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

Photos & Editing: Aline LaPierre and Victor Osaka
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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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When a Veil of Fog Envelops the Forest

Photos/Poem: Aline LaPierre    Photos/Editing: Victor Osaka

We love taking our cameras to the Sequoias, particularly in the winter when, at an altitude of 8,000 feet, a magical winter wonderland awaits. On this last trip, we were fortunate to experience a dense, enveloping fog. When the fog lifted, we found ourselves wonderstruck in a thick but silent snowfall (coming in a future blog post).

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When a veil of fog envelops the forest
All life stands still.

Fog softens the world,
Smooths the rough edges,
Compels my eye to search
For familiar forms.

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I see the boulder
Intimately coupled with the tree,

The fledgling taking root
At the foot of its giant elders.

I see the two joined partners
Steadfastly growing side by side

And the one worn stump standing alone,
A resilient testimony of what once was.

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When a veil of fog envelops the forest,
I am uplifted, transported,
As though life’s mysteries
Are but a breath away.

Cloaked in fog
The forest takes on a presence
That transcends my self-important mind,
Forces me to look
With the eyes of the soul.

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Seeds of Change

Photo/Text: Aline LaPierre    Photo Editing: Victor Osaka

The garden is alive with anticipation…
Can you feel it?
Summer’s long days
Are about to culminate
In the launch of thousands of sun-drenched seeds.

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Contemplation

Inhale. Exhale.
Feel yourself
Looking out through the windows of your eyes.
Let the late summer’s shimmering light
Stream in through your open pupils.

Let it caress your heart.
No need to reach or grasp.

Within each flash of light
Is a seed
Carrying the promise
Of a new beginning.

Inhale. Exhale.
Call in the light
Set an intention
For renewal.

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