Speciman II. CONCHTLALOC, May 13, 2021
Victorian domes reflected the human desire and sense of wonder under glass in untouchable worlds that last the test of time. Victorian valentines, as they were once called, also included different scents. These precious domes are being recreated today by documenting culture, healing modalities, and the extinction of our wildlife and wild lands, including plants and animals that have not returned due to forest fires. The Altar Domes are a reminder of how delicate our world truly is. The blessings that surround us with its beauty should be protected and left undisturbed.
Altar Dome: Speciman I. AME THISTLE, May 9, 2021
Thistle, or Onopordum acanthium, is part of the sunflower family. It is best known as the national symbol of Scotland. There are over 200 types of thistle flowers; however, some are viewed less gloriously than the common thistle found in Scotland. The thistle flower has a distinct prickly touch and grows spiny leaves that keep it from being eaten by wildlife. Considered one of nature’s toughest flowers, it’s one of the most debated plants by gardeners. Some call it a weed while others view it as an excellent source of medicine and food, as well as a beautiful ornamental plant. Milk Thistle is incredibly popular with pollinators, especially honey bees and various pollinating fly species like syrphid flies. Skippers and butterflies also frequent milk thistle flowers.