“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life and activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.” attributed to The Buddha

Thanks to my much treasured friend, Mick B. for this wonderful quote. It reminds me also of the visions of a generous nature sharing often stunning beauty amid the dreck of city life: the intrusive metal posts and gates with their rusty chains; the garbage, dust and dirt; the sometimes awkward or sterile architectures housing human beings boxed and stacked twelve or more stories high.

This lush and colorful bird of paradise is thriving in the squalor of a bank parking lot alongside some smelly dumpsters belonging to the bank’s neighbor, a pizzeria.

(c) 2015,  Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
(c) 2015, photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved


  1. What a stunning photo, Jamie! I enjoyed the quote, as well. I love coming across unexpected natural beauty in places like the concrete jungle. Even a small weed flower growing in a sidewalk crack is enough to remind us that Gaia will always find a way. 🙂


  2. Love the quote also, Jamie–and crazy photo–I’m sure you’ve doctored it but so vibrant. Also, I loved visiting your other poems–particularly the first one–well all, but the sense of loss so palpable and the wish to somehow assist quite beautiful. Thanks. k. (PS HAPPY NEW YEAR!)


    1. Thank you, k. I just intensified the exposure a bit. It was actually moving toward dusk, which I’ve found perfect for capturing flowers. Their color pops and doesn’t fade at that time of day. Interestingly, on the hand, I’ve found that photograph the pond or ocean works best around noon. ??? !!! So much to learn, eh? Happy New Year. Keep those fab poems and elephants coming.


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