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mudra 08-17-2009 05:01 PM

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Love always

mudra 08-17-2009 05:02 PM

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Love and kindness

mudra

mudra 08-19-2009 12:46 PM

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Love always
mudra

mudra 08-20-2009 08:58 AM

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Love from me
mudra

lightbeing 08-20-2009 07:00 PM

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lightbeing 08-20-2009 07:10 PM

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lightbeing 08-20-2009 07:11 PM

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lightbeing 08-20-2009 07:12 PM

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lightbeing 08-20-2009 07:13 PM

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lightbeing 08-21-2009 10:42 AM

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http://travel.mongabay.com/colombia/600/co07-0326.jpg

http://i12.tinypic.com/5047h8m.jpg


Time-honored, beautiful, solemn and wise.
Noble, sacred and ancient
Trees reach the highest heavens and penetrate the deepest secrets of the earth.
Trees are the largest living beings on this planet.
Trees are in communion with the spiritual and the material.
Trees guard the forests and the sanctified places that must not be spoiled.
Trees watch over us and provide us with what we need to live on this planet.
Trees provide a focal point for meditation, enlightenment, guidance and inspiration.
Trees have a soul and a spirit.


- Tree Magick by Lavenderwater

lightbeing 08-21-2009 10:45 AM

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http://imagecache5.art.com/p/LRG/26/...yoto-japan.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/...382215f7ea.jpg


The wonder is that we can see these trees
and not wonder more.



- Ralph Waldo Emerson

lightbeing 08-21-2009 10:48 AM

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lightbeing 08-21-2009 10:49 AM

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mudra 08-21-2009 01:57 PM

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Love always
mudra

lightbeing 08-22-2009 08:56 AM

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The changing of seasons is nearly upon us..

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http://z.about.com/d/gocanada/1/0/b/...ineau_park.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/162/3...470f606534.jpg

http://www.hickerphoto.com/data/medi...ages_sc109.jpg

http://photos.igougo.com/images/p440...ll_Colours.jpg


Blessings
lightbeing

rhythm 08-22-2009 01:51 PM

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Wow the Autum pics could take ones breath away ....

Trust in nature .
keep your heart strong .
Pure mind is pure wisdom
to part from it is foolish .

mudra 08-22-2009 10:27 PM

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Love always
mudra

mudra 08-22-2009 10:27 PM

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mudra

lightbeing 08-23-2009 01:59 PM

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END OF SUMMER FLOWERS

ENJOY !

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http://saratogasprings.wbu.com/download/22162

http://czygyny.files.wordpress.com/2...lammyweed1.jpg

http://www.hillkeep.ca/images/Dispor...toniense_1.jpg

http://www.sugarcreekgardens.com/Gar...ark_knight.JPG

http://www.pottedliners.com/document...ra%20Spice.jpg

http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/...rs-autumn0.jpg

http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/...te-summer0.jpg

Blessings
lightbeing

lightbeing 08-23-2009 02:09 PM

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FALL COLORS - JUST BEAUTIFUL !

ENJOY !!

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...ees_stream.jpg


http://www.berro.com/beautiful_natur...n_majestic.jpg

http://www.rockymtnrefl.com/lavetapassautumn.jpg

http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.co...the-forest.jpg

http://www.hickerphoto.com/data/medi...ape_breton.jpg

http://www.freepicturesfreepictures....exicanwave.jpg

http://nature.wallpaperme.com/4349-2..._+Colorado.jpg


Blessings
lightbeing

Phtha 08-24-2009 01:00 AM

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Here are some updates from my garden.

First the broccoli plants:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...sun77/brc1.jpg

And here is a close up, the first bit of the broccoli is just now starting to come:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...sun77/brc2.jpg


And here we have some melon plants:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...77/melons1.jpg

Underside view of the yellowish flowers:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...77/melons2.jpg

And a melon I just noticed! :thumb_yello:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...77/melons3.jpg


Heirloom tomato plants, a close up of one, notice the golden coloured dust, it was much more visible then in the photo.. yumm! I have a whole whack growing, expecting them to ripen soon:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...n77/tomato.jpg

Carrot tops, with rainbow chard in the background:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...carrottops.jpg

A widerangle view of things, tomatoes are lining the back fence, melons the left fence, and kale and other stuff growing here and there:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...sun77/grdn.jpg

Lots of kale! Super high in all sorts of goodness:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...sun77/kale.jpg

Strawberries, these are near my house in the rose garden:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...un77/stawb.jpg


Now here is some kale that is seeding, I have been learning as I go, and one thing I noticed is the seeds are not ready when they are green like this:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ogreenfull.jpg

Close up:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ogreenzoom.jpg


They are ready once they dry like this:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...trightfull.jpg

Close up:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...trightzoom.jpg

But if you wait to long they turn to dust basically.

Here is a fresh rainbow coloured harvest of Kale and Chard
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...icestage01.jpg

Chopped and all ready to go into the juicer which = joy!
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...icestage02.jpg

lightbeing 08-24-2009 06:26 AM

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WOW, Phta, that is a GREAT looking garden.
Those vegetables and fruit look yummy!

Thank you for sharing !!:original:

Much love and blessings
lightbeing

mudra 08-24-2009 08:56 AM

Re: The secret life of plants
 
WOW living in the city you can't imagine Phta how much your garden means to me :)
I can see only Love at work there and Paradise . WONDER FULL :)

Love always
mudra

Phtha 08-25-2009 10:35 PM

Re: The secret life of plants
 
Thank you. Our Earthly Mother loves to be appreciated and gives back perfect health and pure healing energy as a reward, that is what I have learned.

I noticed that some of nature grows in perfect pentagrams, here are a few varieties from around my house.

Here is what a rose sits on:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...osebottom1.jpg

Underside view:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...rosebottom.jpg


Some Salal Berries, they grow all over here in BC, and ripen only one per year for a few weeks or so. They taste much like blue berries.
These ones are not ripe but notice the pentagrams.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...1pentagram.jpg

Close ups:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ypentagram.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...2pentagram.jpg


No clue what these are, but the each form two perfect pentagrams, one within the other, the only came out for just a day or two.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...starfluff1.jpg

Close up:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../starfluff.jpg


And here are some nice yellow pentagram shaped flowers:

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...pentagram1.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...wpentagram.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...pentagram2.jpg


And here is a multi pointed flower serving a guest:
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../beeflower.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...beeflower1.jpg


Hexagrams are fairly common as well, I'll post some pictures of them at another time.

mudra 08-25-2009 10:47 PM

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Thank you Phta ,

Wonderfull vegetation and perfect geometry.
It inspired me to post the following.

Flower Patterns and Fibonacci Numbers

http://www.popmath.org.uk/rpamaths/i...sunflower3.jpg
Sunflower (photo by Yves Couder)

Why is it that the number of petals in a flower is often one of the following numbers: 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 or 55? For example, the lily has three petals, buttercups have five of them, the chicory has 21 of them, the daisy has often 34 or 55 petals, etc. Furthermore, when one observes the heads of sunflowers, one notices two series of curves, one winding in one sense and one in another; the number of spirals not being the same in each sense. Why is the number of spirals in general either 21 and 34, either 34 and 55, either 55 and 89, or 89 and 144? The same for pinecones : why do they have either 8 spirals from one side and 13 from the other, or either 5 spirals from one side and 8 from the other? Finally, why is the number of diagonals of a pineapple also 8 in one direction and 13 in the other?

Are these numbers the product of chance? No! They all belong to the Fibonacci sequence: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, etc. (where each number is obtained from the sum of the two preceding). A more abstract way of putting it is that the Fibonacci numbers fn are given by the formula f1 = 1, f2 = 2, f3 = 3, f4 = 5 and generally f n+2 = fn+1 + fn . For a long time, it had been noticed that these numbers were important in nature, but only relatively recently that one understands why. It is a question of efficiency during the growth process of plants (see below).

The explanation is linked to another famous number, the golden mean http://www.popmath.org.uk/rpamaths/rpampages/snail.html , itself intimately linked to the spiral form of certain types of shell. Let's mention also that in the case of the sunflower, the pineapple and of the pinecone, the correspondence with the Fibonacci numbers is very exact, while in the case of the number of flower petals, it is only verified on average (and in certain cases, the number is doubled since the petals are arranged on two levels).

Let's underline also that although Fibonacci historically introduced these numbers in 1202 in attempting to model the growth of populations of rabbits, this does not at all correspond to reality! On the contrary, as we have just seen, his numbers play really a fundamental role in the context of the growth of plants

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE GOLDEN MEAN

The explanation which follows is very succinct. For a much more detailed explanation, with very interesting animations, see the web site in the reference.

In many cases, the head of a flower is made up of small seeds which are produced at the centre, and then migrate towards the outside to fill eventually all the space (as for the sunflower but on a much smaller level). Each new seed appears at a certain angle in relation to the preceeding one. For example, if the angle is 90 degrees, that is 1/4 of a turn, the result after several generations is that represented by figure 1.

http://www.popmath.org.uk/rpamaths/i..._tournesol.gif

Of course, this is not the most efficient way of filling space. In fact, if the angle between the appearance of each seed is a portion of a turn which corresponds to a simple fraction, 1/3, 1/4, 3/4, 2/5, 3/7, etc (that is a simple rational number), one always obtains a series of straight lines. If one wants to avoid this rectilinear pattern, it is necessary to choose a portion of the circle which is an irrational number (or a nonsimple fraction). If this latter is well approximated by a simple fraction, one obtains a series of curved lines (spiral arms) which even then do not fill out the space perfectly (figure 2).



In order to optimize the filling, it is necessary to choose the most irrational number there is, that is to say, the one the least well approximated by a fraction. This number is exactly the golden mean. The corresponding angle, the golden angle, is 137.5 degrees. (It is obtained by multiplying the non-whole part of the golden mean by 360 degrees and, since one obtains an angle greater than 180 degrees, by taking its complement). With this angle, one obtains the optimal filling, that is, the same spacing between all the seeds (figure 3).

This angle has to be chosen very precisely: variations of 1/10 of a degree destroy completely the optimization. (In fig 2, the angle is 137.6 degrees!) When the angle is exactly the golden mean, and only this one, two families of spirals (one in each direction) are then visible: their numbers correspond to the numerator and denominator of one of the fractions which approximates the golden mean : 2/3, 3/5, 5/8, 8/13, 13/21, etc.

These numbers are precisely those of the Fibonacci sequence (the bigger the numbers, the better the approximation) and the choice of the fraction depends on the time laps between the appearance of each of the seeds at the center of the flower.

This is why the number of spirals in the centers of sunflowers, and in the centers of flowers in general, correspond to a Fibonacci number. Moreover, generally the petals of flowers are formed at the extremity of one of the families of spiral. This then is also why the number of petals corresponds on average to a Fibonacci number.

REFERENCES:

1. Ron Knot's excellent internet site at the University of Surrey on this and related topics.

2. S. Douady et Y. Couder, La physique des spirales végétales, La Recherche, janvier 1993, p. 26 (In French).

Love always
mudra


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