Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chinaberry

My sister Audrey and I used to play under the Chinabery tree when we were little and used the berries for all sorts of play things. I still love this tree, even though I am finding out it is on the invasive species list.

10 comments:

Audrey said...

You know, I used to play under a Chinaberry tree too! It grew right outside of the playhouse that my dad built me. It gave lovely shade... not to mention the berries were a fantastic addition to the 'meals' I used to make (but never ever ate) I had a recipe too. If only I can remember. I'm sure Vinca was the main ingredient. I loved it. I always thought it was unfair when dad cut it down. But I guess you are right, it's invasive.

Julie said...

I love the colors on this mandala!

Frances said...

Is that the sky peeking through? Lovely.

Bev said...

Lovely mandala. Most educative reading your blog as I have never heard of this tree. Perhaps the mandala gives a good impression of what you may have seen when you were sitting with your sister and looked up through the branches.

belinha said...

Oh, this one is lovely, so fresh!
I'm sorry Bobbie, but I can't keep internet home acess anymore and, plus, I started learning graphic design and spanish and my spare time will grow shorter and shorter!I will keep checking my favorite blogs from time to time thow!:-)And I will check you!!:-)One day I'll be back, I'm sure!

dianeclancy said...

Hi Bobbie,

I think many of the invasive species are pretty ... sort of like global warming ... hard to accept it is bad - it sounds so pleasant. (though the warming with the poplar bears is starting to get everyone's attention)

This is a very lovely mandala - I love the way the sky peeks through ... as if lying on the ground looking up through the trees.

Very lovely!

~ Diane Clancy
www.dianeclancy.com/blog

Sue O'Kieffe said...

i have never heard of chinaberry before either. it just makes me want to "look up"
~Sue O'Kieffe

Debi said...

The "berries" make a wonderful element in the mandala, don't they? Really beautiful and interesting how you have kept the feeling in this mandala of looking up.

Have you heard of the Western Soapberry tree? I believe it's native to Texas, has berries like the Chinaberry (and Native Americans actually used to make soap from them), and has wonderful fall color to boot. Our highway department has planted quite a few along this stretch of Interstate 20.

Sandollar said...

Love this one..I would never have guessed it was a chinaberry! It is amazing how one copied piece can change the whole look of an object!
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Belinda said...

what a gorgeous mandala!! need to look though for the german chinaberry tree translation :)