Photo Heart Connection
challenges us to choose a photo that was taken or worked on during the previous month (May) ---the one to which we have the strongest connection to our heart and soul. I served in the Peace Corps in Brazil right after college. There is something about Brazil that keeps me emotionally connected to the country. The Brazilian people were warm and welcoming to me then. I don't think a day has gone by in the 45 years since I returned home that I haven't thought about Brazil and the tiny, underdeveloped town where I served, and especially the wonderful people there. In 2011, I returned for the first time ---was greeted at the airport by about 25 of my friends and former students and treated like royalty for a week. When I started to work on this piece in May, I combined photos from one of my favorite places in Brazil ---Rio's botanical garden ---and a photo of one of my favorite tropical plants. I added lace because many women made handmade lace in the northeastern Brazilian town where I had lived and worked. This is my first entry to Photo Heart Connection.
At Journal52, Chelle posts weekly themes for art journal entries. I just found out about it, so I am jumping in with this (already created) image because it fits themes for 2 weeks: Week 22 - Travel, and Week 23 - Passion. Four of my passions are photography, art, travel and Brazil.
The Jardim Botânico of Rio de Janeiro has about 6,500 species of Brazilian and foreign flora on display over approximately 130 acres with additional land forming a park that totals 370 acres. Among its plants are 900 varieties of palm trees. It includes a research center and library housing over 32,000 volumes. It was founded in 1808 by King John VI of Portugal and was originally intended to grow spices that had to be imported from the West Indies. The garden was opened to the public in 1822 and is now open during daylight every day except Christmas and New Year's Day.
|Botanical Garden, Rio de Janeiro, August 2011,|
assorted palms near a lake.
Rio de Janeiro, August 2011
I have no idea what this plant is.
|Red Bromeliads and other plants|
Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
|Although I didn't use this|
photo for my abstract, it shows
the cone shape that can
collect water between leaves.
Bird Park near Iguaçu Falls
Brazil, August 2011