Wild Pansies Could Drive Me Away

I see a flower and I easily get lost in it.  Like this purple wild pansy I found in mid-May.

I was so taken by the flower that I didn’t pay attention to the fact that my pants were splitting as I squatted down to snap a picture!

This is NOT the first time this has happened!

(note to self:  wear stretchy yoga pants or something like that when doing nature photography!)

Purple Wild Pansy by Beth Sawickie


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Echinacea Flower Mandala

Image by Beth Sawickie "Echinacea Flower Mandala"

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I created this mandala from an original photo I took of an Echinacea Flower (see below).

The predominant color in this one is purple.  I decided to look up the healing properties of “violet and purple” and here is what I found…

Purple is associated with the “crown chakra” – oneness with the infinite, peace and wisdom.

“Healing properties: These are colors of transformation.They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep. Soothe mental and emotional stress. Decrease sexual activity. Decrease sensitivity to pain. They help in detoxification.”

– Dr. Laura De Giorgio,

Here is the original image I started with – no tweaks besides cropping.

Image by Beth Sawickie - "Echinacea Flower"

I took this photo in October at a public garden that I had just discovered in Hamilton Township, NJ.  It was a warm, sunny day with beautiful puffy clouds in the sky.  It being October, mid-week and mid-day – there were barely any other people there – always a plus for me.