Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Things Big and Things Little

Whenever I feel a bit down (usually because of politics or the environment) I reflect on some recent wonderful days. One such day was a visit with my daughter to the North Carolina Arboretum. The Bonsai Exhibit is my very favorite. From the beginning, one feels the magic.

Many of the exhibits represent the trees that grow in certain areas of our mountains. This one beautifully reflects the trees around Mt. Mitchell.

This tiny rhododendren was getting ready to burst into full bloom.

I stood in awe of tiny trees so wonderfully shaped, looking exactly like their giant parents.

We were fortunate enough to find a gardener trimming one of the trees. Using small scissors, he is thinning the leaves.

Not everything at the arboretum is small. One of my favorite works of art is huge! A Native American stands with his hands up to the sky. The full figure bronze, titled "Oh, Great Spirit" stands more than 12 feet tall.
The figure, opening his arms to the heavens, gives us pause to reflect on our concept of god, (or nature as god) regardless of religion. Standing beneath him, we can momentarily forget the problems we are encountering.


robin andrea said...

The arboretum looks like a great place to forget the troubles of the world. I also love the open-armed spirit of that statue.

merrilymarylee said...

The blooming rhododendron. . . oh my goodness. A Barbie paradise!

Lovely! Is that the one in Asheville? Never been there.

George said...

The bonsai exhibits are amazing as well as beautiful. It looks like a great place to rejuvenate the spirit.

Cheryl said...

Bonsai.....exquisite and a personal love. Do you have any?

The bronze is beautiful. Made me feel quite very meaningful.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This looks like a wonderful place to visit...the type of place that feeds your soul.
Love that bronze statue.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Very nice, Carolyn.... When we want to get away from the 'world' --we can visit something gorgeous like the Arboretum. I loved the Bonsai Exhibit also... Wow!!!


~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Amazing exhibit--I would love to be able to see one, your pictures are just lovely!!

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful pictures! I may have to pay the Arboretum a visit!

reanaclaire said...

hey, those are beautiful bonzai... your gardener is doing a good job..

troutbirder said...

Lovely place. Arboreteums are always a must stop wherever we travel. I'll mark this one down Carolyn. Thanks

Barb said...

I'm intrigued by Bonsai. Their miniature worlds are so enchanting. They look effortless, but I think a great deal of care and knowledge must exist to have them flourish.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Marylee - Yes, this is the one in Asheville.

Cheryl - I do not have any, but I've given thought to taking some classes to learn how. I would love to have some miniature versions of the trees in our forest.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I love the little trees. I think it would be fun to learn this art.
And that statue could replicate me standing beside my garden praying for rain. We are in desperate need of rain here on the farm.