2016-121 – Hepatica Mandalas

Hepatica Trio by Jim Salge
Hepatica Trio by Jim Salge

This week’s MotD theme: April Showers Bring May Flowers

New Hampshire nature photographer, Jim Salge, of Jim Salge Photography, shot this delightful photo of these pretty little wildflowers called hepaticas. I love their delicate beauty, pastel coloring and wispy white stamens. It’s also interesting to see how the left blossom shows off eight petals, while the other two exhibit only seven…I generally favor things more in odd numbers. 🙂

From GardeningKnowHow.com about hepaticas, they state:

Hepatica is called liverleaf, liverwort and squirrel cups. The given name of liverleaf hepatica is apparent in the shape of leaves, which resemble a human liver. Native Americans in the Cherokee and Chippewa tribes used this plant to aid in liver disorders. This plant is still harvested for its medicinal values today.

About Jim and his photography,

Jim began taking pictures while working as a meteorologist at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire. The location, known to have some of the worst weather conditions in the world, also stirred up scenes of  inconceivable beauty. He was inspired to capture the stunning interplay of light and cloud surrounding him, and found motivation through initial disappointment. During the four winters he spent working at the Observatory, he refined his technique and worked to capture truly unique images.

You can view more of Jim’s beautiful wildflower photos via his online gallery.

Inspiration for Today

Herbalists use hepatica to assist in easing liver disorders. In looking up the meaning of hepatica, I found that it relates to anger. In Chinese medicine, the emotion related to the liver is anger. How very intriguing to have such a delicate little flower have such a powerful association.

For today’s inspiration, the hepatica reminds us to process our anger rather than suppress it. We could even take it a step further to encourage us to find healthy, creative ways (writing, painting, gardening, collaging, marathon training, etc.) to purposefully and with intention release our anger, helping our liver become healthier, and letting our inner beauty blossom outward.

Happy Coloring!

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