Monday, January 24, 2011

The peacock is the ancient symbol of eternal life in Christianity
and the national bird of India.
This particular guy was walking around the grounds of a retreat center
where I enjoyed two peaceful days.

Pickles (yes, that is his name) perched in a tree
watching over us.
His colors were spectacular:
brilliant blue with the shock of white on his head
and vivid iridescent green eyes on the plumage.
I did not witness the fan
and could not capture the beauty of the colors with my camera,
but pickles was a beautiful sight.

Peacock imagery below
via Habitually Chic

Coco Chanel Coromandel Screen Detail
The days were bright and cold.
Rhododendron leaves tightly curled,
sound of crunching snow,
feeling frozen nose hairs,
all signs of temperatures in the single digits.

It was like winter camp for the soul.
I loved every minute.
Contrasts of cold and natural beauty
warmth, wisdom, welcome

The theme was balance.

Words of wisdom:
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

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