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Nature's Skylight Mandala by Beth Sawickie

Nature’s Skylight Mandala 1

Nature's Skylight Mandala by Beth Sawickie

Imagine laying on the forest floor, gazing upward and seeing Nature’s Skylight.

Created from woven trees and branches.  Framing the sky and accented by the sun.

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This mandala is 11th in my 365 Days of Mandalas & Photos Project.

Here is the original image I started with…

Bare Trees Sunset by Beth Sawickie

See a larger version of “Bare Trees Sunset” HERE.

Natures Skylight Mandala 1 by Beth Sawickie Fine Art Prints and Posters for Sale

Prints, Cards and Gifts featuring Nature’s Skylight Mandala 1 are available HERE.

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Looking Up Mandala 2 by Beth Sawickie http://bethsawickie.com/looking-up-mandala-2

Looking Up Mandala 2

Looking Up Mandala 2 by Beth Sawickie http://bethsawickie.com/looking-up-mandala-2

This mandala was created from a photo I took while laying back on the ground looking up at the fall leaves in the trees.

It was a mild fall day, windy and the scent of the damp leaves filled the air – ah, the smell of autumn!

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And check out the first mandala in this series HERE.

Looking Up Mandala 1 by Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com/looking-up-mandala-1

Looking Up Mandala 1

Looking Up Mandala 1 by Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com/looking-up-mandala-1

One of my favorite things to do is to lay back on the ground and look up at the sky, trees, leaves…etc.

This mandala was created from a photo I took in late October at the Ramapo Valley Reservation in Mahwah, NJ.

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Black Run Preserve Fall Color by Doug Venner http://bethsawickie.com

A Rainy Day at Black Run Preserve

Today Doug and I ventured to Black Run Preserve in Evesham, NJ.  Neither of us had been there before so we decided to check it out.

We were surprised to find that there is a marked parking area.  There are posted trail maps and the trails are well marked.

It was a warm but dreary day.  Gray, raining on and off – but still a nice day for a walk in the woods.

Black Run Preserve Path by Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com

Flowers – There’s still some around 🙂

I barely got out of the car and I was being drawn to photograph some of the many flowers growing along the path – I think they were Black Eyed Susan’s??

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I was like a kid in a candy store – oh, look at that! and there’s another one over there!  Yellow color over there, bright red there, orange spotted thingy there – wow!

Trees, leaves, ‘shrooms everywhere along with a few flowers here and there.

Moths – so cute and furry!

I’m usually pretty good at spotting the often overlooked little things in the forest.  This time, Doug had the eagle eye.  He spotted two of these awesome black, white and orange moths!

If you know the name of this moth, please let me know – until then, I’ll just call him Fred 🙂

Moths October 15 by Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com moths-oct15-small (1 of 3)

Fred (the moth) inspired me to create this mandala:

Moth Mandala by Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com/moth-mandala

“Moth Mandala” – buy Prints HERE.

 Mushrooms – fabulous fungus!

Then there were the ‘shrooms!  Lots of mushrooms along the trails to photograph.  Let me tell you – I am so loving having a macro lens at times like these 🙂

I was on my knees, rear up in the air getting most of the ‘shroom shots.  Even had my head resting on the ground for many of ’em.  Oh – and did I mention that it was raining on and off?  That meant everything was damp.  I had leaves in my hair, dirt all over… it was a good day 😉

Many of ’em were as small as this little guy (some smaller!)

Mushroom 5 by Beth Sawickie http://www.BethSawickie.com/mushroom-5

“Mushroom #5” – buy prints HERE.

And these two little guys popping out from under the pine needles to say ‘hello’ 🙂

Mushroom 7 by Beth Sawickie http://bethsawickie.com/

Then there was the poop mushroom…
Doesn’t it look like a pile o’ poop?

Poop Mushroom 1 http://www.BethSawickie.com

I had to get down and the ground and investigate…..

yep, it’s a ‘shroom!

Poop Mushroom 2 http://www.BethSawickie.com

Here are more of the ‘shrooms that I crawled around on the forest floor to photograph 🙂

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Colorful Fall Leaves

And, of course, many beautiful scenes of fall foliage…

Black Run Preserve Fall Color by Doug Venner http://bethsawickie.com

Photo by Doug Venner.

Here are some of the colorful leaves we saw today…

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Some of the above photos will be made available as fine art prints HERE once I process them.  And some will be transformed into Mandalas.  If there is a particular one that you would like a print of, please let me know HERE.

So that was our visit to the Black Run Preserve.  Definitely time well spent.  It is a beautiful area that we will be visiting again – hopefully when there are blue skies.

For more information about Black Run Preserve visit:

Friends of the Black Run Preserve HERE. And on Facebook HERE.

South Jersey Trails page about the Black Run Preserve HERE.

The PPA’s (Pinelands Preservatin Alliance) page about the Black Run Preserve HERE.