“Four Generations to Come”
Milkweed and Moth, White Mountains, AZ
50×40 oil on canvas SOLD
Inspired by the photography of Paul Gill
Do you look to the past for insight and inspiration? How about to the future?
In our current culture, we hear the phrase “just be in the moment” often. And that has value because we are scattered and overstimulated. But a deep look into the past has merit when deciding how to behave now, so that we can look forward to the future.
A forest fire devastates mercilessly. Only time can heal the land. We watch and we wait, like an audience staring at a closed curtain waiting for a performance. Then slowly the lights come up, the velvet parts, and there is life. Beautiful life.
I can see no greater example of this unfolding, of this renewal, than in the wild plants of the White Mountains in Arizona. Consider this milkweed. It has blooms for today, and then generously, it offers three sets of buds that will open in the future. What a gift.
And nature, or creation as I prefer to call it, renews and captivates us again, and for generations to come.
dh November 24, 2020
Inspired by the wild flowers of the White Mountains, Arizona, after the recovery of the Wallow Fire, 2011 that burned 538,049 acres.
Part of the “Colors of White” series, a special series for Arizona Highways.
copyright 2021 Dyana Hesson