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Donkees's Journal
Donkees's Journal
April 22, 2022

🌸 ''The entire world is mind ground; the entire world is blossom heart ...

Because the entire world is blossom heart, the entire world is plum blossoms.''

Dogen (1253)

Excerpted from Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi 1985 🌸
April 6, 2022

Photo: А new mural appeared in the capital Obolon, Kyiv

Author: Sasha Korban


March 14, 2022

Photos: Hyperrealistic Pink Peonies Oil Paintings

In Maria Marta Morelli’s luxurious oil paintings, delicate peonies almost bloom through the canvas. The works represent the Buenos Aires-based artist’s fascination with the cycle of time and how flowers convey youth but also the “unbearable finitude of life,” she tells Colossal. “With their incredible beauty and freshness, although transitory, they fill us with hope and convince us that life is worth living.”

Morelli will exhibit her works at Art Revolution Taipei in May 2022, and you can follow her practice on Instagram. (via My Modern Met)


March 12, 2022

There is also a memorial in Washington DC ...

...The Viburnum opulus red berries symbolize 'one's home and native land, blood, and family roots.' The Protectress Spirit in Kiev's Independence Square holds these same berry swags, and their symbolism is deeply rooted in ancient beliefs.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenska have visited the Holodomor Memorial to Victims of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932–1933 in Washington, the presidential press service has reported.

According to the report, the head of state and his wife put symbolic sheaves of wheat at the foot of the Memorial. After that, members of the official delegation of Ukraine honored the victims of the terrible tragedy of the Ukrainian people.

The Holodomor Memorial was unveiled in downtown Washington in November 2015.

March 9, 2022

Photos: Enormous Hyperrealistic Flower Drawings in Colored Pencil

Australian artist CJ Hendry shifts her focus to the soft, silky petals of peonies, roses, and tulips. She uses colored pencils to render individual florals and small bunches at an immense scale, magnifying their thin layers and sticky inner organs. The hyperrealistic drawings enhance the dimension and delicacy of each flower as they appear to blossom from the paper with exquisite detail.

March 7, 2022

Winged Prisms- The Dance of Time

Winner of 10 awards "The Dance of Time" takes the viewer on a unique journey of beauty and into the infinite cycles of nature.Filmed over 4 years in the mountains of the Atlantic rainforests of Brasil, the exuberant nature of this place dances to a unique and original soundtrack.
Usually unseen rhythms and patterns of water and clouds,hidden dances of rarely seen birds,monkeys and serpents, dance in a beautifully ordered and musical rhythm of Nature.
Featuring rare species such as the complete dance of the blue manikin,wooly spider monkeys,Royal Atlantic Flycatcher,Frilled Coquette Hummingbird,Trapdoor spiders and 5 species of serpents.
It expresses the perfect proportions and patterns of natural phenomena and the evidence of a interrelationship of all things.A film of contrasts and opposites that complete each other in Harmonious "Dance of Time".
March 7, 2022

Photos: Rainbow prism-effect of sunlight passing through hummingbirds' wings

Cloud Angel © Christian Spencer

© Christian Spencer

© Christian Spencer

© Christian Spencer

© Christian Spencer

March 6, 2022


By Nolan Peterson | March 05, 2022

Since the war began, the lobby of a downtown building in Horishni Plavni has transformed into a workspace to produce camouflage netting. The place hums with activity each day while hundreds of volunteers, ranging from children to the elderly, cut strips of fabric and weave them into nets.

Photo by Nolan Peterson/Coffee or Die

For an outsider, the scene is striking. The Russian army is bearing down on this place, and yet, rather than submit to fear or focus on personal priorities, these Ukrainians are volunteering to help their community.

“We are full of energy and motivation and hope,” said Mykola Mokh, a displaced person from Kharkiv who is among the volunteers in Horishni Plavni. “I have no depression, and no fear of death. I’ll do whatever it takes to live in a free country.”

“We are helping our guys protect themselves,” said Raisa Klymchuk, the project director. “We are at war. This is our duty.”

Sitting alone at home, perhaps one could succumb to fear or depression. But those fears almost instantly fade when acting in concert with one’s community — and feeling useful.

“We are all united by our desire to help,” Klymchuk said. “And the most important thing is to have something to do.”


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