How Do Flowers Heal Us?

Photos & Editing: Aline LaPierre & Victor Osaka
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I have read that flowers have healing powers.

Yes, conceivably. But how do they heal? I am curious how it is that a flower could hold healing for me. Or for you.

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Victor and I started photographing flowers about two years ago. Of all possible subjects, we often wonder what drew us to flowers? We never consciously thought: “We should photograph flowers, they will heal us.”

It just happened. A chance encounter in a Venice garden brought the powerful splendor of flowers into focus. It was as though we could hear them speak ― not in human language of course, but they spoke nonetheless. A poppy’s soft creases demanded a click of the shutter. An orchid enticed us to lean down and look more closely into its secret recesses. In the presence of a peony’s effortless beauty, our heart rates slowed and a calm spread outward from heart to fingertips.

All we know is that each encounter with a new flower brings an effusive WOW! Their radiance lasts only a few days but is worth every moment.

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In truth, understanding the healing power of flowers is an ongoing exploration. Even so, we can feel their effect in small and gradual inner changes: a little more joy, a deeper capacity to value the ephemeral nature of life, a growing trust in goodness and renewal, and with each witnessing of a full bloom, a quickening of creativity.

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How do you experience the healing power of flowers?
…to be continued.

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Note: We have created a special editing process we call Oil Impressions™
to bring out the essence of the flowers’ energies.
For more Oil Impressions™ click HERE

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La Dame Aux Camélias

Photos & Editing: Aline LaPierre & Victor Osaka
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As an impressionable teenager, I was fascinated by Alexandre Dumas’ The Lady of the Camellias. What struck me then about the book’s heroine, Marguerite Gauthier, a courtesan, was that she wore a white camellia when she was available to her lover(s) and a red one when her delicate condition precluded making love.

I had never seen a camellia which made the flower seem all the more exotic to my young romantic imagination. Still today, I associate camellias with secret lovers and the ephemeral nature of seductive beauty.

Here are our photos of this year’s blooming camellias inspired by Dumas’ quintessentially feminine Marguerite.

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The Great Archetypal Mothers

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Every time I look through the photos we took on our trip to the Sequoias, new wonders emerge. And so, this is our third consecutive blog about the great trees.

I noticed that we took a lot of photos of the base of the Sequoias. Nothing I can say quite expresses the feeling that overcomes me when I sit at the base of an imposing centuries-old redwood.

To me, they are the GREAT MOTHERS of our planet.

Curled up at their base, I feel like a small wild animal. Under their protection, I yield and dream that I am traveling in the vast underground network of their roots and I hear them whisper…

We are all connected.
We are all one.
Harm one of us and you harm all living beings.

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In The Sequoias After The Snow

Photos & Editing: Aline LaPierre & Victor Osaka
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If ever we walked on sacred ground, it was on a fresh blanket of snow
in an old Sequoia forest.

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This magnificent experience
is best put into words
by naturalist John Muir.

A few minutes ago every tree
was excited, bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear
these trees are now silent,
their songs never cease.
Every hidden cell
is throbbing with music and life,
every fiber thrilling like harp strings…” 

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