Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography: Blog https://www.atalatoy.com/blog en-us (C) Atala Dorothy Toy atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:18:00 GMT Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:18:00 GMT https://www.atalatoy.com/img/s/v-12/u343034395-o270590569-50.jpg Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography: Blog https://www.atalatoy.com/blog 120 82 Magnolia Trio https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/magnolia-trio Pink Magnolia Blossoms. Morton Arboretum.

Magnolia TrioMagnolia TrioPink Magnolia trio, Morton Arboretum

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Morton Arboretum Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography pink magnolia plant spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/magnolia-trio Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Pink Magnolia https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/pink-magnolia Dancing in the Spring breeze, the early magnolias are in full flower.

Pink MagnoliaPink MagnoliaThe heart of a pink magnolia blossom

This graceful magnolia blossom is at Morton Arboretum.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Morton Arboretum Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography pink magnolia plant spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/pink-magnolia Mon, 12 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Blue Poppies https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/blue-poppies Himalayan Blue Poppies.

Blue Poppy TrioBlue Poppy TrioHimalayan Blue Poppies. The essence of spiritual lineage. To fulfil our potential in this lifetime, we need to build on strengths gained in the past. Furthers insight and psychic skills. (Yorkshire Flower Essences)

These gorgeous, rare flowers originated in the Himalayas and have been on exhibit in the greenhouses at Longwood Gardens, PA. Metaphysically they are very Eastern, representing "The essence of spiritual lineage. To fulfil our potential in this lifetime, we need to build on strengths gained in the past...This is the essence for the spiritual warrior, the person dedicated to being "valiant for Truth". The more we can understand about this wonderful universe and about our own purpose in life, the more fulfilled we will become and the more we will be able to help others." (Courtesy of Yorkshire Flower Essences)

To me, this trio is exceptionally significant. We all have our passages through life and mine right now is designing my own active retirement world. This world took on a significant energetic twist when I decided to join the Quaker-based retirement community where my college roommate and her husband are enthusiastically living.

I was down checking out my soon-to-be home and Diana and Paul wanted to show me the blue poppy exhibit at the 5-minutes-away exquisite Longwood Gardens - every nature photographer's dream location for great photos!

This Blue Poppy trio especially attracted my attention. It seemed to represent the energy of our little group - one poppy leading the way, one poppy following along and a third poppy on high alert, protecting our backs.

And I must say, I do believe each of our little trio has fulfilled the essence of the blue poppy. From our Quaker college roots at Swarthmore, Diana went on to a career championing human rights and inter-religious concerns, Paul went on to achieve renown with DuPont in engineering, and I went on to a career in the metaphysical.

Here's to all the Blue Poppies in our world, spiritual warriors who have dedicated their lives to service in one way or another....

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Himalayan Blue Pooppy Longwood Gardens Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography plant spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/blue-poppies Sun, 11 Apr 2021 10:35:11 GMT
A Face of Many Moods https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/face-many-moods Come PlayCome Play In that magical separating line between worlds - that place where two energies come together - in that line between prairie and forest - I found this spirit living in an old tree stump.

The Scream - or An Invitation?

He has many moods inside him...Is this Munch's The Scream in tree form, crying against his own existence? Is it a friendly tree spirit asking some birds to come nest? Is it a spirit cat, looking for a tasty, if psychic, meal of an unwary bird?

Is it all these emotions - just like humans have, mixed together inside themselves? Or is this just an old tree stump with a few holes in it?

What do you see?

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/face-many-moods Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:46:26 GMT
Find the Happy Smile... https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/find-happy-smile Find the Happy SmileFind the Happy SmileCan you find the tiny flower with the happy smile? Or maybe even two happy smilers? Can you find the little "dried flower" smiling happily amongst his friends? Or maybe even two of them... How long did it take you to find him/them?

Pretty Dead Things

I guess this counts as one of those Pretty Dead Things folks have been photographing this year! Although this little fellow is definitely still alive, and enjoying the Spring sun with the rest of his community!

I discovered him on a lazy photo saunter through the divide of prairie and woods that prevail in my area of the Midwest. Last year's flowers had by now weathered to their essentials. The freezing blue greys of winter were transforming into the warm grey browns brought on by Spring's dampness and warmth.

I was attracted to this flower collective, with its dozens of starry petals framing little textured globes. They looked so happy, blowing gently in the breeze. Then, up close, my eyes were drawn to one very happy flower spirit, tiny as can be, enjoying being surrounded by friends and sun. 

Happiness comes in many sizes...

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography plant pretty dead things spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/find-happy-smile Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:15:29 GMT
Adapting to the Thorns https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/adapting-thorns AdaptingAdaptingThis miniscule tendril grew nicely by wending its way around the sharp spikes of its environment - and became an object of graceful beauty. We've all been constantly adapting this past year. Our adjustments have often been complex...

...but they have produced their own kind of unexpected beauty...

A Thorny World

...like this miniscule tendril who adapted over and over, adjusting to where the universe placed it by moving about the sharp thorns of a woodland plant. The result is a woodland sculpture of ornate beauty. 

When we slow down - a situation this past year forced on many of us - and really, really look - then it is a marvel at how the will to survive brings its own style of beauty.

In order to survive, this small vine had to grow by winding its way around multiple obstacles. The beauty inherent in the journey itself are solidified for us all to admire.

Beauty comes in all sizes. Lovely to see the life's journey of this small plant solidified in this 1" wood sculpture, counterpointed against its environment's new Spring green.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography plant spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/adapting-thorns Tue, 06 Apr 2021 10:34:32 GMT
It's Spring on the Prairie! https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/its-spring-on-the-prairie DaffodilsDaffodilsDaffodils are a symbol of rebirth and the emergence of new life. A perennial spring flower, daffodil asks you to work on your inner beauty and to find outlets for your creative energy. Yeah! The daffodils are dancing in profusion. It's really Spring in the Prairie States! Here's our celebration of the joy we are all feeling to get outside in the warm spring sun!

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy daffodils everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography plant spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/its-spring-on-the-prairie Mon, 05 Apr 2021 10:05:07 GMT
I Know a Place Where the Wild Thyme Blows https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/i-know-a-place Two of my favorite nature spirits - the Greenman of Geneva, IL and the Wood Elf Beauty of Conway, NH. I thought they'd make a nice couple, so I arranged for them to meet, if only in my art photography...

Greenman and the Wood ElfGreenman and the Wood ElfTwo of my favorite nature spirits...I felt they should meet, so I brought them together...

Which do you like?

Dear readers - which of these three images of the wood elf beauty (below) do you like best?

I wanted to highlight her natural, wise beauty and worked with the background of my portrait study in three ways - natural, with sunlight and with feminine pink.

She is one of the leaders of the wood elves but when I tried to call her a princess, she objected. The wood elves don't work that way, she explained. She is simply a member of a leading family in her community.

This wise wood elf beauty lives in an old maple tree and she faces an elegant 19th century white wood farm house. She intrigues me for her gentle beauty and soft demeanor.

Wood Elf Beauty in PinkWood Elf Beauty in PinkThis lovely wood elf beauty is dressed in the pink dawn light of the forest. She lives in an ancient tree located on an historic Colonial farmstead in Conway, NH. She is one of many elementals who keep the energy of the countryside healthy and prosperous. The elf’s elegant features and waved hairdo bespeak her royal standing in the local hierarchy. Wood Elf Beauty in YellowWood Elf Beauty in YellowThis Wood Elf Beauty in Yellow lives in an ancient tree located on an historic Colonial farmstead in Conway, NH. She is one of many elementals who keep the energy of the countryside healthy and prosperous. The elf’s elegant features and waved hairdo bespeak her royal standing in the local hierarchy. Wood Elf BeautyWood Elf BeautyThis Wood Elf Beauty lives in an ancient tree located on an historic Colonial farmstead in Conway, NH. She is one of many elementals who keep the energy of the countryside healthy and prosperous. The elf’s elegant features and waved hairdo bespeak her royal standing in the local hierarchy.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy greenman Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit wood elf https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/i-know-a-place Fri, 02 Apr 2021 11:52:35 GMT
The Old Prospector https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/the-old-prospector This old coot is some 50 feet tall. He is one of the more well-known of the HooDoos on Mt Lemmon, Arizona. He is wearing a classic woodsman's hat with ear flaps and has a very distinct profile.

Prospector at Midday

This seems to be a memorial portrait study of some resident hermit the nature spirits were quite fond of. I like his gentle peaceful smile.

Old ProspectorOld Prospector

 

 

His View at Sunset

He overlooks what was once his earthly world - a magnificent mountain view of descending valleys and distant mountains. (below)

Mt Lemmon VistaMt Lemmon Vista

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy HooDoo Mt Lemmon Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/4/the-old-prospector Thu, 01 Apr 2021 08:44:12 GMT
Holding Energy | Earth Grids https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/holding-energy-earth-grids AslanAslanAslan, the noble lion of Narnia, is on guard, along the shore of the Olympic National Forest, Rialto Beach, Forks, Washington. Inside him are some of the many beings who make up his world. CLICK HERE to read more about this image. CLICK HERE to read about the Rialto Beach tree spirits. Over the years I have taken photographs of lions, apes and elephants in locales where the nature spirits have never seen such beings. Recently I have shown you photographs of Mayan cultural spirit in places where few, if any, ancient Mayans ever ventured. 

Mayan Altar at AcadiaMayan Altar at AcadiaThis Mayan official stands over an altar with a sacrificial offering on it. Monument Cover, Acadia National Park, Maine A Facebook viewer asked how this was possible.

So here is a short trip into the understandings of energy workers such as myself. This understanding opens the way for me to connect to life frequencies other the human ones.

We Can Change the World

The hippie generation (that's me - how's that for dating myself!) set out to change the world by recognizing that spirit is present everywhere. We were told that if only 10% of the population would focus on ...... (Place your favorite topic here), we could bring about a global change in that area. That would be sufficient mass.

Metatron's Cube - ClassicMetatron's Cube - ClassicThis stabilizing, harmonizing geometric is an excellent form to use when you are seeking to call forth and stabilize the core essence of an object. Metatron’s Cube is a holy glyph, often drawn around a person or a place to ward off and protect the area from harm. My way of breaking down this statement is to realize that at its source all existence is a series of miniscule merkabas (points of energy) that join together in collective action for a purpose. Their joining together can take many forms including lines of energy, grids of energy, and increasingly larger merkabas that can take an infinite variety of form, such as plants and people - and collective society. 

Each merkaba, no matter how tiny, contains the infinite free will potentials of the original infinite eternal One. By free will choice, merkabas choose to tailor their infinite potential to meet the needs of the collective to which they belong (I will become the liver, the cat, the Mayan, the meditater). With this choice, they seek out their own community for like action.

This is a very core statement of how our universe formed and there are many "yes, but, how does this work...." inside this statement. What I want to share here is how this concept underlies the presence of world-wide energy grids that contain specific types of consciousness.

Earth is a Juxtaposition of Grids

Flower of Life - MasculineFlower of Life - MasculineThis diagram is one of the most ancient sacred geometry images in existence, found on the walls of temples dating back 40,000 years. This geometric is also called a merkabah. It represents the flowering forth of life from source. It diagrams how energy expands from one central point of unified spirit to become every object in existence, and the universe itself. This is the masculine energy version of the flower of life. Our earth looks solid but it is actually a layering of an uncountable number of energy grids. Each grid is a field of like-minded merkabas who have joined together for community and for action. When a new type of action is formed, it will start out small and local. As more people adopt the action, this grid grows larger. It spreads out through space and, eventually, if enough energy is fed into it, can circle the globe. 

Over the centuries, enough people have admired the lion, ape and elephant for their inherent qualities, and enough of these animals have lived and contributed their own energy to their specific collective, that their grid has spread around the world.

So have many other energies, "good" and "bad." Once an energy grows and takes hold in the earth atmosphere, it becomes available to all who seek it out or have an affinity or weakness for it, no matter where they live. This could be prejudice against "others" or an affinity for the Greek gods or a love of opera. Each of us has affinities for specific energies and it is up to each of us to decide what to do about that. Each of us has to learn to understand and master or discard frequencies that we encounter.

Each grid has its own intelligence, shape and frequency. It seeks to stabilize itself in a variety of ways, one of which is anchoring itself in the physical earth. When it finds a compatible vessel - a rock, plant, tree, life form - it will connect and gradually grow stronger. This may mean a vision of itself manifesting in a tree or rock. Or a person becoming known as a "lion of a man".

Grand ExperimentGrand ExperimentThis is a close up of a significant nodal tree who lives in Central Park, NYC. It is "operated" by the devas to foster cooperation among the species of various dimensions. CLICK HERE to learn more about this story. The intelligences of these grids work with the receptive vessel to manifest the energy in some specific physical manner. Thus images form in rocks and trees and people embody a specific quality. Indigenous peoples understand this interaction and will invoke a desired energy, dressing as the form they wish to embody and calling in the energy.

Anchored in a 3D World

Currently, our earth is just coming out of the Kali Yuga - the age of darkness - and beginning its return to the light. This is a 13,000 year or so climb back up - one half of a 26,000 year cycle that earth has experienced many times over.

Life forms solidly resting in gross physical form do not see the many energies at play around them. This has been the mass of our human global society. But we are changing this consciousness, slowly or rapidly, in one area after another. We are waking up. 

In society, this means awakening to the realization that all humans have equal validity in the eyes of the creator. In nature it means realizing that rocks, plants and animals are also conscious beings with their own highly evolved collective merkabas and worldwide grids. 

Elephant Stack | Second Beach, Forks, WAElephant Stack | Second Beach, Forks, WAThis is the famous Elephant Stack. It is one of many rock stacks that stretch along the wild beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world. There are a wide variety of life forms co-existing on our ancient earth, each with its own evolved, complex and highly intelligent society.

My recent photographs of the Mayan consciousness appearing in places far from their ancient centers of influence is an example of this process. There is much to be explored in this phenomena of an entire culture being depicted. There are many unanswered questions surrounding this ancient culture that once predominated in the Americas and large portions of which suddenly and mysteriously disappeared.

Visual Proof

Cosmic Mayan FamilyCosmic Mayan Family I have been working in the field of consciousness my entire life. So I've made mistakes, learned lessons, evolved in my understandings. With the advance in technology, it has been my good fortune to learn to work with camera and computer to provide visual proof of the presence of active, intelligent grid energies at work.

I have photos of lions, apes, elephants, beings of other realms and manifestations of societal consciousness. I have photographed many beautiful works of interdimensional art.

Now, in my retirement from my metaphysical business, I have the time to go back over my fifteen years of photographs to provide you, the public, with these visual proofs of our world's complexities.

I hope you enjoy these photographs. I hope you learn a bit from them, share them, and decide to join our Facebook group Nature Spirits Around the World. This is a common area where you can share your own viewings and interactions.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy interdimensional Mayan spirit merkabas Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/holding-energy-earth-grids Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:15:15 GMT
Mayan Family Setting https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-tall-hats A tall seated figure presides over Windy Point, Mt. Lemmon, Arizona. He has a Mayan profile and a large ear ring. He is wearing a beret. Whether this was once a tall hat that some time in centuries past blew over in the strong winds leaving only the brim, indicates a lower in the hierarchy individual or is from a different point in the Mayans' cosmic presence, I don't know.  Windy Point PanoWindy Point Pano

Watching - Mt LemmonWatching - Mt LemmonThis seated seer is scanning the countryside below. He lives on the road up Mt. Lemmon in Arizona along with thousands of other HooDoos – natural stone formations that look like animals or people! Windy Point Vista

This cosmic Mayan "HooDoo" oversees the road up the mountain as well as the parking plaza that was probably at one time a natural flat table suitable for ceremony, a cascading mountainside of cliffs and a vast vista. 

I've spent several visits to Arizona exploring this particular area. It has many beautiful paths with interesting shaped trees and rocks just out of sight on the lower right.

It is the scene just below the Mayan, on the other side of the roadway, that most intrigues me.

Cosmic Mayans

Here we see several stone formations that are, on close examination, a well detailed sculptural tableau of a Mayan family of three, sleeping peacefully.

I believe this is an interdimensional memorial to some specific cosmic Mayan who visited earth and stayed to oversee cultural development. I believe this entire tableau was sculpted by an interdimensional artist.

The large seated figure at the top of the hill is the cosmic Mayan's formal memorial as a wise, seated leader. The sculpted tableau below is a memorial to him as a family man. It also memorializes the cosmic Mayans' successful mating with humans, and the result of this union.

I believe the Mayan presence on earth is a colonization and evolutionary experiment by a very advanced cosmic civilization called by some The Mayans. When in these blogs I call an image a cosmic Mayan - that means a depiction of one of these beings on their interactions with earth. When I say Mayan or human Mayan, I am referring to the evolved human species with Mayan genetics.

An Intergalactic Family

Cosmic Mayan FamilyCosmic Mayan Family Worldwide, throughout earth's history, there are cultural tales of matings between humans and the "gods." These unions bring forth children who have expanded human capacities and introduce an elevated genetic strain into that culture. There are such tales in Greek, Roman and Biblical stories, such as Hercules and Samson. Ancient Egypt believed their pharaohs were descended from the gods and saw the introduction of a genetic lineage with elongated heads with the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Central American culture has its own stories and images, the most famous being the so-called astronaut bas relief on the ruler Pakal's sarcophagus. 

But here - up on this mountainside - we have a "simple" memorial commemorating the intergalactic family.

The cosmic Mayan is shown the far right, with his ceremonial top hat (like the Maine Acadia cliff bas relief I showed you yesterday). He is shown naked and his penis is extremely prominent. This indicates his role as a fertility energy is very strong.

On the left is a large female form. She wears a typical Mayan long dress with a decorative fringe around the top overlay piece.

It is said that the female who carries the inter-galactic child must be very strong, to handle the elevated energies growing inside her. You can see here, in the far larger size of the woman, the value that is placed on her role in this story. She is the one who guarantees the success of this "experiment."

Between the man and the woman, and protected by them, is a small child. Thus this tableau honors the success of this inter-galactic genetic upgrade, the genuine love of the union, and the promise of protection to the human offspring.

Behind the three figures is a protective animal spirit of some kind.

I've diagrammed these figures for you: family diagram-3family diagram-3

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Mayan grid Mt Lemmon Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-tall-hats Tue, 30 Mar 2021 10:55:04 GMT
Mayan Figures in Maine and Colorado https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-figures-in-maine-and-colorado Rock Spirits in AcadiaRock Spirits in AcadiaSeveral Rock spirits have manifested head portraits. Seen at sunrise, Acadia National Park. Here are two Mayan nodal points I've written blogs about. I wanted to show them here, in my coverage of some of the Mayan grid images I've recorded.

The cosmic Mayan images I've come across so far show a life form with Mayan features wearing a hat. They are points on a worldwide Mayan energy grid that anchors this stellar consciousness into our earth.

Earth is composed of multiple grids that overlap each other, providing the energetic qualities needed for various life forms to develop and adapt. At various points, for stability, these grids anchor themselves. I call these points nodes. They are places where complex lines of energy intersect and stabilize each other.

Sometimes a node pertains only to a specific grid and a crossing of its grid lines. Sometimes one node aligns with the node of one or more other grids and the anchoring line becomes a very strong energy vortex field on earth. These nodes are, for the earth, like chakra points are for a human. They are vortexes of energy.

On occasion the intelligences that work with nature create a visual manifestation of an energy. The Mayan images I am showing here are representative of this visual manifestation of an energy. They represent various aspects of the cosmic Mayan consciousness. 

Sunrise in AcadiaSunrise in AcadiaSunrise on the cliffs at Acadia. A Mayan spirit being watches over the small alcove. Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park

Thunder Hole is a well-known site along the Atlantic Coast in Acadia National Park, Maine. Heading south along the cliffs from this point, you come to a cliff-framed inlet that captures the morning sun in all its golden warmth. If you look down from the cliff, you are treated to this view of a cosmic Mayan elder in hat. To the right in the photo you see a human Mayan warrior in decorative headdress. This is a serious lookout point - you can tell by the grim expression on the cosmic Mayan's face. It honors the valor of the warriors who protect their community. 

I wrote about this cliff area in my blog "Rock Stability in Times of Stress."

Continue your drive along the Park road and you will soon come to Monument Cove and its Mayan sacrificial scene, which I wrote about two days ago in my blog "Mayan Altar in Acadia."

There are quite a number of Mayan references along the ocean coastline here. It seems to be a strong point for this consciousness, which blossomed and thrived for many centuries in Mexico and Central America. There is historical evidence of considerable Mayan travel for trade and settlement. And, as shown here, a serious effort by the advanced cosmic Mayan culture to anchor its energetic vision on earth.  Mayan ProfileMayan Profile

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rainbow Point, a stop on the road through Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, is an example of a vortex point formed from the grounding of multiple grids whose nodal points cross in one place. 

One of the grids that ground here carries the Mayan energy. This energy is keyed into a small stone island (shown right). Among the many images in this stone island is a prominent cosmic Mayan profile (with hat) facing right.

You can see the life forms of others of the grids that have grounded here in my blog "Nature Spirits of Rainbow Point - A Love Story."

Below is the spectacular mountain vista the energies of this location are connected to. The multiple grids overlap in the collection of cliffs to the back left.

View up to Rainbow PointView up to Rainbow Point

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Mayan grid Mt Lemmon Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-figures-in-maine-and-colorado Mon, 29 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT
Mayan Spirit at Castle Rock https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-spirit-at-castle-rock Castle Rock is situated just off busy Rte 94 in Wisconsin, between Mauston and Tomah and on the way from Chicago to Minneapolis. This site has a long history of use by various peoples, primarily as a military staging area in a fairly flat landscape. It originated as an island in a once-inland glacial lake.

Castle RockCastle Rock A Chacmool

What I was captivated by - in my fast drive through on this busy interstate highway - was its strong Mayan character.

The figure on the left is another of the cosmic Mayan profiles with hat. It ends with a lingam - a phallic symbol indicating fertility and divine protection. There is a long empty midriff section in-between.

The figure on the right is a Mayan chacmool - the reclining human figure seen in ancient Mexican temples, where sacrificial offerings were made to appease the gods. (See the chacmool at the Chichen Itza temple, below right.)

There is an offering in the Castle Rock chacmool's midriff vessel. E.g. - the human is offering something to fill the god's empty midriff area.

chacmool chichen itzaChacmool, Chichen Itza Divine Protection

Like yesterday's post about the Monument Cove Mayan site, this scene memorializes the protection and prosperity promised by the gods to humans. It indicates the religious protocol required for this to occur.

This is a nodal point on the Mayan earth grid. In this sculptural statement, the cosmic Mayan official and the human Mayan chacmool are protecting each other's back. 

The site's use as a successful military staging and training area affirms this nodal point's underlying energy. This site is currently part of Camp Williams and Wisconsin military train here. According to the site's official information, these military provided "dogged persistence and valor" in World Wars I and II.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Castle Rock chacmool Chichen Itza). Mayan Grid Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit Wisconsin https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-spirit-at-castle-rock Sun, 28 Mar 2021 11:36:08 GMT
Mayan Altar in Acadia https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-altar-in-acadia Mayan Altar at AcadiaMayan Altar at AcadiaThis Mayan official stands over an altar with a sacrificial offering on it. Monument Cover, Acadia National Park, Maine This Mayan column is located at Monument Cove, Acadia National Park, Maine. It is a totem pole like column. I am seeing a Mayan official in a top hat and below him the head of a priest, both presiding over an altar on which a sacrificial figure is shown in a prone position.

The figure in the top hat is an official - the being overseeing the priest's actions. But larger than the official is the Mayan cosmic consciousness, seen right in profile on the cliff.

The sculptural display connects in to the global Mayan grid and links to the temple altar at Chichen Itza, Mexico.

Cosmic Mayan Consciousness

Sacrificial offeringSacrificial offering I've found nodal sculptures connecting to the cosmic Mayan consciousness at various points in my journeys and will show some of these in tomorrow's blog.

Perhaps it's because this Mayan frequency resonates so strongly with me that I notice its presence. I have yet to figure out why these Mayan officials are usually depicted wearing a tall rectangular hat. The hat is reminiscent of drawings of ancient Chinese scholars where a tall hat was a sign of respect and status.

How Ancient is Ancient?

Monument Cove, Acadia National ParkMonument Cove, Acadia National Park It is interesting that the figure in the top hat is always clearly an official of the culture, not the high spirit behind the culture. Sometimes, as here, the spirit behind the figure is shown. At other times, also as here, the official is shown overseeing earthly duties carried out by human priests

It is my impression that the figures in top hats are officials of an off-earth culture that was a part of earth's evolution at a very early point in human development - about the same age as the ancient Chinese interactions.

I would love to hear from anyone who has information on this topic.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Acadia National Park Atala Toy Chichen Itza everything is energy Maine Mayan Grid Monument Cove Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/mayan-altar-in-acadia Sat, 27 Mar 2021 13:06:10 GMT
Stone Spirit at the Art Institute https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/stone-spirit-art-institute Among my respected spirit friends at Chicago's Art Institute is this three-part basalt sculpture called Islands. It is by Izumi Masatoshi, the Japanese artist and stone cutter. He did all of Isamu Noguchi's stone cuttings from the mid 1960s until Noguchi's death in 1988. This is one of Masatoshi's own pieces. Island sculpture in its settingIsland sculpture in its settingThis three-part basalt sculpture in its architectural setting at the Chicago Art Institute. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

The Japanese culture has great reverence for nature and large segments of their art is based on their resonance with various natural elements. 

The Artists

In some of their work, Masatoshi and the American-born Noguchi focus on the natural beauty of stone.

Islands by Izumi MasatoshiIslands by Izumi MasatoshiClose up of the sculpture. Note the large eye and face on the front stone piece. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Their striking abstract pieces are profoundly delicate yet powerfully respectful of the spirit inside the stone.

Noguchi was strongly influenced by the Italian sculptor Constantin Brancusi and that artistic sensibility is also strongly present in both Noguchi and Masatoshi's works.

The Art Work

This three-part stone statement has been in the Art Institute's collection since 2000. It resides beneath a gracefully curved staircase that links two floors and several exhibit areas.

Stone Face in Islands sculptureStone Face in Islands sculptureHere is a wonderful cultured stone face, in the side of the front basalt sculpture. CLICK HERE to read the full story. I have been visiting with my friends here since the art work went on display. I have enjoyed how the various architectural and stone energies, which I found at one time incongruous and uncertain in their sharing of this space, have gradually blended. The artistic statement is now totally unified.

Nature Spirits

This is an abstract piece that has emerged from natural basalt. Its own inherent rock spirit, still strongly present, has grown over time. The front section now has several manifested images. You can see a face on the front, with a long slanted eye. The second is a smaller face, peaceful and detached, that has formed on the left side of the front stone.

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The Bean https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/the-bean This is for my Chicago area friends...our iconic Bean sculpture in Millennium Park, Chicago reflects both the buildings around it and the park behind it. I discovered one of the benefits of our current lockdown is that this family-friendly plaza is closed to the public - and hence the only time one is able to get a clear photo of this sky sculpture. Ahh...look for the good in all situations, eh?

The BeanThe BeanChicago's iconic sculpture The Bean reflects both city buildings and the park trees behind. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Charleston Azaleas https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/charleston-azaleas Cypress Alcove | Magnolia Plantation, SCCypress Alcove | Magnolia Plantation, SCSpring at the Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina is a breath-taking array of azaleas and new green...Here is a cypress alcove on one of the lakes. CLICK HERE for the image story. It's Spring and we all are sooo ready to head outdoors in the properly socially distanced manner!

As a born East Coaster, Spring means azaleas - huge banks of them on display in woods and gardens.

A prime East Coast area for magnificent azalea displays is Charleston, South Carolina and their season begins in early April

The famed Magnolia Plantation combines the profuse beauty of azaleas with regal Spanish moss-draped Live Oaks and water cypress trees.

Here are two tastes of the colors soon to be with us...

Water Cypress

To the right is a view into one of the the plantation's many water areas, filled with nooks and crannies and nature's display of colors

Live Oaks

Leading up to the plantation's main house are alleys of live oak with colorful azalea beneath them. (below)
Live Oaks with AzaleasLive Oaks with AzaleasThe Live Oaks at Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

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Maestro of Tanglewood https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/maestro-of-tanglewood The MaestroThe MaestroThe Maestro of Tanglewood shows the aquiline features of a great conductor, as this evergreen tree experienced him. The tree lives next to the Great Lawn of the famous outdoor music festival. CLICK HERE to read the story. Trees, like  humans, are deeply affected by their environments - some more than others. This highly intelligent tree is part of the behind the scenes story of the evolution of the Tanglewood property in Massachusetts.

Tanglewood is one of the country's premier outdoor music festivals and began in the 1930s through the vision of conductor Henry Kimball Hadley and the support of benefactor Gertrude Robinson Smith.

To the right you can see the tree's image of the maestro Henry Hadley, his profile seen lower left.

Tanglewood SpiritsTanglewood SpiritsThis grand tree overlooks the Great Lawn at the Tanglewood Music Festival, MA. and has carved in its bark images of the two founders – conductor Henry Kimball Hadley and benefactor Gertrude Robinson Smith. As you can see from the super-imposing of profiles, the tree spirit has done a remarkable job of faithfully reproducing its human honorees. CLICK HERE to read the story. Grounder of Dreams

The festival was moved to its current site in 1937, the same year Hadley died of cancer.

It is located on what was originally an estate that had been in use for centuries, including housing American author Nathaniel Hawthorne while he wrote House of the Seven Gables.

So there are a lot of very strong emotions and elevated dreams here. 

This tree was inspired by the dreams of Hadley and Smith and manifested and grounded in its own body their aspirational energy. The tree was a partner in the grounding of the dream. You can see, in my collage to left, how accurately the tree manifested the energies of the two founders.

I can imagine Hadley visiting this site, near the end of his life, and inspiring the very determined Gertrude Smith in her development of the festival. 

I can imagine Gertrude sitting on the low lying branch with Hadley on the ground beside her, looking out over what was to become the great lawn of the festival grounds. Below are long views of the tree.

Tree Profile TanglewoodTree Profile Tanglewood Tree Branch with Maestro ImageTree Branch with Maestro Image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fir Trees and the Human Electrical System

Fir trees have much kinship with the human bodily electric system and a lot of energy workers will connect to firs to soothe their own energy. I can imagine the tree identifying with and supporting these founders' dreams.

Trees will often manifest on their trunks and branches the stories in their environment that especially affect them. In this case, this exquisite fir tree manifested, in its solid trunk, an image of Gertrude and in one of its high branches, pointing towards the stage, a jutting aspirational profile of the conductor himself. 

Working with the trees on your own property or in a significant place such as a park benefits all parties. You are grounding an aspirational energy into earth's energy field and it will benefit all who come to the area, and the energy of earth herself.

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Bear Mound Spirits, Baraboo, Wisconsin https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/bear-mound-spirits-baraboo-wisconsin Here's a photo I often refer folks to who are interested in obs. It contains the entire repertoire of phenomena of what can occur in such a photo.

I took this photo at Bear Mound in Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wisconsin. It contains light flares, dust specks, orbs, and a spirit revealed in the altered light all these phenomena created for the camera. Let's look at it.
Bear Mound SpiritsBear Mound SpiritsSpirits, Orbs and faeries surround the bear effigy mound (his head is the bulge behind the tree). Devil's Lake State Park, Baraboo, WI. CLICK HERE to read the story. The State Park protects a number of effigy mounds. Mounds are often difficult to see from the ground, but are often clear to see from the air especially in winter and in a light snow. There are a lot of energies in the park, from spirit to people having fun.

You can see some of the mounds in the map below. The bear mound in my photo is located lower right, near the lake. Photo courtesy of the Bear Mound website.

The park was established in the late 1800s and respect for the ancient mounds was sometimes less than favorable. In the area, where there are other mounds, farmers often destroyed them for crop use. Here the mounds were preserved. But at this location, a large tree has been allowed to remain in the middle of the 50 foot long bear effigy and picnic tables and a grill have been placed along the bear's back. In this photo, you are looking towards the head of the bear, which is behind the tree.

Experts are still seeking to understand the society of the mound builders and many theories have been put forth. But here we are looking at an energetic situation that camera has recorded.

Devil's Lake State Parkphoto courtesy of Sauk County, WI
Light Flares

The light was shining very bright on this late summer day and I was intentionally seeking to intensify the light flare that my Nikon D7100 could produce at certain angles. The flares would end in a green burst which I found attractive. So that long line of colors comes from light hitting the computer sensors of the camera. It is not spirit. You may well experience similar situations with your camera. If you do, keep experimenting and learn to discern a light flare from a spirit manifestation

Dust Rainbows

Another phenomena in this photo are the beautiful dust rainbows. These are the white round dots upper left. These are not orbs. Dust rainbows and camera lens smudges can look like forms and I frequently get photos sent in by newbies who are excited to have photographed an orb. When you are doing this work - make sure you have a clean lens. Also, note if the "orb" has hexagonal line circling it - these come from the photo capturing the opening of the camera lens - or the "orb" is oval - this comes from the curvature of the lens itself.

For example, you can look at my photo Playing Ball in which some large HooDoos seem to be tossing a pink love ball between themselves. This is a spot of red dust the blew onto my lens on a windy day at Bryce Canyon.

If you want to prove you have photographed a real orb - look for a geometric form or a complex color spectrum or an actual form inside the light circle. For example, you can look at my photo of The Buddha Orb to see an authentic orb with a figure inside.

What's Real Here?

This photo did capture some interesting phenomena and let's look at those and how they happened.

Cameras are life forms capable of evolving just like everything else in creation. They adapt to the intent of their partner (the photographer) and over time this symbiotic relationship affects the result. My interest is in recording nature spirit phenomena and I was at the Park exploring this topic. So while I was focused on creating a lovely rainbow of color, the camera was picking up what else was present at the scene just out of my visual range.

I could sense the presence of spirits, but I could not see them. I get photos sent to me where folks tell me they felt the presence of spirit and look what they got. They show me all these false but artistic phenomena above. And sometimes very very blurry photos they have grossly enlarged and find a pareidolia phenomena of something looking like a form. Fake out!

But...this situation, of all these lights striking the camera sensor, has altered the range the camera picks up. So among the phenomena recorded is a happy face orb (center of the tree)...and a ghostly specter of an 1880s gentleman in mustache (lower middle right). These are authentic. I didn't see these until I processed the photograph on the computer. A good computer program like Photoshop and a photo raw file are also beneficial for this type of work. It was also fortunate that I was photographing against the dark side of the tree, which served as an excellent backdrop.

So...the park was established in the late 1800s when large hair and mustaches were popular with men (the specter here looks a lot like Mark Twain to me). These 1880s men were the first protectors of the mounds and their connection and determination was intense. The dormant spirit of the mounds responded, waking up and like a baby duckling bonding with its "momma". The mound spirit assumed the appearance of its modern parents. Spirit is malleable and can manifest in various subtle physical forms. It has chosen this form. Between my focusing on connecting to the mound spirit, the mound spirit responding, and the camera recording - this is the result. Enjoy your visit with some of the spirits of Bear Mound!

Real and unreal...options exist everywhere we look...

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Nature Spirits of Rainbow Point - A Love Story https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/nature-spirits-rainbow-point A large community of nature spirits lives at the scenic Rainbow Point in Rocky Mountain National Park. Their presence is strong and varied, and a love story connects them all.

But which came first? The nature spirit presence - recognized subliminally by humans, who put a rest point there - or humans put a rest stop at a sharp turn point on the road and the nature spirits rallied round? 

View up to Rainbow PointView up to Rainbow Point Side View of CliffSide View of Cliff Panorama

As you approach Rainbow Point from the west Granby entry side, you see this panorama (above). This point is the tallest in the area and requires travelers to pass through it on their journey. Being so critical to navigation, a lot of energies are on hand and close to our dimension.

Sentries

You start seeing these spirits as you move closer to the area. You can see its series of sentries watching the valley below. (right).

Fierce Protectors

At the pass itself, visitors park their cars and walk about. There are a number of nature spirit sentries on guard as well as numerous services and protections from the Park's human protectors. These objects are here to protect both humans and nature, as this is a very sharp turning point in the road.

I like to park here and walk up to the cliff formation, which currently is behind a lot of construction gear as the Park's human protectors work to stabilize the steep roadway.

As you come closer to the cliff formation, you see these fierce spirits. (below left) Cliff SpiritsCliff Spirits

Road Guardians

Up high looking down over the road is a strong figure who looks like an old-fashioned human aviator, his goggle pushed up on his forehead. (left below)

On the right is a large boulder with a Mayan profile with its recurring square hat - still haven't learned why that appears in these grid images I've encountered numerous times throughout North America. There is a Mayan-style dragon head below it. This beacon indicates a nodal lockpoint on the Mayan grid.

Mayan ProfileMayan Profile Mountain Spirit with Aviator GlassesMountain Spirit with Aviator Glasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenic Draw

There is a spectacularly rich array of nature spirits in the rocks cascading down to the right of the road, featuring a very steep passageway through the middle.  View from Rainbow PointView from Rainbow Point

Love Story

What intrigued me first about this location, and still does, is the love story of the elfin chief on the left and the Lady of the Rocks on the right. They have been protecting this pass for centuries. The elfin chief is accompanied by his military chieftain (below him) and the Lady is accompanied by a sharp-nosed crone (below her). The elf chieftain is in service to the Lady of the Rocks, while the Lady is concerned with the welfare of the valley below, and of all the comings and goings of nature in the area. Lady of the RocksLady of the RocksFeminine Spirit of Cliffs at Rainbow Point, Rocky Mountain National Park/ CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. Faery ElderFaery ElderThis Faery Elder, and beneath him a young crew cut faery guard, look out over a valley in Rocky Mountain Park, Estes Park, CO. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victory

Here they are, permanently protecting the draw between them - the elf connecting all of his kingdom's forces to the Lady energetically and the Lady sending her energy out to the nature of the area. A love story on many levels! Their success, for the area, is memorialized by the winged victory symbols seen top left and right. Mountain View with Nature SpiritsMountain View with Nature SpiritsSome of the Nature Spirits at Rainbow Point, Rocky Mountain National Park. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image.

 

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A Happy Day with Good Friends! https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/a-happy-day-with-good-friends Rock Friends in YosemiteRock Friends in YosemiteThis happy group of rock beings lives in a stream in Yosemite. They look upstream to a spectacular view of meadows and mountain peaks. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. It's the Good Life!

What more can one want...a beautiful mountain setting with cool, pure mountain water and good friends to hang out with!

These four rock buddies are clearly happy with each other and their surroundings.

It's a warm and lazy summer day and they are looking upstream at a spectacular mountain setting in Yosemite National Park.

 

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Speaking of Trolls... https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/speaking-of-trolls Trolls often get a bad rap in American culture. They are actually wonderful friendly thoughtful a bit somber and wise in the ways of the inner earth. They don't brook well with fools and rednecks who feel humans are the greatest thing going in this universe. Hence their reputation among some as grouchy and territorial. Troll Wise WomanTroll Wise Woman”Be sure to get my nose. I’m very proud of it,” the troll elder said. Her very prominent nose is a resonant device by which she travels and transforms matter for her inner earth community. “You look sad,” I said. “Not at all,” she replied, “Our troll existence is underground where it is dark, and this is what I am like – darkly quiet and thoughtful.” CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image.

In Touch with the Feminine

It's been my joy to have met a number of communicative trolls who have taught me a bit about their world and let me peak in. Shown above is one of my favorites. She lives at Morton Arboretum, by the side of an auto road through the nature preserve. The two of us enjoy greeting each other and occasionally having a longer talk. It is she who explained to me how trolls use their large noses as sonic devices to travel through solid earth.

Troll ElderTroll ElderThis is a closeup of the troll Wisewoman. She is also a powerful portal guardian. The portal is where her third eye is. Her long nose is the "door knocker" whose resonance you need to connect to, to enter the portal. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. To the left is a mystic portrait study of my friend.

Boulder TrollBoulder TrollThis large-eyed troll lives in Boulder's town square. Note the large feet, hairy body, long nose (it beats the Morton Troll by quite a length!) and flame of wisdom, bent to the troll's right. <a href="https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/boulder-troll" target="_self"><strong><span style="color:blue;">CLICK HERE</span></strong></a> to read more. Boulder Troll

To the right is a gentle, large-eyed lady troll I met in a town park in Boulder, Colorado. Notice her similarity to the Morton Troll - luxuriously hairy body and large nose. She has wonderful large feet and soulful eyes. Her "wisdom flame" rising in her third eye area is angled to her right, indicating her interest in communicating with the grounded energies of the right side of our bodies (in her case, the human world).

Troll of Sieur de MontsTroll of Sieur de MontsThis troll is very happy with his bright head of autumn hair! He lives next to a gentle stream at Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Acadia National Park, Maine. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. Troll of Sieur du Monts Garden

To the left is a male troll. Much like the lions, this male has a large luxurious head of hair spread full around his face. He is a happy fellow who would show well in one of the Disney Pixar films about trolls! This troll lives at the edge of a stream in Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Acadia National Park, Maine. His fern hair is in all its autumn color glory.

Unlike the two woman trolls, who are more somber and are wisdom keepers for their community, this fellow is a happy-go-lucky pudgy fellow. His energy reminds me of Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy - a happy community guy who enjoys the local pub.

 

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Husbands and Wives https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/husbands-and-wives Gnome Husband & WifeGnome Husband & Wife This gnome husband and wife live in one of the mottled-bark London Plane Trees found throughout Central Park, New York City.

He has a wonderful tall hat, his wife has a lovely bun hairdo.

What is that he's holding in his right fist? A crystal ball or something good to eat...

Or maybe he is getting ready to throw a thought form to the human couple walking by in the background...

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Protectors of the Forest Glen https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/protectors-forest-glen Kind ProtectorKind ProtectorSide view of a male nature spirit, about 9" tall. He lives in a Northern Japanese Maple and watches over the petite flowers near a simple woodland stream. in the center of his forehead you can just see a heart portal and its guardian. Morton Arboretum. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. A kindly protector looks down at the small snowdrops that bloom at the base of this Northern Japanese Magnolia. (left)

Seen full face, his third eye is a heart-shaped portal. (right)
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He lives in a small forest glen area next to a stream and the exit route from Morton Arboretum. magnolia treemagnolia tree  
 

Birdwoman

Also at the base is a birdwoman. You can see her bulging eyes, pointed beak and long hair. (below right)

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Moss-Covered Back Side

Around the back - the North side of the tree - you find a larger moss covered feminine face, watching the exiting cars.

North side of TreeNorth side of Tree Protector Outpost

And up high, facing East into the woods,  is a very tiny outpost for the protector. He absolutely insisted I photograph him and I obliged although not understanding why. But here, looking closely, is the reason; it is a mini-version of the protector, seen both side face and full face with a small version of his third eye portal.

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West Wind of Spring https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/west-wind-of-spring West WindWest Wind 3083The West Wind, known as the harbinger of Spring. Called a Zephyr in Greek mythology The West Wind is called Zephyrus in Greek and Western European mythology. He is considered the gentlest of the four winds and the energy of the spring and early summer breezes.

Mid-March Visit

This image of Zephyrus (right) appeared in the Western sky when I was taking sky photographs at Morton Arboretum in mid-March. He is graceful in appearance, as is befitting of a zephyr.

I actually did not see this wind spirit until I was processing the images on my computer. I don't usually photograph the sky for itself, but this was my focus at this time - big, beautiful sky images with delicate, spiraling clouds. I was especially admiring these classic Spring clouds and very much enjoying photographing them. Below is one of the sky images with curls, taken shooting West shortly after Zephyrus' appearance. He was putting on a very graceful display for us.

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Your Camera is Your Good Friend

These images are one reason why it is so helpful to have a good relationship with your camera. The camera will frequently capture a subtle energy you yourself have not yet become familiar with. Studying the image can help the photographer - and those viewing the image - become familiar with the frequency of the being visually captured by the camera. The camera is not hindered by the strong vital energies that stand in the way of humans easily seeing the subtler worlds.

The Wind God Zephyrus

Zephyrus has given his name to the whole family of light breezes, known commonly as zephyrs or a zephyr.

Zephyrus appeared in the photographs shown below, all shot looking west from the large field in which I was standing. You can see how the image became stronger over the sequence, as the energy manifested itself physically. The photographs were taken over 3 1/2 minutes of time. The number on the photo refers to its place in the sequence. 

So pleased to now have photographed the North Wind and the West Wind!

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Snowdrop https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/snowdrop SnowdropSnowdrop One of my favorite flowers. The snowdrop is the harbinger of Spring. 

Such a humble, gentle flower. So unassuming and yet how reassuring to all that life has once again sprung up renewed from its winter starkness.

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Entry Trees Guard a Path https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/entry-trees-guard-path Wolfman GuardianWolfman GuardianThis Wolfman image shows he rests half in spirit and half in this dimension. He is one of the guardian energies for this section of a woodland path. He clearly wants to make sure walkers respect the area! CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. Often the nature spirits will place specific energies inside an entry tree to an area, such as on a path through the forest. That is the situation here.

An Alert System

The entry tree is an alert system. It notifies the wooded area that outsiders are coming in. It seeks to establish the energy visitors should feel on their journey along the path. These energies vary according to circumstances - where the path is located, the kinds of people who frequent the path, and so on...

Entry TreeEntry TreeThe entry tree to an area sets the energy for the section of forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry tree is at the start of a wooded section around a meandering walk that takes folks through woods and fields that surround a bog. The tree has a variety of energies in it.

Contented CatContented CatEnjoying the morning sun! Contentment

There is a content cat sunning itself in the morning sun - just like the relaxed folk walking the path.

Peaceful DeerPeaceful Deer Peace

There is a gentle deer, revealed in a skeletal branch. He is looking down peacefully.

Be Respectful!

And, at the base, a somewhat ominous Wolfman. (See top left photo)

The Wolfman is emerging from the tree, signifying he exists half in spirit and half in this dimension.

This is a serious energy that is frightening to many folks. His intent is to make people behave when they walk through this area. He is an energy that says - if you have business here, enter. Otherwise, stay out.

He has set in place a thin wall of energy. If you decide to enter the area and move past him, the path is very pleasant. My feeling when approaching this area of Morton Arboretum - there a large dark bog in the middle - has always been very somber. This Wolfman embodies that energy.

This Wolfman is a guardian spirit who has chosen to anchor his energy in this tree. Should this tree be removed, he would simply move to another tree; he is not anchored to the tree, it is a marker that serves as his antenna. The cat and the deer are energies inherent to this particular tree. They are the gentle energies the Wolfman is protecting.

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Cottonwood Spirits, Capitol Reef, Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/cottonwood-spirits-capitol-reef-utah Fremont CottonwoodFremont CottonwoodThis ancient Fremont Cottonwood stands at the entrance to a now-deserted Utah prairie homestead. The spirit images of numerous animals are housed inside its trunk. CLICK HERE to read the full story. The nature surrounding the Gifford Homestead, Capitol Reef, Utah is spectacular, from towering red canyon walls to richly varied nature spirit images in centuries-old trees. The entryway to the Homestead has been modernized but the old trees are still there.

Gifford Homestead, UtahGifford Homestead, UtahView of the entry to the Gifford Homestead, Capitol Reef, Utah Gentle Tree Images

Some sections of the Mormon religion are polygamous, which means multiple wives per husband. Thus there were usually more women and children on the Homestead then adult men. So it is not hard to understand why the feminine energy is found in many of the tree images.

The Mormon tradition is also a gentle one and that softness of human interaction with animal and nature energies is prevalent.

Above left is one of my favorite tree studies. It shows a large gentle deer in a Freeman Cottonwood Tree. This is the center tree in the landscape image above right.

Close Up of Images

In this close up of this trunk, which I've diagrammed, you can see several feminine images and also a number of smaller gentle animals.

Cottonwood Spirits, UtahCottonwood Spirits, UtahNature spirits in a cottonwood tree, Gifford Homestead, Utah Diagram of Cottonwood TreeDiagram of Cottonwood Tree Other Spirits

In the three large cottonwoods I explored during my visit, I found numerous spirit sculptures. These are forms created by the tree or local nature spirits. They describe various situations or beings. While these are energies the tree or an external nature spirit is exploring, these energies are not the tree spirit. (As, for instance, the dryad we posted about yesterday, which is the spirit of the tree itself.) This sculptor has a liking for ornate line and all the images are exceptionally "frilly" in their details.

Dog Profile in Cottonwood TreeDog Profile in Cottonwood TreeLooked at one way, this is a large dog. Looked at another way, inside the placid dog is a barking man's head. A statement about some person who once lived there? Man, Dog and Crowned WomanMan, Dog and Crowned WomanThree spirits in a cottonwood tree, Utah

Billboard size Pixie

In the cottonwood with the thick wooden heart, which I showed you a few days ago (see below right), the burl on the left holds the image of a very very large Pixie. Pixie are fun loving beings who love a gentle joke. That atmosphere of happy play is seen throughout this area.

Cottonwood HeartCottonwood HeartBeautiful old cottonwood tree at the historic Gifford Mormon farm in Utah. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Pixie BillboardPixie BillboardThis looks like an advertising billboard for pixie spirit! It is certainly wayyy larger than a pixie is in &quot;real life.&quot; This pixie lives in the cottonwood tree with heart - he lives in the large burl you see in that photo facing left. He is holding something in his mouth - a whistle or a stick - and winking mischievously.

 

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Dryad of the Red Maple https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/dryad-of-the-red-maple Dryad of the ForestDryad of the Forest This elegant Dryad is the living spirit of this red maple tree.  She has a lovely heart-shaped portal headdress. Below her is her familiar, or protector.

The Living Spirit

The dryads are the living spirit of the tree itself and can also emerge from the physical tree in the form of a young maiden.

Dryads work with the life force energy of their specific tree and area. Some folks call them tree nymphs.

This Dryad lives at the Morton Arboretum.
 

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Cottonwood Heart https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/cottonwood-heart Cottonwood HeartCottonwood HeartBeautiful old cottonwood tree at the historic Gifford Mormon farm in Utah. CLICK HERE to read the full story. In honor of the one year anniversary of my beloved brother Chet Perry's crossing over, here is a beautiful, solid cottonwood heart.

Chet loved trees and nature and throughout his life surrounded himself with the love of family and nature.

Cottonwoods are said to be spirit messengers, their heart-shaped leaves blowing in the slightest breeze and carrying our prayers to spirit. May they carry his family's prayers that Chet live in peace and beauty in the spirit world.

This large cottonwood lives at the Gifford Farm, an historic Mormon farm in Utah.

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Dwarf in Tall Hat https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/dwarf-in-tall-hat Dwarf in HatDwarf in HatThis dwarf looks a bit like Grumpy, with his down-turned mouth! He is wear a tall hat and has a full beard. Morton Arboretum. CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story. Classic dwarf features! Tall hat, large nose, whiskers and beard. 

This elderly dwarf lives in the Scots Pines area of Morton Arboretum. This area is centered around a large dark marshy circle of land. The energy of this area is both light and serious. You can see that energy in the dwarf's visage. His wide open eyes are inspecting the area and his downturned mouth shows his somber determination. This is his Marker Tree.

Ley Lines

This area is located between several large bodies of water. Because Scots Pines grow tall and straight, you can clearly see how earth energy can be so strong that is affects the growth of the life forms in its line of travel. Many of the trees along a strong ley line will curve around the strong invisible energy and others grow around vortexes of energy rising up from the water areas below the earth. 

Such strong earth energies are one of the things dowsers are on a look out for when assessing and addressing the energies of a piece of land.

In the photos below, you can see how some of the trees have curved around a specific line of strong energy.

Scots PinesScots Pines Scots Pines GroveScots Pines Grove

 

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Study of a Vine in March https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/study-of-a-vine-in-march The warm summer ramblings of this 2" long vine frond have become a winter sculpture.

Study of a Vine in MarchStudy of a Vine in MarchThe warm summer rambles of this small 2" vine are captured in a winter sculpture. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image.

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Bull Pine Protector https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/bull-pine-protector The ProtectorThe ProtectorThis powerful protector spirit also has a sense of humor and a natural elegance. This noble protector stands at the entry point to the residential area of my family's vacation property in North Conway, New Hampshire. 

He watches over the comings and going of life forms who wander through the property. The main stabilizing energy at the base is a noble, smiling princely figure. Next to him is his familiar. I've never been able to exactly specify the energy of this companion figure. Sometimes I see a space man in space helmet other times a skier on skis or a cuddly big animal!

Bull Pine Close UpBull Pine Close Up Friendly Lion

The men in my family are big guys, leonine in bearing, kind hearted, noble and natural leaders. I'd say I was prejudiced, but you can see the nature spirits have captured that energy in this powerful Bull Pine sentry tree!  Lion HeadLion Head

In the mid-distance photo to the right, above the Protector, you can see a friendly lion. 

In this close up, left, you can see the lion energy - friendly, not threatening. But is this a human in lion headdress or a lion himself?

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Bull Pine family

In the long view of this bull pine, you can see other life forms and lower right the path leading down the hill from the enclosure.

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Orb at Warrior Rock https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/orb-at-warrior-rock Orb at Warrior RockOrb at Warrior RockI could hear but in the darkness of the cave could not see this being, who asked me to take a photo of it. CLICK HERE to read more. I could hear but in the darkness of the cave could not see this orb being, who asked me to take a photo of him/her and the scene. The life form was quite insistent, so I obliged and took a photo. I only saw the orb in post-processing.

Notice the face inside the orb. You can see some sort of headdress, eyes, nose and open mouth. Notice the reflection of the orb on the wall to the left just behind it, verification that this life form has substance.

When looking at the difference between a spot on your lens and a genuine orb life form, you need to see if there is detail of some kind inside the image, as there is here. There is also a strong spirit presence in this orb. Exactly what the camera captured is open to interpretation. It is a life form, but from where and exactly what is it? Any orb experts among our readers who care to offer comments?

A Tuberculosis Retreat

I took this photo on a tour through Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.  The cave has an interesting history. At some point in the late 1800s - early 1900s, it was a medical living area for tuberculosis patients. The belief was that the cave's atmosphere was conducive to a better quality of life for these people.

The caves themselves are beautiful. They also have a strong spirit presence. This includes but is not limited to the spirits of some who passed away inside the caves. 

Native American Battles 

The caves were also used by Native Americans, long ago, and artifacts of that occupation have been found. The large stone on the right is called Warrior Rock. The tour guide explained that there was a battle among tribes that had occurred by the rock, hence its name. There are also Indian spirits in the area.

What Are Orbs?

I myself cannot say definitively exactly what the orb phenomena is that digital cameras are able to capture. A provable orb (v dust or rain drops) is one that has some density and some internal form, either of light, geometry or body part. I believe the orbs to be the auric field of life forms existing in other dimensions who have entered into ours enough to be seen by the camera. If we could see even more clearly, we would see the form of the being and not just its auric field. I also believe that some orbs we humans see are plasma vehicles permitting life forms from other parts of the galaxy to travel about.

Various photo captures help us understand the reality of other realms co-existing with ours and validate a person feeling, seeing or hearing the presence of beings others cannot see. Some people are simply more sensitive to other frequencies.

 

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Black Walnut Nature Spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/black-walnut-nature-spirit Enjoying the Winter SunEnjoying the Winter SunThis tree spirit face is 1 inch tall. He opened up the doors to his home to enjoy the warm winter sun. CLICK HERE to read more. Everyone is enjoying the warm March days we are experiencing in Northern Illinois. Including this tiny nature spirit, sunning himself in his Black Walnut tree home. His head is all of 1" tall. He opened his eyes long enough to acknowledge me, then went back to his sunny half-sleep.

Why don't you see if you can find some of the little folk enjoying the weather as well? You can head out with a macro lens and a decision to look small!

I set out that day armed with only my Lensbaby Velvet 56 - a neat specialty lens that gets great close ups that are sharp yet velvety smooth at the same time. It performed well for me in the outdoor world of trees and bark that I was exploring.

The bark of the Black Walnut tree loves to lift off the trunk in graceful curves. 

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Grandmothers Oversee the Canyon https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/grandmothers-oversee-the-canyon Many of you will never make it to Southern Illinois, so here is a view of this charming canyon area and the kindly Grandmothers who oversee the scene. We've been exploring this area in a number of recent blogs. If you were simply hiking through, not on the look out for Nature Spirit art, this is what you would see and feel

Entry from the leftEntry from the left

 

Left Entry

Should you enter from the left, you'd be traveling up and down beautiful stone paths built by the US Park Service. There are a lot of thin rock passages you'd have fun traveling through. Overseeing your final descent into the small canyon, you'd have the sense of a strong protective presence. That would be the Guardian of Place who has placed his energy there in this profile marker. Note his broad cheeks, long "ski jump" nose and artist's cap. He is bearded. 


Steps up to the PlatformSteps up to the Platform A Viewing Platform

The canyon trail is set down from the ridge line and the very active US Park Service has installed a broad viewing area cantilevered out from the sheer wall face. You can see the Love Story tableau on the left entry wall and some of the Grandmothers who are happily welcoming you to the area. Chatting GrandmothersChatting GrandmothersThese Grandmothers oversee the energies of the Love Story alcove.

 

 

 

 

 

Close Ups of the Grandmothers

Overseeing this area is a gathering of Grandmothers. They are a very tall, strong, welcoming presence. Children hiking through the area love to climb up into them and their many little alcoves, having great fun playing hide and seek.

The Grandmothers are all in good spirits, and are quite chatty. They want everyone passing through here to be a happy part of the family.

GrandmothersGrandmothers

Peaceful ValleyPeaceful Valley A Peaceful Valley View

The Grandmothers look out into a peaceful valley still forested with trees for miles into the distance. On a calm summer day, the local birds can be seen circling or riding the air streams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving This Little World

Right side entryRight side entry When you exit from the right, head uphill on the trail and look back, you see this view. Overseeing the entry from this side is a very large turtle - you can see his head stretching out over the trail. The turtle represents the world, in Native American traditions. So this marks the others side of this very special little canyon world of nature beings.

Continuing Your Hike

And then you are on your way to the rest of your awe-inspiring hike through the magnificent nature spirit art museum we humans have named the Garden of the Gods....

 

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Love Symbols in Trees | Garden of the Gods https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/love-symbols-in-trees-garden-of-the-gods To the right of the Love Story Mural we have been exploring is a little alcove dedicated to the enduring love that weaves through our roots no matter what the externals look like.

This story takes place inside one of the canyons at Garden of the Gods, Illinois.

The KissThe KissA young man and woman in a permanent rock kiss. Between them rises the symbol of their love - two tall pine trees, their roots interconnected and tied together in a heart. You see the core of this artistic story to the right. A young man and woman are permanently locked in a rock kiss. Between them grows the expression of their love - two pine trees, roots intertwined and forming a heart knot.

Soul Mates

In our human terms, we would say this scene explores a love story about two soul mates.

Love AlcoveLove AlcoveYou can see the edge of the Love Story mural mid left. People often talk about wanting to meet their soul mate - they know that person is somewhere, they just don't know where.

Soul mates are connected at their very roots of existence. The two are a couple from the point of creation and they always inwardly work together no matter what the outer circumstances appear to say. They are working on self-perfection as a team.

This is the underlying theme of the mural itself. The story is of the sacrifices made by the couple for the sake of spiritual growth. The Guardian is acknowledging, in the mural, the everlasting love of the woman for him, and the love experiences offered and sacrifices made in their journey.

In this situation, the male (the Guardian of Place) withdrew from inter-personal contact to pursue spiritual knowledge. This is a classic esoteric choice many have made, in the pursuit of the alluring knowledge that exists in other realms of existence. Having achieved his goal, the Guardian returned to tell their story in the images along this cliff.

A Gem of an Art Collection

Intertwined RootsIntertwined RootsThe roots of the two pines are intertwined. Root HeartRoot HeartTwo trees joined together to form a knotted heart We are almost finished exploring the remarkable living art collection in this gem of a rock canyon. These explorations remind me of the difference between exploring the exquisite, personally-assembled Frick Collection in NYC and exploring the collection of the Metropolitan Art Museum. 

In this canyon, one being's art sensibilities have predominated throughout. It is the same style, in rock and tree. The guardian, in his artist's cap, acknowledges his interest in art and he has explored it extensively. You can explore his works in the blogs listed below. Our final blog on this canyon will be tomorrow.

Previous blogs include: 

Mountain Spirits at the Garden of the Gods, Guardian of Place Tells His Story, Meet the Guardian of Place, and Sophistication in Rock Art.

You can also view a video I made of the Love Story several years ago.

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Sophistication in Rock Art https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/3/sophisticationin-rock-art Like all cultures, Nature Spirit Artists have their own symbols, methodologies and styles. These artists are working with a limited canvas such as a tree or a rock or a specific geographical area. They may wish to express a number of story lines in this one location. Their solution is a highly sophisticated blending of perspectives, images and energies. Like much professional art, the more you study a scene, the more levels and meanings are understood.

Spirit ProtectorSpirit ProtectorThe Tableau rests inside a spirit protector Diagram of the Spirit ProtectorDiagram of the Spirit ProtectorDiagram showing the spirit protector of the mural Did Picasso Learn From Them?

Some of these other-dimension artists will explore and show a single energy from multiple viewpoints. They've been doing this for thousands of years.

The human artist Picasso developed a similar artistic technique in the twentieth century. He would sometimes merge multiple perspectives of a subject, creating a multi-aspect description on a flat surface.

At times, the interdimensional rock and tree artists link images - one large subject containing many smaller subjects. They may do this for lack of space. They may be stating that one larger energy contains many smaller independent aspects. They may be combining separate parts to create a story. 

In this canyon we are exploring, at Garden of the Gods, Illinois, the Guardian of Place has by now covered most of the surfaces with images and images inside of images. Sometimes he is expressing his own message. Sometimes he is encouraging and helping evolve the consciousness of a specific section of rock or tree. As in all life, there are multiple reasons for situations to occur.

The Philosopher Taller Cliff Being Encompassing MuralTaller Cliff Being Encompassing MuralA view of the taller cliff being who encompasses many energies inside himself, including the mural and the mural protector

While the masterpiece of this canyon is the Guardian's Love Story mural, there are many minor subtle, sophisticated aspects also present.

The mural can also be looked at as taking place inside the head of a large aristocratic rock being philosopher - a deep thinker. You can see this aspect of the story above. The rock spirit's profile is very distinct. He has a beautiful, fine-featured nose. He is looking down, with a half-open eye as in Eastern meditation practice. This eye is also the Guardian's smiling face.

The Grandmother

But wait - that's not all, as one of my photography professors used to say. The entire cliff area is full of living energies. There are multiple Grandmother rocks who overlook all else, from the very top of the cliffs. You can see one of these grandmothers to the left. She is wearing a headwrap as the Native Americans would do on a cold winter day. She is looking straight out and her very full lips are pursed in a kiss.

If you follow Grandmother's gaze, you see it is focused directly at the opening slot in the rocks that visitors must pass through to reach this part of the trail. Grandmother is watching, and offering visitors her love. She is also overseeing in a grandmotherly way the energies that are playing out in the Love Story mural. These energies begin just below the clear horizontal line below her chin, which also marks the top of the philosopher's head.

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Meet the Guardian of Place | Garden of the Gods https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/meet-the-guardian-of-place-garden-of-the-gods Here are self-portrait comparisons of the Guardian of Place, Garden of the Gods. He created one in the warm oranges of youth, the other in the cool blues of later years. Self-Portraits of Artist | Garden of the GodsSelf-Portraits of Artist | Garden of the Gods In each of these, the artist has portrayed himself in a robust manner. This is not one of the elegant, fine featured elves. This is a down and gritty earthy fellow. He has basic "common folk" features - round cheeks, rough features and in each case a symbol of his craft - an artist's cap.

The visual technique in each is the same - a broad face surrounded by symbols of his energetic state. Note how he has changed over the years. The dominant colors themselves show the change in energy between youth and adulthood. In youth, the image is based in curving cloud-like dreams. In adulthood - it is straighter and more grounded. In youth, the dream of spiritual realization is foremost - emerging top right from his mind as the cobra hood, a classic symbol for spiritual knowledge. In adulthood, a tree emerges - his area of specialty - working with the life force energy of the rocks and trees of his area.

In youth, he has a fine shock of curly hair emerging from his cap. In adulthood, his hair is slicked down and his cap is transformed into a solid base with a soft top reminiscent of a crown - e.g. he has achieved his goal. In youth, he was smiling with the innocent unknowing of that age. In adulthood, his eyes are sad with the knowledge that comes from experience, his cheek bones more angular. In youth, far below him, the figure of a woman curves down while in adulthood, it is a tree emerging from his ear and curving down - he listens now to the rocks and trees of his world.

Love Story in StoneLove Story in StoneThis love story told in stone – drawn by the nature spirits – depicts a young woman dreaming of her lost love – a handsome lad with a magnificent physique who eventually left her to pursue the spiritual life (seen in the image of the cobra rising from his head – a Far East icon signifying the conquering of the kundalini). You see her full face as a young woman and side face as a crone who now holds her cat in her heart. This saga resides inside a glen with other parts to the story. The mural is carved by the nature spirits of liesegang bands (sandstone and iron) and resides in the Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Park, Illinois. The portrait of him as a youth is part of the rock mural he created detailing his love story with a beloved of long ago - see my previous blog, Guardian of Place Tells His Story

Cliff opposite the muralCliff opposite the muralThis is the cliff opposite the mural, which includes the energetic home of the Guardian of Place, seen upper left. His self-portrait in adulthood has been created, large size, on a cliff that is facing the mural and the other parts of the canyon for which the artist is Guardian of Place. His portrait is located at the upper left part of the cliff. Surrounding him are many other stories, which we are exploring in a series of blogs. Buddha and 7-Headed CobraBuddha and 7-Headed Cobrabuddha sculpture and seven headed cobra in the temple

It is notable that, having attained spiritual knowledge, he is now aging at a much slower rate than is normal for his species, and as is evidenced in his Love Story mural where the woman has aged significantly.

As some of you may not be familiar with Far East sculptural iconography, I'm including the photo of a sculpture of Buddha with the seven-headed cobra. This is the Far East symbol of spiritual attainment, which the Guardian adopted to show his aspiration.

 

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Stepping Out | The World of Nature Spirit Art https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/stepping-out-the-world-of-nature-spirit-art As a trained art historian, it has always been my interest, when studying interdimensional art works, to understand the techniques being used, the cultural environment surrounding the artwork, what the artist was seeking to present, and the mastery level of the artist.

My Friend the GnomeMy Friend the GnomeThis is the gnome who introduced me to interdimensional photography. He lives on my family's property in New Hampshire. This was his address marker for many years. He has since married and he, his wife and children now live elsewhere on the property. I am also an inter-dimensional communicator. There are all levels of this craft as well. My skills are pretty basic in this vast subject area. I have chosen as my specialty a study of the images placed in trees and rocks by artists of other realms.

What do these images tell us about the societies that produced them? Just as with human art – are there many mediums, styles, artists seeking to convey different messages?

As an interdimensional communicator and energy worker of many decades, I also ask – how many different dimensions are at work here? Do the methods differ? What does the gross physical reality of these art works tell us about the complexity of our planet’s existence?

And, lastly – how can I meet these artists, converse with them, and understand more deeply exactly what I am looking at?

How did this all start for me? Can you do this as well?

We humans live in a multi-dimensional world without classifying it as such. We talk to our pets, our deceased loved ones, the angels, the plants in our yards. This is acceptable so long as we state to others that we are “imagining” that we are conversing. Like so many of us, I lived like this for many years, until a friendly gnome made his presence so clearly known that I had to accept and step over into another way of understanding.

I still, for many years after, was very careful how I framed my communications, for fear of the wrath of the unseeing. The cellular memory of persecutions runs deep in our human consciousness.

Moss FaeryMoss FaeryThis is my very first nature spirit photograph. It is of a moss fairy's home. You can see the shy moss fairy (in pink shirt, upper mid area). The gnome took me to this hidden location and instructed me how to photograph the scene. Thanks to the scientific advances that have brought us digital cameras and digital photographic post-processing tools, I have assembled some twelve years of photographic studies of nature spirits. Through this reportorial activity, I have been able to bridge – somewhat – the separations that exist between our human realm and that of beings of other dimensions. Enough so that I can communicate at a basic level with beings portrayed and artists involved in the images I have been gifted to record.

There are many far more gifted than myself in each of these areas. I do so hope that my base, entry level work will inspire them to also come forward, and share.

This website is a riddle and an on-going conversation about our human existence, and potential participation, in a rich earth environment. The riddle: how many dimensions do we humans co-exist with? The conversation: Are the natural rules that govern their existence different from our human ones? The proof: visual records that we humans can see and grow to understand.

I have authored three books on interdimensional subjects: We Are Not Alone – A Guidebook to Interdimensional Cooperation; Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts – How to Talk With and Photograph Beings of Other Realms; and Nature Spirits in American Trees.

You can join in my on-going nature spirit conversations on Instagram and on my private Facebook group.

 

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Guardian of Place Tells His Story https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/guardian-of-place-tells-his-story This is the story of love sacrificed and honored told by the extraordinary interdimensional artist and Guardian of Place who has shaped the many forms found in a scenic canyon at Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Forest, Illinois. Below the mural is an explanation of its parts.

Love Story in StoneLove Story in StoneThis love story told in stone – drawn by the nature spirits – depicts a young woman dreaming of her lost love – a handsome lad with a magnificent physique who eventually left her to pursue the spiritual life (seen in the image of the cobra rising from his head – a Far East icon signifying the conquering of the kundalini). You see her full face as a young woman and side face as a crone who now holds her cat in her heart. This saga resides inside a glen with other parts to the story. The mural is carved by the nature spirits of liesegang bands (sandstone and iron) and resides in the Garden of the Gods, Shawnee National Park, Illinois.

Diagram of Love Story TableauDiagram of Love Story TableauDiagram of the parts of the the Love Story

Artwork of this Guardian

A Guardian of Place is a being who oversees the well-being of an area of nature.

Each Guardian has his/her own personality and ways of managing the energy. They are real beings with real life stories that are taking place in a parallel dimension that shares earth with humans. Sometimes, as here, their handiwork is so grounded into the core physicality of earth that it is also visible to humans.

This is a series of blogs about the art works of this Guardian of Place. I began it yesterday, with an exploration of this site looking out into the Canyon and valley beyond, called Mountain Spirits at Garden of the Gods.

In this blog, we are studying the mural itself. It is a commemorative study and honoring of the woman loved, then rejected as a conscious act because the youth chose to focus instead on the acquiring of spiritual knowledge. The woman stayed faithful to him all her life and in this mural, he is honoring her steadfast love.

Heads of the Two LoversHeads of the Two LoversClose up of the heads of the two lovers You see the boy's face, rosy-cheeked and smiling with a tuft of curly hair peeking out of a cap that has a star on it (representing his aspirations). Above him you see a dream-cloud indicating his choice - the pursuit of spiritual knowledge. This symbol is a spread cobra head, a standard iconographic symbol seen in many Asian Indian images showing the mastery of spirit by beings like Buddha and Vishnu. 

Below him is the woman he loved. She is now bent over, as an old crone. But her face is the dual perspective seen in Picasso-style studies. Here one view is as a crone and another as a young woman (when she and the boy were lovers). Beneath her, in her heart section, is the head of her companion in old age, her cat. Above her you see a cartoon funnel up to her remembered dream of her true love. From her hand another cartoon funnel heads right to her remembered dream of the youth, his bare legs, buttocks and broad shoulders on display.  Sophisticated Perspective ChangesSophisticated Perspective ChangesDiagram of two views of the woman here - young and old -

This mural also explains why the youth left. His need to pursue spiritual goals outweighed that other course his life could have taken. The mural gives a personal dimension to the achievements the Guardian eventually grew into, and which I'll describe in future blogs.

You can see the story in a short video I made of the mural, called A Love Story Told in Stone.

You Need to Shift Your Focus 

I want to emphasize that if you went to this location, you could walk through it and see none of this. If you are hiking through, grounded in the normal perceptual range of our human dimension, you might simply feel happy and inspired by the scenery.

These are images I coaxed forward and photographed, taken over some fifteen years and several visits. This is an energetic merging of dimensions that I have practiced achieving, asking the energies, if they wish, to please come forward more strongly, and working with my trusty Nikon camera to capture what exists in this realm. Sometimes the camera captures the presence of life forms I may not see, because of current limitations of my own consciousness. When I do see them, in post-processing, it enables me to readily see it myself on my next visit to the site.

On each visit, my ability to see and photograph has grown and I am able to explore more aspects of this extraordinary living energy stone art gallery and the artist who created this work.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Garden of the Gods Illinois Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit Shawnee National Forest https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/guardian-of-place-tells-his-story Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:24:10 GMT
Mountain Spirits at Garden of the Gods https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/mountain-spirits-at-garden-of-the-gods On our final day of lion images, I chose a mountain-size tableau of a lion's head. This handsome fellow presides over the back of a canyon in Garden of the Gods, Illinois. He is the proud protective spirit under a tableau I call A Love Story in Stone.

Mountain Lion at Garden of the GodsMountain Lion at Garden of the GodsThis mountain lion tableau sits at the back of a scenic canyon at Garden of the Gods, Illinois It's hard to get a full on view of the lion, as he looks out at the valley beyond - no viewing spots. But you can see how large he is from the size of the fallen full grown pine trees to the right of this photograph. We are talking hugeeee....

This lion lives in a pulsatingly alive canyon filled with intelligent, evolved spirits from many realms who have their own interdimensional United Nations of energies.

They are presided over by a very responsible Guardian of Place. The Guardian has worked in his canyon with all these many different beings, over the years helping them to actualize their unique personalities.

Below is the view looking out from the cliffside lion. Notice the nature spirits of all sizes. Top left is a lady of the rocks and to her right a handsome beast with two faces, one under the other. Nature performing its Picasso style!

Under them, best seen in an enlarged view of the photograph, are many smaller rock spirits (only in relation to the large cliff portraits - they are very large themselves) heading down into the canyon. Mountain Spirit VistaMountain Spirit VistaNumerous mountain spirts, giant and small, occupy this area of Garden of the Gods, Illinois

The left side entry to the canyon passes through a very narrow passage between boulders. Presiding over the entry is a tall rock being trying his best to look fierce and imposing. (See bottom left.) He stands above skeletal tree bones. But, really, folks - doesn't he look like a kindly tough guy? Coming Over the MountainsComing Over the MountainsThis large mountain spirit looks like he means serous business! He lives at the top of one of the ridges at Garden of the Gods, Illinois

When you emerge from the boulder squeeze area you come to the walkway you see in the photo below. The Love Story mural is to the immediate left of the walkway.

This path leads you over the narrow rocky terrain that is just above the lion. Beneath the walkway the canyon descends hundreds of feet. Looking out from the walkway you can see a hundred miles of forest. Entry Stairs to Scenic OverlookEntry Stairs to Scenic OverlookGarden of the Gods, Illinois Atala Showing the Love Story MuralAtala Showing the Love Story MuralGarden of the Gods, IL

You can see how large the Love Story mural is in the photo below of me showing off the mural. The Guardian of Place created this mural. It shows him in his youth, upper right.

There are so many sections of stories in this area that I will, in the next few months, start sharing them a story at a time. For now - you can watch a video of the Love Story at the Crystal Life YouTube channel.

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Garden of the Gods Illinois lion spirit Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit Shawnee National Forest https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/mountain-spirits-at-garden-of-the-gods Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:38:35 GMT
Peace Treaty https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/peace-treaty This Nature Spirit Tableau is the visual signature denoting the Peace Treaty between two groups who had fought over control of a piece of land. You see a lion being on the left and a horse being on the right.

The TreatyThe TreatyThis is a formal portrait of leaders from two different realms who have made a peace treaty for their peoples. The portrait study represents the agreement. Left is a lion being and right is a horse being. The horse being's group now rules while the lion being's group is accorded rights of use.

The Two Leaders

The personalities and feelings of the two leaders are quite clear. The horse leader is an older, darker, sinister looking energy - one wouldn't want to cross him! He wears the king's crown and is grounded in the reality of his group being in charge.

The lion is younger and has a lighter energy. He and his group were the former "owners" of the area. They fought off the incursion, with many losses, and would have kept going but they were offered an acceptable treaty by the other group.

The lion is trying very hard to match the authority of the horse but doesn't feel that bold inside himself. He looks noble, a good leader, but with some fear and insecurity beneath it all. A good leader who lost the battle and worked hard to get an acceptable (and hopefully accountable) treaty with the invaders.

There is a lot more that could be explored here. Such as the lion carved into living bark and the horse residing in the stripped bare trunk. And the other nature being faces and their emotions, also visible if one looks closely.

A Living Treaty

The energies of these two leaders have to live together in this tree. In the nature realm, the life forms will sometimes place their visual signatures in trees. In doing so, they place a portion of their own energy in that tree. It becomes a living energy of its own, connected to the pictured being. It doesn't look like the lion being is too happy about this bonding!

This was a territorial issue that the two groups have resolved. It is also a marker tree denoting the start of the victor's territory. The tree is located in a dark section of an Illinois Preserve. It is an area where I always shudder a bit when I pass through it on a walk.

All around this area the Midwest woodland is peaceful and content. But not in this one area. In this area, the energy is darker - like that of the horse being. There are a lot of twisted and fallen trees - not from weather issues - as though it was a battlefield in another dimension. There is an alternate current of sunlight and joy as in the rest of the area. But it has been overwhelmed.

A Piece of Reportorial Observation

On the day I took this photograph, I had decided to pay attention to the energy of this area, and why I was always so uncomfortable when passing through. The devas responded, directing me to take a photo of this portion of this tree.

It was a bright mid-day with the sun shining in mottled patterns through the summer leaves when I took this photo. The nature guides instructed me to take one photo, then told me no more. Looking at it now, it would seem this is because it was a piece of reportorial reporting of exposed emotions that would have been corrected if I lingered. Frankly, I didn't really want to linger in this area anyway so I took the photo and walked on. To enable you to see the details of this peace treaty plaque more clearly, I have lightened it and darkened the rest of the tree.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy horse spirit lion lion spirit Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/peace-treaty Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:19:58 GMT
Desert Peace for a Watchful Lion https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/desert-peace-for-a-watchful-lion This peaceful mountain lion watches over his desert home in Utah. He is the only stone stack for miles around and humans have placed a rest spot at his base, along a country road.

Desert Lion - Mid ViewDesert Lion - Mid ViewMid view of a desert lion, Utah I was traveling from Bryce Canyon back to Colorado, enjoying the beautiful, cloudless desert ride with its spectacular scenery when I came upon this lion at rest. 

I stop to enjoy his peaceful energy, which pervades the entire rest stop.

Here are other views of this lion. Note the fine detailing of the head of this beautiful interdimensional sculpture. 

Close up of Desert LionClose up of Desert LionClose up of the Utah Desert Lion. Note the fine detailing of the head and his relaxed posture, front legs outstretched. Lion Overseeing HIs HomeLion Overseeing HIs HomeThis majestic lion is the only stone stack for miles around, on the Utah desert land. He sits in serenity, in a small oasis along a country road.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy lion lion spirit Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/desert-peace-for-a-watchful-lion Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:36:38 GMT
Partnership of Lions https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/partnership-of-lions This story I have pondered long about sharing but decided it was time to tell others what this lioness told me. It's important nowadays when there is a growing awareness about the need to honor and respect all life.

This is a sad story in many ways, but inspiring in the intense loyalty and devotion this lioness had for her partner. Since this is the week of stories about lions - here's one about two real ones.

LionessLionessThe lioness teaches her young how to fend for themselves, without vulnerability, and with honor, dignity, wisdom and courage. I am an interdimensional communicator. It's a skill set I have learned to keep turned off most of the time, to cut the chatter coming in from a very full universe. I will communicate with other dimensions if the situation calls for it, or some life form becomes aware I can understand them, and they have a message to transmit or share. I prefer communicating with the fae folk but animal communication also falls in my skill set. This is a conversation I had with a lioness.

The Lion Exhibit

One cold winter morning I was visiting the Brookfield Zoo as my photo club was there on an outing. I wandered up to the lion exhibit, which is behind fences and, in one area, a tall plastic window. There were a lot of shouting pushing having fun young school children.

I waited them out and finally got up close to the window, setting myself up to take some photos. I was scanning the enclosure and admiring the male lion - Zenda - who was standing regally on a stone cliff, deep inside the enclosure. (See below)

The female - Isis - had been close to the fence but had moved away. I wanted to photograph her and so called to her inwardly (thinking it was only in my imagination) to please come close.

To my surprise, Isis seemed to hear my thoughts and came right up to the window, stopped, and looked me in the eyes. She did not move. She clearly wanted to capture my attention and communicate something to me. Frankly, it was cold and I wasn't in the mood to talk so I tried to ignore her overture but she was steadily persistent in her mission and so I readjusted, and listened. 

You can see her steady, intelligent, intense, focused energy in this photo I took of her, above right.

My Conversation with a Lioness

LionLionThe lion is a symbol of strength, wisdom and balance. He is a symbol of balance and authority over the subconscious. The lion is very often the heraldic animal for leaders. I listened. Translating her conversation into human words, here is what she communicated.

She wanted me to understand and to share with others that she and Zenda were intelligent, aware beings. It was not right for us to keep them caged like this. They wanted their freedom just like I wanted mine. Look at how they were being treated - the shouting, gawking crowds staring at them as things. Constant garble of sounds all day long. 

She wanted me to understand that they were so unhappy and if it were not for each other, the situation would be unbearable.

I was confused by all this information. It was a download of facts I had not previously considered about zoos. And there are certainly cases where the animals are happy and sheltered. But not here.

Her situation was so sad but there was nothing I could do, and I told her this. She understood, with great sadness. But she kept her consciousness linked to mine and would not let go. She wanted me to understand - not just listen, but to deeply understand. She was staying linked to drive  her message deep into my energy field.

Isis told me that the only thing that kept her going was knowing what a loss it would be to her partner if she died. She stayed alive to bring him comfort. But, she told me emphatically, if he ever died - she would follow soon after.

It was some five minutes later that I broke off the connection, offered her my love, and left. I didn't know what else to do.

But after that conversation, I looked at zoos differently than before. I also now noticed others of the animals who were enormously unhappy, especially the Great Apes who are surrounded on all sides by humans and their unending chatter. I haven't wanted to visit the zoo since then although I sometimes wondered how the lion and lioness were doing, as they were considered stars at the zoo.

A Promise Kept

Last year I read in the papers that on January 2, 2020 the male lion, Zenda, had been put down as he had a degenerative spine issue and could no longer stand. The article said the couple had been together since they both arrived in 2008, were each around 14 years old and had spent a good deal of their time grooming each other. I thought of Isis and her love and concern for Zenda.

I also remembered what the lioness had told me. I knew that in a long relationship the partner left behind has a hard time adjusting and often they die soon after. I was fully expecting the lioness to somehow leave as well.

Two weeks later, I read that the lioness had mysteriously fallen from the top of the lion exhibit and had been found unresponsive at the bottom of the moat. She never regained consciousness and two days later she was put down as well.

That fall was not "mysterious" to me. I knew that was an intentional act by a deeply grieving, highly intelligent being. That fall was a result of this unbearable grief, and her long-held commitment to stay while Zenda lived and to leave when her partner left.

So this is a story that I am sharing to let others know that we are not the only intelligent life form on earth. Besides being kind to each other - we should be kind to all life forms we come in contact with, from animals to plants to rocks. Each life form is intelligent in their own world.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy lion lioness Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/partnership-of-lions Mon, 22 Feb 2021 11:57:55 GMT
A Visit with Aslan, the Lion of Narnia https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/a-visit-with-aslan A week of stories about lions wouldn't be complete without a visit with Aslan, the powerful benevolent protector of Narnia. The close up of Aslan (lower right) is one of my most popular photographs. The full view of this root structure (directly below) is itself complex and impressive.

Aslan on WatchAslan on WatchThis is a long view of Aslan, as seen in a root structure on Rialto Beach, Washington. Sweeping back from him is a long flowing cloak. Beneath the opening is an image of Fenris Ulf, the wolf who supported Aslan in one of the Narnia wars.

AslanAslanAslan, the noble lion of Narnia, is on guard, along the shore of the Olympic National Forest, Rialto Beach, Forks, Washington. Inside him are some of the many beings who make up his world. CLICK HERE to read more about this image. CLICK HERE to read about the Rialto Beach tree spirits.

Aslan the Protector

This massive cedar root structure is one of the more prominent sculptures at what is known as the Tree Graveyard - Rialto Beach, Washington. The beach front faces a part of the Pacific shoreline historically buffeted by strong storms. Over the centuries many massive cedar trees have washed ashore and weathered into awe-inspiring sculptural tableaus of complex roots.

In the long view of the great lion, you see him standing facing the ocean, his kingly mane flowing back in the wind. From his back extends a long cloak permanently fluttering in graceful folds. Inside his great body he is harboring many other life forms, large and small. Depending on your energy of the moment, you will see various images come forward then step back.

Protection from Fenris Ulf

I especially like the depiction of a wolf - let's call him Fenris Ulf, the giant wolf who assisted Aslan in one of the Narnia wars. He is so well detailed I wanted to show you a close up. You can see his fur! He is a spirit messenger - one eye is missing, signifying that part of him lives in spirit. He rests beneath, and protects, a portal to some unseen world.  Fenris UlfFenris UlfRialto Beach, Washington

Gentle Yet Wise

Towards the back of this root structure you see some gentle beings - an animal looking left and two birds - one with a sharp beak and beneath him an owl.  Nature Spirits in Aslan Root StructureNature Spirits in Aslan Root StructureRialto Beach, Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portals to Other Lands

From the back side of the root structure, I photographed two portal openings. They face the Pacific Ocean. The one on the left is the back side of the portal you see above Fenris. The one on the right is the opening that you see from the front on the lower right, still a bit brown, with a variety of artistic contributions from beach strollers. This is always the issue when using portals - they look different from the backside. As the children discovered in Narnia, you need to very carefully establish your landmarks if you wish to return to the world and time from whence you came.

Window to the OceanWindow to the OceanRialto Beach, Washington View of Stacks through Root OpeningView of Stacks through Root OpeningRoot Opening in Aslan Root. Rialto Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Has Shaped These Images?

Below is a long view of the beach itself, with the massive cedar skeletons. Aslan is the third structure from the right.

This powerful beach with its highly energized "dead" root systems gives one pause. Exactly what is life, reality, imagination? When we feel such power from these so-called skeletons - is it coming from their inherent life force energy? Is it coming from the life forms who have moved in and made these structures their homes? Is it from interdimensional artists who are following a theme? From where are these artists drawing their inspiration? Do they read our literature and get inspired? Is there a universal library - the Akashic Records perhaps - that they tap into? In this area, as in every area of earth's physical forms, there is much still hidden that is waiting for us to explore, to map, to understand.  Long View of Tree GraveyardLong View of Tree GraveyardRialto Beach, Washington

 

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Aslan Atala Toy everything is energy Fenris Ulf lion Narnia Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Rialto Beach tree graveyard tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/a-visit-with-aslan Sun, 21 Feb 2021 13:01:45 GMT
Lion Courage Comes in Many Sizes https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/lion-courage-comes-in-many-sizes Pine Tree LionPine Tree LionLion energy comes in all sizes. Here it is in a 12" or so pine tree. There are many energy grids that circle earth and make up its potentials. One of them is the Lion Grid. You will find lion images anchored in trees and rocks around the world. And also anchored in the moving beings - animals, people and nature spirits. These images come in all sizes. Lion courage is not a possession of only those outwardly large and bold!

Here is an approximately 12" high lion image I found in a pine tree at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Look at his marvelous long main and handsome profile. He shows off well in the early morning sun! 

 

Familiars in the Nature Spirit Realms

I moved around to take his photograph full on. This led to the discovery that the lion was actually the familiar for one of the masked wood elf warriors. In the nature realm, life forms often have a spirit companion - called a familiar - who accompanies them, protects them, and imbues them with a specific type of energy.

So here, although the head of this masked elf warrior is only a few inches high in our human world, he is cloaked in lion bravery, power and beauty.

 

 

 

Masked Elf and Lion FamiliarMasked Elf and Lion FamiliarThe pine tree lion seen in the nearby photo is really the signature for one of the masked elf warriors. You can see him here. He is wearing a lion headdress. For the nature spirits, these connections are their familiars - living energies who support and protect them.

Lion and Elf diagramLion and Elf diagram

Diagramming the Two Energies

I've sketched out the two images here. The elf is in white and the lion is in pink. 

This image is notable for many reasons. It is another portrait of a specific elf of the genus I call the Masked Elves. Apparently I have a strong affinity with this group for I have photographed many of them. I am very fond of them! They appear in various sizes in trees and rocks but when I visit with them in the inner worlds, they are extremely tall, leanly muscular, composed, wise, ready for action if needed but content to stand at peace if the situation permits it. True warrior spirits!

The Worldwide Lion Grid

In our world, this warrior masked elf is small. In his dimension, he is large. In our world, we would consider the lion headdress decorative. In their world, this is a living force whose energy imbues the warrior he is associated with. This duo is strongly connected with, feeds into, and thus strengthens the worldwide lion grid.

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve lion Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/lion-courage-comes-in-many-sizes Fri, 19 Feb 2021 14:37:16 GMT
Big Cats https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/the-hunt Both the human and the nature realms respect and admire the large cats - lions, cougar, tigers. They project peaceful, focused, regal control of their surroundings. This is a quality we all are much in need of right now, when so many issues are affecting our society. So...this is my Week of the Cat. I'll be presenting inspiring images of large cats for the next week.

The HuntThe Hunt This handsome lion overlooks the road in Red Canyon, an entry point to Bryce Canyon, Utah. Unbeknownst to him, a human hunter on his stead is eternally stalking but never quite reaching this regal presence.

May you have the same good fortune in your life - while problems may come stalking, they never quite reach you!

These HooDoos are very tall and stand on top of a red sandstone cliff. They are a powerful sculpted tableau by an interdimensional artist.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Bryce Canyon hunter interdimensional lion Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Red Canyon rock spirits Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/the-hunt Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:15:15 GMT
The Welcoming Committee at Morton Arboretum https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/the-welcoming-committee-at-morton-arboretum This is the welcoming committee of nature spirits who have gathered in front of the Library at Morton Arboretum.

Greetings to You AllGreetings to You AllThis is a greeting tree. It is bringing many of the nature spirits together to greet the thoughtful folks who use the Sterling Morton Library that it faces. The "crowned energy" is a friend, faithful dog. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL These nature spirits make their headquarters in this very large statement tree that grows just outside the library, at the intersection of three paths.

Hundreds of serious scholars visit the library each day, where Morton Arboretum houses its senior staff and a renown library filled with scientific studies of trees, plants and birds.

The nature spirits at the Arboretum want to offer their welcome to the many people who have dedicated themselves to the well-being of trees. 

So they gathered a welcoming committee that energetically presides over the path that leads from the library into the Arboretum walking path or parking area.

Diagram of Greeting TreeDiagram of Greeting TreeI've diagrammed many of the nature spirits who have gathered to welcome humans to the Morton Arboretum. I've diagrammed some of the spirits upper right. The crowned "king" energy is dog - faithful, friendly, protective. He is shown with crown and long body, standing up. In his arm is a serious nature spirit scholar and the dog is sheltering a shy nature spirit in his chest. Just outside the dog form is a puppy (kids are very important at the Arboretum!)

Upper right is a gnome. Next to him is a scowling grouch (always one of them around, eh?) and the crown itself is an intellectually searching spirit.

Morton Arboretum represents the best there is in the world of caring for trees. The spirits of the nature realm have expressed their appreciation in this tree.

 

 

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Morton Arboretum Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Sterling Morton Library tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/the-welcoming-committee-at-morton-arboretum Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:25:53 GMT
Study in White https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/study-in-white Abstract in white - gardenia closeup

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) abstract photography Atala Toy everything is energy gardenia Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography plant spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/study-in-white Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:24:38 GMT
Life is Good! https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/life-is-good Happy Plant FairyHappy Plant FairyA very content plant fairy, living in the hot house at the Chicago Botanic Gardens A very content flower fairy is enjoying the good life in one of the hot houses of the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Outside winter is blasting its howling winds...but inside, all is light, warm and happy!

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Chicago Botanic Gardens everything is energy flower fairy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography plant spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/life-is-good Mon, 15 Feb 2021 13:07:20 GMT
Happy Valentine's Day https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/happy-valentines-day Happy Valentine's Day. May you be surrounded by love.

Loving HeartLoving HeartThis Loving Heart is an offering from tree spirit. The tree lives peacefully on the lawn of an historic Frank Lloyd Wright home, located beside the peaceful Fox River in Geneva, Illinois.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy hearts in trees Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/happy-valentines-day Sun, 14 Feb 2021 12:35:02 GMT
The Dashing Officer and the Young Girl https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/young-love-and-the-disapproving-parents Ah, romantic love! Does it ever run smoothly? In honor of Valentine's Day - here's a story I found in a crepe myrtle tree in Destin, Florida.

These crepe myrtle beings live in a housing community heavily populated by folks from the nearby military bases. That includes a good number of handsome young soldiers and airmen.

Here a young girl (left) is doting on a charismatic military officer (center). Looking on (right), we find Mom and Dad scowling at the situation.

The dashing officer is dressed in ornate lichen ceremonial headdress and is sporting a fancy mustache. The wide-eyed young girl has curly lichen hair. On the right, you can see Mom (bottom) and Dad (top ) strongly disapproving of this situation.

We Don't ApproveWe Don't ApproveMom and Dad (center) definitely don't approve of their daughter (left) being so infatuated with the older, handsome soldier (right)! These folks live in some Crepe Myrtle trees in a housing area near a military base. Destin, Florida. CLICK HERE for the story.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy crepe myrtle Destin FL everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit young love https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/young-love-and-the-disapproving-parents Sat, 13 Feb 2021 11:58:43 GMT
An Homage to Pan from the Central Park Spirits https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/homage-from-central-park-spirits John Lennon as PanJohn Lennon as PanHere you see the long-haired musician John Lennon, depicted as Pan attracting life forms of many realms from the beauty of his playing of the pipes. CLICK HERE to read the story. Pan is playing his pipes, surrounded by beings of many realms.

This tableau exists at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NY.  Created by interdimensional artists, it is their memorial to musician John Lennon. It depicts him in his later long-hair years as a symbolic Pan, attracting life forms of many realms through the beauty of his music.

Imagine...Imagine...Closeup of the John Lennon memorial at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NY. Summer mornings, an admirer cleans the memorial and set out a fresh flower. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE A few hundred feet away is a memorial mosaic created by human artists to honor this giant of a musician. Every day for forty years, hundreds of people have visited that site to pay homage to Lennon.

Nature's homage has been crafted into the base of an American Elm. It features the musician, fingers playing the pipes, while a rabbit listens on as well as a bevy of other beings, including birds, gnomes and humans.

Pan Playing the PipesPan Playing the PipesThis is an artistic depiction of what it looks like to me when I enter into the spirit realm to identify with these life forms....a mystical world of moving energy. CLICK HERE to read the story. A Cosmic View

To the right is an artistic presentation of this same scene. It represents what it is like when I go into tree world and communicate in that dimension - the outside world fades away into a world of cosmic colors and forms.

View of the Tree's Home

Below is a view of this tree as seen from the Lady of the Forest who is in charge of this area. To learn about her, read my blog Strawberry Fields Forever. The tree is far right. You can see, far left, people gathered around the John Lennon Memorial. Strawberry Fields from the LadyStrawberry Fields from the LadyThe Pan tree is back right, in this long view of the park lawn. CLICK HERE to read the story.

All are Welcome

American elms are solid, comforting trees. When you approach this tree, and look up and down and all around, you see it has comfortably welcomed a wide variety of life forms.

Including humans, who can often be found on warm summer days camped out and chatting or sleeping beneath the tree. (Below right) Humans Relaxing at Pan's TreeHumans Relaxing at Pan's TreeHumans feel the comfort of this tree as well and you will often find, on warm summer days, someone stretched out and sleeping. CLICK HERE to read the story.

 

 

 

Looking Around the Tree

Pan's TreePan's TreeThis long view of Pan's tree show many of the life forms who are present in spirit. CLICK HERE to read the story. To the left is what the tree looks like when you approach it from the Pan side.

When you start observing all the different energies honored in the tree...you have to admire how sophisticated the interdimensional sculptor of this art work is. There are homages to many of the life forms who regularly visit this area of Central Park. Here are some I photographed.

Preppy WhistlerPreppy WhistlerStrawberry Fields is on the well-to-do Upper West Side of Central Park. Listening to Pan is a preppy fellow with protruding belly, happily listening along... CLICK HERE to read the story. Uptown Preppy

Strawberry Fields is located in the well-to-do Upper Westside. So of course we have an image of a Preppy club hopper. With close cropped hair, bow-tie, tuxedo, ample waist line, whistling a tune. (Right)

Girl with PigtailsGirl with PigtailsOne of the "common folk" of the city - a pig-tailed girl in a knit hat - listening to Pan. CLICK HERE to read the story.

 

Ordinary Folk

The ordinary folk of the city are represented as well. Here is a pig-tailed girl wearing a knit hat. (Left)

 

Gnome SpiritGnome SpiritIt's always good to have friends among the gnomes. Here's a jolly fellow sculpted at the base of the tree, close to his underground home... CLICK HERE to read the story. Gnomes

It's always good to be friends with the gnomes. To the right is a portrait of the cheerful local gnome, depicted emerging from his underground home.

 

 

 

 

Duck EnergyDuck EnergyDucks proliferate in this area, which is near the Central Park Lake. So they come to listen as well... CLICK HERE to read the story. Ducks

Ducks like this area - it is close to the Central Park lake - so they are represented. (Left)

 

 

Dog SpiritDog SpiritEvery day locals are in the park walking their dogs. So here's an honoring of this life form.... CLICK HERE to read the story. Dogs

Humans are out walking their beloved dogs everyday so here is an homage to dog energy. Dogs can be very spiritual partners for people and this is a spirit messenger. One eye is conspicuously missing for it carries messages from humans to spirit and back again...

 

 

Lots of Spirits in the AreaLots of Spirits in the AreaHere's a view of the Pan tree from its neighbor...There's one spirit at the base and up higher faces within faces of different types of nature spirits, including a long-eared elf. This is a highly evolved area of the park, overseen by a Lady of the Forest, and most of the trees have evolved their own distinct personalities. CLICK HERE to read the story. An Area of Trees with Distinct Personalities

This park lawn is extremely well developed energetically; the Lady runs a tight ship. Most of the trees have learned to express their own unique personalities or have been utilized by interdimensional artists to tell a story. Below is the tree next to Pan. Notice the figure at the bottom. Up higher are faces within faces, the large one being an elf with gorgeous long pointy ears.

 

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When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom'd.... https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/when-lilacs-last-in-the-door-yard-bloomd A lilac mandala, paired with part of Walt Whitman's poem, "When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom’d..."

When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Grew...When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Grew...A lilac mandala celebrating its heady, pervading spring presence...

In the door-yard fronting an old farm-house, near the white-wash’d palings,
 
Stands the lilac bush, tall-growing, with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,

With many a pointed blossom, rising, delicate, with the perfume strong I love,

With every leaf a miracle….and from this bush in the door-yard,

With delicate-color’d blossoms, and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,

A sprig, with its flower, I break.

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Strawberry Fields Forever https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/strawberry-fields-forever Imagine...Imagine...Closeup of the John Lennon memorial at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NY. Summer mornings, an admirer cleans the memorial and set out a fresh flower. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE John Lennon was one of the most loved musicians of modern times.

Here's a story of how both humans and the life forms of the more rarefied spirit dimensions admire him and what he represents.

These are images from the John Lennon memorial site in Central Park, New York. It is located in Strawberry Fields - a favorite spot of his, just opposite his home in The Dakota apartment complex.

As a unit, the images create a compelling story of the intelligent, conscious, combined love of many beings of many dimensions for this unique musician. Let's look at some of these parts.

Mosaic Honoring John LennonMosaic Honoring John LennonAt the opposite end of the park path is the memorial to John Lennon. The memorial is the center of a power triangle formed of three paths converging. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE Imagine All the People...

Above right is the memorial plaque, hand-selected by his widow Yoko Ono and the City of New York. It rests at the center of a power point where a triangle of paths come together.

It contains the title of one of his most powerful songs - "Imagine all the people...Living all as one..."

Most mornings you will find the memorial has been swept clean of mementos and a perennially present fan has placed a flower and a commemorative note.

As the day rolls on, more and more locals and visitors come to the location and leave their own notes and flowers and have their photos taken. Honoring of Lennon by HumansHonoring of Lennon by HumansOn a warm day in summer, you may find dozens of people visiting this park shrine, leaving flowers and messages and taking commemorative photos. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE

This leaving of mementos has been occurring for some forty years now, since Lennon's untimely death.

During this time the nature-created images shown here also evolved. Why did this occur? Did the spirits respond to the devotion of the fans? Or did John Lennon love the area so much because of its rich spirit presence and the nature spirits, like humans, wanted to honor this special man with their own memorials?

The Lady overlooks this siteThe Lady overlooks this siteThis is a lady of the forest - the deva in charge of the upkeep of this area. She has the wisdom flame springing from her head, a face gaunt with grief, and a base chakra bleeding in sadness. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE The Lady of the Forest

At the other end of the path, at the exit point from this area, stands a wise, solemn and sad Lady of the Forest. The ladies are in charge of the comings and goings of all the beings in their domain, in this case the Strawberry Fields area. This lady looks remarkably like the energy of Yoko Ono - John Lennon's widow - and perhaps it is a memorial to her. 

There were strong intellectual and sexual components to the relationship of John and Yoko and you can see both these qualities this memorial. The lady is sad with a long, exotic face. She has a flame of wisdom rising out of her crown chakra. This is a classic visual symbol that signifies a wise person.

The Lady also has a prominent base chakra displayed full frontal, and it is leaking the tree's life blood - its tears and energy. The base chakra is the relation of a life form to the universe, and this was severely damaged for Yoko, and for all of us, by the senseless nature of Lennon's violent death.

The Lady is in command of the entire swath of lawn between her and the Imagine memorial. In this swath of lawn there are several trees with memorial images and two memorial bas relief sculptures - one from the stone world and one from the tree world.

This is the address marker for the Lady. Her energy pervades the area and it was her tenacity that organized the nature spirits to craft their memorial. Should this tree be cut down, her energy would simply select another tree as her home base and anchor there. That is - she is not a site-specific spirit.

The Musician and the Nature Spirits

This image, lower left, is the view from the Lady out across the lawn to the memorial area, back left of the image. Strawberry Fields from the LadyStrawberry Fields from the LadyA view looking from the Lady to the memorial site. You can see the tree with the musician images - it is the farthest back, in the center of the photo. The memorial stone can be seen on the mid-right of the photo. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE

Long-Haired Music and FriendsLong-Haired Music and FriendsThis tree is populated by multiple nature spirits listening to a long-haired musician play his flute. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE At the far end of this lawn area, parallel to the memorial itself, stands a unique tree with multiple images in it (right). This includes a complex collection at its base. You can see here a long-haired musician who, like the eternal Pan, is playing a flute and through his music has entranced a wide array of life forms. The images include animals (a rabbit and a bird), nature spirits (a gnome and, up high, the face of the residing tree spirit) and humans (a whistling preppy).

 

The Memorial Stone Bas Relief

The memorial "natural" stone sculpture in the middle of the lawn has the face of a handsome young man of the front side and on the back side shows the full body, with extended arm. It signifies the musician's energy rests here.

Musician's HeadMusician's HeadIn the center of the field a memorial stones rests with the image of a man's head on one side and a full view of the body on the other side. It resembles a memorial statue - to John Lennon? You can read about it by CLICKING HERE Memorial Stone with Prone FigureMemorial Stone with Prone FigureThis is the back side of the memorial stone. It looks like a long torso with arm. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Olympic Victory Torch

Victory TorchVictory TorchA large Victory Torch (resembling that carried into the Olympic Stadiums) marks the back side of the memorial area. You can see the torch bottom, and then the "fire" and its smoke rising up into the air. A memorial emblem for John Lennon, from the nature spirits. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE Looking straight back onto this lawn area from the paved path, you can see how the field extends. On most sunny summer days you will find several people relaxing and absorbing the sun and the energy of the area, as they are doing here. City Folks RelaxingCity Folks RelaxingThis is a view from the path looking directly back into the depths of Strawberry Fields. It is a popular place for locals to come and soak up the summer sun and a bit of nature's peace. You can see the memorial torch in the tree to the far right. You can read about it by CLICKING HERE

On the back far right of the scene shown just above, you find the tree memorial that marks the back side of the Lennon area. You can see the tree close up, to the right. It features a prominent wood bas relief of an Olympic Torch. The long sconce, large flame and long smoke plume signify the strength of John Lennon's achievements. He was of Olympian proportions! From another perspective, not seen here, this image also looks like a long-beaked bird and signifies the musician's return to spirit.

 

 

 

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Grandfather Honors the Many Personalities of His Rock Family https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/grandfather-honors-personalities Grandfather presides over his rock family, strewn down a mountain hillside in Estes Park, Colorado.

Grandfather RockGrandfather Rock I first met him twenty years ago, at a time when I needed inner support. He lovingly welcomed me into his rock family and we have been friends ever since. 

Grandfather is an 8' tall granite boulder with a bird-like beak. Each of his rock family members have their own unique personality - grandfather believes in life forms following their own personal paths in full freedom of expression. There are the collective family of smaller rocks - the stabile life forms of any community - and there are the standout stars. While each rock in the family is unique, they all blend together in harmony of community.

Below is a view from partway up the hill towards the top rocks where Grandfather and Grandmother exist.

Rock StrewRock StrewRock strew, Estes Park, Co

When I first met Grandfather, I was moving through some major life transitions and uncertain how to proceed. I sat in that dark cubby you see to the right, under his watchful eye, and entered into meditation. Grandfather invited me into his inner family home and I sat surrounded and safe among this diverse family. They invited me to return to visit, from wherever I am, and I have often taken them up on this. They are my extended "Mountain High" family. They are - home.

Grandmother RockGrandmother RockThis wise grandmother rock (right) watches over her grandchild (lower middle/left), who has a playful, porpoise energy. These stone beings are part of a boulder strewn family that sits atop a pine-covered hill in Estes Park, CO. Grandfather holds the high point on the mountain group. Just below him and to the right is Grandmother. Grandmother is very much the crone - stoic, patient and nurturing. She is babysitting a grandchild - a very playful porpoise-like youngster to the left of the image.

Children love to play among the rocks and each year I've visited, their forts have changed in design and location. One year they built over Grandmother. I was shocked at their disrespect and asked Grandmother how she felt about this. Like a true loving Grandmother with grandkids scrambling about her feet, she responded that she rather enjoyed the change and all the joyful energy the children brought. I realized then that while the children played, she was flooding their little energies with the love of nature for humans, something the children will long remember after they are grown....

Strewn below this couple are the members of their community. You can see some of them below. I have written about various members in other blogs. They are each well developed beings with their own unique perspective.

Over the centuries, this community has seen various uses. It has been a sacred gathering ground for native peoples and there is a large flat rock that served as an altar. Today it is part of the property belonging to the YMCA of the Rockies - a popular vacation and conference site.

Grandmother and the FortGrandmother and the FortGrandmother, and the children's fort. Estes Park, CO

Here are some other members of Grandfather's family.

A handsome young prince. (below right) He is hidden away inside the small community of stones in which the children build forts. The  young prince is protected in all his manly beauty, just as the children are who play in this protected alcove.

Handsome PrinceHandsome PrinceHandsome Prince, Estes Park, CO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big EarsBig EarsThis large-eared elephant rock is part of a family complex of rocks strewn along a mountain hillside in Estes Park, CO. CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world.

A happy elephant. (left). You can read more about elephant spirit in my blog on world-wide Elephant Strength

Little WarriorLittle Warrior

A stoic little warrior - brave even though small in size. (right). He reminds me of the little fellow who accompanies the large heroes of a story - a side kick, brave though small and the one who often saves the day for his larger cohorts due to his pragmatic and crafty courage.

The Bully and His WifeThe Bully and His WifeThis tableau is one of many of a hillside strewn family of rock spirits I like to visit in Estes Park, CO. It shows a dour gross consciousness bully and, behind him, his cowering wife protecting herself from his blows. CLICK HERE to read about this story.

 

A grumpy old man and his much-abused wife. (left) You can read about them in my blog Bully and His Wife 

GaneshGaneshGanesh, Estes Park, CO

 

Ganesh. (right) This elephant god of Indian culture represents good fortune and protection. He protects the rock family, presiding at the bottom of the hillside strew.

Ancient AltarAncient AltarAncient altar

 

The altar. (left)  This flat rock still has the energy of ancient harvest ceremonials. Today it is a gathering spot for youth. A counselor has built a fire stash in preparation for the evening's ceremony.

 

Several visits and many years later, I knew I would not be returning as often to physically visit with my stone family. I stood in meditation, connecting with them in love and gratitude. When I came out of meditation, I felt compelled to look down at the ground by my feet - and found their physical response to me: a lichen-covered rock heart. It is an image I treasure. 
Love from the WoodsLove from the WoodsThis lichen-covered rock rests in Rocky Mountain pine needles, quietly offering its heart’s love to all who pass by on the mountain slope. On my last visit to Estes Park, Colorado, I said a sad good-by to my adopted rock family, and when I looked down…I found their loving response!

 

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Wood, Water and Air Spirits Along the Pacific Coastline https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/wood-water-and-air-spirits-along-the-pacific-coastline Tree GraveyardTree GraveyardA view down the beach, of the line of bleached tree trunks at the famous Rialto Beach tree graveyard. A visit to Rialto Beach's famous tree graveyard leaves most people awe struck by the power and majesty of the massive tree skeletons that have washed up on the rocky beach. A graveyard, yes - but also a major earth powerpoint of living energy.

This tree lined beach on the Pacific Coast is a gathering ground for wood, water and air spirits - a community where multiple energies live together. Their combined energies across their different worlds brings their presence very strongly into our human realm of feeling. 

Each of the massive roots has their own energy. Many different life forms find their home in each root.

Smelling the FlowersSmelling the FlowersThe spirit of this weather-battered tree skeleton is still cheerful ...and still smelling the flowers! CLICK HERE to read about the Rialto Beach tree spirits

 

 

Here is a sweet yet massive tree root just over the rise to the beach, smelling the flowers. To me, she is a beautiful example of the ability of spirit to rise above their circumstances and find beauty in their surroundings.

 

 

Smelling the Flowers SceneSmelling the Flowers SceneThe home of the skeleton tree smelling the flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She lives in a small island of gentle beauty in an otherwise stern and desolate tree skeleton garden.

AslanAslanAslan, the noble lion of Narnia, is on guard, along the shore of the Olympic National Forest, Rialto Beach, Forks, Washington. Inside him are some of the many beings who make up his world. CLICK HERE to read more about this image. CLICK HERE to read about the Rialto Beach tree spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is one of my favorite tree roots, who looks like the energy of Aslan, the royal lion in the Narnia books. He lives in the third root system from the right, in the first photo showing the beach itself.

 

 

 

Home with a ViewHome with a ViewOne of the many small "forts" constructed along Rialto Beach...for play or living in?

 

 

 

 

People like walking the beach and some have visited often enough to create "forts" (or living quarters?) along the beach - there are a number of these that are both beautiful and awe-inspiring themselves, at the strength of beachcombers to move such large logs and construct their own beach home! This one comes with its own decor and a scrawled address - "Lola's Fort"

 

 

 

Sea Stack in FogSea Stack in FogRialto Beach is well known for its perpetual fogs and wild oceans. A typical morning sight, near a Sea Stack.

 

And this is the ocean view Lola and others see most early mornings. The beach is well-known for its continual fog and turbulent waters. 

Rialto Beach is located near Forks, Washington and is part of the Olympic National Park system.

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Hermit of Sabino Canyon https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/hermit-of-sabino-canyon Hermit of Sabino CanyonHermit of Sabino CanyonThe Hermit of Sabino Canyon is a Watcher – a tree spirit who observes hikers crossing a bridge, from under his shaded home at the base of a desert tree. The hermit told me he was very happy to live peacefully alone, and did not want any special attention paid to him. Sabino Canyon, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read his story. This Hermit lives along side the road that wends through Sabino Canyon, Arizona. He enjoys watching hikers pass by but is not interested in interacting with anyone. He is an elderly reclusive Watcher. He does have a companion - you can see him in the vertical image, a greyish specter.

When you are hiking in nature and you feel someone is watching you - they probably are! Every tree, plant and rock has its own spirit and depending upon the day may be interested or not in what is wandering through their territory.

Hermit of Sabino and His CohortHermit of Sabino and His CohortThe hermit of Sabino Canyon is shown here with a specter who hangs out with him. In general, though, the different realms - human and nature spirits - are separated into different frequencies, also called dimensions and realms. Each is absorbed in the day to day details of their own realm. Each is equally "real" and well-developed as a realm where all the components of an evolved society exist.

I enjoy hiking through nature and letting the nature spirits know that if anyone would like their photograph taken - I would be happy to oblige. This is a novelty to them. It is also a service, each to the other, to show that the universe is a much more complex place than most humans are aware of. As we humans grow and evolve, eventually we will understand how our actions affect other life forms co-existing in the same turf - and vice versa. This far distant time will hopefully bring about a great sense of community, responsibility and peace.

Sabino Canyon RoadSabino Canyon RoadA section of the road through Sabino Canyon, AZ On this walk, I was sauntering along a desert road and actively looking for life forms I might not have previously seen. This seems to have appealed to the hermit and he called me over to visit. It took a bit until I saw him in all his glory, as he had disguised himself nicely. 

We had a nice visit. He explained he was of the Viking lineage, a very old soul, and was done with the fighting and exploring and just wanted to rest and look. A specter - a ghost of the world of all those warriors who had crossed over into spirit - kept him quiet company.

Here is a section of road showing what the desert looks like in this stretch of Sabino Canyon. It is not his stretch - he asked me not to show his area, just in case anyone decided to explore from the photo.

The Hermit in His WorldThe Hermit in His WorldAn artistic depiction of what the hermit's world looks like when I enter into it. And here is an artistic rendering I did of the look and feel of his world, when I shifted my perceptions to enter his dimensions.

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Love from the State Street Maple https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/love-from-the-state-street-maple Heart on Joy PathHeart on Joy PathThere is a much loved maple tree on Joy Path at the Morton Arboretum. Nature has returned the love, growing a wood heart while its happy tree spirit smiles at the hikers passing by... I love trees in all their many aspects, from their beauty to the warm nature spirits who make the trees their homes.

I've always lived places near arboretums - and even, in college, on designated arboretum land. Trees are my refuge and my joy.

Currently, I live near Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. They love trees and many of the experts there devote their entire lives to the care and propagation of trees.

This is one of their much loved State Street Maples - a hardy breed they developed themselves. In adulthood, as here, it is a gorgeous huge spreading maple and it is much admired by strollers along Joy Path.

State Street MapleState Street MapleThis is a prominent and much loved maple tree at Morton Arboretum. It is a variant them themselves developed. The tree returns that love full fold, in so many ways - its beauty, strength, shade, foliage. When you walk by the tree, it emanates the love that comes from being well-loved.

Humans and nature spirits love to play around the tree. Here are a few of the tree's resident nature spirits.

Above left: On the back side the tree has grown its own heart. A happy nature spirit looks out at Joy Path. And a very tiny timid nature spirit with its little claw is peaking out just under the loving heart.

Maple Tree SpiritsMaple Tree SpiritsA happy lovable dog is among the various nature spirits who make this stately maple tree their home. Morton Arboretum. Below left: On the front side, facing strollers along the path, are a bevy of nature spirits. One seems ready to step out and greet you while a playful dog is looking left.

 

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Mandalas and Patterns https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/2/mandalas-and-patterns Azalea MandalaAzalea MandalaBright azaleas and green leaves crafted into a nature mandala.... In this winter season, it's sometimes nice to recall the vibrant colors of Spring....Here's a floral mandala composed of multiple images of a pink azalea and its leaves.

Greenman silhouetted against tilesGreenman silhouetted against tilesTiles with the Greenman image....and the Greenman himself. And one of my friend the Greenman, silhouetted against a background pattern formed of mandalas whose component parts are the greenman himself.

Fun and funky wintertime fun. Notice how the repeated patterns of the mandalas intensifies the energy of its subject....

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Anatomy of an Alpha Tree https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/anatomy-of-an-alpha-tree Tree Spirit CollageTree Spirit CollageThis is a tree spirit collage where I’ve lined up the root portals that surround this cottonwood tree in their body order. The root portals surround the tree and represent its grounding these energies for the park inhabitants to use. CLICK HERE to read about this alpha tree This Alpha Tree is the leader of the trees at Wheeler Park, Geneva, Illinois. He commands the highest point in the park and is formed of four cottonwood trees clustered together as one unit.

Around the tree's base are earth portals formed from its root system and relating to three aspects of the humans whose activities have so affected life in the community park. There are eyes, a heart, and a base chakra form. I've overlaid them on the tree. 

Cottonwood trees have heart-shaped leaves that rustle in the wind; it is said by Native Americans that they carry our prayers to the Great Spirit.

Alpha TreeAlpha TreeView of the cottonwood alpha tree, early morning. Wheeler Park, Geneva, IL CLICK HERE to read about this alpha tree Once, long ago, this was virgin forest inhabited by Native American nations and bordering the then-sacred Fox River.

The Quarry at Wheeler ParkThe Quarry at Wheeler ParkThis is an early 1900s photo of the quarry at what is now Wheeler Park, Geneva, IL. Courtesy of the Geneva History Museum. As white settlers moved into the area, various industries developed and the area became known nationally for its milk production, windmill manufacturing...and quarrying of stone for building supplies.

Wheeler Park was once a quarry stripped of all remnants of forest. Eventually the stone played out or encountered residential boundaries and by 1950 the last of its 53 acres had been deeded to the town.

The town filled in and renovated the area, setting up a scenic park and a mini-golf course, tennis courts and senior center. The town worked in tandem with nature, creating a site of natural beauty.

So...how did nature respond? I currently live in this area and for the past fifteen years have enjoyed walking here and visiting with the nature spirits. They've shown me many of their secrets, and how hard they work to cooperate with humans to evolve a more perfect union of the worlds.

Greenman of GenevaGreenman of GenevaThe Greenmen are the philosophers and teachers of the nature realms. Tall and fine-featured, they keep order in nature. They are distinguishable by their facial armor: Platelets of tree trunk, leaves, and energy that flow back from their face when they come in peace, come forward to protect themselves when danger approaches, and grow flaccid in old age. This Greenman is in the prime of his life, and while the warrior nature is foremost in his energy, he is at peace now. My favorite Greenman lives here and I've written about him often, including in my blog on Greenmen Personalities.

Bird Who Swallowed a Frog | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyBird Who Swallowed a FrogThe bird who swallowed a frog is a gentle joke and energetic correction by this cottonwood tree. The tree root has the shape of a bird but its eye is a frog! This image is part of the work of the nature spirits along the peaceful, gently-flowing Fox River Valley in Illinois. CLICK HERE to read more about this story A wonderful, loving Grandmother tree lives here - you can read about her in my blog on Harmonizing Energies | The Nature Spirits Step In

Grandmother houses many spirits including a light-heartedly profound root ensemble where a duck has as its eye one of its food delicacies - a frog. This ensemble - holding together natural competitors to create a peaceful union - is a way the nature spirits are working to bring harmony and community between competing energies. This includes humans and nature.

 

 

Cottonwood HeartsCottonwood HeartsThis heart portal is a root that formed at the base of a cottonwood tree. CLICK HERE to read about this alpha tree Earth's EyesEarth's EyesEarth’s Eyes – These root eyes are part of an alpha Cottonwood tree – a tree who is the leader in an area. You can focus on these eyes and enter into the inner earth! CLICK HERE to read about this alpha tree At one time, when I taught classes, I enjoyed taking esoterically-minded folks on a visit to the Alpha Tree. I'd show them how to sit in the heart portal. It is just the size of an average tush and when sitting looking out, the flower at the top of the heart fits the base of the human spine. A great rush of earth energy comes up from this heart portal and it is relatively easy to travel deep into the peace and love of the nature realms.

The eyes are a portal on the other side of the tree.

During the fifteen years I've been walking in this park, I've seen a lot of changes. When I started, the park was relatively unused and the alpha tree presided over a peaceful sweep of lawn.

Lightning StrikesLightning StrikesMultiple lightning strikes transformed the energy of this alpha tree. CLICK HERE to read about this alpha tree A number of years ago, the town began installation of a frisbee (disc) golf course and placed a lunch table, a basket and a tee on this hill. This was quite a shock for the alpha tree. I personally was deeply saddened at the lack of respect the architects had shown for the tree. 

Frisbee Golf beneath the Alpha TreeFrisbee Golf beneath the Alpha TreeToday, folks enjoy a round of frisbee golf, one basket and tee located beneath this tree. CLICK HERE to read about this alpha tree But the tree itself gradually adapted. It's first change occurred when lightning struck the tree, running down several of its trunks into the ground and shattering pieces of bark all around the base.

This event changed the energy of the tree itself. In Native American traditions, a lightning struck tree is a powerful shamanic instrument. It has great value as a point of transformation and healing.

It was some time after this occurrence that I noticed a marked change in the energy of the tree. Like all of us, humans and nature - if we survive a sudden act of transformation, we grow in wisdom and knowledge.

The tree's energy has the sadness of experience but gone is its previous esoteric aloofness, replaced by an emotional understanding and compassion. He now energetically interacts and blesses those who play at this disc golf hole.

The 18-hole course takes the player throughout the park, enjoying many parts of its terrain. The entire park, presided over by this alpha tree, is changing its energy. It now hosts young people - especially guys - who are enjoying nature and having good healthy fun with friends.

The Alpha Tree adapted to its area's changes and still leads. The nature spirits are achieving one of their goals: uniting humans and nature in peaceful, cooperative ways.

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Forest Mandala https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/forest-mandala Roses are the highest frequency flower in the West. Here a frame of roses surrounds a common dream...that we may walk a sunlit path through a peaceful forest.
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Spiderwoman https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/spiderwoman Spiderwoman moves stealthily through the woods of Franconia Notch, New Hampshire. (Below Left) SpiderwomanSpiderwomanSpiderwoman - a complex root system in a pine, Franconia Notch, NH

SpiderwomanSpiderwomanSpiderwoman - the Native American image for creation. This Petroglyph is found at Signal Hill, Tucson, AZ
 

The spider occupies a central point of fascination for most of the earth's traditions. Its meaning spans the range from being the Vedic and Native American symbol for the creation of the universe (Right) to the Greek image of the three fates weaving the pattern of a human's life to Western lay culture's image of the spider as a woman weaving an ensnaring trap for a man. Metaphysically, the spider represents creativity for it spins forth form from inside its own being.

Summer DecorationsSummer DecorationsEarly morning dew decorates the spiderwebs of country fields. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. missing spider-2Missing SpiderSometimes even the weaver of the web goes missing...CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image.

 

 

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Faces in the Forest https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/faces-in-the-forest Faces in the ForestFaces in the Forest How many faces can you find in this art piece? The original photo for this was a view of an inland stream in Destin, Florida. I sliced it in half, flipped it and pieced it together - and voila! "Hidden" nature spirits were revealed! Fun and beauty at the same time!

 

 

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Greenman Mandala https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/greenman-mandala Here's a mandala artistically showing a Greenman surrounded by beings from his forest home. Greenman MandalaGreenman Mandala

This is good artistic Photoshop fun; I turned a portrait study of the Greenman in the center into a mandala via repetition of form. The resulting patterns make it look like he is resting in a mystical realm filled with spirits peaking out from a bevy of tree branches.

I enjoy this mandala artistically and in that realm it has its own created life  and energy. In terms of being a study of nature spirits - it is imagination, not an actual portrait study. Scientifically, this mandala has created a splendid example of pareidolia - the inclination humans have of seeing faces in random patterns. The multiple repetitions of the portrait seen in the center of the mandala created a piece of fantasy art with the illusion that numerous spirits are surrounding and protecting the Greenman.

 

 

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Ice Giants at Starved Rock https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/ice-giants-starved-rock Ice GiantIce GiantThis Ice Giant is accompanied by his familiar, an elephant who is protecting his back. They manifested in the winter ice at the 80’ waterfall located in St. Louis Canyon, Starved Rock State Park, Illinois. Winter snow and ice brings forth Nature Spirits who exist only for the duration of the cold. They are the winter version of summer's flower spirits who exist only for the life of their specific flower. 

This Ice Giant is over 15' tall. He came to life one winter at the 80' tall St. Louis Falls, Starved Rock, Illinois. He is somber and helmeted. He looks like a weary soldier resting on the battlefield, ice shards like swords all around. Perhaps he is the energy of the water, which has travelled a long route through many territories before ending in this sheltered canyon. 

Protecting the ice giant's back is his familiar - a helmeted elephant with a long nose and sharp tusk. 

You can see the size of this ice giant duo in comparison to the humans in the horizontal photograph below.

I find the world-wide elephant grid very rich in its variety and personalities. See my blog on Elephant Strength. One of elephant energy's qualities is it military strength and courage. Elephants were a prized, and helmeted, war vehicle in ancient India; see the helmet in this image, and in the other blog's photo of a helmeted elephant at Machu Picchu. Also in that blog, elephant energy can be more benignly protective as in the image of a Jamaican Greenman; or playful as in the image of elephant and mouse at Island Park.

St Louis Canyon WaterfallSt Louis Canyon Waterfall

This ice giant duo lives at Starved Rock State Park , an area of steep canyons and waterfalls located in Northern Illinois' otherwise flat landscape. It is a favorite hiking area for the Chicago area. I particularly enjoy the very active nature spirits of the area. It also has a rich interdimensional element to it - the veils between worlds are very thin in this region!


 

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Guardian of Sheldon Church https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/guardian-of-sheldon-church This Guardian of Place lives in an ancient live oak positioned at the entry way to Old Sheldon Church, Beaumont County, South Carolina. Guardian of Sheldon ChurchGuardian of Sheldon Church

Guardians of Place have the responsibility to keep matters energetically aligned in an area and to protect a site to the best of their ability. 

Guardians can be of the spirit world or a human who has died but remains on the earth plane to care for a special site.

This is a "place marker" image of the site's human Guardian of Place. Such an image is like the address or signature of a spirit who moves about a site. If that marker is destroyed, the spirit simply moves his signature to another location.

Sheldon ChurchSheldon ChurchSheldon Church, Charleston, SC The Guardian has a monk's hood and oversees the ruins of a famous church that dates back to 1745. (See right)

The portrait study above shows the Guardian in front of the ruins. The wash texture on the portrait study includes a segment of the white plaster interior that still remains on the brick walls.

The Guardian is accompanied by a cat companion whose image rests on the Guardian's cheek. The somber face of another spirit can be seen just above the Guardian's head.

The exquisitely constructed Sheldon Church with its massive columns stands in elegant ruins now, having been burned down first by the British in the Revolutionary War and then by the Union Army in the Civil War.

Close up of the Guardian TreeClose up of the Guardian Tree The Live Oak stands at the entry path to the church, overlooking and protecting it. The Guardian's face inclines down, at this angle, from one of the Live Oak’s massive branches.

Spirit explained to me that the Guardian had, in life, been associated with the Church. After death he had been assigned to work at cleansing, purifying and protecting both his and the property's energy.

Both the Guardian and the twice-destroyed property have gone through the required cleansing and the resulting state of redemptive peace has become part of the sacred presence now returned to this location.

Panorama of tree and churchPanorama of tree and churchSheldon Church, Charleston, SC

 

 

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The Warriors of Bell Rock, Sedona https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/the-warriors-of-bell-rock-sedona How many warriors do you see in the photo of Bell Rock, Sedona, AZ?

Warriors of Bell RockWarriors of Bell RockBell Rock is a famous masculine vortex in Sedona, AZ. If you look closely, you can see at least five warriors with distinctly different personalities profiled in these rocks, along with their dog. CLICK HERE to read about this vortex. Sedona is famous for its many vortexes, which generate energy from within the earth Herself. Each vortex has its own personality and energy. My favorite is the powerful Bell Rock, located just south of the main town. It is known as having masculine energy. And, indeed, this protective energy is palpable when you walk the various trails around and up this earth power point.

View from Bell RockView from Bell RockStanding on a plateau of Bell Rock, looking out into the desert surrounding Sedona, Arizona My experiences here were profound. I first visited many years ago when I felt the need for protection in my life, having just made some drastic lifestyle changes. I felt the arms of Bell Rock surround me and course down through me. The protective energies of the universe funneled through me and down deep into the core of earth. I was home. I was protected. I was accepted.

Shown here is the view I experienced, looking out from a plateau on Bell Rock into the desert.

This vortex has generated multiple images of warriors of many world civilizations. The images manifest aspects of the warrior energy. Lightening up this all-male consciousness is their playful, barking watchdog, located right in the middle of the warriors.  

Shown right is a view of Bell Rock from town. Bell Rock from TownBell Rock from TownBell Rock seen from the town of Sedona, Arizona

This deep acceptance and protection is a key energy of this power vortex. Vortexes are locations on the earth in which multiple grids of consciousness both laterally and vertically cross each other and earth's incredibly wise and incredibly ancient wisdom shoots through them to the surface. In some areas, as in Sedona, the earth's protective shields are very thin and this inherent wisdom blasts outward, tailored in many ways to specific frequencies. There are so many aspects to such locations that one could write a full book about any of these sites.

People who live in Sedona may, after several years, develop what is called a Sedona High. This is when the energies of the many vortexes have fully moved through all aspects of their personal energy field and they become spacey from the energies. They have to leave Sedona for awhile to reground, before heading back home.

Below are two mesquite trees. They demonstrate how vortex energies - which exist as fields within fields - affect biological growth. The straight tree is simply growing naturally while the other shows  how growing inside a vortex will create a circular spin to growth.

Mesquite Tree in VortexMesquite Tree in VortexThis tree grew in a spiral as it adapted to the vortex in which it was born. Sedona, Arizona Mesquite Tree growing straightMesquite Tree growing straightThis mesquite tree grew straight

Desert FlowerDesert Flower And here is a small white desert flower who has found its home along the mountain path.

 

 

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Raven or Ship's Keel? https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/raven-or-a-ships-keel Raven or Ship Keel?Raven or Ship Keel?This is one of the named rocks at Lost River, NH. They call it the Ship Keel. However, when I look at it, I see a watchful raven. What do you see? CLICK HERE to read the story.

This is one of the named rock formations at Lost River, Woodstock, NH. It is called the Ship's Keel. 

However, I always see it as a rather dark pondering raven. He overlooks a nook along the woodland walk where there are several underground caves that children like to explore.

Let's take a vote on this - what do you see?

Lost River is an attraction in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire. It is a long walk along woodland paths, punctuated by steep stair ascents/descents and a number of caves that youngsters love to explore. 

When I was a child - I loved exploring the caves, where water from the "lost river" ran alongside strews of boulders. 

Now I visit and listen to generation after generation of happy exploring children. And I instead photograph the very distinct rock personalities who have evolved over time.

When rocks (and trees) exist in close proximity to people, some evolve ways to connect to these curious life forms - a reaching out into their environment. This includes altering their own physical appearance, perhaps in alignment with a significant event or actions that regularly occur around them.

If you are fortunate to have your own grounds around your home - go outside, sit in a favorite area (or find a new one) and quietly study - deeply - the nature around you. Or go to a local park and do the same. You will be surprised at what you see and learn!

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Dude with Punk Haircut https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dude-with-punk-haircut Dude with Punk HaircutDude with Punk HaircutLove the rocks at Lost River, NH! They have such unique personalities. Here's a happy dude with a punk haircut covering one eye....CLICK HERE to read more Love the rocks at Lost River, NH. They have such well-developed and unique personalities! Here a happy dude with a punk haircut covering one eye...

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The Red Wall https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/the-red-wall Walls - they can keep out , keep in, or be a strong foundation. Walls can be constructed in many ways. But I think our Democracy is much like this strong wall. When you look closely, you see it is formed of many different sizes, shapes and colors that, over time, has developed its own patina and now gracefully stands as one harmonious whole.

Sausalito AbstractSausalito AbstractA section of stone wall, Sausalito, California. CLICK HERE to read more

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Dawn on the Spruce Burl Trail https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dawn-on-the-spruce-burl-trail Once again dawn arrives with its promise and hope for change, growth, joy, peace...and its own set of challenges, opportunities and regrets...

Dawn on the Spruce Burl TrailDawn on the Spruce Burl TrailOnce again it's dawn...hope spring anew and we start the future in a burst of light.. CLICK HERE to read an associated blog.

Spruce Burl Trail, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State

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Venus and The Leering Dogs https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/venus-and-the-leering-dogs This happy leering dog gets to oggle the voluptuous Venus, who he gazes at all day long every day. He and Venus can be seen from the back entrance to the famously haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO.

Happy Dog!Happy Dog!This dog gets to oggle the voluptuous Venus he looks at all day long... CLICK HERE to read the full story. Venus and Her DogsVenus and Her DogsThis voluptuous, "big boobs" Venus with her prominent public area is surrounded by leering dogs - like males on the scent! CLICK HERE to read the full story.

...And the hotel is haunted, I can tell you from personal experience acquired during my stay!

I took a Ghost Tour of the hotel while I was staying there and one of the stories is how the original owner in later life would occasionally bring ladies of ill repute to visit with him, traveling the back entrance to - shhhh - maintain appearances.

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, COStanley Hotel, Estes Park, COThe Venus and Dogs tableau resides along the back entrance to the famous haunted Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. This is the hotel from its scenic front entrance. CLICK HERE to read the full story. So on my explorations of this interesting locale (it featured in Stephen King's The Shining), I was very amused to find that the Nature Spirits had recreated their own tableau of the elderly man's Victorian Era shenanigans.

To the left, going down the back road from the hotel, is a large leering boulder with the image of a dog intently and a bit foppishly oggling something.

I followed his gaze and discovered across the road and up the hill a very large stone island tableau. The first thing you see when looking at it are the figure's very very large breasts. That is followed by her prominent hips and pubic area. Her face is roughly drawn in.

So... No arms. No legs. Barely any face. Just boobs and a pubic area. Yup. A Victorian misogynist's view of women! Lest there be any doubt of the energy involved - notice all the dogs roughly drawn into the rocks around Venus. It's the woman's view of all the men she has had to put up with in her career! A bunch of leering, panting dogs....

Ah the nature spirits! They have such a sense of humor about us humans!

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On the Road to Capitol Reef https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/on-the-road-to-capitol-reef It's Sunday, most of us are sequestered at home so....sharing expansive scenes from other times, driving along Utah's vibrant scenery, headed to Capitol Reef.

Capitol Reef Area SceneryCapitol Reef Area SceneryOn the road to Utah's Capitol Reef area...
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On the Road to Capitol ReefOn the Road to Capitol ReefUtah's expansive scenery. CLICK HERE to read the full story. White Rock GuardsWhite Rock GuardsOn the way to Capitol Reef, Utah I passed by these vary large White Guards....
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Nature Spirits at Capitol Reef, Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/nature-spirits-at-capitol-reef-utah Nature Spirits at Capitol ReefNature Spirits at Capitol ReefElf spirit has the high ground here - see cliff to right - with a hooded military spirit lower right. Capitol Reef, Utah. CLICK HERE to read the full story. It's rare to find Elf energy occupying the high ground of an area.

The elfin rock sculptures I have seen in this position have been portrait studies of a specific forceful leader establishing clan rights to the area. 

See upper right - the large sculpture of an elf leader, with a prominent pointed ear.

The elfin leaders at these high points are accompanied by a military presence. 

This military presence is shown lower left. The low ground of this important pass through the mountains is being guarded by helmeted no-nonsense military nature spirits loyal to the elves. 

Capitol Reef, Utah

 

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Viking Spirit in Geneva, Illinois https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/viking-spirit-in-geneva-illinois Swedes were among the first European settlers of Geneva, Illinois. Pride in their Nordic heritage pervades the culture even today, as it does much of the Upper Midwest. Part of that heritage includes the adventurous Vikings. I've found Viking images in a number of trees in the Northern Illinois-Wisconsin area. Below is this nature spirit energy manifested in a mature oak tree on what was once a pioneer farm and is now the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.  Viking of LeRoy OakesViking of LeRoy Oakes

Geneva HS Viking LogoGeneva HS Viking LogoThis is the Viking logo for Geneva High School, Illinois

Viking TreeViking Tree This tree lives at a major juncture point, leading into the woods then splitting into two major woodland paths. Notice the Viking spirit's warrior-honed lean facial muscles, horned helmet and long hair.

To the left is the official Viking logo for Geneva High School. Amazing similarity...

To the right is the view of the tree as seen from the ascending path below him.


 

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Elephant Strength https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/elephant-strength Getting Along with Each Other | Elephant and Mouse | Atala ToyGetting Along with Each Other - Elephant and MouseNatural energy polarities – elephant and mouse – are united within this tree. It is part of the work of the Fox River Valley nature spirits, who are seeking to create harmonious energy for all earth communities in their area by holding together opposites inside nature herself. This tree experiment lives at Island Park, Geneva, IL. CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world. CLICK HERE to read more about the nature spirits' work on behalf of harmony. Elephant images exist in stones and trees in many places. They are nodal points in a worldwide elephant energy grid. 

Although earth looks solid, this is the cumulative result of innumerable grids of active energy over-layering each other. Life forms, emotions and thoughts connect to like and what might start as a thin thread eventually grows into stout ropes shaped like nets. 

An extreme example of this is how Christianity started with the thoughts of one man but now is a strong presence that can be tapped into worldwide.

The same is true with energies like elephant, lion, monkey...these energies have existed for eons and have spread out across the globe, anchored in areas that may not ever have had the physical presence of the animal. But the anchoring means connection to that animal's consciousness is easily accessible. 

At various points where the web connects down into the earth, it may do so through a tree or rock. Sometimes that spirit is made visible. Shown here are elephant images I have encountered in various places.

Elephant energy is courage, endurance, steadfastness and love of family. Good qualities to identify with.

Here are some favorite elephant images I've photographed:

Right: Elephant and mouse co-exist in the same tree. Large and small – timid and strong. It’s part of the harmonizing of opponents that the Fox River Valley nature spirits are intent on securing in their area. This tree lives at Island Park, Geneva, Illinois. Jamaican GreenmanJamaican GreenmanThis Greenman lives in a Poinciana tree in Jamaica, West Indies. He has a headress/familiar that is an elephant image. CLICK HERE for the image story. And - CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world.

Left: Elephant totem hat on a Jamaican of African heritage. Jamaica, West Indies. Here the elephant strength and love of community is shown as the spiritual strength supporting the local people who work near this tree,

Warrior Elephant | Machu PicchuWarrior Elephant | Machu PicchuThis warrior elephant is wearing a protective helmet. He resides on the back side of Machu Picchu, Peru. CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world. Right: An elephant in military helmet is located at the back of the Machu Pichu, Peru complex. His strength forms the central part of the protective structure.

Below Left: This is the famous Elephant Stack, located on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Its strength permeates the energy of this wild and rocky area. It interacts with water, the common component of all life.

Elephant Stack | Second Beach, Forks, WAElephant Stack | Second Beach, Forks, WAThis is the famous Elephant Stack. It is one of many rock stacks that stretch along the wild beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world. Big EarsBig EarsThis large-eared elephant rock is part of a family complex of rocks strewn along a mountain hillside in Estes Park, CO. CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world. Right: This is a very peaceful elephant who is part of a family community of rock beings. Estes Park, Colorado.

Elephant at Madison FallsElephant at Madison FallsThis small gemstone of a fall is located on the Elwa River, Washington state. Elephant energy is present in the wood elephant far right. CLICK HERE to read the full story about elephant spirit around the world. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this photo. Below: This elephant (a root structure) is filling itself with the pure, peaceful waterfall pond energy, as do many of the visitors to Madison Falls, Washington.

 

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Gryphons, Trooping Fairies and a Portal https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/gryphons-trooping-fairies-portal European trooping fairies, their Gryphon coat of arms and protection from a human friend…yeah, sounds like another Central Park story!

Full Gryphon tree-2Close up of the Gryphon Tree This tree looks very dark and totally unassuming, should you pass by it on one of the park’s larger cross-town paths. Which I have done for many years. But on this year’s visit…my goal was to locate major interesting nature stories. When I received a magnetic pull to check out this unassuming tree…I went.

Gryphon Close UpGryphon Close UpClose up of the Gryphon. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park For quite some time I studied the tree, wondering what was so special about it that I had a call…and now literally could not leave. I was planted in place – a device my guides utilize when I am being too slow to identify with the situation.

Slowly…slowly…I kept turning the kaleidoscope of frequencies until – bam! It locked in and I was looking at a – gryphon? “Gryphon”, the nature spirits said (he himself was being very regally protective and not talking at all). “Not ‘griffin’, not ‘griffon’.”

So I knew I was encountering a European royalty situation - the folks who sometime feature standing gryphons on their family coat of arms.

Like all the stories I have been shown and told by trees and rocks and nature spirits - I share it with you as I was told. I leave it to you to decide whether you choose to believe it or not.

This tree lives on the edge of a large sweep of lawn that is not actively utilized for any sports and there is no sidewalk along its edge. It is a perfect setting for gatherings of the trooping fairies – a very European group of nature spirits who love to travel and socialize en masse. AND…this day had seen a full moon the night before – prime party time!

Do Not Enter!Do Not Enter!Some human helped secure the tree energy at a vulnerable portal point. They plugged up the portal opening with a stone and placed a series of obstructions. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park Close up of the Energy FenceClose up of the Energy FenceHere's a close up of the portal blocking devices. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park I followed the portal line of the gryphon down the tree, pausing to acknowledge the other nature spirits lined up along the way. At the bottom was a …. ? “Do Not Enter” construction. Crafted by human hands!

Do wonders ever cease! I have at times encountered such evidences of human awareness of nature spirit situations. Alas, I have not myself encountered the humans involved. I wonder who they are, and if I am missing seeing them because they look so ordinary.

Such signs of human interaction that I have encountered include a non-descript pink plastic tie on a single tree along a forest path. In the distance will be an especially significant, non-descript tree or glen where there is a strong fairy presence. Whether I see the tie before or after feeling the pull to the site depends upon my route along that path.

Sometimes I will come upon a precisely laid out circle of pebbles around a tree, or a tree with a wide clear space underneath it while leaves cover the rest of the forest floor. Sometimes a wreath, bouquet or single flower will be laid at the foot of a non-descript tree in the middle of a forest.

There are people who know but do not speak. 

In this case – a small stone has been pushed into a small hole in the trunk, sealing a portal opening. Below it lies a small twig structure like a traffic barricade, with a popsicle stick securing it in place and a small piece of tinfoil beneath it. The energy was clearly – do not go further. When I queried, the spirits explained little third dimension beings (like mice) were wandering through the portal, so they asked a friend to help build a barricade. Trooping fairies will do that – royalty asking “ordinary” humans for help.

I thought this was so interesting, I took a very amateurish video of the tree which I’m sharing here.

Bored Sophisticate - or HIdden Warrior?Bored Sophisticate - or HIdden Warrior?On the back side of this tree is another protective ensemble. At first it looks like a bored NY sophisticate. Looking further, you see a hidden warrior and a crafty fox. This energy is helping to hide this tree that is in plain site. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park Lastly. On the back side of the tree (the “back door” escape hatch) lives a protective circular tree growth.  At first look it seems to be a bored sophisticate – it’s setting that energy in place for those passing by – “Ho hum. Boring!! Nothing here.”  But on closer look, there is a wily fox on the right and hidden between the two – a mature "wily" elfin warrior. His eye is the sophisticate’s mouth (he is making sure they find the tree “boring”).

The Gryphon of Central ParkShort Video showing the Gryphon Tree.
CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park
Below I've diagrammed these figures for you, and have attached the video

Gryphon with Figure DiagrammedGryphon with Figure DiagrammedI've diagrammed the gryphon and also other of the life form energies who are connected with the tree. This includes a rabbit (lower right), similar to the rabbit in the Jamming photos. Rabbit energy - fast moving, changing frequently - is a key New York City consciousness. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park Bored SophisticateBored SophisticateI've diagrammed the bored sophisticate and the crafty fox. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park Hidden WarriorHidden WarriorA portrait of the crafty elfin warrior whose duty it is to protect this tree from public eyes. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park Here’s to interesting nature spirit stories in Central Park! Gryphon Tree | Central ParkGryphon Tree | Central ParkA tree with a European Gryphon and a portal for Trooping Fairies. Central Park, New York City. CLICK HERE to read the full story of the Gryphon of Central Park.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Central Park everything is energy gryphon Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit trooping fairies https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/gryphons-trooping-fairies-portal Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:17:32 GMT
Dowager and Her Dogs https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dowager-and-her-dogs Dowager and Her DogsDowager and Her DogsOak tree root at Fabyan Estate, Geneva, IL. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Fabyan Estate was owned by a wealthy family and is now a well-visited park where children play and locals walk their dogs.

Trees often associate with the life forms in their environment. Here is a tree who holds deep in its roots the memory of when it was young and the elderly dowager of Fabyan Estate walked the woods with her dogs.

There is dignity and humor carved deep into the dowager's personality, and her dogs are ever-present - one above her to the right and one below her to the left.

Fabyan Estate, Geneva, Illinois.

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Dog's Treasure Map https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dogs-treasure-map This is a dog's treasure map to the best trails at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. What a great exploration it is! This map is overseen by its own dog guardian spirit. The map is carved into a tree that crosses one of the grass trails at the Preserve - one favored by people walking dogs....

...Just kidding. But it makes a good story!

Dog's Secret MapDog's Secret Map

Actually, this is probably the result of activity by long-horned beetles called red oak borers. They find their food in distressed trees. The end result are these interesting patterns. And that is definitely a dog spirit guarding entrance to the walking path ahead! The large tree trunk is positioned so that people need to bow down to cross under - but dogs have free access!
 

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dogs-treasure-map Sun, 10 Jan 2021 14:10:06 GMT
Ekwabet | Watching Over https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/ekwabet-watching-over Ekwabet ProfileEkwabet ProfileWatching over - the Pottawatomie term - refers to this statue of a Pottawatomie leader. They were the original inhabitants of this Fox River Valley area. “Listen, for I speak but once….As I gaze across the waters of the shimmering Fox River, I see the smoke of thousands of teepees where I once saw only gentle prairies and lush forests abundant with game. Many moons ago my people were among the first voices to be heard in this land. We came to live in peace with nature. We hunted and fished. We married, bore children and died at our appointed time. The bones of my people mingle here with the earth. We loved this Valley. It was with great sadness that we had to leave our home. We were few, and the settlers were many. The spirits of my ancestors have never left this great Valley, and occasionally, you may glimpse our shadows or feel our presence as we tread silently along the shores of our beloved Fox River. Our final prayer as we left our land was that you would love this Valley as much as we loved it. We were one with the earth, sky and water. We were the Neshnabek, the “People” of the Valley.”

Ekwabet in FallEkwabet in FallThe Pottawatomie settled along the Fox River, in Northern Illinois. This statue memorializes their love of the valley. It is titled "Ekwabet" - "Watching Over" Created by local sculptor Guy J. Bellaver. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This inscription is on this statue, located in St. Charles, Illinois. It is called Ekwabet (“Watching over”) and it is a standing figure of a Pottawatomi Indian chief who is overlooking the Fox River flowing by next to him. He is holding a peace pipe in his proper left hand. He is looking into the wind which blows his hair back. He wears an animal skin cape and long pants. The plaque, with above inscription, rests below the statue and tells the story of this peaceful people, their love of this valley and how times change. The statue was designed by Guy J. Bellaver, at the time a St. Charles resident.

This statue and its poem have so many layers of meaning for me personally. It is where I stood in reflection, some 20 years ago, and asked if the energies of the Fox River Valley would welcome my settling here, after a lifestyle change and move from New York City. The energies opened their arms. I gratefully welcomed their embrace and moved in. It's been a wonderful twenty years, filled with peace and opportunity, with growing a business, deepening my relationship with the peaceful nature spirits of the area, and mastering photographing these energies.

These same energies helped me know when my own time was coming to an end, and to peacefully move along. There is dignity in this very normal process of growth and change in a time-constrained physical realm. At this time in our country when we are struggling with societal changes, it seems appropriate to reflect on the dignity inherent in knowing when your time is over, and peacefully moving on.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Ekwabet everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Pottawatomie St Charles IL https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/ekwabet-watching-over Sat, 09 Jan 2021 13:45:02 GMT
Above the Earth and in the Clouds https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/above-the-clouds Sometimes it's nice to rise above it all and look at earth from another angle. Here are some airplane cloud scenes from my gem-hunting trips to Tucson and Denver...

Above the StormAbove the StormBillowing clouds and a clear spot of sun break above mountains and skyline over Tucson, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Blue SkyBlue SkySunset sky over Denver, Colorado. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Pink CloudsPink CloudsMorning clouds seen from the air, over Tucson, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy clouds Denver Colorado everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Tucson Arizona https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/above-the-clouds Fri, 08 Jan 2021 12:59:51 GMT
A Desert Setting for a Great Horned Owl https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/desert-setting-great-horned-owl This studious Great Horned Owl was laser-focused on finding a yummy meal! Tucson, Arizona.

Owl in FlightOwl in FlightThis studious Great Horned Owl was laser-focused on finding a yummy meal! Tucson, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read the full story. I See You!I See You!This studious Great Horned Owl was laser-focused on finding a yummy meal! Tucson, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) animal spirit Atala Toy everything is energy great horned owl Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Tucson AZ https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/desert-setting-great-horned-owl Thu, 07 Jan 2021 12:52:41 GMT
Council Tree in Mann's Choice, Pennsylvania https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/council-tree-in-manns-choice-pennsylvania Council Tree Facing RightCouncil Tree Facing RightCouncil Tree Facing Right. CLICK HERE to read the full story. A Council Tree is a courthouse tree where nature spirits bring issues to be arbitrated by a council of nature spirit elders. The Council Tree is usually surrounded by an open area on at least one side where nature spirits of various types will gather, as the audience. The audience is waiting to hear the petition of various nature spirits regarding such issues as rights and responsibilities, including claims of negligence of duty.

Council Tree Facing LeftCouncil Tree Facing LeftCouncil Tree Facing Left. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you encounter a Council Tree on a walk, you will note a weighty silence about it. This is similar to what you would hear in a human judicial court that is not in session. There are frequently many types of beings sculpted into the tree. They could be guards, or sculptures of various judges of the court.

 

Deer HeadDeer HeadDeer head guard at the Council Tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Guardian Spirit | Manns ChoiceGuardian Spirit | Manns ChoiceGuardian Spirit at the Council Tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Tree Portal | Manns ChoiceTree Portal | Manns ChoiceSpirit Portal at the Council Tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Entry SpiritsEntry SpiritsGuardian spirit at the base of the Council Tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This Council Tree exists in a private residential area in the farmland surrounding Manns Choice, Pennsylvania. It has its own island, on a dirt road through the enclave that splits to wind around the tree then unites to continue on. The tree energy was strong enough to generate its own protection, when the road was being developed.

You can see the various spirits who watch over the court - a peaceful ornate deer-like creature with long tusks or horns, an aggressive harpie-like being, a horned Pan guard for one of the several portal openings on the tree, and a welcoming figure at the tree base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Council Tree everything is energy Manns Choice Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/council-tree-in-manns-choice-pennsylvania Wed, 06 Jan 2021 12:49:16 GMT
Dawn at Yosemite https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dawn-at-yosemite The awesome vastness of Yosemite National Park is seen from an overlook. It's dawn in the mountains and the mist is rising slowly from the valley floors.

Dawn in YosemiteDawn in YosemiteReceding mountains in the morning mist. Yosemite National Park, California. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy mountain spirit Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Yosemite National Park https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dawn-at-yosemite Tue, 05 Jan 2021 13:17:08 GMT
Garden of the Gods at Sunrise https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/garden-of-the-gods-at-sunrise The fairyland of red sandstone spires shines bright in the morning's sunrise.

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This breath-taking panorama greets the visitor as you top a roadside hill and prepare to descend into fairyland. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Garden of the Gods mountain sunrise Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/garden-of-the-gods-at-sunrise Mon, 04 Jan 2021 13:10:36 GMT
Tree Faces - by Human and by Nature Artists https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/tree-faces-by-human-and-nature-artists Tree Faces - Port AngelesTree Faces - Port AngelesAn artist's interpretation of tree spirits. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Here's a fun juxtaposition of tree faces by artists from the human and the spirit realms.

I was traveling up to the Olympic Peninsula and stopped for a bite to eat in lovely Port Angeles. There by the visitor center is this wonderful tree sculpture that honors the magnificent evergreens of that area. The artist was capturing the variety of spirit images that will manifest in a tree. 

I thought this was so artistically sensitive - I captured it on camera.

Faces in a Pine TreeFaces in a Pine TreeTwo tree spirits peek out from this pine. One is a face - the other looks very much like the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland! Port Angeles, Washington. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Then, a bit later, I went for a walk around the Port's public park. And there, on the edge next to woods, I came across this sculpture crafted by Nature Spirit Artists. They look uncannily similar!

I'd say that human artist was very much in tune with the nature spirit artists of his home area!

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Port Angeles tree faces tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/tree-faces-by-human-and-nature-artists Sun, 03 Jan 2021 13:00:00 GMT
Rock Spirit Stability in Times of Stress https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/rock-spirit-stability-in-times-of-stress It helps, in times like these, to identify with life forms who have been around a very long time…and have survived. For me, rock and tree spirits have always proven to be my stable place holders. Rock spirit is especially useful when I have to just dig in, stay stable and ride out a storm. That’s where we as a civilization are right now. We all have to get to the other side of this pandemic storm…and stay as stable as possible while doing so.

Sunrise in AcadiaSunrise in AcadiaSunrise on the cliffs at Acadia. A spirit watches over the small alcove. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Rock consciousness has been present since earth’s beginnings. It has seen many transformations and its very origins are a lesson. Some were formed through intense fire that melted and molded them; others through millions of years of pressure. They’ve seen storms, earthquakes, gentle rain, soft and intense sun. They’ve endured being cracked, split, worn away by wind…and it has only made them more beautiful and more unique…and very peacefully, non-interferingly wise.

Sitting With a Stone

I love to sit with rocks and absorb their story, their strength, their message. During this time when most of us are indoors – and others of us are on the front lines of disaster – it can prove very comforting to sit with a stone.

If you are a rock collector – pick a different one of your stones each day, sit with it and absorb its qualities and its story. Or go outside your home, ask nature to find you a stone to talk with and when it “pops” – take it to sit with. It could be as tiny as a pebble…or very much bigger.

You can also focus on a photo of a rock – one that inspires you – from a small specimen to a mighty mountain.

Seen above is an inspiring rock cliff. It is located on the Maine Coast, in Acadia National Park. There is so much to absorb and learn here. You can sit with this cliff in so many ways. There is the change of color between where the rising sun has turned the rocks red to the blue-grey of the rocks still in shadow. There is the cracked nature of the cliff. Some parts stay strong. Others have fallen off. Yet the disappearance of parts, caused by issues beyond the cliff’s control, is what has given it character. Each area we study has its own story to tell…just like us, weathering our own storms. 

Multiple Layers of Personality

Rock Spirits in AcadiaRock Spirits in AcadiaSeveral Rock spirits have manifested head portraits. Seen at sunrise, Acadia National Park. CLICK HERE to read the full story. And then there are the multiple images this cliff spirit, and other nature spirits, have generated – some of which are recognizable to our human sight. There are a multitude of energies visible here. How many can you see, and how does each energy differ from the other? This is another aspect of this cliff’s story.

It never ceases to amaze me how life forms beyond our human understanding can work with these ancient, solid materials to express ideas, as though the stone was butter they are moving about. How other lifeforms ARE the object, and over millennia shape themselves to express who they are or what they have seen or what type of energy they embody.

Just like humans – rocks have many aspects to their character. While humans have multiple personality layers that they learn to reveal or hide, rocks have a solid, limited canvas. As they only have so much physical space , they often create very sophisticated images that slide into each other. Looking at a rock from a different point of view will often cause you to see an entirely different image and energy. 

I had a wonderful time sitting on this extended seaside cliff area one morning, from sunrise to midday. The solid beauty and variation of the rocks, the sound of the ocean waves, the changing light – it was peaceful and fulfilling to all the senses and I simply sat. 

The Mayan Connection

Eventually, as the rocks awoke to the dawning day, they began calling out to me. They had connected to me and my own personal mission, which is to photograph the nature spirits and thus document their sentient nature. They became quite insistent that I make my way to look down this alcove and connect to an energy down below. I finally moved – and found these wonderful Mayan head and skull images. This area of the Maine coast has a number of images connected to the ancient cosmic Mayan lineage – which I am connected to and protected by – and they wanted the energy documented. This area is part of an extensive grid of energy lines (some refer to them as ley lines) that has grounded the Mayan knowledge and kept it accessible to any who wish to connect. This viewing also let me understand why this particular area was so soothing to my soul.

So, this is a sharing on a personal level of just a part of the experiences of that morning…and how sitting can be so fulfilling. In a time when many of us are being “forced” to sit due to home isolation…it is a practice you might want to explore.

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Don't Mess with Someone's Guy! https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dont-mess-with-someones-guy This is the story of a female spirit who messed with the wrong competitor for some male's affection. Maiden and CroneMaiden and CroneThis is the story of a female spirit who messed with the wrong competitor for some male's affection. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Shown here is a collage over time of a large tree with a dark energy off the usual path of a local preserve where I often walk. The photograph at the left is when the tree was in her flirtatious prime. Notice her long eye lashes and pursed lips and her multiple arms curving forward in a grasping movement (left).

I didn't particularly like the energy around this tree so didn't visit often. But five years later, on a visit, I found the tree had transformed into an old crone - and then died. Only her shell was left. (See tree to upper right)

In the upper left and lower right corners you see a closeup of the two stages.

A Rapid Disintegration

The speed at which this all occurred was unusually fast, in tree time. But a careful check of my camera stats showed a mere 5 years difference. In the middle I placed a shadow of the tree in her prime, as a spirit overlooking this rapid progress.

The tree toppled not long after and in only a few years more totally disappeared. Now this was a very heavy and large tree in a forested area. But there is nothing left to show it existed - no trunk, no root system. The energy of the location where she had been also changed. It had been very dark but now the area is notably light in feel. Below you can see where she had been positioned - it is the large nodal tree with grasping claw-like branches, across the river that the Bear Guardian is looking at.  Guardian of the ValleyGuardian of the Valley

Which leads one into the realm of fairy tales and what ifs...

A Female's Curse

I know that the fairy realm will often punish transgressors by imprisoning them in some way, either for a specific term or until the natural object disintegrates. They've shown me this.

When I ask about this situation, they are notably silent, which is not usual for them. Which means something they do not wish to discuss. But my persistent puzzling over the situation has led them to provide me with a gentle "what if"...

From the looks of the evidence, one could say that some life form got a little too flirtatious with some powerful female's guy and didn't back off when warned...

The push back was that this threat, her flirtatious vampy eyes, succulent mouth and grasping claws were turned into a tree and cursed to stay there until the tree died and disintegrated.

Compassion Descends

As the flirt grew older, imprisoned in the tree, her looks and her temper disintegrated. When she finally died and fell over, compassion must have appeared from that world and they disintegrated the tree rapidly, releasing her spirit.

In other words - don't mess with someone's guy, especially if his female with rights is very powerful. Strange things can happen!

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve maiden and crone Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2021/1/dont-mess-with-someones-guy Fri, 01 Jan 2021 13:01:12 GMT
Nature Spirits at Olmstead Point, Yosemite https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/nature-spirits-at-olmstead-point-yosemite These huge mountain spirits are part of the history of our national park system. They face Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park. Mountain Spirits on Olmstead PointMountain Spirits at Olmstead Point

The famous naturalist John Muir took US President Teddy Roosevelt on a three day camping trip in Yosemite. It is said that they had lunch on these cliffs and it was here they discussed creating a National Park System.

Muir is known as the Father of the National Park system. Following him, Frederick Law Olmsted became one of the first Commissioners for the park and an innovative conservation philosopher. This was one of his favorite sites to picnic and to reflect. 

Olmstead Point SpiritsOlmstead Point SpiritsClose up of the Olmstead Point Spirits and attendants. CLICK HERE to read the full story. You can see how powerful the nature spirit consciousness is in this area. The entire hillside across from the point is dominated by a Buddha-like figure but with elf ears. Next to him is a military-looking cohort. 

The Buddha-like figure on the left is a spirit messenger – one eye is in this world, the other eye is missing, as it is turned inwards to spirit. His companion, to the right, also has the other eye visible – two beings, each bridging spirit and matter from a different point of view, much as Muir and Roosevelt did in creating the park system.

Next to them, much smaller, are two attendants (you can see them better in the close up).

There are a number of large loose boulders along the Point itself and in the large image you see two of them, looking across at the mural. They have clear nature spirit faces and pointed elf ears.
 

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe….John Muir

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World Turtle and the Kissing Camels https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/world-turtle-and-kissing-camels Known as Camel Rock (see the two Kissing Camels upper left), this rock island stands at an entry point into Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. To me, the entirety of this redstone rock island looks like a savoir faire World Turtle. The Native American cosmology sees the world as situated on the back of a turtle in the cosmic ocean.

Camel RockCamel Rock This turtle has a jaunty French beret and is looking up, actively eager for exploration. There are many kinds of beings in his shell back - some visible here, others on other sides of his shell.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy camel rock Colorado Springs everything is energy Garden of the gods hoodoos kissing camels Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/world-turtle-and-kissing-camels Wed, 30 Dec 2020 13:47:49 GMT
Lightning-Struck Transformation Trees https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/lightning-struck-transformation-tree Lightning PortalLightning Portal You have a strong ally for change when you encounter a tree who has been struck by lightning. These trees are known as transformation trees. If you are fortunate to come upon such a tree soon after it has been struck and there are bark or wood pieces scattered on the ground from this event - pick one up. It is a good tool to use for your own personal change - or if you are a practitioner, as a tool to work with your clients needing assistance with change. 

Snake Portal GuardianSnake Portal GuardianThis snake energy guards the portal opening in the left lightning-struck tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Here are two trees in close proximity, each struck by lightning. They create a transformation portal. There is an energy sheath between the two. If you choose to walk through this portal consciously, you can use it to drop old issues and refresh your energy. If you are unaware of this opportunity, and just happen to wander between the two trees, you simply get a nice refreshing energy sweeping across you.

Nature Spirit Portal GuardianNature Spirit Portal GuardianThis mustached and bearded nature spirits guards the right side lightning-struck tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Where lightning strikes, a wound opens up the tree's energy field. This results in a flow of energy between the tree and the outer world that needs to be regulated. While protection from spirit is immediate, gradually the energy of a guardian for this portal will manifest itself. Shown here are the guardians for each of the lightning portals.

Above right is the snake guardian that arrived to protect the portal in the left tree. To the left is a mustached and bearded nature spirit and, around him, the larger head of a dog-like spirit. They protect the right side tree's portal.

These trees live at the Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles, Illinois.

 

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Happiness from a Wound https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/happiness-from-wound Magnolia Smile Close Up | Atala ToyMagnolia Smile Close Up Cheers to you from a very happy magnolia spirit! 

I have on a number of occasions found huge smiles on trees where a limb has been clean cut. Wouldn't you think that strange? Part of a life form has been cut off and it results in a smile?

The trees tell me they are so happy because a human cared enough about them to clean up a bad situation that could have devolved into decay setting into the trunk!

Magnolia Smile | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyMagnolia Smile Wounds to an energy field - tree or human - become entry points into a grid's integrity. They are points that need to be dealt with. In a human, they are where outside influences can affect emotions and health. In a tree, they can reveal the internal character and affect health. They can also serve as a portal into the tree's world, or into another realm, which is why you will almost always find a guardian watching over the "wound". 

In a human, a wound holds emotions that need to be addressed and remedied. It has affected the integrity of the body's grid. Humans are the guardians of their own grids, and internal examination helps understand and integrate the situation. This is especially true with traumatic wounds such as those received in battle. This self-examination can lead to an even stronger energy field than before.

For this magnolia tree, treatment of the situation was a happy experience. This fellow lives at the Morton Arboretum, where it is their lifework to take care of trees.

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Christmas on the Spruce Trail https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/christmas-on-the-spruce-trail Someone decided the woods needed to celebrate Christmas as well! They hung a green and a red Christmas Ball on a small Charlie Brown tree who lives beside the Spruce-lined path. Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois.
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The Beauty of the Elements https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/beauty-of-the-elements Elements. The skeletal elegance of a long-dead tree set in a moving background of earth, water and sky. Skeletal BeautySkeletal BeautyThe skeletal shape of a tree against a stark ocean setting. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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The Stark Beauty of This Year https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/the-stark-beauty-of-this-year This has been a year when we've all been stripped to the very skeletal basics of existence. May the universality of this starkness be a blessing to you. 

Stark BeautyStark BeautyTree skeleton in ocean. Bull Island, South Carolina. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Lady of the Forest and the Rodent King https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/lady-of-the-forest-and-the-rodent-king Lady of the Forest with EntourageLady of the Forest with EntourageThis lady has a bird energy - notice her headdress and face. She has a long cloak and stands on the energy of her entourage - a handsome nature spirit, a crone, and various other spirits in her domain. CLICK HERE to read the full story. The Ladies of the Forest are a special category of nature spirits who oversee the comings and goings of all life in their area/domain. This bird lady has been teasing me for several years, telling me to come find her, but when I stand in front of the tree - she eludes me! This time I found the right frequency and she appeared for me to photograph.

Nature spirits are all around us - they are the energies that keep their world of nature organized and at peace. But for us to see them - we have to learn to identify with their other-dimension frequencies. There are beings who resonate with each of us, and these are more easily seen by different people. It really helps for you to photograph and collecting these images. You can understand more about who you personally resonate with.

This Lady has a bird feather crown (like a cardinal), a face with a pronounced bird beak. She is wearing a long cloak and is standing on a collection of nature spirits, including a very handsome masked elf, a nature spirit crone, and various other faces that are parts of each other. This artistic symbolism reminds me of images of Kuan Yin standing on clouds, ocean or dragon; it is the same concept.

This tree lives on what was once a long-time convent retirement community and like many of the images here there is the energy of a contemplative, nature-loving nun about her as well. She looks like she could as easily be wearing a nun's cowl and ornate breast covering as a bird's fancy head and breast feathers.

King of the RodentsKing of the RodentsThis ornately headdressed nature spirit has very large ears and as his familiar a large rodent. He is King of the Rodents. CLICK HERE to read the full story. As in any mature tree who chooses, or is chosen, to have energetic images - this tree also has interesting ones. It is always good to carefully walk around such a tree, looking high and low, and see what else the tree wants to say.

If you look at the lower right back of the trunk, you will see a large burl. Moving around it, I discovered another distinct image. Again, this image had enticed me and eluded me for several years; this winter I finally saw it. This is the King of the Rodents. He is frowning and in a bad mood. He has elaborate armor that frames his face - a typical nature spirit world armor but fancier than ordinary warriors. He has very large ears and a familiar - seen side view on the right of his face - who is a rodent. 

I suspect the King has had to deal with caretakers of the buildings putting out poison for rodents, resulting in members of his domain dying painfully, and he is in warrior mode attempting to rectify the situation. Also, birds and rodents are often competitors and the overlighting deva of the area, and this tree spirit, may be holding them together to balance out the energies. Balance in nature is a major theme.

This grouping lives at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, IL

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Spirits in a City of the Dead https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/spirits-city-of-dead Graveyards are very active places - just in other dimensions than our own.

When I was in my twenties, I found graveyards to be peaceful places to sit and contemplate. At that time, I felt they connected me to a deep silence that also seemed alive. It was as though the dead might talk to me at any moment, connecting me into the mysteries of the universe. Graves at Magnolia CemetaryGraves at Magnolia CemetaryOld graves at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC. Click here to read more.

As I grew older and reawakened to a knowledge of consciousness, I found graveyards interesting for many other reasons. Over the years I've seen ghosts, way stations where the dead gather to cross over, spirits tending to their interdimensional duties - and I've helped some disoriented souls cross over to the light.

Graveyard SpiritGraveyard SpiritThis is a tall elegant hermaphroditic spirit, gracefully watching over gravesites at the Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston SC. Click here to read more. Nature spirits live in graveyards, as everywhere else. Like any community, various spirits have various duties. Here are three places where I found active nature spirit presence.

The site is the historic Magnolia Cemetery, located in Charleston, South Carolina. It is 92 acres and is called the City of the Dead. Founded in 1849, on an old plantation site, it has seen its share of wars, of soldiers lost too young, of children who died too soon, of mothers lost in childbirth, of statesmen and commoners who were granted long productive lives. There is a profound sense of mortality, but also of comfort and of a coming to terms with our short human time on earth.

To the right is a tall hermaphroditic spirit, overseeing a collection of gravesites. This image is representation of the tree spirit itself.

Hooded Elf at Magnolia CemeteryHooded Elf at Magnolia CemeteryThis is a signature image denoting this tree is a hooded elf's home base. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the left is a hooded elf with a heart-shaped face. This marks the elf's home. It is a homing device; when something happens in this area, the elf is immediately notified, no matter where he is traveling at the moment. This elf is a being of the air. He is looking down at a broken stone with a hole in it. In many traditions, such as the Native American and the Chinese, a hole such as this signifies an entry gateway into spirit. This particular tree has many spirit images in it. It is itself an entry point into the spirit worlds.

Gnome at Magnolia CemeteryGnome at Magnolia CemeteryThis is a gnome's signature image, signifying this is his territory. Click here to read more.

 

 

(I often wonder who else - human or otherwise - is interested in these things, and leaves the small hardly distinguishable markers that define what a space is for, or where a special location is, or augments the meaning of a location by the placement of a symbol, such as this stone.)

To the bottom right is a gnome, who has marked his territory with his portrait. It is always good luck to have a gnome in residence, and this one watches over one of the ancient pathways through the grounds. Gnomes are deep earth energy and this image marks the portal into a well-ordered underworld.

 

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Imagine All the People... https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/imagine-all-the-people In these uncertain times, it's good to dream and hope for a better, safer, more peaceful future. This beautiful mosaic is the featured art piece at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, NY. It features the title from the John Lennon | Beatles song. 

Imagine - Strawberry FieldsImagine - Strawberry Fields“Imagine all the people sharing all the world…” This memorial to John Lennon, in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City, reminds us to keep dreaming, hoping, striving…CLICK HERE to read the full story.

This is an interesting site. Each morning it get cleaned and cleared and a flower laid next to the title. This in itself is a wonderful memorial to one of the great songwriters and peace lovers of the 20th century.

This appears to be the work of an individual who then, throughout the day, attracts tourists with stories of the site and the Beatles, invites them to place mementos (and then, in best New York style, asks for a personal donation :) )

Strawberry Fields figures in a Beatle song and is the name for this area of Central Park, which is just off Central Park West and across from The Dakota, where John Lennon lived. It is said he and Yoko Ono enjoyed walking here.

The lyrics to Imagine are:

 

Imagine there's no heaven

It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

...John Lennon

(courtesy of Lyricfind.com)

 

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Red Berries in Snow https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/red-berries-in-snow The austere beauty in the prairie states of red berries in snow, in front of a stark grey sky.

Red Berries in SnowRed Berries in SnowThe austere beauty of red berries in winter snow. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Buccaneer of Bar Harbor https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/buccaneer-of-bar-harbor This is a complex nature spirit story that has as its canvas the entire width of the old town Commons in Bar Harbor, Maine. It is a love story about a dashing Colonial-era Buccaneer, the woman from the "wrong side of town" he loved and left, and his regrets in his dignified old age. The other half of the story is seen as a dream emerging from the older woman's bitter memories - see left image.

Ancient Love StoryAncient Love StoryThe female love interest rests below the now exposed heart-shaped broken limb story of the youthful passions of the buccaneer and his love. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This is a - "Serious, folks, I couldn't possibly have made this up!" story. It was shown to me on my trip a few years back to an Out of Chicago photography conference at Acadia National Park, Maine. (Wonderful photography group with comprehensive outings.) I arranged to stay a few days after to see what else there was in the area. Being a New Englander myself, I had a wonderful time soaking up the ambience of this beautiful, historic seacoast town, its endless supply of lobster and handmade ice cream, and its sophisticated nature spirits.

Nature Spirits of the Town Square

I headed to the old town Commons, figuring that its years of interactions with humans would ensure a few good stories from the nature spirits. The nature spirits of trees and rocks, and the higher level devas and interdimensionals, will often record some human activity that they have found particularly interesting.

And what a story they presented me! Like other such complex stories, it took me a long time to grasp the details. I took many photos, in case I didn't grasp some aspect while on site. My camera would capture those details my mind was not able to absorb and translate, and I would see them later, in front of the computer screen.

This material, like much information I receive, is delivered as a ball, or merkaba, or energy. It contains all the multi-faceted information of the situation, beyond time and space. It always exists, once presented, and I can access it at any so-called future point of time. My assigned "job" is to unravel that information into a 3D sequence for humans to understand. So - here goes.

The Old BuccaneerThe Old BuccaneerThe Buccaneer grown old. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Colonial Dandy or Buccaneer?

On one side of the square, a tree that shades an old horse trough contains the image of a Colonial Dandy - a distinguished though rough-featured man, complete with a bouffant hairdoo, fancy long waistcoat and stockinged legs. He is looking at something across the town green. On the left spirit side of his face there is a side view of a dashing mustached young man - a buccaneer. Who he is now - a conservative town elder - still has the shadow of the adventurer he once was.  Old Buccaneer and the ShadowOld Buccaneer and the ShadowNow a city elder, the shadow of the youthful buccaneer is still present. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent some time studying and photographing this bas relief and communicating with the deva of the Commons. It had been created, she said, to memorialize and rectify a societal situation - e.g. of itself it was not alive.

Bar Harbor Old Town SquareBar Harbor Old Town SquareThe town square separating the two lovers. CLICK HERE to read the full story. The nature spirits asked me to visually follow the energy line that started with this image and travel across the Commons to a specific site on the far side.  I would find the rest of the story there.

See the tall luxurious tree top center. The story exists in a tree behind that tree.

The Rejected Woman

I followed their directions and discovered an older tree no longer in great shape. Part way up was the image of a woman's head, older with sad eyes and downturned mouth. Above her head is an area where a large tree branch had fallen down, revealing, inside a heart-shaped opening, the love story. 

On the left side of this opening you see the image of a sweet-faced woman with a large earring and on the other side there is a handsome mustached man. They are turned away from each other, separated by a barrier.

Notice the mustached man has the same features as that of the left face side shadow figure on the other side of the Commons. 

Dalliance TreeDalliance TreeThe tree beneath which the lovers dallied. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This is what the nature spirits said the story was. Back in Colonial times, when all the trees and people in this story were young and adventurous, a handsome buccaneer of good family and a woman from the wrong side of town were in love and had many a dalliance beneath the trees of this area. He was a bar-visiting, hearty-living charismatic young roustabout and this woman often accompanied him on his outings. 

Then at some point the local constabulary arrested him and threw him into jail - a local building near the square. The woman visited him often, talking with him through the windows of the jail. She would sit under this tree and sorrowfully mourn the buccaneer's incarceration. The barrier between the two in the downed limb represents both the jail cell walls and the wall that gradually grew between the two.

A Reformed Man

This jail experience caused the buccaneer to reform his ways. He left his old lifestyle, and the woman, and set out on a path to become a staid New Englander. He achieved it, but only by repressing his adventurous nature, turning into something of a fop and a dandy. But, beneath it all, the adventurous buccaneer still remained, as did his love for the woman. In old age, he would often stand by the horse trough, look across the Commons, and reminisce about a passion for life he no longer had.

The woman did not fare as well, and as she grew older, she grew bitter - see her very small down-turned mouth. She would sometimes visit the tree - located in her area, the seedier side of the old town - and look across the Commons at the water trough where the well-to-do, including her former love, gathered on their horses. She locked the story in her heart, which was only revealed years later, when the tree limb fell away.

The trees and nature spirits of the area felt the love and pain of this story, much of it caused by human adherence to superficial social disparities, and memorialized it in their canvases.

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1000 Years Old But Who's Counting... https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/1000-years-old-but-whos-counting This serene and wise water tupelo has lived in his Southern Illinois cypress swamp for over 1000 years. Ancient Wisdom Keeper | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyAncient Wisdom KeeperSerene and wise, this ancient water tupelo has lived in this Southern Illinois cypress swamp for over 1000 years!

King of the Cypress Swamp

He now has a girth of 23 feet in circumference. This wisdom keeper is definitely chill. His energy is focused in his throat and heart. He has the relaxed smile of an ancient wise one who has weathered the trials and tribulations of life, enjoyed its beauties as well, and is comfortable in his own power and ability to survive.

I enjoy the little nature spirit protectively nestled in the tupelo's dreadlocks... 

Cypress ShadowsCypress ShadowsCypress swamp of Southern Illinois. CLICK HERE for the image story. A Locally Famous Tree

This tupelo wisdom keeper is a locally famous tree with his own marker and lives in the Cache River State Nature Area, Illinois.

The cypress swamps of Southern Illinois have their own beauty, filled with reflections on water as the sun changes throughout the day, mysterious in their shadows and eery silence. To the right is a view of the nearby Heron Pond cypress area.

Some Ways to Connect with Us

If you would like to see more nature spirits, head over to my gallery at atalatoy.com Or just click on the image to go directly to the room of each available image.

If you would like to share your own nature spirit photographs, head over to our community nature spirits group at Facebook.

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Elf Wizard of Bear Lake https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/elf-wizard-of-bear-lake Elf WizardElf WizardThis elf wizard lives in a pine tree at Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. Pine trees incise their images in their bark (v trees like oaks that do it with knobby burls). He is of the masked elves family. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This is a wizard of the masked elf clan. He lives in a pine tree at Bear Lake, Colorado.

Spirit images can be difficult to see in pine trees. That's because pines are very subtle in their art. They incise the image into the bark - up close it looks like someone ran a putty knife through soft butter. (That's different from trees like oaks who often work configuring burls into images.)

I augmented the color and contrast a bit here, for you to more clearly see. Below is a closeup and a drawing of the elf.

Not the clearest image, but I wanted to try to show you this fine fellow as meeting him, on my declared nature spirit photo outings, was an achievement many years in the making.

I was aware there was a spirit there, but I couldn't make it out. I sensed it was an authority figure who wasn't interested in communicating with humans. It teased me with its elusiveness and I returned to this tree over the years to solve the puzzle. I finally achieved this last year, with the help of my wonderful full-frame Nikon D850.

Notice, in the head shot below, the wizard's pointed elf ear, the bark mask that covers his eye area, and the tall wizard  hat.

On one side of his face he has two eyes, one eye looking down to earth and the other up to heaven. The eye on the other side of his face is missing, indicating he travels between spirit and matter carrying messages. The bark mask is a feature of the masked elves, a group I have a special relationship with, no matter where I travel.

Upper left, in the long view, you can see he has a long cloak and ends with two stout feet digging deep into the earth.

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
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Pine Trees in Snow https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/pine-trees-in-snow Two's Company...Two's Company...Where there are two there’s warmth and companionship…two pine trees stand gracefully in their new dusting of snow.. CLICK HERE to read the full story. It's lots of snow right now for some on us...

May the beauty of this white silence tamp down all discord, if only for a brief moment of time... 

 

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Guardian of the Redwood Portal https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/guardian-of-the-redwood-portal Redwoods GuardianRedwoods Guardian This is a redwood portal guardian.

One of the fun activities I have when out on a walk is getting to know the various tree portal guardians.

Openings in trees are potential entry points into the world of trees. These gateways always have a guard whose job it is to activate the energy portal at the proper time and to keep it shut tight at the proper time. Only those with access rights to that world are allowed to enter. 

This redwood opening is taller than an human and hikers sometimes like to climb inside the opening. Not to worry if you want to do this - the guardian finds it fun and is sure to keep the energetic doorway shut. You will safely remain inside the human dimensions!

However...if you would like to explore the tree spirit realms - this is an access point - a doorway, not a wall. If you energetically connect with the guardian and he sees your authentic intent - he might give you a glimpse or even grant entry...

I like the ornate nose on this guardian. His one eye signals he is a gateway between matter and spirit (one eye in either realm). A small standing cat hides inside the guardian's cloak, lower right.

I took a number of photos of the redwoods during some years-ago visits with my older son who then lived in San Francisco. At that time I was new to both photography and nature spirit photography so my photos are not the best quality. And I could feel the energies but not see them.

However, the digital cameras are wonderful friends and recorders; they capture what is there even if you cannot see it. When going back and looking at your images, you will often see what it is you were feeling. 

The redwood spirits are different in look from the East Coast tree spirits. The West Coast Redwood spirits remind me of the Tlingit art - the art of the Totem pole nations. These nations identified with their nature spirits and translated it into distinctive art. You can see traces of that in this Guardian portrait.

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Praying Hands, a Cathedral and a Giant https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/praying-hands-a-cathedral-and-a-giant Tucked away next to the road out of Garden of the Gods is this white sandstone rock formation. Some refer to this as a Cathedral. I also see hands raised in prayer. And, on closer look, two massive stone figures. To the left is a cheerful animal nature spirit. To the right is a cheerful giant.  Praying HandsPraying HandsThis is a complex stone formation that at first glance looks simple. Called by some a Cathedral formation, I also see praying hands...and on very close look, two beings - a happy nature spirit on the left and a gentle giant on the right. Garden of the Gods, Colorado. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Gentle GiantGentle GiantThis gentle giant looks out over the prairie at Garden of the Gods, Colorado All images here are inspiring energies in this white sandstone formation tucked in among the massive red sandstone formations that dominate Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

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May the Strength, Endurance and Peace of the Oak Be With You this Holiday Season https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/may-the-strength-endurance-and-peace-of-the-oak-be-with-you-this-holiday-season May you be as stable and strong as an oak in winter storms - as you are in gentle summer sun. Happy holidays to all our friends!

Oak Tree Holiday GreetingsOak Tree Holiday GreetingsMay the strength, endurance and peace of the oak be with you this holiday season. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Touching the Moon https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/touching-the-moon Tree branches reach up to touch a winter full moon who was still shining bright in a damp early morning fog.

Touching the MoonTouching the MoonWinter branches early on a foggy morning reach for the full moon. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Three Wisemen and Their Camel https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/three-wisemen-and-camel This collection of Mt. Lemmon HooDoos reminds me of the Biblical three Wisemen with their camel. Happy holidays to all! These rock Wisemen are very tall, proudly majestical and over look an amazing landscape of mountains and valleys.

Three Wisemen and Their CamelThree Wisemen and Their CamelThis Mt Lemmon HooDoo collection reminds me of the Biblical three Wisemen and their camel. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

These types of stone formations were named HooDoos by early pioneers, who thought they looked magical like New Orleans VooDoo.

There are a lot of these stone sculptures throughout the Southwest. Arizona's Mt. Lemmon - now a favorite ski area - has cascades of HooDoos up its steep and winding road.

The wind, the weather and a combination of rock spirits, nature spirits and interdimensional artists have formed various of these figures. Perhaps over hundreds of thousands of years. Perhaps over a short period of time, like the overnight formation of crop circles.

Winter Sunset on Mt LemmonWinter Sunset on Mt LemmonSunset Here is the view these three three wisemen have looked at for as long as they have been in existence.

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I Survived; You Will, Too https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/i-survived-you-will-too I Survived - You Will, TooI Survived - You Will, TooThis burl-weighted tree is one of the few large trees to survive in a forest area that had been hit by a micro-burst tornado. She has two mouths - the lower one wavering in fear, the upper one pinched in determination to survive. Her eyes are open wide as she faces the destruction that surrounds her. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This is a survivor tree. Here is her story.

I was out photographing in a local preserve. It was a new area for me – I’d visited it once, and was now back for another visit with the wonderful nature spirits who live there.

One area of the woods had been hard hit by a micro-burst tornado. It had touched down and an entire section, inside the larger intact forest, had been largely laid bare. Huge old trees had been ripped out of the earth, their entire root system on display.

Within this area there were a few trees left standing. They were not the huge trees – they were the more modest sized ones. One of them particularly drew my attention. This was not a particularly pretty tree. It had a huge burl growing out of it. But this low heavy weight had provided the stability needed to survive a whirling storm.

This burl was consciously aware and was emitting a somber, joyfully-relieved survivor energy. Her energy intrigued me and I went for a visit. I walked around the tree to study its particular energy, walked back to study it from a distance, then moved forward to look closer.

Suddenly, I felt very, very happy in my heart. “I really, really like you,” I was inspired to tell the tree out loud, sending her a wave of love. “And I really, really like you, too,” the tree responded, sending a smile back into my heart. And so we started a wonderful, intimate conversation, and it finished with my taking her photograph.

I survived!I survived!Close up of this gentle burl's face. She has seen the terror of a micro-burst tornado that took down most of the large trees around her, but she survived. Her eyes stare wide open, a mixture of fear, relief, courage. She has two mouths - a lower wavering one and a higher one of determination. CLICK HERE to read the full story. You can see her heart-shaped face, her wide-open eyes that are staring in two directions at the devastation around her, her two mouths with the lower one wavering in stoic bravery as she faced her new situation and her higher mouth pursed tight in determination, with an upward turn of a smile because it is important to be happy no matter what.

In the old adage that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger – this survivor tree asked me to share with people her learned wisdom: “I survived – you will, too!”

It’s something for all of us to remember in these difficult times that are testing everyone’s individual resolve. Sometimes it’s the big guys who fall, leaving the smaller ones behind to carry on the work. Even if you’ve always thought of yourself as one of the little guys – now it’s left to you to be the leader.

Even when devastation is all around you, you can’t give up – your decisions affect not only you, but also your entire environment – friends, family, and people you may not even know are watching and absorbing.

I Survived DrawingI Survived Drawing That wavering undervoice may still be there, but the upper voice of smiling determination will prevail. That smile is important. It helps you – and it considerably helps all the others around you, who are moving through similar situations themselves!

Now’s the time to pull in your energy, center, find your core, and find that resolve to go forward. You are a survivor. Smile.
 

 

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Elegy for a "Song Bird" https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/elegy-for-song-bird Descending HandDescending HandThis intriguing portal features a descending spirit hand and a full figure guardian at its front door. It resides in the Tekawitha Woods Forest Preserve,Illinois - a property once part of a convent. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This unusual tree portal features a pointing hand  and a guardian spirit. Is the guardian a man or the underside of a bird, showing claws and tail? 

The tree, now outwardly dead, lives on a preserve that once housed a convent. It is on the edge of a path leading down to the gently flowing, anciently-revered Fox River in Northern Illinois. 

This is a witness tree and a memorial. I recognize it, and it acknowledges me. But I am told it is not a portal for me to explore or enter into.

When I ask what it is for, I always receive the image of a violent act that occurred here and which nature is seeking to rectify, to return the area to balance. 

Chicago mob boss Al Capone lived nearby and was a big donor to the convent - seeking to buy his way into heaven? This portal has something to do with that energy.

I get the inner message that this is nature seeking to balance out the murder of some mobster who "sang like a bird" to the wrong people, was "fingered" for elimination - and buried nearby! 

This portal is a gateway into another dimension and while I find it intriguing, I also find it a bit frightening. So I have, over the years, been delighted to observe, honor, and not seek to enter into some energy place I might not want to be!

The guardians are doing their duty - keeping out those who are not to enter, enticing in those who need to go through.

Interdimensional cooperation works like that. You need to apply wisdom to what you discover and be grateful for the presence of guards who prevent you from getting into trouble!

In situations like this, nature is working to rectify a situation. When the tree finally decays...the energy has been corrected.

This intriguing tree can be found at the Tekawitha Woods Forest Preserve, St. Charles, IL.

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Support from Mother Nature https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/support-from-mother-nature Mother Nature Birthing a BirdMother Nature Birthing a BirdMother Nature - The Lady of the Forest -with her heart-shaped face, part in this world and part in spirit, is birthing forth a baby bird. CLICK HERE to read the full story. The tree spirits asked me to post this today, to show humans how Mother Nature is always there to support them.

This photo shows Mother as the Lady of the Forest, overseeing the comings and going of all in her domain, including the birthings and passings of beings.

Here she is, with her heart-shaped face, half in this world and half in spirit, rising up from inside the earth and birthing forth a baby bird. She wears a tall crown and long veil. 

The tree spirits ask me to remind you that when you are in need of comfort, of hope, of knowledge of your connection to the all - take a walk in nature. Perhaps find a tree - or brook, rock, plant, prairie - where you feel comfortable and safe. Sit or stand or lie down and just - merge. Return to your own personal roots and pull in strength from the earth herself. She is ready, willing and waiting for you to recognize the ancient strength from which you have emerged. 

You have it inherently inside your very being to pull strength from the universe you are a part of and from which you emerged. Go home. You are loved.

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It's Time to Explore the World! https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/its-time-explore-world The eagerness of youth to explore the vast world outside the safety of the home! These three young squirrels are feeling the joy of a warm winter day with no wind, the sun warming the air, and a whole world out there to play in!

Ready to Explore the World!Ready to Explore the World!Three young squirrels greet the late winter morning sun, ready to explore the world. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Young Squirrels at PlayYoung Squirrels at PlayIt's a sunny warm winter day and these young squirrels are getting ready to explore! CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Silent Watchers and Their Public Face https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/silent-watchers-public-face These silent New England granite watchers remind me of so many of us. The two on the right are wise and vigilant but they have no mouths. Instead their spokesperson is the side looking, pleasant, a bit whacky and seemingly a bit dumb being at the far left.

Guardians of the PathGuardians of the PathI was walking along a path through the woods when I came upon this trio of rock spirit guardians. These watchers live on my family's property in North Conway, New Hampshire. To me, they give hope and an answer on how so many pioneering souls can/have had to/ exist over the past centuries.

Deep deep inside - in the tough survival granite base we all have - we know the truth. The truth that isn't what the outer world wants us to believe. The truth we need to know, to survive the storms of life.

To stay safe, we vigilantly and silently - watch. With deep-set eyes that see the truth. Yet so silent that moss has grown where our mouths should be.

And we consign our spoken word to conform to that which will keep us safe. We put on a cheerful, whacky, funny face - and we survive.

Most of us are watchers nowadays, longing to speak...hoping our leaders speak...keeping our knowledge to ourselves until...

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Vision Quest Canyon https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/vision-quest-canyon Here is a vision quest site that very few hikers recognize. It is located at the Rim Rock Nature Trail in Southern Illinois. Let's take a journey to see what the nature realm has created. Guardian of the SiteGuardian of the SiteThis rock guardian watches over all who enter into an unrecognized Vision Quest site. Rim Rock Nature Trail, Illinois. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Native American tradition honors the vision quest. This is a journey to find your own specific purpose and path through life. This journey is frequently made to some significant energy spot. The earth contributes its own power to your personal search.

For contemporary Western mainstream society, this inter-relation between human and nature and cosmic patterns has long been lost. But we are slowly recovering our yearning for connection. 

 

The Ascent. (above) To reach this site nowadays, you have to travel down a long trail to a ravine by a gently flowing stream. This site has been occupied by many different peoples over the centuries because it has a large cave overhang permitting protection from the elements. Leading up out of the ravine is a somber, hooded Rock Guardian, overseeing a rocky path that in more recent times acquired a rough stone stairway. Your Vision Quest journey is about to begin

 

Vision Quest I - In the BeginningVision Quest I - In the BeginningIn the beginning, you birth the vision for your own life. Vision Quest 1 – In the Beginning. (left) In the beginning, you birth the vision for your own life. Here is the start of your journey, and you must enter into the earth mother if you wish to birth your vision. You pass from light to darkness and you must crouch down almost into fetal position if you want to proceed.

Vision Quest II - Walk Your TalkVision Quest II - Walk Your TalkWalk Your Talk – keep going – birth that new vision for your own life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision Quest II – Walk Your Talk. (right) You emerge into a steep-narrow walled canyon, a “birth canal” only large enough for one person to squeeze through and seeming to end at a blank wall. It’s here you start to birth your vision and determine to walk your talk. And just when it seems this road goes nowhere, and ends at a blank wall…an exit route appears to the left, and you can go on, climbing upwards along a single path varying between steep and gentle, and gradually widening along a rocky ascent that in more recent times acquired a wooden staircase.

Vision Quest III - The GuardianVision Quest III - The GuardianThis powerful 100 foot tall rock being watches over the vision quest process going on in the twisting paths that make up his/her body. Facing him at the end of your climb, you discover you were never alone on your personal journey; Guardians were always present, protecting and overseeing the process. Together you and your Guardians peacefully survey the world below, for you have now traversed the journey from womb to mastery of your own personal energy. Rim Rock Nature Trail, Illinois. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

Vision Quest III – The Guardian. (right) At the end, you reach your goal, emerging at the top of the canyon, at the fulfillment of your personal journey. If this journey is done with reverence, you have walked the passages of life, and energetically dealt with the issues that attend your personal quest. You also discover you were never alone during this process. A close look at the cliff you face reveals the profile of the canyon Guardian – the cosmic energy that has overseen your journey upward through consciousness. The two of you share a view of the peaceful valley below. Parts of the route you just walked stand revealed while others are hidden from sight.

 

 

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Spirit of Bear Lake https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/spirit-of-bear-lake Spirit of Bear Lake | Close UpSpirit of Bear Lake | Close Up A handsome youthful rock guardian watches over Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park. He has evergreens for hair and mustache. He is wearing a hood and has a prominent eye, nose and chin – “chiseled.”  In some views, as in the bottom photo, you can see the spirit’s familiar who lives on the back of the youth's hood. 

I have visited this area every few years, on my trips to the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. The road through the park starts in Estes Park, a scenic mountain town filled with amazing cliffs and gentle people. Bear Lake rests just inside the park, before you begin the ascent over the mountain range. 

Over 4 million people visit the park each year, admiring the scenery, and this appreciation positively affects the nature admired.

The rock spirits manifest themselves very strongly in this area and I’ve had many a conversation with these beings, as they sit for their photographic portraits. They are proud of the work they do inspiring and uplifting people – hikers and car tourists alike – along with their millennia of protection for the animals and plants of the area.

Spirit of Bear LakeSpirit of Bear LakeThis handsome youth dominates the shore front of Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

One of my favorite stops is Bear Lake. The Lake has very gentle energy and there are gentle hikes that take one around the perimeter and up into the hills. The energy the youthful guardian oversees is friendly and this brings that quality out in all the people who visit it. Visitors have many friendly chats on the walk, and lots of taking photos for each other at scenic locations.

 

 

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The Sophisticated Canvas of the London Plane Tree https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/the-sophisticated-canvas-of-the-london-plane-tree Here's a conservative rabbi, sculpted by this London Plane Tree who lives in the prosperous Upper East Side of Central Park, New York. London Plane Tree FacesLondon Plane Tree FacesThis London Plane Tree has crafted a multitude of different faces on its tree bark canvas. He lives in Central Park, New York.City. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

London Plane Trees are quite good at creating multiple images on their personal canvas (their bark). These “canvases” can become complex, as seen here in this edgy sculpture.

The sculpted, living-energy rabbi is facing right. Now remember that this tree began this shape many years ago, when styles were different, so this looks like an old-fashioned rabbi and a very specific one - probably a person who visited this lawn area often. The tree spirit must have much admired him!

The rabbi looks wise but New York savvy - a cautious conservative rabbi - long Middle Eastern nose, heavy beard and hair, with a ram's horns headdress.

Protecting his back is his familiar - a spirit being with a decided hawk-like nose. Uniting the two and formed from part of each is a third face, the gentle spirit part of the rabbi's complex personality with an eye in both worlds - spirit (hawk) and matter (man).

This tree has a very supple consciousness and while he is working with solid bark, he is still fluid enough to be giving a real-time eye to the squirrel who has been scrambling about him for some time! "I'm posing," he seems to be saying, "And you are ruining my dignified demeanor!"

A limited canvas

I very much enjoy photographing London Plane Trees, for they are trees of great character. The walkways in New York City’s Central Park are lined with them. They are good-natured, social trees with a good sense of humor that often has a city-dweller's sharp edge. It’s fun to visit with these trees – to come into resonance with them and to gradually merge into their own individual worlds. 

Having a limited canvas, as the London Plane Trees develop their personalities, they gradually grow very subtle images that have merged parts. The resulting complexity becomes highly artistic. The closest similarity in our human world might be the works of Picasso, during the period in which he was breaking with perspective and showed faces in profile and full frontal in the same space. 

Below are two diagrams of this rabbi tree, with the various images the tree spirit has drawn graphed out for you.

Central Park Gentleman - FrontCentral Park Gentleman - Front This tree lives is at the bottom of a hilly sweep of lawn where private school youth do daily sports. Showing you how personal each London Plane Tree is - look right at a tree who lives at the top of the sweep of lawn. This is a tough well-to-do New Yorker (can't you just see a cigar and a cryptic comment psychically emerging from the corner of his mouth!). I've written about him in my blog "Most Popular Nature Spirit Photos." An interesting sweep of the types of people who have populated this area of Manhattan over the years!

London Plane Tree History

London Plane Trees are a hybrid maple that was first popularized, in England, in the 1660s. They are excellent city trees, able to withstand drought, heavy pruning to configure to city demands – and yet offering back excellent pollution control. They have beautiful mottled bark on a thick trunk and they provide wonderful shade in the summer. Some large cities in Europe and the U.S.A. have stands or alleys of these trees. New York City has thousands lining its older streets and parks.
London Plane Tree Diagram 1London Plane Tree Diagram 1Here are some of the faces in this tree, which I've diagrammed.

London Plane Tree Diagram 2London Plane Tree Diagram 2Here is an overlapping face in the London Plane Tree, diagrammed.

 

 

 

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Social Distancing at the Beach https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/social-distancing-at-the-beach Even the seagulls know it's good to socially distance!  Seagulls Social Distancing.Seagulls Social Distancing.Even the seagulls believe in social distancing! Along the beach in Santa Cruz, California. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

These birds are just hangin' out along the sea wall in Santa Cruz, California.

This scene presented itself to me on an outing where I got to crew for my two sons as they competed in a Half-Ironman Triathlon. It was lots of fun for this ol' ultradistance runner to see the next generation also enjoying that sport!

Now, which version do you like better - the original overcast sky, or the one with clouds?

One of the issues nature photographers have is being at a scene at the right time of day or right season of the year - especially if you are visiting. An image seen is appreciated and the weather worked around. But what if you shot the scene in a different environment? How does that change the meaning? Seagulls at the BeachSeagulls at the Beach

This is the final sky scene choice for my gallery visitors. I reimagined this scene with a more varied sky, which Photoshop 2021's sky replacement tool lets us do.

 

 

 

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Go No Further! https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/12/private-area Stay Out!Stay Out!A tied rock is a Japanese folk message that you’ve reached a private boundary point. So simple, polite, and definite - this tied rock is a Japanese folk symbol for "Stop - Go No Further!"

This rock lives at the entryway to the Zen Garden at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. 

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There's a blessing in all situations and I must say this sequestering period has proven fun for me, in its own weird way. It's a time when so many of us have had to say - stop! And just look at where we are, in our own private living spaces. We've had to redefine space and relationships.

This period also coincides with my own Stop! On January 1, I retire and pass on Crystal Life to longtime, much-loved, extremely capable staff who will be the new owners.

Sequestering and retirement plans mean I get to enjoy photography - and have the necessary time/space while sequestering to do so! I am growing my new online art gallery, atalatoy.com  

There is a "rest of the story" for most of my photos and my goal is writing that story - one blog a day for a year. I started last May and have been...pretty good about it ever since! If some of my social media friends have a reallllllly long memory - you may see a photo here and there you've seen before, from "back in the old days" at the old space. They need retelling when they move!

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Fun with Skies https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/fun-with-skies Tree Branches Against a Sunset SkyTree Branches Against a Sunset SkyOak tree branches against sunset-tinged clouds. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This is a fun blog about learning to work with all the digital tools available to us. Adobe Photoshop 2021 has introduced a very nice new tool that makes a landscape photographer's life a lot easier.

It's a sky replacement tool and I must say it works very well. I had fun trying it out on some oak tree branches I photographed last week.

I'd like to see which version you like best; let me know in the comments area!

Tree Branches with Winter CloudsTree Branches with Winter CloudsThis is the original photo, showing oak tree branches against winter clouds. CLICK HERE to read the full story. And a shout out to my photographer friends - look at the fun you can have. Definitely a COVID era stay-at-home playtime activity!

There are a lot of free skies available to try this with. You now have a place to work with all the great skies you've shot and didn't know what to do with. You can even import a non-sky background and the program will work with it.

The top image is a gorgeous sunset I imported. I love how the program picks up on the sky color throughout the rest of the photo - notice how warm the color of the tree branches are.

The second photograph, right, is what the camera actually saw. There were lots of clouds with a bit of winter blue peaking through.

Tree Branches in Winter SkyTree Branches in Winter SkyOak tree branches against a stark winter sky. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

The third photograph I replaced with a plain sky I desaturated to winter blue - it lets the forms of the tree branches really stand out as the feature.

 

 

 

 

Tree Branches in a Cosmic Night SkyTree Branches in a Cosmic Night SkyTree branches against a watercolor night sky. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

 

 

The final image is a watercolor of a cosmic scene. The trees and watercolor work together nicely to create a mystic scene.

Wishing all a play-safe, stay-safe COVID situation.

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It's Party Time in Jamaica WI! https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/party-time-Jamaica-WI Jamaican GreenmanJamaican Greenman It's Party Time! A whole group of life forms are gathered to party, in this Poinciana tree who lives at a fork in the road in Jamaica, WI

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This fun-loving tree has stood at this location for many generations of humans, beginning back when local transportation was more by donkey than by car. The tree stands at a fork where the servants for many of the well-to-do homes in this gated community (where residents of many nationalities live) would have walked and gathered, waiting for transportation home or to work. 

Jamaican Greenman DrawingJamaican Greenman DrawingDrawing of beings in tree They would have been in good spirits, conversing with friends, and this good humor shows. The tree's own spirit beings, and those of the devas of the area, have sculpted quite a variety of beings - see the diagram to the left. 

There's a Jamaican Greenman, looking right, with African features and an elephant familiar as his protector hat. Looking left is a Jamaican lady with headwrap and earring. Above left is a nature spirit. Mid-center are two donkeys. Lower right is a Caucasian human and a hooded wood elf.

Poinciana Tree SpiritPoinciana Tree SpiritTree spirit, Jamaica, WI. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tree represents the spirit of all the inhabitants of this area and so, on the other side of the tree, is a spirit image of a kindly peaceful landowner of the area. 

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In contrast - above and slightly to the right looking directly at all passing by is a spirit portrait of one of the crankier residents, shown with a warty nose and two mouths - e.g. "He who speaks with two mouths" instead of one truth.

I have enjoyed visiting with this tree on various of my visits to Jamaica. He has seen, observed, loved and recorded the various energies of those who pass him by or stop to rest, over many many years and many many rotations of human life forms.

 

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Summers at the Beach https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/summers-at-the-beach Summer days - puffy clouds - gentle lake ripples - a beautiful green tree offering just the right amount of lounging shade - what could be better!

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A Visit with the Spirits of an Ancient Mesquite Tree https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/visit-with-spirits-mesquite-tree A lot of us can't be with family and friends during this year's holiday. Still, we can be with them in spirit!

Here's a special mesquite Grandmother tree in the Saguaro National Park in Arizona that I often think about and connect to. It is near a powerful ancient Hohokam petroglyph site. Just a bit off the path, hidden from full view. Although, one time, I found someone had outlined a path to it and around it in small stones. So others also saw what I see!
Desert SpiritsDesert SpiritsThese Desert Spirits live in a mesquite tree at an ancient Hohokam petroglyph site in Arizona. Sometimes when I am led to a spirit tree, I discover that others are also aware of its significance. This spirit tree has an inconspicuous path leading to it from the main path, outlined by someone with small stones. A circle of small stones also encircles the tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

Grandmother MesquiteGrandmother MesquiteThis smiling Grandmother lives in a mesquite tree in Tucson's Saguaro National Park. CLICK HERE to read the full story. The front of the black-wood mesquite tree is a complex tableau of nature spirits. There's an entire group of animals relaxing. Beneath them are two larger spirits. It looks to me like two figures - a shepherd tending his flock of animals, the male animal leader (with horns) bottom left. This is a peaceful scene on a wide open desert area and has tremendous intricacy of ornate detail.

The energy of this place holder tree is very powerful, like an acupuncture point driving a specific type of peace deep into the earth. As it is believed the site was an ancient lookout point for the peaceful local peoples, this type of protection, anchored by nature herself, makes sense.

The driving force of the tree is Grandmother - the nature energy who protects and nurtures all life. She lives on the back side of the tree, away from view of those hiking the trail beside the tree. She has shaped herself in the same ornate linear detail as the figures on the front of the tree. There are many other smaller details found around her as well.

I visit the tree often, on my trips out west. Here are some photos a colleague took of me on our visit to the tree. You can see the sizes of the images here. 

I like the one of me with Grandmother - we look a lot alike - two ol' Grandmas hanging out together!

Happy holidays to you all, and may you enjoy your friendships in person and in spirit!

Atala with Mesquite SpiritsAtala with Mesquite Spirits

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy grandmother nature spirit photography Saguaro National Park tree spirit Tucson Arizona https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/visit-with-spirits-mesquite-tree Thu, 26 Nov 2020 13:36:26 GMT
Arizona Cypress Trunk https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/arizona-cypress-trunk Arizona Cypress TrunkArizona Cypress TrunkThe trunk of an Arizona Cypress tree. CLICK HERE to read the full story. The Arizona Cypress tree has very thin bark that as it grows older can become colorfully mottled.

I came upon this beautiful cypress trunk while on a stroll through the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It had so many intricate patterns that I spent quite some time immersed in its rhythmic play!

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Arizona cypress tree Atala Toy nature spirit photography tree bark tree spirit Tucson Botanical Gardens https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/arizona-cypress-trunk Wed, 25 Nov 2020 13:05:02 GMT
Odin's Raven | The Clearing Folk School https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/odins-raven-the-clearing-folk-school This cedar tree raven presides over a path leading to the Council Ring at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin.

Raven |The ClearingRaven |The ClearingThis massive root structure resembles a raven in flight. Located near the Council Ring at The Clearing, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to read the full story. He has huge spreading wings and all the majesty of one of Odin's three ravens, who are sent out each morning to track the events of the mortal realms. Beneath his wings is an old cedar stump with the image of a man in a hat seen full face (and looking remarkably like Jens Jensen, founder of the school). Beneath his head is another head seen sideways.

Council Ring, The ClearingCouncil Ring, The Clearing The raven is a mystical messenger of the gods, connected to the ruler of the Norse gods and to all the majesty and power of that realm. Jensen's work is infused with that same majesty and power. 

Off to the left of this scene is the Council Ring, an outdoor stone area where Jensen and his colleagues would meet to hold council. 

Chinese ScholarChinese ScholarThis venerable Chinese Scholar is only 4 inches tall but helps hold deep wisdom energy from his cedar stump, located near the Council Ring at The Clearing Folk School, Door County, Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

Now while I was busy admiring and photographing all this grandeur - a small voice kept insisting I go smaller and look at him. At last I listened, and studied where the voice was coming from. It was from the right side of the stump - a verrrry tiny image of a distinguished Oriental philosopher. He might be small - but when focused on, I saw that in his world he was very large and greatly venerated. He deserved his own photographic study.

Cedar CurvesCedar CurvesAutumn and cedar leaves on wet cedar bark. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Then the silent cedar spirit of the area made itself known and asked me to admire the trees themselves. One of the very very old cedar trees had a beautifully curved trunk, and in the dampness of the post-rain period, some autumn cedar leaves had landed against the dark maroons of the cedar. A joy to see for its sheer beauty of form!

You can see how tiny the Oriental Wiseman is - the leaves on him are the same size as the ones in the cedar curves.

This experience was a profound lesson for me about how so many different worlds can co-exist with each other in the same place. Each of these photographs offers a glimpse into an entire micro-world whose beings don't come in contact with each other. These worlds are built in different sizes and based on different premises of how reality works. We have so much to learn on earth about the nature of consciousness and about the peaceful, non-interfering co-existence of different perspectives! 

I had heard of The Clearing for many years. It is a residential folk school where you can stay for a few days or a week, take some top level workshops in various crafts, enjoy excellent home cooking...and the opportunity to explore the wild grounds that hug the coastline cliffs of Lake Superior. I finally took the opportunity to do a photography workshop, and to spend a lot of free time exploring.  This location is so worth a visit and a stay. 

The folk school was founded by Jens Jensen, one of the premier Chicago landscape architects who helped develop many of the natural sites around this area of the Midwest.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Council Ring Ellison Bay Wisconsin everything is energy Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography raven The Clearing tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/odins-raven-the-clearing-folk-school Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:47:24 GMT
Frozen in Place https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/frozen-in-place Doesn't this feel like where we all are right now - full of life, ready to bloom - and stuck inside a clear frozen sheath of ice! It thaws just enough to give us a long teardrop of hope - then freezes again. Here's to the time when we're all free to bloom as we please!

Winter FreezeWinter FreezeDoesn't this feel like where we all are right now - full of life, ready to bloom - and stuck inside a clear frozen sheath of ice! It thaws just enough to give us a long teardrop of hope - then freezes again. Here's to the time when we're all free to bloom as we please! CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy frozen ice on trees nature photography tree spirits https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/frozen-in-place Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:35:09 GMT
Angels Watch Over Us All https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/angels-watch-over-us-all We hear how each of us has an angel, who watches over us and is willing to communicate with us, if we let them. 

Angels Watching | Atala Toy nature spirit photographyAngels WatchingAn angel is watching over the animals and nature spirits in this preserve, guarding the portal by which they enter spirit. CLICK HERE to read about angels in trees. It is touching to me that I have come across some tree images showing that angels are watching over all our lives on earth - big or small, human, animal and nature spirits.

In the three situations shown here, the angels are guarding energetic portals that are positioned to welcome certain species back into spirit once their time on earth has come to a close. 

At a sorely difficult time such as we are now experiencing, the angels requested I share these three images of angels going about their humble, everyday work of caring. 

Guardian Angel - Close UpGuardian Angel - Close UpThis is a close up of an angel protecting a tree. This tree is one of a series of ancient maples that have stood for hundreds of years in a venerable New England family’s front yard. It’s time has finally come, and the angels have positioned themselves to protect the tree during transition. There are only a few leaves left on the tree…the tree is is still hanging on, the last of his group to survive. And also CLICK HERE to read about angels in trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was asked to share this to show those who are asking that indeed angels are real, they are always with us - just ask them to openly communicate with you (they have to do it secretly right now for so many).

What also strikes me about these images is how artists, who seek to interpret what they experience, often develop styles that I see in nature spirit art. 

Guardian Angel for the Birds | Atala Toy photographyGuardian Angel for the BirdsWe all have a guardian angel - even the birds. Here is a large bird angel watching over his charge, at Black Partridge Preserve, Lemont, IL. Both the angel and the bird are also portals. CLICK HERE to read more. And also CLICK HERE to read about angels in trees.

 

 

Top right is my latest discovery, located right nearby at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, Illinois in an area that was once a retirement convent. The angel is leaning over so caringly, welcoming several happy animals back into spirit through the portal that she guards. On her wing rests a happy round-faced nature spirit.  The angel's positioning reminds me of Picasso's Blue Boy construction - there are a lot of Picasso structure images in nature!

Left is an angel who formed out of the tree wood itself, and stands in a portal through which the energy of this very old very significant Council Tree is withdrawing into spirit. This angel is in New Hampshire and is a sweet classic angel image.

Bottom right is an angel watching over the birds of the area. The angel has taken the shape of a bird - angels are non-corporal and so can take any form that will relate well to their charge - bird, animal, human of any sex race culture. This angel also guards a portal back to the spirit world. This tree lives at Black Partridge Nature Preserve, Illinois. These images remind me of ancient Egyptian art, where the subject is seen full frontal with head turned sideways or in full profile.

If you have need of an angel, ask your own angel to come forward. You told them, many years ago, to stop making themselves present because society told that little child that angels don't exist, grow up! They do, they love you, and they are for you.

If you have lost a loved one - human or pet - know that an angel was present at their leaving, and guided them back into spirit. The trees have shown you so!

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Your Loved One's Soul is at Rest https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/your-loved-ones-soul-is-at-rest Irish folk wisdom says that when you see a yellow butterfly, it means the departed soul of your loved one is at rest.

Monarch Butterfly on Pink OrchidMonarch Butterfly on Pink Orchid I was focusing on photographing these lovely pink orchids when this Yellow Monarch Butterfly came by for a visit.

Butterflies are a symbol for the soul and for hope. They help us understand that the process of seeming end-of-existence death (the caterpillar appears to die and is wrapped in the tomb of the cocoon) ... is only the passage by which life attains the liberating free flight of the soul.

Pink is the color of the universal mother in many of the world cultures. So I prefer to look at this photo as the soul of the departed loved one preparing to drink deeply of the sweet nectar of the universal mother.

I have been attracted to my collection of butterfly photos lately...I believe spirit wants to spread wide the belief in the reality of the soul. So many of us need that reassurance right now.

We also need the message of this yellow butterfly - that our dearly departed are now at peace.

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Cactus Drawings https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/cactus-drawings As fibers pull off of a cactus, they create subtle curves, in stark contrast to the solidity of the cactus itself.

Cactus Drawings | Atala Toy PhotographyCactus DrawingsAs fibers pull off of a cactus, they create subtle curves, in stark contrast to the solidity of the cactus itself. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Blue Morphos and the Invisible Glass Wall https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/blue-morphos-invisible-glass-wall These two Blue Morpho Butterflies are looking longingly out a glass window at the vast sunset sky just beyond.

Blue morpho front and side | Atala ToyBlue Morpho Butterfly, front and side view Like so many of us, the beauty of these beings entrances others...but they have their own sights set longingly on different spaces than where they are.

The Blue Morpho looks like two totally different butterflies depending on whether its wings are open or closed. When its wings are closed, it is an earthy brown with large eyes . When its wings open up, it is a breath-takingly iridescent sky blue.

Humble or dramatic - these two want what is so close yet unobtainable. So many of us right now feel like these butterflies. We are survivors of the chaos (cocoon) and we see the bright air. Can we fly into it, or is this mesmerizing vision on other side of an invisible glass wall.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy blue morpho butterfly interdimensional nature photography sunset https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/blue-morphos-invisible-glass-wall Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:53:07 GMT
Butterfly Transformation https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/butterfly-transformation Fritillary Butterfly | Atala Toy Nature PhotographyFritllary ButterflyButterflies are symbols of the soul, of transformation, of the beauty that comes after the chaotic state of the transformative cocoon. Fritillary is the name of a species of butterfly - there are many types in this family. The name refers to its checkered pattern. CLICK HERE to read the full story. The butterfly is a symbol for the soul, for beauty and for hope.

The transformation process that takes the caterpillar through the chaotic disassembling into its reassembling as a beautiful being of the air has long been a symbol of hope for humanity going through periods of change.

If a butterfly lands on you, it is especially meaningful for your own sympatico energy of the moment.

This is a Fritillary Butterfly - a large group so-called for their checkered wings.

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Above the Conflicts - We are One https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/above-conflicts-we-are-one Getting Along with Each Other | Elephant and Mouse | Atala ToyGetting Along with Each Other - Elephant and Mouse Here are three situations where higher level life forms have paired earth's natural enemies so they learn to co-exist. In each case, while one side is the dominant image, the other side is inextricably connected.

These situations are holding together, and thus grounding, the higher reality that energies in conflict are actually united. Each of the three stories shown here speaks to a different aspect of this universal situation. 

These are energetic efforts to bring detachment to emotion-fraught situations. Fear - survival - these disturb the peace that underlies matter. 

Higher life forms are utilizing these trees as acupuncture points to anchor into the earth a grid of peace and detachment in the inevitable conflict between opposing needs. They do this in many ways including, as here, with humor, respect and gentle firmness.

These three stories are found in the scenic and peaceful Fox River Valley area of Illinois - a suburban/rural area about 50 miles straight west of Chicago. 

Heron and Lizard in a Willow Tree | Atala Toy PhotographyHeron and Lizard in a Willow Tree

 

 

 

 

A spirit of gentle cooperation exists in this area and I credit a lot of this to the peaceful, strong nature of the nature spirits and other unseen higher life forms. 

Top right is a gentle story of an elephant and a mouse – not known to be friendly to each other. They are being held together in this tree, as they learn to live in harmony. You can see the elephant’s eye, tusk and trunk halfway up the tree. The mouse’s profile is in the lower area. The scene shows the mouse energy is actually within the elephant energy. This scene is interesting because it shows a very large animal who is often frightened by a very small animal.
Bird Who Swallowed a Frog | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyBird Who Swallowed a Frog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid left - this ancient willow tree holds together a heron (in the trunk top left) and an animal it eats to survive - the lizard (the white bark lower right). They are of equal size in the tree although not so in actual physical form. The heron is in the living tree and the lizard is in a dead part of the trunk.

This tree is being utilized to honor both sides of the energetic need to survive. It reminds me of how a Native American hunter will honor the spirit of the animal it is seeking to kill for food, for the sacrifice of its life that many others may live.

Lower right is the root of a cottonwood tree. Here the nature spirits are bringing humor into the situation. The root is in the shape of a duck's head and its eye is a frog. The frog has been eaten - but his consciousness has become part of the aggressor and is, indeed, the duck's vision. 

In each of these situations, life forms of other dimensions are grounding the truth that on a higher plane of consciousness - that which we are in conflict with is really a part of ourselves. At the higher levels of spirit - we are one.

In our current societal conflicts - may those with eyes, see and those with ears, hear and those with mouths, speak.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy duck elephant Fox River Valley frog Geneva Illinois heron interdimensional lizard mouse Nature Spirit nature spirit photography St Charles Illinois tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/above-conflicts-we-are-one Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:04:18 GMT
We Are Not Alone | Interdimensional Cooperation | Atala Toy https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/we-are-not-alone-interdimensional-cooperation-atala-toy We Are Not Alone | Atala ToyWe Are Not Alone | Atala Toy I wrote this book to explain, in easily understood terms, the multi-dimensional nature of the universe. It's full title is We Are Not Alone | A Guidebook to Interdimensional Cooperation. Here's information provided by the publisher, Weiser Books:

In this fascinating look at how to communicate and cooperate with all matter and forms of consciousness, you will learn how to: read subtle energy; establish communication and ongoing working relationships with other life forms; free yourself and your surroundings from obstacles of every kind, and contribute at the deepest energetic level to the healing of the world.

Published by Weiser Books. 278 pages (paperback)

Synopsis of the book:

Creation Mandala | Classic No Dot CenterCreation Mandala Grand ExperimentGrand Experiment While working at the United Nations Development Programme in New York, Atala Dorothy Toy went through a near-death experience that took her on a journey and showed her a new way of perceiving energy-one in which all objects in the universe (including machines, stones, and trees) are alive, conscious, and willing to cooperate with humans to fashion a healthier, more holistic world. Now in this easy-to-read book she teaches the deceptively simple art of how to communicate with any object or life form. Whether it’s a pet, tree, gemstone, power line, computer, nature spirit, extra-terrestrial, angel, or inner guide-the process is the same. All it takes is knowing you can do it and then learning how.

You can order this book by clicking on the photo. I hand-sign each book. It is also available (unsigned) on Amazon.com

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy interdimensional Nature Spirit we are not alone https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/we-are-not-alone-interdimensional-cooperation-atala-toy Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:46:29 GMT
Ant People Rescued Native Americans https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/ant-people-rescued-native-americans This cliff sculpture commemorates when the Ant People rescued Native Americans not once but twice. This occurred when the earth was destroyed – first by fire and then by ice – and one earth world passed into another. It is told down through the generations, in Native American story, that the Ant People took groups of virtuous humans into their underground homes and protected and taught them until the earth was safe for humans to once again walk in the sun. Ant PeopleAnt PeopleThis nature-formed mural honors the rescue and sheltering of Native Americans and animals by the inner earth Ant People during two of the successive world changes that have occurred on earth. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

This story is commemorated by interdimensional artists, in a hundreds of feet tall ancient bas relief located in the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Co. The figures in the story are of a lighter whitish stone set into the red stone around them.

I have been photographing the Garden of the Gods on visits west for several decades now. Each visit permits me to go deeper into the life of the rock beings and nature spirits who live there. I have always felt that I was returning home to a place I once dearly loved and lived in.

A few years ago, the nature spirits of this section of park entered into conversation with me. They uncovered my eyes and showed me this mural. This cliff stands in the middle of a great field and thousands of people walk beneath it every day. But very few see with subtle eyes and so most miss this magnificent commemorative monument.

On the right, in the mural, is the profile of an ant being, with their distinctive long face. On the upper left is the image of a Native American. On the lower left is the image of a lion. (The lion image is seen at several locations in the Garden). To the right are two life forms admiring the mural. And the mural itself is inside another life form created by the entire cliff. Over much of the face of the cliff are caves. I am told by spirit that there are cave openings to the inner earth in this area, only they exist in a different dimension and so are difficult to locate. 

So this is a story sculpted by beings of other dimensions commemorating the long partnership and friendship of the Ant People and the Indians, who are watching each other’s backs, and both are protecting the all-important animal life of earth.

Local Knowledge of this Monument

I was taking photos of this cliff this year when a local guide stopped to show her group the bas relief. She explained that this area is the ancient homeland of the Ute people and still, once a year, they return for celebrations. At that time, they come to honor the Indian visage carved into the cliffs. The guide and I exchanged information – I showed her the Ant Person and she showed me the special feature of the teardrop falling from the Indian’s eye.  She explained that when it rains, a rivulet of water runs down from the eye into a cliff indent, darkening the stone and remaining long after the rain has gone. The Indian is shedding a tear for his people! It seems appropriate for the teardrop to stay a long time, in remembrance of the loss of the different earths and its lifeforms at the turn of an age – the entering of a new world. Here the storm clouds are gathering once again, casting their dramatic beauty over the ancient cliffs.

Links to Sumeria and Ancient Egypt

As an aside for those interested in the long-term alternate archeological knowledge of the earth: Gary A. David, author of Star Shrines and Earthworks of the Desert Southwest, has found parallels between the stories of the ant people and the ancient cultures of Babylon and Egypt. In an article posted on the website Ancient Origins, David states It is interesting to note that the Babylonian sky god was named Anu. The Hopi word for ‘ant’ is also anu, and the Hopi root word naki means ‘friends.’ Thus, the Hopi Anu-naki, or ‘ant friends,’ may have been the same as the Sumerian Annunaki—the beings who once came to Earth from the heavens.”  

Some Ways to Connect with Us

If this image inspires you, and you would like to own a framed copy, click on the image to go to its specific room. If you would like to see more nature spirit images, head over to  atalatoy.com 

If you would like to share your own nature spirit photographs, head over to our community nature spirits group at Facebook.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Ant People Atala Toy Colorado Colorado Springs Garden of Gods interdimensional communication interdimensional cooperation Native Americans nature spirit photography nature spirits Stone - Nature stone spirit tree spirits trees https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/ant-people-rescued-native-americans Sat, 14 Nov 2020 12:36:48 GMT
Which Version of Creation Do You Resonate With? https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/which-version-of-creation-do-you-resonate-with Sacred Geometry at its purest level is a graph that depicts actions occurring at the level of light, behind solid physical form. Each part has significance. Change one piece - and you change the energy of the whole.  Creation Mandala | ClassicCreation Mandala | ClassicThe Creation Mandala is also known as the Bhuvaneshwari Yantra. It is the classic mandala diagramming the emergence of matter from the fullness of the unmanifest source (the dot in the middle of the diagram). Concentrating on this yantra bestows wealth and happiness and helps you to achieve deep meditation and knowledge. CLICK HERE to read the full story. CLICK HERE to read another blog about this image. Creation Mandala | Classic No Dot CenterCreation Mandala | Classic No Dot CenterThe Creation Mandala is a classic mandala diagramming the emergence of matter from the ultimate void. This emergence is signified by the absence of a dot in the middle of the star tetrahedron. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently held a workshop on Sacred Geometry and in it presented these two mandalas. They are the same except for one item: the dot in the middle. This dot changes the ultimate significance of the mandala. 

With the dot - it graphs creation emerging from the fullness of the unmanifest source. Go through that dot and you move into the unmanifest, all loving, protective source.

Without the dot - it graphs creation emerging from non-existence - the void. 

Workshop participants meditated on these two mandalas, and then described which one they preferred and why. The group was pretty evenly split as to which each preferred. Those who liked it with the dot felt the mandala energy was protective, secure, reassuring, active. Those who preferred the image without the dot found the star tetrahedron was pulsating with energy, that it was liberating and freeing.

This is an experiment you can try for yourself. It will teach you a bit more about your own core philosophy - and help energize yourself as well.

The other parts of the mandala are classically specific in meaning. A simple description of this is: The core is the star tetrahedron - the depiction of balanced polarities. It is in a circle, inside two more circles containing lotus petals. This means the energy is ever-expanding (circles) and has a very high frequency (number of petals). We want to hold this expansion in place, to examine and work with the form (the square). But we don't want to be trapped in the square, hence there is a door in each direction that we can enter and exit through.

You can click on the images to view them in a larger size and you can purchase them as a wall hanging, card, mug etc. inside their image room.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy creation mandala sacred geometry https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/which-version-of-creation-do-you-resonate-with Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:45:57 GMT
Buffalo Guardian Spirit | Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/buffalo-guardian-spirit Buffalo Spirit GuardianBuffalo Spirit GuardianThis is Buffalo Spirit , the nature devas explained to me. They had guided me into the woods and up to this tree. It is a nodal tree, they explained, that helps keep the buffalo energy alive and active. Buffalo, to the Native Americans who once roamed free in America, represents the Great Spirit, whose energy guides those who are willing to connect. This tree lives at the Midewin National Grasslands, Illinois – an area where bison (buffalo) have long grazed freely. CLICK HERE to read the full story. This is a buffalo guardian spirit - a nodal point on a broad energy grid that supports the buffalo energy throughout the American Midwest and Southwest.

Note how alert and on guard this spirit is. Perhaps it is because a group of photographers just descended on his quiet forest home and he is surveying their activity!

Buffalo Spirit Tree | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyBuffalo Spirit TreeBuffalo spirit guardian, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Here is the buffalo tree itself, with the buffalo spirit seen from the front.

Buffalo Spirit Front ViewBuffalo Spirit Front ViewBuffalo Spirit at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie graveyard The buffalo/bison has always been highly respected by the Native Americans for its many blessings offered to the community. It is a symbol of abundance, protection, good fortune...and many qualities more. As a nodal point on the buffalo grid, this tree is helping to keep the energy of the buffalo still active in the landscape, even though most of the buffalo have been long gone.

At this protected site - the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Northern Illinois - bison are being reintroduced in a protected environment. The land itself is also being restored to pre-pioneer day conditions.

Midewin GraveyardMidewin GraveyardPrairie graveyard This spirit is in a tree that would have been young and impressionable when the area was occupied by pioneers moving West. Next to him is a pioneer-era graveyard and...wait!...did we photographers actually photograph a ghost in the graveyard! Wow! Congratulations, folks!

Ghost in GraveyardGhost in GraveyardPretty good, eh? My friends and I captured a ghost peeking around a gravestone at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois! (Actually - it's me, in a multiple exposure fun photo) (Confession - that is a multiple-exposure photograph of the graveyard, that I stepped into for one of the shots!)

 

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In Honor of All Those We Have Lost This Year... https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/in-honor-of-all-those-we-have-lost-this-year Entering the Soul's Realm | Atala Toy PhotographyEntering the Soul's RealmIn honor of all those we have lost in this unusual year... CLICK HERE to read the full story. In honor of all those we have lost this year...with gratitude that they are in the peace and beauty of the soul's realm, their earthly game now done...

 

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The Illusions of This World https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/the-illusions-of-this-world It seems like a good time to ponder on the illusions of this world - an observation by philosopher Zhuangzi, 300 BC

Emperor and the ButterflyEmperor and the ButterflyA statement about the illusions of this world...An observation of philosophers throughout time. Quote from Zhuangzi, 300 BC. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts | How To Book by Atala Toy https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/nature-spirits-spirit-guides-and-ghosts Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts | Atala ToyNature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts If communicating with nature spirits seems like an interesting concept, you might enjoy reading the book I wrote about this experience. It's called Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts: How to Talk with and Photograph Beings of Other Realms. Here's some information about the book, written by its publisher, Quest, and some of the many comments I've received. You can order a signed copy from my website. You can also order it (unsigned), and a Kindle download, from Amazon.com 

About This Book

Boulders laugh, trees talk, and practically each patch of ground has meaning, in Atala Toy’s experience. Faeries, angels, ghosts, orbs, and spirits of place are just some of the life forms with whom she helps us attune-and shows us how to record their image! Readers will cherish her rare combination of esoteric wisdom and practical guidance. With substantive clarity, she explains time travel, portals, dowsing, negative and positive vortexes, balls of energy known as merkabahs, ley lines, and orbs-the plasma of some life form visible to human eyes or to cameras, many of which are nature spirits who enjoy being around happy energy and so are often seen at parties and spiritual gatherings.

A professional interdimensional communicator, Atala is up to the minute in her understanding of the emerging field of spiritual sciences and the correlations between modern physics and ancient metaphysical traditions that perceive the oneness of all nature. We all communicate interdimensionally every day, she says. We just don’t know it, and so we lose out on the many ways to receive help from the other life forms who share our space. Drawing on her own and her clients’ experiences, she teaches through colorful stories and her own powerful photographs. Titles include “The Ghost Who Washed Dishes,” “The Haunted Hotel,” “The Guardian of the Spring,” “The Horse Who Knew More Than His Owners,” “The Jilted House,” “The Stranded Gnome,” “The Moss Faery,” “The Owl on Turtle Island,” and “The Balsam Who Loved the Birch.” She also includes lessons explaining the energetic principles of the situation; simple exercises for mastering the principle contained in the story; and tips for photographing other life forms using technology available to anyone, such as digital or even cell phone cameras.

Looking Through the Veils

Atala and GrandmotherAtala and GrandmotherAtala communicating with Grandmother, a mesquite tree who lives at historic Signal Hill, Tucson, Arizona By entering the fascinating realm of this book, the reader will join the growing number of people aware of subtle energy and able to see through the veils between dimensions. Not only is this possibility personally enriching, it serves a broader purpose as well. Needless to say, the planet and everything on it is at a critical juncture. In damaging the earth, we have damaged the nature beings’ home as well. It is therefore strongly in their interest to assist us in transforming the earth into something better. This book shows us how to learn from and enjoy them in a most delightful way.

 

Here are comments from readers:

Here are some of the comments I've received over the years, from various experts and readers.

“Finally – a refreshing, inspiring AND practical book on working with nature intelligences. I believe everyone, even people very familiar with earth healing and energywork, could learn a lot of new things from this book. There are practical exercises sprinkled throughout the book, that I feel are presented in a way that is easy to understand and implement. The author clearly has a deep connection, understanding of and love for the nature realms, and that is reflected on every page. This is a book I will return to often, and would be my #1 recommendation to anyone genuinely looking to connect with faeries and the otherworldly realms.” – Review by Nymphidium on Amazon.com

“This is a much needed book in a time when so many more people are becoming aware of invisible worlds such as orbs, vortexes, other life forms and dimensions. Atala has written a fascinating guide book that brings to light how to communicate, understand and safely work with these worlds. She is a well experienced and wise Soul that has studied and taught on this subject for many years. Prepare to be amazed.” Susan Wisehart, MS, LMFT, international author of “Soul Visioning: Clear the Past, Create Your Future” – Review on Amazon.com

“I wanted to contact you and thank you for the gift of the information in your two books, “Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts” and “We Are Not Alone”. I initially read Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts and I feel this book “found me” after I had consciously asked the universe for a great spiritual teacher with concepts and ideologies that would resonate in me and lead me further on my path towards what I am truly here for. I could not put it down. It was utterly fascinating and beautifully written. So I bought We Are Not Alone and was even more blown away to be honest.

“I am sure many will have told you this and you already know it yourself, but you are a true visionary with great lessons to teach and you stand with all the other highly evolved way showers and agents of authentic light. Thank you for helping those of us that walk behind you; you have a great gift to help others see things that were hidden to them that have been trying to find them.” – GB

It takes courage to write a book like this, but Atala meets the task with wit and honesty. If you have never consciously interacted with spirits, this book will help you do so safely. If you have already had encounters, and are hungry to know more, this book may provide the insights you seek for taking the next step. Susan Collins, Dowser of the Year

“Atala Dorothy Toy takes amazing photographs that explore myriad ways nature and  people are interconnected. With her characteristic warmth and wisdom, she inspires others’ exploration. Urging readers to sit and observe, reach out in peace, and work in community, she offers powerful lessons and practical exercises that nurture interdimensional photographers. I’m inspired!” —Donna Latham, author of Ghosts of the Fox River Valley and Ghosts of Interstate 90

“With deep respect for Atala’s vision, I recommend her new book. The stories and photographs and her insights into ‘feeling’ and communicating with interdimensional beings will expand and bring balance to the way we view ‘reality.’” —Francene Hart, visionary artist

“Atala Dorothy Toy gives you an energy road map through pictures, stories, and exercises. Team up with your inner guides and shift, perceive, and communicate with all that is. Be prepared to embark on a remarkable journey that will open you up to a richer and fuller life as you connect and communicate with energies that affect you and world consciousness.” —Nancy Grace Marder, executive director of Infinity Foundation

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy fairy greenman interdimensional communication Nature Spirit nature spirit photography https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/nature-spirits-spirit-guides-and-ghosts Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:31:15 GMT
Clearing Yourself with Tree Energy https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/clearing-yourself-with-tree-energy Three Tones | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyThree TonesThree tones – bass, alto, soprano – define the energies of these sump holes, located in the woods next to three pine trees. The nature spirits explained this is an energy-clearing site. CLICK HERE to read more about clearing energy via trees. If you are stressed or need help running healthy energy through your body, centering via identification with the trees of the area can be of significant assistance.

Times I have made use of this include the following:

I have traveled a lot both in America and around the world. There have been times when I ate something that, it turns out, was a bit hard on my digestive system – maybe a bit “off” or a bit rich or spices just way too different. Then there  have been times when the stress of daily life has left me with very raw nerves. And there are always times when cosmic energies are running wild, causing my whole body energy system to jangle.

In all these instances, I search out a local “friendly” tree and ask for its assistance. So – why and how?

Trees Bridge the Three Worlds

Trees have long been recognized as life forms who bridge the three worlds – heaven (branches), earth (trunk), and the inner earth (roots). They have learned how to harmonize the three energies within their own bodies, and they can assist us in doing so, too. Identifying with tree energy has long been a respected indigenous method for healing human energy.

How Can You Get Help From a Tree?

Here’s how it works. Go to a tree whose energy you “like.” Ask it to help you and specify why - you ate something, need some peace/ patience/ stress relief or whatever. “Feel” if its response is a yes (don’t worry if you can’t feel this at first, trust the process – the tree will either help you or will simply be silent – what you are doing is setting up a proper protocol of mutual respect).

Then place your hands on the tree, or lean against it, or “hug” it, or sit down leaning against the tree. Feel the tree’s life force energy (you can visualize it as its sap) running down through you and deep into the earth. Visualize/ sense/ feel it giving you an energy shower. Gradually, gradually, you will feel a soothing of your own energy as the life force energy of the universe, channeled through the vehicle of the tree, clears and soothes your own energy.

All Traditional Cultures Draw on the Energies of the Trees

Tree of Life - CosmicTree of Life - CosmicThis Tree of Life is a chart diagramming both the formation of the universe and way in which humans can perfect their nature and return to source. Mystics of many traditions turn to this chart as a pathway for understanding the inter-relation of various aspects of creation with the unseen creator. It is frequently referred to as the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, as the diagram originated within this tradition of mystical Judaism. CLICK HERE to read an associated blog. Now this methodology of working with trees has always been known to humans – we just too often have forgotten it. Yoga knows it – the tree pose is a classic position. Paganism knows it – the tree is one of its main symbols. Kabalistic philosophy knows it – the Kabalistic tree of life is a sacred geometry symbol that inter-relates human, cosmic and nature energy fields. You will find this recognition of this energy device throughout human society.

So, I love trees – most of you have already surmised that – never met a tree I didn’t like. Tree energies have been very nice to me in return, and have taught me a great deal. I share a lot of this information in my books – We Are Not Alone talks about the structure of this energy. Nature Spirits, Spirit Guides and Ghosts tells stories of some of my learning experiences from trees. 

A few things you will discover as you work with trees, and as I explain in these different places:

Different Kinds of Trees Have Different Energy

While identifying with any tree you “like” will work, eventually you begin to notice differences. Different types of trees provide different types of energy. Pine trees are excellent for soothing the energy field, oak trees provide strength of purpose, maple trees provide determination to achieve completion of projects, cottonwood trees help you connect your prayers to spirit…and so on. 

Let the Trees Teach You

If you are too stressed out, your energy may be so blocked that the tree cannot flow its energy through you. I discovered this once – see the photo at the start of this blog. This is in a wooded area at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles, IL. Once I walked there, quite stressed, and placed my hands on the first pine tree on the right. The tree spirits apologized for not being able to help me with my stress as it was too extreme. But they had a solution.

“Turn around,” the tree spirits said. I did. “See that indent in the land? That is a vortex that will drain the stress from you, and then we can fill you with our good energy.” I stood in the indent – called a sump hole in the Midwest, a place where the land has collapsed in a bit. I felt the counter-rotating energies pulling out my stress, sending it down into the healing earth. They explained that my negative energy dump helps the sump hole to be healthier and even more effective. My action feeds the sump hole the negative energies it needs to survive – it is a natural clearing device for an area. When I had felt the draining stop, I was done for then.

“Now,” the nature spirits said, “place your hands on the tree and we can fill you with good energy.” I did that and felt peace flow through.

We then had some fun as they explained there were three sump holes and each had a different frequency. They had me repeat the dump/refill process in each sump hole and I could feel the difference in frequencies that were being cleared.

Some Ways to Connect with Us

If you are not near any woods, you can purchase a large size print of this image and visually do the process of dumpling and refilling. Click on the image to go to its specific room. If you would like to see more nature spirit images, head over to  atalatoy.com 

If you would like to share your own nature spirit photographs, head over to our community nature spirits group at Facebook.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy energy interdimensional Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve nature spirit sump holes tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/clearing-yourself-with-tree-energy Sun, 08 Nov 2020 12:52:14 GMT
Sinister Beauty https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/sinister-beauty The magnetic promises of darkness have been a mesmerizing energy for many in our country in recent years. Darkness has its own beauty. As we move into the dark winter months of the year, this is something to ponder. 

Sinister BeautySinister BeautyThis Sinister Beauty lived in St. Charles, IL. She came to life one fall season – both alluring and a bit frightening! This sinister beauty is a tree wound topped with an ornate fungal hat. Her smile whispers of delicious secrets and her eye is a portal beckoning us into some dark other world realm.

She leads us to ponder on the nature of darkness.

The Nature of Darkness

Darkness is sinister yet peaceful.  It generates chaotic energy then rotates into a silence-filled emptiness. 

Yin yang treeYin yang treeTree and it's roots silhouette in modified yin yang symbol World faith traditions honor darkness as the gateway to spirit. World social and political structures inevitably cycle through periods of darkness, chaos and violence before committing to peaceful cooperation...until the next cycle begins.

It's so easy to feel that any point on these cycles is permanent. But it isn't. The cycle is also a spiral. Lessons learned at each point on the cycle become energetic markers which, when encountered the next time around, can help us move one direction or another - towards awareness or inconscience.

Darkness is one extreme in an eternal yin/yang movement of energy that requires our focused attention, as long as we stay within the realms of matter. 

One hopes that 2021 will see our country cycling towards the polarity of light, in all our realms of action.

Some Ways to Connect with Us

If you would like to see more nature spirits, head over to my gallery at atalatoy.com Or just click on the image to go directly to the room of each available image.

If you would like to share your own nature spirit photographs, head over to our community nature spirits group at Facebook.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy fungi interdimensional nature spirit nature spirit photography St Charles Illinois tree spirit yin/yang https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/sinister-beauty Sat, 07 Nov 2020 11:49:36 GMT
Summer Rain https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/summer-rain A hummingbird raises his head and spreads his wings, enjoying the thrill of a rare summer rain at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, California.  Desert RainDesert RainA hummingbird enjoys the arrival of a light summer rain, in the courtyard of San Juan Capistrano, California. CLICK HERE to read the story.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy bird California hummingbird nature spirit photography San Juan Capistrano summer rain https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/summer-rain Fri, 06 Nov 2020 12:02:57 GMT
Jellyfish Geometry https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/jellyfish-geometry Jellyfish GeometryJellyfish GeometryThe silent, graceful world of jellyfish. CLICK HERE to read the story Take a peaceful break and just sit and admire the geometry and delicate form of the jellyfish.

Community matters everywhere. Here a large collection of small jellyfish press up against an aquarium window while another friend floats down to join the group...

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy frequency interdimensional jellyfish look for the signs mother nature Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography one love quiet your mind resonance sacred geometry seeing is believing shadow self https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/jellyfish-geometry Thu, 05 Nov 2020 12:19:43 GMT
The Peace of Loving Kindness https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/peace-of-loving-kindness Cathedral of LightCathedral of LightHere is a visual point of peace - a Cathedral of Light. This is a popular fixture of the Chicago Botanic Garden's annual winter outdoor Lightscape. This nighttime walk integrates light structures with spectacular natural settings.CLICK HERE to read the full story. It's time for us all to take a pause, breathe, and enjoy the peaceful beauty of a night sky filled with light. We've earned this break, in this stressful, change-filled, growth-filled 2020!

Here is a visual point of peace - a Cathedral of Light. This is a popular fixture of the Chicago Botanic Garden's annual winter outdoor Lightscape. This nighttime walk integrates light structures with spectacular natural settings.

And...to experience the peaceful, liberating energy of wishing all beings well, here's an ancient Buddhist chant, with translation, for you to absorb - and listen to on YouTube - the Loving Kindness Chan

Metta Chant

May I be free from enmity and danger
May I be free from mental suffering
May I be free from physical suffering
May I take care of myself happily
May my parents teachers relatives and
friends, fellow Dharma farers
be free from enmity and danger
be free from mental suffering
be free from physical suffering
may they take care of themselves happily
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May all beings be free from suffering
May whatever they have gained not be lost
All beings are owners of their own karma
As far as the highest plane of existence
to as far down as the lowest plane
in the entire universe
whatever beings that move on earth
may they be free from mental suffering and enmity
may they be free from physical suffering and danger
As far as the highest plane of existence to
as far down as the lowest plane in the entire universe...

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Chicago Botanic Gardens everything is energy frequency interdimensional lightshow look for the signs metta chant mother nature Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography one love quiet your mind resonance seeing is believing https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/peace-of-loving-kindness Wed, 04 Nov 2020 13:00:00 GMT
Two Grandmothers Have a Talk https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/two-grandmothers-have-talk Atala and GrandmotherAtala and GrandmotherAtala communicating with Grandmother, a mesquite tree who lives at historic Signal Hill, Tucson, Arizona Here I am visiting with Grandmother. Two wise old crones having a chat!

Grandmother is a mesquite tree and lives at Signal Hill, an ancient Hohokam site with many petroglyphs, Tucson, Arizona.

The site has been occupied for centuries and was probably used for ceremonies as well as a military signal site, being the highest location for many miles around.

Grandmother trees are nourishing, protective, all-encompassing. They often have the detached good humor that comes with wise old age. This grandmother contains inside herself images of many of the beings she protects. They are of the dark and the light sides of creation. 

Atala and Tree SpiritsAtala and Tree SpiritsCommunicating with the spirits in the mesquite tree, Signal Hill, Arizona

 

 

 

 

This photo shows the other side of Grandmother, and one of the intricate dioramas who exist in her trunk and branches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a closeup of the diorama itself. Desert SpiritsDesert SpiritsThese Desert Spirits live in a mesquite tree at an ancient Hohokam petroglyph site in Arizona. Sometimes when I am led to a spirit tree, I discover that others are also aware of its significance. This spirit tree has an inconspicuous path leading to it from the main path, outlined by someone with small stones. A circle of small stones also encircles the tree.

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Here is a view of some of the petroglyphs who exist on Signal Hill.

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy frequency grandmother interdimensional look for the signs mesquite mother nature Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography one love quiet your mind resonance seeing is believing Signal Hill Arizona tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/two-grandmothers-have-talk Tue, 03 Nov 2020 13:01:07 GMT
Crabapple Tree Humor https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/crabapple-tree-humor Roadside HeartRoadside HeartThis tree lives at the entry way to a private horse stable. As people leave, this happy silly heart face looks up at them. A more serious nature spirit (facing right) greets people as they come in. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Crabapple trees are an emotional species. In general, they have a good sense of humor, are sometimes verrry dramatic and can be jealous. The Nature Spirits associated with them are likewise.

Here is a crabapple tree diorama found along the stable road at my sister-in-law's home. He is bemused, and commenting, on the immense amount of love and attention accorded the horses by the owner and her friends. This is the road that for many years horse and rider - so happy to be having fun together - are heading out for a trail ride.

The tree spirit images are right and the diagram of the tree is below. The tree images are lower than the humans on horses, and so look up at them. Stable Heart DiagramStable Heart DiagramThis diagrams the images in the tree.

At the top of the diorama is a large, open and very beautiful "bleeding heart" (see the bark blood dripping down) that serves also as a mouth. Above the heart are "googly" eyes looking up at the horses and riders. I can just hear the grumpy nature spirit commenting "Oh my goodness! Will you just look at the love oozing from this giddy twosome!"

Below the heart, facing right (the direction the horse and rider are happily heading out), is the second part of the diorama. This is one of those dual images trees create. The lower set of eyes goes with the nature spirit - an old man with a beard looking down into the earth. The upper set of eyes belong to the horse head/familiar. This head is well placed, looking forward proudly and with youthful energy.

So the nature spirit is dramatically partaking in the happiness of this piece of land, where the humans clearly love their horses. A bit too much for the "grumpy old man" nature spirit - who is demonstrating a bit of jealousy about the situation (he wants some attention as well). But he also loves and honors the horses which is seen by the horse image familiar on his head.

Below is the road leading from the stable to the street. The heart tree is the far back center tree on the left; it is the last tree on the curved road before the twosome exits. View Along Stable RoadView Along Stable RoadThe tree with the heart is seen in the center of these trees.  

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy crab apple tree crabapple tree everything is energy frequency horses interdimensional look for the signs mother nature Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography one love quiet your mind resonance seeing is believing tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/crabapple-tree-humor Mon, 02 Nov 2020 12:18:56 GMT
Chrysocolla Blue | Having Fun https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/chrysocolla-blue-having-fun ChrysocollaChrysocollaChrysocolla is a happy stone, comfortable in the grounded earth, protecting with good cheer and no fear. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Chrysocolla is one of my favorite stones. It brings together a community of singular minerals - turquoise, malachite, apatite - into its own unique blend. It is a happy stone, comfortable in the grounded earth, protecting with good cheer and no fear.

Here's a beautiful specimen, to the left

Into the BlueInto the BlueA digital spin view of a chrysocolla specimen. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then it is time to have fun and see what happens when you really spin these minerals together...You come up with a visual vortex of happy energy that you can enter in for good cheer without any attachments!

May you have a cheerful, stress-free Sunday - and enjoy some colorful downtime!

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy chrysocolla everything is energy frequency interdimensional look for the signs mother nature Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography one love quiet your mind resonance seeing is believing tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/11/chrysocolla-blue-having-fun Sun, 01 Nov 2020 13:13:31 GMT
Who are You? | A Central Park Squirrel https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/who-are-you-central-park-squirrel Who are You?Who are You?Who are You? Squirrels represent playfulness, resourcefulness and curiosity. This squirrel is very curious, and it doesn’t matter what size the object of scrutiny is! CLICK HERE to read the full story. This squirrel was puzzling out what that thing was in front of him.

I was standing in Central Park, identifying with some very vocal London Plane Trees who were showing me their stories prior to a photo shoot. When I came out of this space, I discovered this very perplexed squirrel staring at me.

When I am moving through dimensions, identifying with the beings in other realms, a few friends have seen my form shimmer and disappear from this human realm. When I return from my inner journeying, having had a jolly good time, I find a rather agitated colleague who had been wondering what to do about the situation. They look like this squirrel.

The squirrel and I stared at each other for quite some time. The squirrel was totally silent but quivering and tensed for action as he assessed this object that was in his well-known territory. Was it a tree? Was it a human? What just happened?

He stood silent as I raised my camera and photographed him. Then I spoke, assured him all was well, and we both went our separate ways.

Central Park Gentleman - FrontCentral Park Gentleman - FrontThis elegant Central Park Gentleman lives in the exclusive upper east side area of Central Park, Manhattan. He resides in a London Plane Tree. Front View. CLICK HERE to read an associated blog.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's one of the trees I had been communing with. I call him the Central Park Gentleman.
 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Central Park everything is energy interdimensional London Plane Tree' look for the signs nature spirit photography New York City squirrel tree spirits https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/who-are-you-central-park-squirrel Sat, 31 Oct 2020 10:58:37 GMT
For Stability During Stressful Times | Metatron's Cube https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/for-stability-during-stressful-times-metatrons-cube Metatron's Cube - CosmicMetatron's Cube - CosmicMetatron’s Cube is a stabilizing, harmonizing geometric. It is an excellent form to use when you are seeking to call forth and stabilize the core essence of an object. Metatron’s Cube is a holy glyph, often drawn around a person or a place to ward off and protect the area from harm. CLICK HERE to read an associated blog. Sometimes - like now - you may want to just sink back into peaceful protective energy. Nothing that has claims on you, or its own opinions - just the clean energy itself. But what does that look like or feel like?

This is a time when absorbing into sacred geometry is so soothing. Classical sacred geometry is a graphing of the light forms that exist behind matter. It is the skeletal structure of matter. Entering into sacred geometry helps you strip away the multiple layers of energy that form our physical world and get back to basics.

Here is a soothing image of Metatron's Cube, for you to take a few moments (or more) to focus on, relax and feel protected. 

Metatron is called the Right Hand of God, the point at which spirit descends into matter. He is the Architect of the Universe. Inside this form, you can find all the components of matter, including the Platonic Solids. 

By placing yourself inside the central circle, you will enter back into source. Source will start properly aligning all the energies of your particular universe (life) around you. When you are centered and aligned, your structure itself can adapt to the chaos that swirls around you.

Try it!

If you'd like to know more about how to use sacred geometry to create a better life for yourself, sign up for my Zoom on-line "Power of Sacred Geometry" class sponsored by the Infinity Foundation - it's being held on Thursday, November 12 from 7 to 9 pm.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy interdimensional look for the signs Metatrons Cube nature spirit sacred geometry https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/for-stability-during-stressful-times-metatrons-cube Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:44:12 GMT
Just Being... https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/just-being ...Sometimes its nice to just - Be.  

Beach RockBeach RockWashington State beach rocks....CLICK HERE to read an associated blog. Here's to the simplicity of walking on a stone-strewn beach.

...And then our ruminating on this base of support.

Once ragged chips of rock, from many different locations, the universe individually tumbled each stone, rounding out rough edges into smooth, tough works of beauty.

Then brought the many different pieces together, creating an ever-changing harmonious arrangement of color and form.

Don't forget to vote next Tuesday!

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy everything is energy nature spirit Nature Spirit Photography stones on beach https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/just-being Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:07:55 GMT
Crossing Between Dimensions https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/crossing-between-dimensions Crossing DimensionsCrossing DimensionsThis nature spirit is cautiously entering our human world. He is entering a community of beings surrounding his entry point. CLICK HERE to read the full story. A hooded elf is emerging from a portal into our dimension, and checking that it is safe to do so.

This portal is in a honey locust tree that is a "Safe Place." This particular tree is something like the safe houses in the Underground Railroad and something like the train station in the Harry Potter stories. It is a portal, or gateway, into another dimension.

This gateway is specifically for the Hooded Elves, of whom I am especially fond. Hooded elves are larger in size than humans. They have a bark-like/fur-like hood over the upper part of their face that is part of their biological configuration. They have pointed elf ears. They are one of the protector species of nature spirits, watching over the safety of nature spirits in general.

This is a complex image that, like many tree murals, has images emerging from images. Therefore, I have graphed it twice.  

Crossing Over, Diagram 1Crossing Over, Diagram 1 There is a very large hooded elf, left, who serves as the lead energy for this piece of property. It is a she, and she protects this portal lovingly - see her heart-shaped mouth and the heart between her and the gateway. Above is a large cat - protective power. This is appropriate, as the honey locust is a symbol of beauty, tolerance and protection.

Crossing Over, Diagram 2Crossing Over, Diagram 2 Crossing Over, Up CloseCrossing Over, Up Close In the other graphing I detail a lot of the tableau's smaller images. Like all worlds, there are many types of hooded elves. So you see here a silly one and a serious one. The presence of humans is also recognized. There is an unimpressed figure lower left and upper right there is a slightly sad feminine face which is one side human and the other side an elf.

This locust tree is forked, which is a symbol of dualism. It also indicates, in the nature realm, a tree that serves as a "sling shot" by which one can travel through into other dimensions (aiming at a specific frequency, like a slingshot aims at a goal).

Now the thing is - this locust tree lives in my front yard. I look at this tree every day from my kitchen window, as I fix my morning coffee and my various meals. It's where I take breaks from writing or working on photos on my computer. I enjoy this tree very much and have watched it change over the years I have lived here. 

I am in the initial steps of moving from this location and the Elf Elder has told me that when I leave, the tree's existence as a portal will close. So this is a case in which human and nature are supporting each other and evolving together. The Elf Elder told me that the half human half elf girl image also with a heart for a mouth is their carving of myself and the hearts represent our love for each other. And it's certainly true - I have one half of me in the human world and the other half wandering through various nature spirit dimensions. I do feel an inherent sadness that the enormous possibilities for earth if human and nature cooperated are still a long way in the future.

As an aside - I was brought up as an East Coast Quaker. My youth was filled with teachings about the equality of all life who all are part of the one universal source. I was brought up on tales of Quaker homes that served as Safe Spaces along the Underground Railroad. So it pleases me enormously that the nature spirits feel I am worthy of containing a Safe Space on my property.

 

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The Final Gathering for Grandmother Tree. https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/final-gathering-grandmother-tree Guardian AngelGuardian AngelThis is a close up of an angel protecting a tree. It is always sad to witness the passing of a favored grandparent. This is no different in the nature spirit realm.

This grandmother tree is preparing to cross over and loved ones from many different nature communities are gathered to comfort, support and protect her.

Each of us has our own angel and grandmother's is now visibly present - seen only because of the deterioration of the wood around her. She has emerged from the wood itself.

I have admired this tree since my youth, passing it on drives from our family's summer home into town. It is the female half of a duo who have for generations of human occupancy stood staunch and responsible outside the home of one of the area's elite pioneering families.

There is a mourning here but a celebration of love as well. Grandfather has already crossed over and grandmother is in the process of joining him. You see them below - they are the two grey elder trees in the middle of the glorious autumn colors.

Elder Trees in AutumnElder Trees in Autumn Grandmother and the grandfather tree have been wise protector trees, guarding that property from strong winds of winter, shading on hot summer days. Many different nature spirits have made these two their homes or gathering spot.

Grandfather was a Council Tree – the judicial site where spirits of different realms would bring complaints to be resolved. You can read about him in my blog of yesterday - "What is a Council Tree?"

In the closeup below of the grandmother tree, you can see many of the spirits supporting her crossing. I've diagrammed some of the more prominent visages. But one could examine this tree for a long time and see other spirit images as well.

I've written often of how holes in trees can be portals to other worlds. An actual portal will have at least one portal guardian - a being who makes sure no one passes through unless authorized. They are like our human border guards. Here, as grandmother's strength is ebbing, many spirits have assembled to protect her powerful portals into the nature realms. 

Guardian AngelGuardian AngelThe angels watch over us all…here they’ve stationed an angel, formed out of the tree’s own bark, as the tree transitions back to the spirit world. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Angel long view 201025 diagram-1Angel long view 201025 diagram-1 What astounds me is the presence of this small angel in the middle of one of the portal openings. She is a warm living wood nature-carving in an otherwise dying grey field of wood. She has emerged from the wood itself – there is no differentiation line. The only other warm wood is the hand of the main portal guardian who looks like he is holding her in his hand. The angel seems tiny and frightened, while the portal guardian and the snake maiden (the kundalini or life force energy) are guarding and protecting her on each side. Inside the portal where the angel rests are two small death faces, at the wait to claim their subject.

Around the series of portal openings going up this side of the tree are beings connected to the tree during her long life. Above is a frog spirit (this area has a lot of frog totem images), a delicate-featured hooded male and female elf on either side of the upper portal, and a hooded elf above them. There is a dwarf facing left.

Below the angel is, on one side, the snake head end of the kundalini energy and representatives from a number of different nature spirit communities served by these two trees.

 

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What is a Council Tree? https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/what-is-council-tree Wood Elf TreeWood Elf TreeThese elf tree spirits have been brought together inside this grand old Fremont Maple tree. The spirits include two wood elves, a Native American and a monkey. Council Trees are nature spirit judicial sites where denizens of various realms can bring their complaints to be heard and binding judgements issued. These are usually large, compassionate, sober trees with images "carved" into them of many different nature spirit species. These images designate the judges - chosen from different realms - currently in office. Council Tree DiagramCouncil Tree Diagram

There is often a very clear area around the base of the tree and a largish area in one direction where the audience and supplicants sit. Often there are also one or two "holding rooms" to the side, where supplicants can stay to compose themselves or which serve as transition areas where "prisoners" are held before and after sentencing.

I've been blessed to witness a number of these Council Trees in my travels and have photographically chronicled them (as yet unpublished). Here is a Council Tree located in Conway, New Hampshire. It is a large maple tree with many images and it resides in the yard of one of the area's elite pioneer families. 

These Council Trees are multi-dimensional. They exist with their own inherent spirit (in this case a wise and mature male maple) and are selected and protected by the area's deva (presiding nature spirit). They serve as home base for the judges and court personnel when court is in session - their "place cards" (images) are carved into the trunk. These Council Trees evolve and mature, as we all do, by the duties they fulfill.

Like most trees, with their limited canvases (their trunk), some of the images are parts of other images. I've diagrammed them above, and a few I've done solo portrait studies of (shown to the right). Wood Elf PrinceWood Elf PrinceWhat elegant features this wood elf prince has! He holds the highest position on this significant tree. Conway, NH. CLICK HERE to read the full story of this elf tree.

You can see, at the top of the tree trunk, an elf prince - the chief judge of the council.

Wood Elf MerchantWood Elf MerchantThis wood elf lives in a grandfather maple tree in New Hampshire. CLICK HERE to read the full story of this elf tree. There is a greenman (profile on the right). On the left side there is an elder with an overhanging lip who is part of a merchant elf below.

A bird spirit image on the right is part a Native American below.

A monkey is at the bottom.

Greenman ScholarGreenman ScholarThis is one of the ancient scholars of the Greenman clan. His facial armor is in repose and he is in a contemplative mood. Fremont Maple, Conway, NH. CLICK HERE for the image story. Also CLICK HERE to read the full story of this elf tree. There are other spirits on other sides of the tree - all sides are used by tree spirits as well as up high and at the roots. An elder greenman from the other side of the trunk is shown here. (The Greenmen's leaf facial armor becomes flaccid in old age, as is seen here).

This is - was - a magnificent old tree that I have much admired over the many decades I've traveled from my family's summer home to the small village of Conway, NH, along what was once a quiet dirt farmer's road.

Alas, in recent years this property changed hands several times and the energy changed as well. Very recently the Council left this tree, which has died.

Which came first - the transitions of ownership or the imminent death of the tree - I don't know.

I do know that everything on earth is transient, even nature spirits, and the needs of the nature spirit community for judicial oversite has now been moved to a different location.

 

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Shadow World https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/shadow-world Ammonite ReflectionAmmonite ReflectionAmmonites are a naturally formed example of the Fibonacci Spiral - a soothing, balancing geometric progression of life. This specimen is colloquially called a tractor ammonite. CLICK HERE to read the full story. Ammonites are a naturally formed example of the Fibonacci Spiral - a soothing, balancing geometric progression of life.

This specimen is colloquially called a tractor ammonite.

Here I've photographed it with its shadow self - a symbol of the yin/yang of all life on our planet, composed of what we can see/cannot see, what is positive/negative, what exists openly/is hidden. This image is a gentle reminder that all we see is not all there is, in any situation.

Ammonites are the colloquial name for ammonoids, a group of extinct marine mollusc animals. Nowadays Morocco is a popular place to cull these specimens - they exist in the millions and can be found in many sizes and sub-species. Wikipedia states that "Pliny the Elder (d. 79 AD near Pompeii) called fossils of these animals ammonis cornua ('horns of Ammon') because the Egyptian god Ammon (Amun) was typically depicted wearing ram's horns." Pliny likened the ammonite spiral to tightly coiled rams horns. 

The term "tractor" was added in modern times, because this particular species resembles large tractor wheels.

The Fibonacci Spiral is a geometric progression that mathematically graphs the unfolding of life from a central point, spirally outward. Here is a graphing of it:

Fibonacci Spiral - Classic ZenFibonacci Spiral - Classic ZenThe Fibonacci Spiral is found throughout nature as a system of growth found everywhere from the bracts of a pine cone to the growth of a sunflower and the unfurling of a fern frond. Called Nature’s numbering system, this design is soothing to the senses, especially of sensitive people. CLICK HERE to read how the spiral is important in ancient energy sites.

 

 

If you enjoy the soothing qualities of spirals, visit my Sacred Forms in Nature room on my atalatoy.com website.

If you would like to discuss with me the value of incorporating sacred geometry in everyday life, sign up for my workshop, "The Power of Sacred Geometry," being offered online by the Infinity Foundation on Thursday, November 12, 7 to 9pm.

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The Peace of the Unfolding Universe https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/the-peace-of-the-unfolding-universe Fibonacci Shell SpiralFibonacci Shell SpiralThe universal unfolding of life is clearly diagrammed in the unfolding of a nautilus shell. A very soothing image in difficult times! CLICK HERE to read the full story. The growth spirals of a nautilus shell are a soothing reminder of the unfolding nature of the universe.

Life moves on - balances itself - progresses in development. Very soothing concepts to ponder, in times such as now.

These unfolding spirals are known as the Fibonacci Spiral. They are a "simple" mathematical progression of growth from source outward.

I personally find that returning to these source images helps me reset my own perceptions and "expectations". 

If you find this of interest to you, check out my upcoming web workshop on The Power of Sacred Geometry . It's part of the Infinity Foundation's roster of helpful courses. The class is being held on Thursday, November 12 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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Tree Patterns in Winter https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/tree-patterns-in-winter In winter, our attention turns from the vibrant autumn harvest of color to the drama of structure.  Winter TreesWinter TreesIn Winter, our eyes turn to structure...Color leaves turn to dances of form. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

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Battle with the Giants https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/battle-with-the-giants There are stories about a time in this land's past when Native Americans banded together across all nations to battle a giant race of beings. These giants were, according to legend, very tall - 8' to 10' - somewhat slow mentally and oppressed their smaller neighbors, often cannibalizing them. Shown here is a tree assemblage memorializing one such battle.

Battleground MemorialBattleground MemorialAt one time in our land's past, Native American tribes joined to fight off the Giants, who were cannibals. These trees are on one such site, and seem to memorialize the battle that took place there. Burlington, Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Sacrificial AltarSacrificial Altar A friend of mine, Mary Sutherland, specializes in research on alternative history. She wrote a documentary about the giants - The Red-Haired Giants. It is fascinating alternative history!

The book contains old news clips showing pioneers next to skeletons of giants. They were sometimes discovered during the initial clearing and plowing of land for agricultural use. The giants lived throughout the American continent but were not as numerous as their smaller neighbors. These smaller people (our size) finally joined together collectively to wipe out the giant race - and they succeeded. 

Mary and her husband Brad live and work near Burlington, Wisconsin. One week end Mary took me for an outing to a hill, part of a working farm, which is reputed in alternative archeology to be the site of one of these ancient battles. There is a rough-hewn flat rock said to be a sacrificial altar from that time. Interestingly, there is the rock outline of a human head on one side, as if they were lying down on it (see left).

At the top of the hill stands an ancient tree. In its broken state, it seems to be memorializing and processing the energy of the battle - the large slow-minded giant facing left and the smaller warrior attacking him from behind.

 

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Winter From the Air https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/winter-from-the-air The North Wind has made his presence known and many of us are experiencing our first snow storms of the season. Here is some seasonal beauty, as seen from the air.

I met up with the North Wind one blustery day as I looked out the airplane window, traveling from New England to Chicago. 

North WindNorth WindFlying home from New England, above the storms below, I saw this Wind Spirit with big puffy cheeks surveying his fine work down below. CLICK HERE to read an associated blog.

As I travel from Chicago to Arizona, for annual winter rock shows, a favorite view is the mighty Mississippi River and its tributaries, decked out here in peaceful white. The organic growth patterns of the universe are seen from on high...rivers...or ferns...or the human net of blood vessels.

Mississippi River From the AirMississippi River From the AirIt's a time of winter snow and the giant Mississippi River's tributaries branch out like an exotic fern... CLICK HERE to read an associated blog.

By the time the plane crosses over the arid Southwest, the irrigation systems farmers have installed take prominence. In the snow, their geometric shapes of circles and stripes creates their own pictorial beauty. I love how nature always has the last say. Here the wind is sending plumes of wind-blown snow across humanity's neat attempt to establish order!

Winter Snow on the DesertWinter Snow on the DesertWinter snowstorm over agricultural fields in the desert. From an airplane. CLICK HERE to read an associated blog.

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Fremont Petroglyphs | Capitol Reef, Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/fremont-petroglyphs-capitol-reef-utah These ancient pictorial records - called petroglyphs - were created by people who lived in the Capitol Reef, Utah area between 300 to 1300 CE. 

Fremont PetroglyphsFremont PetroglyphsThe Fremont Petroglyphs were carved high on a Utah canyon wall some two thousand years ago. This is an interesting area to explore. It is adjacent to Highway 24 and can be viewed from a series of boardwalks. There are other petroglyphs along the cliff, to either side of this main collection.

Some of the figures are large in size with no visible way for a hunter or medicine person to reach the top of the image, to peck it out from the red sandstone. I puzzled over how they achieved this - perhaps constructing a basic platform? The topography of the land changed over time? The figures are in different styles, indicating different creators over time.

On the HuntOn the HuntAn image carved to ask for success on the hunt. It appears to mark a geographical location where hunters could drive animals, to be trapped for a kill.

The purpose of these images is often debated, depending upon your view of Native American cultures and their belief in star people who visit them to impart information, tools and protection. Many of the images are for success in the hunt. Others are fantastical beings. The images of beings in headdress could either be in the tradition of dressing in masks for ceremonial purposes, or as some believe, recording the culture's contact with extra-terrestrial beings.

In any case - I enjoy the large rock being to the right in the top image. He is permanently smiling at the artistic display before him!

Petroglyphs are images pecked into rock, as here. We also have records of ancient peoples in pictographs, which are images painted onto surfaces. Pictographs are often found in caves or in structures; they do not survive well in open areas. 

Here are some of the other petroglyphs found in this immediate area. You'll need to decide for yourself whether these indicate extraterrestrial contact or are hunters dressed with masks, preparing for the hunt.

You can see more petroglyphs in my blog about Signal Hill, Tucson, Arizona.

2-Headed Animal2-Headed Animal2-Headed Animal at the Fremont Petroglyph site. CLICK HERE to read a blog about this location. Animals Beneath SunAnimals Beneath SunAnimals at the Fremont Petroglyph site. CLICK HERE to read a blog about this location. Petroglyph DiagramPetroglyphs in Black and WhiteI changed this photo into black and white and adjusted color/contrast to show all the images more clearly

 

Figure with tubeFigure with extension from headA figure with a tube extending from the head appears several times on the walls. Not sure of its meaning - spirit leaving at death? E.T. space suit tube for breathing?

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Up Close and Far Away | Bark Curves in Autumn https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/bark-curves-in-autumn Bark CurvesBark Curves“This is my favorite tree,” the geologist told me, running his hand over the intricately textured bark. “I always pause here and absorb its peace.” The ancient tree is at Rimrock, Shawnee National Forest, IL. Some trees are just simply gorgeous and full of character whether up close or far away.

Up close - enjoy the intricate rich curves of this evergreen's branches. 

This elaborate evergreen lives along the path at the Rim Rock National Recreational Trail in the Shawnee National Forest, Illinois. 

He is a memorable tree that is many peoples' favorite, both to photograph and to sit with.

People remember him quite distinctly, and I have discussed his beauty with many who have visited this site.

This tree is rich in energy, which he loves to share with hikers along the trail.

At mid-distance his specific personality shows. See, below, the wonderful nature being spreading out his arms at the tree root level.

Rim Rock Spirit Tree Up CloseRim Rock Spirit Tree Up CloseThe beauty of tree growth as it gently curves. Note the spirit head and arms at its roots. This is a well-recognized tree along the path at Rim Rock National Recreation Trail, Shawnee National Forest, Illinois. CLICK HERE to see other photos of this unique tree.

Rim Rock Spirit TreeRim Rock Spirit Tree At the very bottom of this blog - enjoy viewing his entire magnificent length! 

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Pan of Barrington https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/pan-of-barrington Pan of BarringtonPan of BarringtonPans oversee nature areas. This Pan oversees my sister-in-laws back yard, which slopes down to a river. Inside him are many other spirits who live and work on the area. They include a gnome, a greenman and a skull. CLICK HERE to read more. Nature spirits are all around us - including in your own yard! This complex Pan territorial marker exists in an old willow tree on my sister-in-law's property in Barrington Hills, Illinois.

Pans are one of the over-lighting life forms of the nature world. Half man and half goat, and master of the flute, Pans are known to have a lusty personality and to drink deeply of life. If you have a Pan in your yard or on your property, it indicates that place is headquarters for the nature spirits of that area. Pans are very inclusive, forgiving yet demanding of abiding by natural laws.

My brother and his family have a very generous and noble energy and there is a Pan in residence at their various properties. I have encountered the Pan who resides on their property in New Hampshire. This was when I first started working with nature spirits and I did not yet know their ways. The Pan scolded me for my improper behavior towards a community of moss fairies I had been introduced to by my friend gnome.

The Pan shown here has his headquarters down by a labyrinth and stream that flows through this gentle property. This large mature willow tree marks this Pan's home, from which he oversees the natural comings and goings of the area.

The Pan has a very full head of hair, a beard and horns. Seen inside him are images of his lieutenants - a gnome and a greenman.

There is a skull at Pan's third eye, descending from the greenman. The skull indicates stripping away the trappings of the world to focus on the basic templates of life. Even in a lush, prosperous area, who we are as people is what matters - our compassion and our core values that form our actions. 

Pan DiagrammedPan DiagrammedAt my niece Carrie's suggestion, I've picked up pen and a Wacom to start diagramming the nature spirits, for you to see more clearly. My Wacom skills are still very rudimentary...but you get the idea! CLICK HERE to read more.

These images are complex and overlap, which is very typical of nature spirit art. Part of one figure can be a different part of another. I have roughly diagrammed their outline. That's thanks to my niece, Carrie, who suggested this would help folks see what I see. These are my initial attempts at using a Wacom tablet, so the images are a bit rough...but you get the idea. Greenman, Gnome and PanGreenman, Gnome and PanI've diagrammed the basic outline of the gnome and the Greenman so you can see where they are located. Gnome - middle of tree; Greenman - upper part of tree
Skull and PanSkull and PanThe temporality of all life, and the need to study its underlying structure, are encapsulated in the appearance of a skull resting on the Pan's third eye.

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Curves of Highway 42, Wisconsin https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/curves-of-highway-42-wisconsin This is a famous section of road in Northern Wisconsin known to photographers simply as the Curves of Highway 42.

Curves of Highway 42Curves of Highway 42Famed architect Jens Jensen is responsible for the elegant curves of this road. He worked with the engineers, who planned the road around key trees. Door County, Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to read more Nature predominates in this part of the world and, as in some areas everywhere, much of its sensibilities are the result of the dedication of a single person or group.

In this case, it is the will power of, and respect accorded to, the famous landscape architect Jens Jensen.

Jensen helped develop the American sensibilities around the value and integration of nature with man. Known as the Dean of American landscape architects, he was headquartered in Chicago and helped with the design of many of its parks including Garfield Park and Humboldt Park. He also help develop The Ridge Sanctuary in Northern Wisconsin. Much of his time was spent in Northern Wisconsin where he founded The Clearing Folk School, a well-known retreat and educational center tucked into the woods near Ellison Bay, Door County. That's near the tip of the peninsula of land on Lake Michigan. 

Jensen believed in an Ideal Highway - a road that would slow traffic and keep nature always in view. He was so well respected that when it came time for Wisconsin to build a road through the woods near The Clearing, the engineers conferred with Jensen as to its path. Jensen applied his esthetic principles here and insisted that the road wind around major trees instead of just cutting down the trees. The result was this well-photographed route with its fifteen curves.

The esthetics of the curves have entranced photographers in all weather and times of the day and year. Here it is on a rainy day in late autumn.

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Sunrise on the Spruce Burl Trail https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/sunrise-on-the-spruce-burl-trail The Spruce Burl Trail in the Olympic Peninsula has an awesome pregnant silence. It is one of millions of life forms busily at work in another dimension that sort of slides into our human one. 

Many of the burls take on life forms of their own - faces that emerge from the deep shadows of the spruce forest. The forest is located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and there is a heady combination of energies here - water and land, sun and shade, surf sound and tree silence.

Here is sunrise in this spectacular location, and the tree burl spirits are just waking up. I especially enjoy the dapper fellow in the center, with his long hair and goatee.

Sunrise at Spruce Burl TrailSunrise at Spruce Burl TrailOne of my favorite images - the nature spirits in the spruce burls are just waking up. They all face the Pacific Ocean. CLICK HERE to read more

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HooDoo King and Queen | Mt Lemmon, Arizona https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/hoodoo-king-and-queen-mt-lemmon-arizona Social Commentary on human foibles can be found in some of the art work created by meta-terrestrials who work with earth.

King and QueenKing and QueenThis king and queen feel very important! Along with their dog and servant, they hold court over a hillside of HooDoos and rocks on Mt Lemmon, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read more. Here they have crafted a king and queen who are a bit comical in their self-importance.

They are presented as somewhat stout and squat - and the king has a very large bulbous nose indicative of a love of food and drink.

The couple presides over a hillside of stone HooDoo subjects, on Mt. Lemmon, Arizona. Their large and jowly dog and a servant can be seen far right.

Queen Victoria at Bryce CanyonQueen Victoria at Bryce Canyon The opinion of the meta-terrestrial artist commentators is different here from the respect they show to the statue to Queen Victoria, located in the Queen's Garden, Bryce Canyon, Utah. (Although in that tableau they did add a comical dog watching her back!)

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The Whistler | Central Park https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/the-whistler-central-park This pudgy whistler is on a Central Park tree who, like all things New York, has attitude!

The Whistler | Central ParkThe Whistler | Central ParkHere's a pudgy preppy in a beany cap. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this photo.

The tree spirit is quite sophisticated, intelligent and gentle - locals love to stretch out beneath him on hot summer days. He resides in Strawberry Fields (of Beatles fame), the Central Park West area across from the Dakota (of John Lennon fame).

You can see the entire tree image below, with its many well-defined nature spirit images who surround a bearded musician playing a flute. 

On the side of the tree is this detailed image of an entitled youth. The presentation shows the nature spirits' well developed sense of humor. The slightly arrogant, clueless fellow is symbolic of the nature of some of the humans who in the early 1900s called this area of Manhattan their home.

Like the rabbit and the nature spirits enjoying the musician's music, this fellow is, too. He is whistling in accompaniment. His pudgy cheeks indicate an indulgent youth who has been brought up to feel entitled and better than others.  He feels very stylish in his beanie hat (a preppy college symbol in the early 1900s). He is wearing a tuxedo with a stiff white shirt and a bowtie.

This is a social statement by the tree spirit, who has paired him against the free-spirited long haired musician. It makes an amusing side note to the tableau.

Mystic MusicianMystic MusicianEmerging from the misty inner worlds are these nature spirits, assembled for a performance by a long-haired flutist. These nature spirits live in Central Park, New York City. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this photo.

 

 

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Simple Simon is Comin' Over the Trees https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/simple-simon-comin-over-the-trees Simple Simon Comin' Over the TreesSimple Simon Comin' Over the TreesThis funny fellow lives at Mt. Lemmon, Arizona. That area is rich with HooDoos (stone figures) that range from regal to funny. He says his name is Simon. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this photo. This giant of a goofball lives on Mt. Lemmon, Arizona. He has a light, happy, easy-going personality. That's an energy needed as part of a community anywhere you go! 

He says his name is Simon, as in Simple Simon - an English nursery tale. 

He says his goal is just to make people happy. It's a harsh climate where he lives, and travelers are often hot and thirsty by the time they reach his height on the mountain. So he just wants to lighten their mood and maybe make them laugh. A noble goal!

 

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The Clown | Fabyan Preserve https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/the-clown-fabyan-preserve Here's a clown who lives at the Fabyan Forest Preserve, Geneva, Illinois.

The Clown | Fabyan PreserveThe Clown | Fabyan PreserveOnce the home of a genius scientist for helped develop cyber breaking code, Fabyan Estate has many august tree forms. And also some clowns. CLICK HERE to read more. Fabyan is an estate turned into a preserve and much loved by locals. The original owner, Colonel Fabyan, had a private research facility across the street. He pioneered modern cryptography and he and his scientists were instrumental in using this technology for essential code breaking during World War I. His facility also specialized in tuning forks and their resonant technology.

Windmill in GenevaWindmill in Geneva1850 Fabyan Windmill, Geneva, Illinois. CLICK HERE to read more.

Colonel Fabyan's home was re-designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The property also hosts what was once a working windmill and a Japanese Garden.

Given this environment, many of the nature spirits on this property are very august. A lot of the trees that are usually single trunk are double-trunk - like a tuning fork. There are Greenmen and e.t. tree images. Then, over in the woods, we find a bit of relief in this light-hearted tree clown. It's always good to have a clown around!

Here are a few images from Fabyan Forest Preserve.

Spirit of the Japanese Garden | Atala ToySpirit of the Japanese GardenThe spirit of the Japanese garden – a lovely wide-eyed young maiden with large hair lives in a shady pine. She lives next to a Japanese garden pond, watching in serene silence. Fabyan Preserve, Geneva, IL. CLICK HERE to read more. Greenman of FabyanGreenman of FabyanThis Greenman lives in Fabyan Preserve, Geneva, Illinois. He is watching over the land, while his frog-like familiar (his particular guardian protector) is watching us! CLICK HERE to read more

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A Gaggle of Friends | Niagara Falls https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/gaggle-of-friends-niagara-falls Lotsa FriendsLotsa FriendsThis wonderful collection of friends who just want to hang out together lives at Niagara Falls, Canada. CLICK HERE to read more. It's a wild and crazy time in the USA right now. Time for some fun! 

The nature realm has the same basic universal emotions as the human realm. This includes a well developed sense of humor, clowns and jokes.

This collection of seven personalities is bunched together like a gaggle of teen-agers. They depict a wide range of the emotional responses one would find in such an age group.

Top to bottom you can see seven distinct personalities. (I've diagrammed the images, below.)

At the top: a stolid heavy-set face is the stabilizing force. Then there is, descending and left to right, the over-bearing pushy one, the snippy a bit mean gossip, the sleepy easy-going personality unfazed by her pushy friends and the wistful dreamer.

Down below a separating band of trunk are other teen-age personalities. There is the outsider who wants in ("please like me") but is being excluded, and the loner with large eyes who is not interested in the gang's games and is looking away at other matters. 

This summary of teen-age emotions was formed in a eucalyptus tree in the park at Niagara Falls, Canada. 

 

Lotsa Friends DiagramLotsa Friends DiagramDiagram of the friends all gathered together - I count seven. What do you see?

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Wild Thing | Malibu, California https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/wild-thing-malibu-california This happy "scary" nature spirit seems to be perpetually looking down protectively on playing children. There is almost a visual presence of long-ago proud mothers in long gowns resting on the cool stone bench while small children play nearby under this large tree. Wild ThingWild ThingThis friendly "scary tree" looks like he is perpetually watching small children playing at his base! The Adamson House, Malibu, California. CLICK HERE to read more.

 

 

 

This side lawn is located at the Adamson House, an old Spanish Revival mansion located along the Pacific Coast in Malibu, California.

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things AreWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 

 

The nature spirit reminds me of the happy stomping beasts in Where the Wild Things Are, a book by Maurice Sendak that was my energetic older son's favorite read when he was a child.

 

 

 

 

Lawn at Adamson HouseLawn at Adamson House Looking to the oceanLooking to the ocean

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Adamson home is built on property that was the last remaining portion of the Rancho Malibu Spanish Land Grant. This flat play area is to the right of the home and looks out over the Pacific Ocean. It would have made a wonderful site for childhood games and adult parties.

The Wild One tree is spread out, providing many arms of shade. 

 

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Boulder Troll https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/boulder-troll Boulder TrollBoulder Troll This large-eyed troll lives in one of Boulder, Colorado's town squares. She lives near a bridge - trolls love bridges - and a swiftly-flowing stream.

It is my policy to salute the nature spirits when starting a photo walk, listen to their requests and take photographs of specified trees and rocks even when I don't see what it is they want recorded.

In this case, the deva of the park requested I photograph this maple tree in a long trunk shot even though I only saw the eyes. The deva said I was photographing a troll. I did not see this, but went ahead and photographed as specified.

It was only on my studying the trunk with focused attention, back at my computer, that I saw what it was my trusted camera recorded. My camera is my partner on these outings and does a very good job of recording energies I might not be seeing with my physical eyes.

My series of Nikon cameras and I have developed a lovely partnership of consciousness over the years. Like all in existence, cameras have their own consciousness and they adapt themselves to the objectives of their human partner. In my case, my objective is recording the presence of nature spirits.

The camera does not have a vital such as humans have. Human vitals, as in this situation, sometimes stand between our consciously observing what exists on more subtle planes.

Below is a troll I photographed at Morton Arboretum, Illinois and a Lady of the Forest I photographed in Central Park, NYC

Troll ElderTroll ElderThis is a closeup of the troll Wisewoman. She is also a powerful portal guardian. The portal is where her third eye is. Her long nose is the "door knocker" whose resonance you need to connect to, to enter the portal. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this image. Lady with Crown Chakra FlameLady with Crown Chakra Flame

These show some interesting similarities. Regarding the trolls: 

Note that both are somewhat squat, have hairy bodies, large feet, pointed ears (not as prominently visible in the Boulder photo as in the Morton photo) and very long noses. The Boulder troll lives in a maple tree. The Morton troll lives in a linden tree.

The Morton troll explained to me that the nose is a resonant energy aspect of their life form. It is used for communication and for travel. It enables them to move through seemingly solid earth and between frequencies, such a between their dimension and ours.

This image is a "place holder" tree that establishes the troll's energetic home base and portal entry. We humans could theoretically move through this bark nose portal and enter the troll's inner earth home. Theoretically - as this portal is very well protected - only those invited can enter!

The Boulder troll has a third eye wisdom flame similar to that of the Central Park Lady. It is also similar to the flames seen above the heads of various medieval church saints.

The troll's wisdom flame is being pushed towards the troll's right side from her left side energies. E.G. - the feminine left side energies and the dark earth/moon energies predominate over the right side masculine/sun energies.

I'm very grateful to the deva for insisting I photograph this tree, to my camera for cooperating, and for Photoshop's many tools that have enabled me to texturize the background to depict the energetic dropping away of the physical world I experience when connecting and communicating with nature spirits.

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Black Walnut Faces https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/black-walnut-faces Black Walnut FaceBlack Walnut FaceA black walnut face, placed among oak leaves by a playful squirrel. CLICK HERE to read more. Squirrels love leaving me fragrant black walnut fruit and the inside shell faces...I find both items scattered about my yard and walks...and I don't have a walnut tree on my property!

The black walnuts always seem very cheerful and as surprised as I am as to how we got to meet each other.

Here's a very wide-eyed...and a bit anxious...walnut spirit tucked in among oak leaves and turkey tail mushrooms.

 

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Autumn Storm Coming In https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/autumn-storm-coming-in It's autumn. A late afternoon sun is shining bright, shadows are growing long, and a blustery storm is blowing in fast.

This is a photo of a world about to change. It is the final hours of the final afternoon of Northern New Hampshire's peak autumn color. The reds and oranges are brilliant. But they will soon start their scattering as a prolonged autumn storm moves in.

This is the winding Saco River as seen from the bridge heading into Conway, New Hampshire.

Autumn Storm Coming InAutumn Storm Coming InIt's autumn; a late afternoon sun is shining bright, shadows are growing long, and a windy storm is blowing in. CLICK HERE to read more.

 

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Autumn Reflections https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/autumn-reflections Autumn Colors at the LakeAutumn Colors at the LakeThe trees are ablaze in autumn color, creating an abstract display in the calm surface of the lake. Otis, Massachusetts. CLICK HERE to read more. The brilliant colors of autumn leaves become abstract art when viewed in water. Here are three different autumn reflection abstracts.

Reflections in the LakeReflections in the LakeAutumn leaves are reflected in the still waters of a woodland lake. CLICK HERE to read more.

Reflections | New Hampshire AutumnReflections | New Hampshire AutumnBirches and maples in all their autumn glory reflect in a New Hampshire pond. CLICK HERE to read more.

 

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Summer's End | The Waterhole https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/summers-end-the-waterhole Summer's EndSummer's EndThe well-used rope at the old waterhole lies silent now...school is in session and the freedom of summer days is gone...CLICK HERE to read more. Summer's over, school has begun and the well-used rope at the old waterhole hangs straight and silent. 

I wonder what the nature spirits of the area think of the silence. It feels like they are lonely. So many happy young people are around all summer, laughing and having fun. And now...nothing.

I enjoy seeing all the knots - each one an experience of youth adapting to change, fixing what's broken and continuing on...

...my brother and I used to swing from a similar rope hanging from a tree along this stretch of the Saco River when we were young. That was many many years ago...times change but some traditions stay the same. Reassuring!

This photo was taken in 2019 - pre-COVID - in North Conway, NH. I'm certain the nature spirits, like us, are looking forward to a return to normalcy!

 

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Walking a Birch Forest in Autumn https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/walking-a-birch-forest-in-autumn Walking through a New England birch forest in autumn is a festival for the senses. 

Ground to sky, there are colors - and rich earth smells - everywhere you turn.

This is the birch forest at the entrance to the Mt. Washington auto road, New Hampshire.

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Red Oak in Fall https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/red-oak-in-fall Red Oak in FallRed Oak in Fall Oaks come in many variations but all are symbols of strength, wisdom, endurance and stability.

Illinois hosts many varieties of oak, with the white oak being the state tree.

Here is a red oak in my own Illinois side yard, in all its fall glory.

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White Birches of Mt Washington https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/10/white-birches-of-mt-washington Mt. Washington BirchesMt. Washington BirchesStands of birches intermingled with maples are part of the spectacular contrasts in color seen throughout the Mt Washington Valley each fall. CLICK HERE to read more. Stands of white birch mixed with maples dot the Northern New England landscape each fall.

The area around the Mt Washington auto road is famous for its stands. Here we are looking out from inside a forest glen.

The auto road is located just north of Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.

 

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Autumn | Mt Washington from Intervale https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/autumn-mt-washington-from-intervale It's autumn - the most glorious time of the year for the Northern woodlands of America. The trees are cloaked in vibrant yellows, oranges and reds. Mountainsides and lake surfaces become colorful abstract paintings.

I was fortunate to take a several week autumn photography trip last fall and reveled in capturing the season's essence across these Northern woodlands - Michigan to New Hampshire. So in my blog, for one week in this COVID restricted world, we are going to celebrate the freedom to wander through nature's autumn spirit.

We'll start in the Conway area of Northern New Hampshire - my family's ancestral home. This is a famous view from the main road below my son's home. The area is called Intervale and you are looking looking across the Mount Washington Valley to the mountain itself, far right.

Mt Washington from IntervaleMt Washington from IntervaleAutumn colors are at their peak. Looking across the Intervale valley to Mount Washington, far right. CLICK HERE to read more.

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Lady of the Rocks | Colorado Springs https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/lady-of-the-rocks-colorado-springs Rock Lady | Garden of the GodsRock Lady | Garden of the GodsThis fine featured rock lady sports a tall sweat band tying up a long, thick head of hair. Delicate features topped by a wide sweat band holding up thick, luxurious hair.

This rock beauty lives just off the grand plaza at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado.

I've outlined the hairband and hair below, for you to clearly see. 

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The Family Tree | Mayslake Peabody Estate https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/the-family-tree-mayslake-peabody-estate Family Gathers Round | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyFamily Gathers RoundA kind elderly nature spirit who both smiles and frowns, a cat enduring its human's kiss and a guardian spirit watching all who approach are some of the many images carved on all sides of this old tree. Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oakbrook, Illinois. A version of this image is in the Estate's permanent collection. CLICK HERE to read more. A kind elderly nature spirit who both smiles and frowns, a cat enduring its human's kiss and a guardian spirit watching all who approach are some of the many images carved on all sides of this old tree.  

Mayslake Peabody Estate Original

This tree was planted back in the 1920s, when the Chicago-area Mayslake Peabody Estate was built. It was center to the back lawn that swept down from the manor to the lake and provided fragrant spring flowers and cooling summer shade. 

This photo was taken the last year the venerable tree was on earth. Estate caretakers nurtured it for many years and the signs of neatly pruned branches exist on all its sides. It finally passed away of old age and was accorded a respectful departure.

Its sweet, gentle spirit is epitomized by its very large face, low on the tree. It offers a friendly greeting to all who enter from the parking lot and path onto the back lawn.

This is a spirit who enjoys seeing families at play and adults relaxing and spreads that energy throughout its domain. Its welcoming face has two mouths with two different expressions. One is a sweet crooked smile. Below that is a sad downturned mouth. This shows different aspects of the spirit's personality.

The Picasso Perspective

It is amazing how these trees can pack so much information on such a limited canvas. I marvel at how in tune Picasso was with this way of observing the universe. So many of his tradition-breaking figures have this same organic structure - multiple views in one figure or painting revealing different aspects of a story.

Below to the nature spirit's right is a small rodent of some sort - a companion to the tree, and a life form the tree spirit must have watched dash freely about the lawn and woods.

Midway up the trunk one sees a very strong-featured cat looking forward, tolerating in best cat style the smooches bestowed on him by a portly human, seen side view. I'm sure at some point in the past a house cat was a regular visitor to the tree, complaining about all the human affection it needed to endure!

I like the lookout spirit top right. One eye is focused squarely on the path into the yard. The spirit is checking out all who enter his terrain!

A fine coating of yellow lichen adds the finishing touch to the images.

Far in the distance are glimmers of the lake, through the winter trees.

A version of this photograph is in the Mayslake Peabody Estate's permanent art collection.

Some Ways to Connect with Us

If you would like to see more nature spirits, head over to my gallery at atalatoy.com Or just click on the image to go directly to the room of each available image.

If you would like to share your own nature spirit photographs, head over to our community nature spirits group at Facebook.

 

 

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Owl Resting on the World Turtle https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/owl-resting-on-the-world-turtle Owl TotemOwl Totem This interdimensionally created oak tree art piece shows an owl perched on the world turtle who is floating in the cosmic ocean.

This is a living totem pole that artists of another dimension created in the oak tree at the entry way to a young couple's recently established spiritual retreat center. 

The Meanings of the Owl and Turtle

The image is a triple symbol for wisdom in service of earth that acknowledges three major cultures. The oak tree for the Druidic European culture, the owl with a tilaka mark in the middle of her forehead representing the Far Eastern yogic cultures and the sea turtle representing the Native American tradition of the earth as a turtle in the middle of the cosmic ocean.

The sea turtle is a bit harder to see at this angle. He is in a round circle of pointed ocean waves, just below the owl, and is facing left, his head partially hidden by the leaves and one of his flippers hanging down.

The owl can be seen in two positions - with her wings down, observing the land below; and with her wings up, about to take flight.

Trees Reflect the Energies of the Land

The couple eventually had to close down their spiritual project and left for other parts of the world. In a later visit to that property I found this spiritual image had disappeared from view. This situation demonstrates how the forces of spirit can change about seemingly solid objects to meet the energetic parameters of changing situations.

This is an updated version of one of my vintage photographs.

Some Ways to Connect with Us

If this image inspires you, and you would like to own a framed copy, click on the image to go to its specific room. If you would like to see more nature spirit images, head over to  atalatoy.com 

If you would like to share your own nature spirit photographs, head over to our community nature spirits group at Facebook.

 

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Unicorn in the Queen's Garden https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/unicorn-in-the-queens-garden Fancy Unicorn | Queen's GardenFancy Unicorn | Queen's GardenThis mature unicorn lives in the Queen's Garden, Bryce Canyon. It is only appropriate that a unicorn resides in the Queen's Garden, Bryce Canyon, Utah. Unicorns and female royalty have long been associated. 

This is a mature unicorn - yeah for him having survived so long! He lives at the bottom of the canyon. Through his branches you can see the back of the HooDoo that resembles Queen Victoria. 

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Here's a photo of the Queen Victoria HooDoo. You can see larger photos of that rock formation in my Queen VictoriaQueen Victoria | Queen's Garden, Bryce Canyon  blog "Queen Victoria at Bryce Canyon".

 

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On Guard | Saguaro National Park https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/on-guard-saguaro-national-park A young elf warrior in a classic elf helmet watches over the desert outside Tucson, Arizona.

Elven Warrior | ArizonaElven Warrior | ArizonaAn Elven Warrior watches over the desert landscape. Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read more.

Many elf helmets have a simple archaic Greek-style nose guard. Like some of the other elf helmets, this one does not have cheek guards but does have a lower back side protecting the occipital spirit communication point. Like some helmets, there is a decoration on the top.

This elven guard watches over the desert in what is now the Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona.

Saguaro GuardianSaguaro Guardians A large relaxed beast watches the other direction (left). You can see the elven guard just below him to the right.

Rock Spirit GuardianRock Spirit Guardian Nearby a heavier humanoid figure (below) also watches. 

None of these guards look tense so it seems they are not too worried about any imminent dangers in their dimension.

This is one of the only high spots in that area, and it would give the beings a good view for miles around.

They live within a few miles of the Signal Hill petroglyphs, another solitary high point with a long desert view in all directions. It is said the ancient Hohokam warriors stood guard from that high point on the desert, and carved the many petroglyphs while on duty. You can see that high point, and the petroglyphs, in my blog "Petroglyphs of Signal Hill"

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Elephant Spirit at Madison Falls https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/elephant-spirit-at-madison-falls This lovely gem of a grotto features a delicate cascade of falls down a mossy cliff.  Elephant at Madison FallsElephant at Madison Falls

Over on the right you'll find a female elephant spirit, with a sprig of green tucked under her ear, drinking from the grotto pool.

Madison FallsMadison Falls Madison Falls is located on the Elwha River in Washington State.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy elephant spirit Elwha River interdimensional Madison Falls nature spirit nature spirit photography nature spirits tree spirit Washington https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/elephant-spirit-at-madison-falls Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:09:41 GMT
Illinois HooDoos | Shawnee National Forest https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/illinois-hoodoos-shawnee-national-forest Illinois has its own HooDoos - rocks in unique shapes that resemble animals or humans.

Garden of the Gods in Shawnee National Forest has several that have their own official on-the-map names.

Camel RockCamel Rock This area of the Garden is fertile with rock spirits. The large rock on the left is called? Camel Rock. In the richly varied cliffs around it are many other figures. See how many you can find...

This is Camel Rock in the fall. The brilliance of the oranges, reds, yellows, browns and evergreen are breathtaking. From many points, such as here,  you can look out for miles and miles of brilliant colors, with hardly any signs of human existence.

Southern Illinois should be hitting its peak colors around October 19. If you get a chance - it is a wonderful hike in the woods, with not that many people around so you can feel comfortably relaxed!

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Camel Rock Garden of the Gods interdimensional nature spirit photography nature spirits rock spirits Shawnee National Forest https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/illinois-hoodoos-shawnee-national-forest Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:43:54 GMT
Bryce Point Begins and Ends its Day https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/bryce-point-begins-and-ends-its-day Sunrise to sunset, the light and shadows move across the valley of rocky spires and HooDoos at Bryce Canyon's famous Bryce Point. It is one of the most awe-inspiring settings I have ever seen. The valley throbs with power, beauty and the stone consciousness of community that is both unified and respectful of individual differences and enclaves. The valley is deservedly well-photographed; here are my recordings. Bryce Point SunriseBryce Point SunriseView down the valley at sunrise, with the thousands of spires and HooDoos jubilantly greeting the morning sun. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this photo. Bryce Point SunsetBryce Point SunsetThe day is ending, the shadows grow long and the valley softens its jubilant colors. CLICK HERE to read the story behind this photo.

 

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Bryce Canyon Bryce Point HooDoos interdimensional nature spirit photography nature spirits rock spirits Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/bryce-point-begins-and-ends-its-day Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:11:56 GMT
Centaur's Love Story https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/centaurs-love-story This mature centaur stands protectively behind his human mate, who rests against him just below his chin. His ears are laid back - the sign in a horse of relaxed energy.

Centaur and His Mate at Bryce CanyonCentaur and His Mate at Bryce Canyon

Here is the story this centaur told me. Centaur and His MateCentaur and His MateClose up of the centaur protecting his human mate.

This is a memorial assemblage of statues commemorating the long-living nature spirit's love for his human mate, at a time when she had grown old. It records a love story that has been.

This was a woman pioneer, her human family deceased, living alone in the wilderness, calling on the universe for protection. The centaur heard the call and came to protect her. They bonded across dimensions. 

This is a family portrait of a long-time couple grown old together. Theirs is a love that would not be recognized by many in the human world but it was true and permanent. The relaxed casualness of both beings indicates their long intimacy and love for each other.

The sculptures show the centaur with a mature face, high cheek bones, ears laid back (e.g. he is not in danger from anything, but is in control), and long thick hair streaming down his back. The woman has a bouffant hair style, a small nose, and is dressed for chilly weather, with a shawl and thick clothes. She is heavy set. 

While his mate would seem like an ordinary woman in the human world, the statues are stating that in the world of spirit she is very large. Indicating this are the two figures lower right - a king and queen (see their tall crowns) who are far smaller in the spirit world than these nature spirits. Their vacuous stares indicate their lesser consciousness. The pairing states that in spirit, this couple is far larger than human kings and queens.

Stretching back along the centaur's body are many other beings the partners protected and protect - part of their energetic world. (In the best modern art symbolic style!) 

These rock images are known in our human world as HooDoos. They are part of a vast complex of stone images that form a nature spirit museum in what we humans call Bryce Canyon, Utah. This sculpture is located at Paria Point.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Bryce Canyon centaur HooDoos interdimensional nature spirit nature spirit photography nature spirits Paria Point rock spirits Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/centaurs-love-story Sun, 20 Sep 2020 12:27:02 GMT
Ghost Palace | Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/ghost-palace-sunrise-point-bryce-canyon Shhh! Stand still and watch
The ghost town and its people
Rise up in the morning sun.
All too soon it disappears,
Back into its ephemeral world
Untainted by the corruptions
Of our midday earth.

Palace Complex | Sunrise Point, Bryce CanyonPalace Complex | Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon Ghost Palace | Sunrise Point, Bryce CanyonGhost Palace | Sunrise Point, Bryce CanyonThis complex palace shine bright in the dawn light then fades into the scenery as the sun rises. Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon, Utah. CLICK HERE to read more. Like Brigadoon rising through the mist, this white walled town shimmers at dawn then disappears in the midday sun.

The colors here are subtle: purple in early dawn, gradually moving through salmon pinks to midday reds so intense they hide the town's delicate details.

This ghostly rock complex is located at Sunrise Point, Bryce Canyon, Utah.

It has a delicate, lacy beauty compared to the more robust HooDoo collections in other parts of the park. 

To me, this looks like a different interdimensional artist was at work, compared to the HooDoo collections in other areas of the vast Bryce Canyon complex.

These views are just after dawn, when the sun is starting its morning ascent.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Bryce Canyon ghost town interdimensional Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography rock spirit Sunrise Point Utah https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/ghost-palace-sunrise-point-bryce-canyon Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:41:37 GMT
The Moss Fairy | My Very First Nature Spirit Photo https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/the-moss-fairy-my-very-first-nature-spirit-photo Moss FaeryMoss Faery The shy moss fairy
Peaks out behind a root
Who is that giant
Sitting at his door

Dressed in a pink shirt and white pants, with dark tousled hair, he ran out as he heard me and the gnome come near. Now he peeks out to see who is visiting his village.

A gnome took me on a photo outing one day, and we visited this moss fairy deep in the New Hampshire woods. This is a close up photograph of the fairy and his home.

This was my first photographic outing for nature spirits. It was also my first time consciously communicating with the gnome who'd set up house at my summer cottage in New Hampshire. 

He wanted to befriend me, and thank me for such a nice residence the 50 weeks of the year I wasn't visiting.

So he suggested we go on an outing to visit a beautiful village of moss fairies in my family's woods. 

He took me through deep woods with no paths, until we arrived at this beautiful location. This is only one of a little village of mossy trees that were home to a group of moss fairies.

Moss Faery Close UpMoss Faery Close Up Can you see the shy moss fairy? he is top right, peeking at us from under a root.

Such a rare treat, and it set me on a path to master photography to do this topic justice!

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy interdimensional moss fairy nature spirit nature spirit photography nature spirits New Hampshire tree spirits https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/the-moss-fairy-my-very-first-nature-spirit-photo Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:21:56 GMT
The Spiral of Life https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/the-spiral-of-life Spiral UniverseSpiral UniverseThis giant ammonite fossil is over 2 feet in diameter. It is a fossil embodiment of the Golden Mean Fibonacci spiral! CLICK HERE to read more. Desert SpiralDesert SpiralEarly morning sun strikes the spiral wall on the plaza at the Mission San Xavier, Tucson, Arizona. CLICK HERE to read more. The spiral of life goes on
No matter if 
We fight to stay
Or
If we travel away
The spiral always returns
Then leaves again

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy life goes on nature spirit photography nature spirits sacred geometry spiral https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/the-spiral-of-life Tue, 15 Sep 2020 11:02:11 GMT
Tree Wisdom https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/tree-wisdom Tree Ring WisdomTree Ring WisdomHow clearly the many years of wisdom acquisition is shown in the tree rings of an ancient tree...this one was a thousand years old. CLICK HERE to read more. Silence
Where sound was before
We honor the spirits
Dancing in the wind

 

Today I honor the earth wisdom we are losing in the fires of the West Coast. Whether the life form is nature, animal or human...the catastrophic cry can be felt throughout the earth grid. 

We love, honor and pray for all those experiencing the transformative suffering of this catastrophe. 

This cross section of a thousand year old tree shows its growth through good years and bad, its battles to survive all encroachments on its existence. It now lives as an exquisite table in the Japanese Garden, Chicago Botanic Gardens.

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Chicago Botanic Gardens Japanese Garden Nature Spirit nature spirit photography tree rings tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/tree-wisdom Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:46:26 GMT
The Shadows Grow Long https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/shadows-grow-long A Time Almost GoneThe Shadows Grow Long The shadows grow long
The days grow short
And the wheel of life rolls on...

As our country, and the world, faces challenges on many fronts, I wanted to salute the less complex eras that are fading away.

This image stays strong in my mind. An old wooden wheel, propped up outside an old wooden barn, slowly descending into the shadows.

...the pioneering mentality of our forefathers, successfully carving out fertile farms from the glorious, vibrant woodlands and prairies of America. Their resilience and spirit still strong for their descendants...

Our ancestors' courage lies deep in our land. May it rise up strong to assist all those struggling with their own personal challenges... fire... acceptance... survival... good health

 

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy nature spirit photography old barn old wheel shadows https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/shadows-grow-long Sun, 13 Sep 2020 12:18:58 GMT
Autumn at Tahquamenon Falls https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/autumn-at-tahquamenon-falls Tahquamenon Falls is one of the highlights of a visit to Michigan's U.P. - Upper Peninsula.

Here the falls are in autumn...brilliant colors on a sunny day, with those wonderful streaks of brown cedar tannins that are in a continual flow over the falls. Tahquamenon FallsTahquamenon FallsFall in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan). The famous falls with its streaks of brown - from the tannins leached from the cedar swamps at its upper end. CLICK HERE to read more.

Tahquamenon Falls FlowTahquamenon Falls FlowUp close at the falls - the rushing water over the falls becomes a soothing, cleansing flow of energy, when you sit there long enough. CLICK HERE to read more. These are the third most voluminous falls west of the Mississipi River. The browns come from the tannins that leach into the river from the cedar swamps that the river continually drains.

Tahquamenon Falls are mentioned in Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha, as the site where Hiawatha built his canoe.

You can get up close to the edge of the falls. Here you can feel the sheer power of the water - its sound, its vibration, its mesmerizing continual flow of life moving ever forward. Teepee SpiritTeepee SpiritThis tree spirit watches over Tahquamenon Falls, a site sacred to Native Americans. He is also a face looking out from a teepee.

And, of course, what is any visit of mine without checking in with the nature spirits.

Here is a nature spirit who lives in a tree near where I photographed the falls. He has taken the shape of a teepee with a face looking out. He commemorates the Native Americans who once lived here. 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy interdimensional nature spirit nature spirit photography nature spirits Tahquamenon Falls tree spirits Upper Peninsula waterfalls https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/autumn-at-tahquamenon-falls Sat, 12 Sep 2020 13:05:06 GMT
Red Leaf Floating https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/red-leaf-floating Autumn colors in New England are brilliant in their reds, oranges and yellows against dark green firs and solid blue skies. Red Leaf FloatingRed Leaf Floating

Here a red maple leaf takes a happy, spinning ride downstream.

Diana's Baths, North Conway, NH

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy autumn leaf Diana Baths interdimensional maple leaf Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography North Conway NH river https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/red-leaf-floating Fri, 11 Sep 2020 21:48:20 GMT
Last Leaf of Autumn | Variations on a Theme https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/last-leaf-of-autumn-variations-on-a-theme I love variations on theme! Loved them as a child playing Mozart's Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano. Love them doing artistic and photographic variations.

Here are three variations on the Last Leaf of Autumn. Which do you like best? The jubilant oranges of autumn...the quieting down of the season in darker browns...or the somber transition into winter with the black and white?

Let me know in the comment box below!

Last Leaf of Autumn | JubilantLast Leaf of Autumn | JubilantCLICK HERE to read more. Last Leaf of Autumn | QuietLast Leaf of Autumn | QuietCLICK HERE to read more. Last Leaf of Autumn | SomberLast Leaf of Autumn | SomberCLICK HERE to read more.

 

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy autumn interdimensional last leaf maple leaf nature spirit photography nature spirits tree spirits https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/last-leaf-of-autumn-variations-on-a-theme Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:13:55 GMT
Down to Earth | Guardian Spirit Watches Over Trees at Nature Center https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/down-to-earth-guardian-spirit-watches-over-trees Down to Earth Tree Spirit | Atala Toy Nature Spirit PhotographyDown to Earth Tree SpiritThis tree spirit with an Afro hair style watches all who come into his lawn area of the Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles, IL. CLICK HERE to read more. This nature spirit watches over the lawn at the Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles, Illinois.

He is very down to earth (!) and watches all, with a strong and steady gaze, as they enter the lawn area from the adjacent parking lot.

Guardian of Place

He explained to me that he is Guardian of Place - the energy that represents the nature spirits of that location.

Like many images in rocks and trees, this one is immensely subtle and can be seen differently when looked at from different perspectives, or frequencies. Nature spirits often create fluctuating images - like a Picasso painting in the wild.

So - here is a "down to earth" image of a man peeking up from the ground, his eyes and nose just visible and with a very full head of hair and a tall forehead.

However, the tree spirit explained that his image can also be seen as a tree trunk with a very full and large spread of richly leafed branches, and strong roots that reach into the ground. The Celtic/Druidic image of the tree bridging the three worlds.

Looking Out Over the Oaks

Below is a view past this tree, looking down the lawn at the magnificent oaks. Their full wide spread branches do indeed look like the Guardian did a painting of them in his bark. If you walk around the trees, their very large root systems are partially visible, like the roots shown in this image.

A Champion Tree Oak Trees at Creek Bend Nature CenterOak Trees at Creek Bend Nature Center

The naturalists at the Center appreciate this Guardian oak tree - for its magnificent growth - and it was submitted, and has been officially recognized, as one of the Champion Trees of Illinois. Below right is a long view of the tree, with the new temporary sign posting its champion status. 
Champion Tree at Creek Bend Nature CenterChampion Tree at Creek Bend Nature CenterIllinois State designated Champion tree, located at Creek Bend Nature Center, Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, St Charles, Illinois

Creek Bend Nature Center is located inside the Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, Illinois.

If you would like to see more nature spirits, head over to my gallery at atalatoy.com

If you would like to share your own nature spirit photographs, head over to our community nature spirits group at Facebook.


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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy Creek Bend Nature Center interdimensional Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography St. Charles Illinois tree spirit https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/down-to-earth-guardian-spirit-watches-over-trees Wed, 09 Sep 2020 12:00:00 GMT
Rock Spirits of Second Beach | Olympic Peninsula https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/rock-spirits-of-second-beach-olympic-peninsula The wild rocky beauty of the beaches along the Olympic Peninsula are awe-inspiring and powerfully energizing. Rock Spirits of Second BeachRock Spirits of Second Beach

This coastline is sprinkled with Sea Stacks - large rock outcroppings that are sometimes surrounded by sand at low tide and ocean at high tide.

Rock Spirits MapRock Spirits MapMap of most of the spirits in this Sea Stack, Second Beach, Olympic Peninsula This is a famous Sea Stack at Second Beach. It is photographed a great deal for its sheer beauty. But how many people have sought to connect to the spirit of the Sea Stack itself? 

Spirit Head Facing NorthSpirit Head Facing NorthSpirit Head at top right side of the Sea Stack, Second Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Washington For those of you who have visited and photographed this Sea Stack - pull out your photographs and look again. If you are lucky enough to live near Second Beach - visit it again.

Nature Spirit Facing SouthNature Spirit Facing SouthThis is a sheep head. On the small Sea Stack to the South of the large stack, Second Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State Look closely at this massive beauty and shift your focus. As you shift your attention to different energetic frequencies, different images may appear. 

These images represent aspects of this particular Sea Stack's personality. They are energies that this rock spirit has chosen to reflect upon and seek to embody. (Note: Click on the image to see it large size.) 

Sitting with some aspect of existence that has positively attracted you can deepen your own wisdom and knowledge of the workings of the universe. Besides which - you might make a new friend!

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atala.toy.artist@gmail.com (Atala Toy Nature Spirit Photography) Atala Toy interdimensional Nature Spirit Nature Spirit Photography Olympic Peninsula rock spirit Sea Stacks Second Beach Washington State https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/rock-spirits-of-second-beach-olympic-peninsula Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:09:45 GMT
The Eyes Have It https://www.atalatoy.com/blog/2020/9/the-eyes-have-it Have you ever been out in nature and felt li