spine.
He was frantically trying to shake it off, then lick it off, then shake it off, then lick it off, & in doing so got part of it stuck in his mouth before I was able to pull it off his face. I tossed it to the side & tried to pry his mouth open to get it out but he kept chewing & chewing & turning his head to the side so I couldn't get a good leverage point to open it & then... he swallowed. He had several more embedded in his leg & paws. He finally let me check his mouth for blood while he repeatedly kicked his back leg in an attempt to shake another stem off but it was really in there. I didn't see any mouth blood so I firmly grabbed his leg, steadying it as much as possible so I could extract the spines that were stuck in the pad of his foot but with each attempt he kept jerking his leg & even tried to bite it out himself a couple times. With a final fierce yank it came out - no blood! - & I tossed it to the side with the other one.
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The Sonoran Desert is about as wet an ecosystem as you can have and be considered a desert. The plant life is quite diverse. From the cholla in the foreground to the Saguaro towering in the back. If you look for it, you can find beauty anywhere on Earth.
Spring bursts from the desert in Joshua Tree National Park. So many colors all in the same spot really defy description. It is the meeting of two deserts that produce so much biodiversity and this stunning eruption of color.
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The Cholla Garden - A homage to the landscape, and people who shared this beautiful space with me. I am very pleased with how this commission piece has transformed and grown. Ever so grateful.
30" x 36" oil on canvas. Sold.
After spending the last 3 years exploring Europe, I’ve spent the last 3 months back on my home turf rediscovering North America.
I must admit, I have been overwhelmingly reminded of what an incredible piece of land this is. There are so many remarkable places right here in my own backyard that I’ve been ignoring in search of something more “exciting”.
So, today I’ll be taking a deep breath, a step back and looking to what’s right around the corner. And tomorrow, I’m off to Mexico.
9 11510 March, 2020
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