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On Inspiration

"On inspiration there is but one, Nature.
For
Nature knows no bounds. For her there is no colour too vivid, no form too bold.
Yes, it is to her I yield.
I look.
I listen.
I learn. 

From her cool freshly stretched canvases of fallen snow, to the exquisite fiery strokes of her sunsets,
or the deep
impasto of a raging sea, there is none greater.
Art and Artist, unequalled is she.
My Mother, my Master, my teacher, my life.
And so it is I say, that to Nature I bow
long and mighty may she reign
!

~
L. J. Le Rolland

"On Inspiration" Journal Excerpt.

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Bittersweet Nightshade


Solanum dulcamara - Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet

Veiled amongst shadowy undergrowth and hedgerows can be found the delicate Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet, a femme fatale of flora.

Flowering from June through to September with an exquisite blaze of vibrant purple flowers and enticing, voluptuous scarlet berries, it is easily to fall under the spell of the Bittersweet.
Alas, Bittersweet by name, bittersweet by nature. Its allure and beauty aside, La Belle Fleur is pernicious - from its very root to berry it is entirely poisonous.