Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope that this year brings good health & exciting things into your life.  I’ve come to realize that when some older people have said to me in the past, “If you haven’t got your health, nothing else really matters”, that it is so true.  We have experienced some health issues in our family and those of good friends in the last couple of years that give personal and accurate meaning to that comment.  So I truly wish everyone a very healthy 2014!

I’ve been working on some sketch ups for pieces to start on this year.  In keeping with my floral/nature series, my next piece I decided on capturing is Mistletoe.  I loved seeing this growing in the Caribbean so I decided to add it to my floral series even though it’s not technically a floral.  A little research and I discovered that mistletoe is a poisonous plant that causes acute gastrointestinal problems including stomach pain and diarrhea along with low pulse.

According to Wikipedia and an old Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin.[22] It was alluded to as common practice in 1808[23] and described in 1820 by American author Washington Irving in his The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.: The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and kitchens at Christmas, and the young men have the privilege of kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases.[24] 

Fascinating stuff!  Here is my reference photo I’ll be working from – a picture I took while in the Caribbean.

Mistletoe with White Berries_edited-1

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