Like many others, I have been shaken by the chaos, greed, irreverance, hostilities, fear and anger that is bombarding our lives. I’m fortunate to live beside the Delaware River and for the past four years have become increasingly attracted to the ever-changing faces of the ancient rock formations that surround an area called The Big Eddy in Narrowsburg, NY.
I’ve been photographing, sketching and painting the rock formations that support the bridge and line the riverbanks almost daily during every season and at all times of day. The images can change dramatically within seconds and I literally have thousands of photos that I feel compelled to work on, to be able to share the majesty and presence of the ancient rocks that hold the earth, trees and guide the flow of the river. I feel the energy of these ancient guardians and often imagine the stories that they have witnessed throughout time.
The earth energy is very powerful here. I often wonder if the rocks and river harbor a secret portal that often deflects the electronic signals of phones, computers and televisions. Some of my favorite neighbors are eagles, bears, raccoons, skunks, opposums, minks, and snakes. There are also owls, ducks, geese, herons, all kinds of water loving birds, fish, turtles and deer – often strolling past my studio window or nibbling at my garden.
Nature, our earth, Mother Earth to me, provides us with all kinds of gifts and when we are open to listening and seeing, there is beauty, power and magic everywhere.
Today, it feels like time to share the River Rock Totems, as Guardians, especially for the Water and the Water Protectors at Standing Rock – with the intention to share the ancient wisdom and power of nature for all who care about the health of our planet and each other.
~ Debra Cortese 12.2.16
September 2014 Oreo out for his morning hunt along the Delaware River
I’m writing from my studio with an absolutely priceless view overlooking the Big Eddy on the Delaware River. Early on this September morning I woke to the sounds of geese practicing their travel honks and flight formations. The fish were joyfully leaping out of the river and a small flock of ducks was out for their morning swim. The warm sun and cool air carries the message that the autumn transformation is approaching quickly. I can already see hints of color on trees across the river. The cool weather is energizing and of course with the sights and smells of autumn is the sense of urgency to complete garden and yard tasks before… winter arrives.
But today, with the fresh air and nature sounds so prevalent, I’m feeling energized and in a bit of a planning ahead mode. I’ve known for the past 2 months that I want to refocus on the creative work that I love and to be honest, I’m finally very concerned about the story I’ll be telling over the next 20 years.
Nature is and has always been my source of inspiration.
Another September photo of ducks our for a morning swim in the Delaware River
Pastel Sunset- Twilight Myst on The Delaware River – Narrowsburg, NY
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Day 3 of #SMCSFBlogOff challenge…
I’ve been so absorbed in work today I just realized after 10 pm that I hadn’t even thought about today’s post until now!
So, after reading yesterday’s post, where I proclaimed that I would have the product pages up by today… I’m realizing that I’m often not in control of my day! Time to improvise and feature photos for today’s post.
These are two nature photos that I’d like to work into new designs for fabric and wrapping papers.
Which photo would you like to see turned into holiday designs, the little pine tree on the left or the lignum vitae seed pods, bottom right?
I’ll document the step by step process for a future post, but I’m not committing to a date just yet 😉