Let your heart be a portal for the songs of the universe.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Summer Crossroads

This summer, I pause at a crossroads in my writing and image making odyssey. I ponder possibilities. The grand landscapes of the Southwest and our homeland in general beckon. Per contra, I am reluctant to part with capturing and sharing intimate landscapes. My sojourns into the Llano Estacado ecosystem with Cooper have been nothing short of a magical, thought-provoking quests of discovery and self-realization. The tenacity of Llano wildlife and her emerald domes of Broom Snakeweed, sun-kissed yucca, hardy cacti, and rough-hewn tablelands of shortgrass prairie are etched onto my heart. Unquestionably, whichever direction my journey takes I shall continue to foster connections between the human spirit and the natural world.

© Ilija Lukić 2012

Summer Crossroads (Cooper and El Llanero)

Bundle Of Joy (cirsium ochrocentrum, aka Yellowspine Thistle)

Sun-kissed (yucca campestris)

Sundance (gaillardia pulchella)

Are You Lookin' At Me?

Soggy Passage (Cooper)

Yucca Curtsy

Viridescent Love Affair (augochloropsis metallica, aka Metallic Green Sweat Bee)

Bullsnake Sinuosity (pituophis catenifer sayi)

Propeller Throng (Broadleaf Milkweed)

Emerald Dome Boondocks (gutierrezia sarothrae)

Pensive Respite (Cooper)

Summer Harvest (pogonomyrmex barbatus)

Short-Ray Prairie Coneflower (ratibida tagetina)

Aged To Perfection (yucca campestris fruit pod)

Cooper's Sidekick

White Horsenettle (solanum elaeagnifolium)

Ring Around The Roses (acanthocephala terminalis, aka Leaf-Footed Bug, nymph stage)

The Need For Speed

Pssst...Seen Any Pocket Gophers Lately?

Sombra Hirsuta (Shaggy Shadow)

Yellowspine Thistle (cirsium ochrocentrum)

Shade Hound (Cooper)

Bee Bull's Eyes (Cane Cholla)

Long-Headed Coneflower (ratibida columnifera)

New Mexico Spiny Star (escobaria vivipara var neomexicana)

Odd Lady Out (cylindropuntia imbricata)

Groovin' In Sunshine (Horned Lizard)

Desert Straw (stephanomeria pauciflora, aka Wild Lettuce)

Silver Winds (artemisia filifolia, aka Silver Sage)

Pink Cajolery (Cane Cholla)

Delicate Embraces (opuntia engelmannia and yucca campestris)

Pronuba Moth (tageticula yuccasella)

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