Beauty from the Field

The late Persian poet and mystic, Rumi, is famous for writing, “let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”  I remember finding this message left for me years ago by a former San Francisco roommate.  I had just gotten back from a retreat at a Zen Center and found it on the mirror of my bathroom sink.  The words went straight to my heart.

It’s with that in mind that I wanted to share some of the moments of beauty ~ there is no other way to describe it ~ when I am in the field working with plants.  Although not shown, there are a lot of ticks, dirt, sweat, and grit as well (smile).

Blessings to the plant kingdom and many thanks to all of you for supporting the apothecary!

The first ingredients for our legendary Iron Woman Syrup

The first ingredients for our legendary Iron Woman Syrup

Spring weed and bloom salad from last year

Spring weed and bloom salad from last year

The great gut herbal ally, Wood Betony (Stachys off.) harvest this past year

The great gut herbal ally, Wood Betony (Stachys off.) harvest this past year

Empowering, hearty, and divinely masculine pine catkins that we harvest pine pollen from in the early Spring.

Empowering, hearty, and divinely masculine pine catkins that we harvest pine pollen from in the early Spring.

Before melting and dehydrating our Deep South Dreams Incense, it looks like this.

Before melting and dehydrating our Deep South Dreams Incense, it looks like this.

The ruby red oil infusion after straining out St. John's Wort plant material that was freshly harvested.

The ruby red oil infusion after straining out St. John’s Wort plant material that was freshly harvested.

A close-up of our local skullcap standing out proudly in a field.

A close-up of our local skullcap standing out proudly in a field.

A blessing-way that took place in Jackson this past year.  The host prepared our MaterniTea and set it out in these lovely jars.

A blessing-way that took place in Jackson this past year. The host prepared our MaterniTea and set it out in these lovely jars.

The dinosaur-like bark of our local Southern Prickly Ash tree.

The dinosaur-like bark of our local Southern Prickly Ash tree.

Pollination happening with Bumble Bee and Pleurisy Root (Butterfly Weed) in early Summer.

Pollination happening with Bumble Bee and Pleurisy Root (Butterfly Weed) in early Summer.

Me and my favorite old stone well in while out harvesting and hiking in Appalachia (NC).

Me and my favorite old stone well in while out harvesting and hiking in Appalachia (NC).

The bashful blooms of Pipsissewa from a hike in NE Georgia.

The bashful blooms of Pipsissewa from a hike in NE Georgia.

The ever-radiant passionflower harvested for the apothecary last summer.

The ever-radiant passionflower harvested for the apothecary last summer.

The exceptional Turkey Tail medicinal mushroom growing in a local forest.

The exceptional Turkey Tail medicinal mushroom growing in a local forest.

Pink Lady's Slipper that I never harvest and always admire (Appalachia area, NC).

Pink Lady’s Slipper that I never harvest and always admire (Appalachia area, NC).

The mandala (or shall I say, melondala?) that I crafted last Llamas to honor the harvest season.

The mandala (or shall I say, melondala?) that I crafted last Llamas to honor the harvest season.

I hope you have enjoyed this images!  They bring back a lot of memories and sweetness.  Feel free to visit our website to find out more about what we do.

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