Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mandala Monday: October Herbs

Once again I'm joining Dawn at Girl Unwinding for Mandala Monday.
It was so windy today, I was unable to create a Mandala outside.  So I'm in my dining room, but can't seem to get the table color correct when I try to take an overhead shot.  Add to that the fact I'm too short to get the entire mandala in my photo, and you can probably read (or possibly feel) a slight sigh of frustration.

As you might have guessed from the title, I put together a mandala representing my October herb garden, or what remains of it.  I started with four "arms" made of leaves (the long slivers) of lemon grass.

Radiating from the center at a 45 degree angle are four lovely leaves from what I believe to be some type of squash.  These leaves have furry veins on the back I can't wait to use as prints on fabric.  On either side of these leaves are two cilantro leaves.  I used these in eggs as soon as I took the photos.  No "do overs" were possible once I made my lunch.

Sitting on top of each lemon grass leaf was a sprig of basil.  How good they smelled.

I tried to take a close-up of the cilantro and a single lemon grass leaf, but the lighting was all wrong because the camera was facing the sun.

I've become obsessed with taking close-ups, and these basil leaves that sit in the middle of the mandala are no exception.  Can you see where the lemon grass leaves come together?

I wanted to capture the dew that I left on the tops of the squash leaves, and hoped you could see the fuzz and the veins on the leaves, too.

One final shot for good measure, and I was ready to cook my eggs and cilantro.

Don't forget to visit Dawn for an absolutely awesome mandala.  I haven't seen it, but I simply KNOW it's awesome.  So please check it out.

10 thoughtful remarks:

Halle said...

I can almost smell those herbs. Your close-ups are great.

dawn said...

Hello there, feels like it's been a long time since being here. HOW ARE YOU?? HOPE YOU ARE GOOD!!

I honestly love this mandala, the pictures are good to me and love the red background.
How pretty to see all the green and wish so much to smell it thru the screen.

I love the dew and the close ups on these so much, thanks for sharing them with us!!

Will get my mandala up tonight or in the morning. Fun stuff planned for T time this week.

The weather is beautiful and perfect here, wishing so much it will last a LOOOONG time! My thumb is doing much better too!
See you soon, HUGS!

Nan G said...

Wonderful mandala! One can almost smell the fesh herbs and touch the dew. The close ups are fab. I feel like lady bug in your garden. :)

Monique said...

That looks so freash and pretty!
xx Monique

Dawn said...

Awe Elizabeth this is gorgeous sweetie, mmmmmmmmm I can just smell it, yum. Bet your eggs were wonderful tee hee.
Huge hugs x

see you there! said...

I like the mandala and the fact that you can eat it when you finish is just a plus. Basil is a favorite of mine, great from the garden but way too expensive if you have to buy it at the market.


Anonymous said...

Good Morning Elizabeth!!
I could tell from the first photo that this was a super FRESH Mandala and it is! wow, I am envious of your lemongrass and I can almost smell that basil, a favorite in any garden for me. I love the square shape of this one. The square mandalas are pretty awesome, to me. I am also enjoying your adventures in photographing them. You are really bent on getting every angle and it is a joy to see.
thank you so much for joining me and for sharing your love of all things natural, I am honored. Namaste.
Happy Mandala Monday to you

Caterina Giglio said...

your close ups are so yummy, they make me want to draw them and make pesto all at the same time!! lol

~*~Patty S said...

Wonderful fresh and luscious mandala you created from your herb garden...
the leaves look especially lovely wet with your fab closeups too!

Marjie Kemper said...

What a great idea to create a manadala this way... very creative!