June 17, 2018

Lupine


The Spruce
I've been so inspired by the impressive cornflower blue, heather, grape and berry colors of Lupine. It is native to California and Oregon, where it grows along the coast and in dry and open meadows, prairies and forest clearings. It's breathtaking to walk through a field of Lupine. If you are in California you can see expansive fields of Lupine in July & August, sometimes earlier depending on the drought or rain conditions.

https://www.theoutbound.com/lake-tahoe/photography/photograph-the-lupine-at-lake-forest-beach

I also found an beautiful poem by poem by Denel Kessler to celebrate Lupine season comin
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LUPINE
It is not enough to see
a soul will manifest
what has been sown
immortal purple flame
gnarled roots in stone
the truth of nature
an external blooming
expression of the world

a flourishing vision
voraciously spreads
animating the meadow 
with honey-scented breeze
steep slopes sweetened
magnificent blossoms
open lavender wings
to conquer the sky

here the air is thin
windblown seeds
so carelessly thrown
to harsh alpine soil
become willful weeds
persistently untamed
internally unchained
forever wild flowers

The lupines – also known as the bluebonnets – are associated with a Native American legend. The story tells of a tribe suffering from the extreme effects of drought and famine. Many members of the tribe have already perished. Concern for survival creates even greater states of hardening and selfishness in the tribe, rather than community service and generosity. The tribe receives spiritual guidance that acts of giving and sacrifice are necessary, but no one is able to perform such deeds willingly. A young girl who is an orphan holds on to her precious doll, the only item she possesses as a memory of her family. She climbs up a hill and offers her doll. Where she places her doll, rain begins to fall and the lupines spring up. And so, says the legend, this is how the lupines came to appear on earth.
Indigenous stories like this contain deep wisdom. For the lupine is indeed, a plant that brings much healing to a parched and devastated earth. As a flower essence, lupine challenges the human soul to greater acts of generosity and selflessness. It is especially needed for just those times when the giving heart is hardened, or the sense of one’s own needs and self-preservation obscures ways in which we can minister to a larger community or social structure. (source fesflowers)
 A celebration of purple in my newest 4-piece stack inspired by the gorgeous tapestry of Lupine color can be found on my website shopbloom.co