The water lily shown here is a still image from a beautiful animated short meant to help kids learn the life cycle of flowers.
As the artists explain in a brief message accompanying the three-minute video:
Many different flowers are growing beautifully and strongly in this world. Taking their roots in the earth, sprouting, blooming, pollination by birds and insects, living on in spite of rain, wind and storms. They pass on the baton of life, rebirth and decay. Everything is so in a continuous, endless cycle. This is the story and message of this animation.
And yet it is more than that. It is a work of nature and the human spirit, a product of awe and wonder, science and art. It is a work of beauty that can help others be drawn to beauty in new ways.
The story behind it also is an example of following one’s gifts and passions wherever they lead. The duo known as AMKK moved to Tokyo twenty-some years ago intending to become a grunge band. Instead, they became floral artists with a botanical laboratory.
I’ll post their film “The Story of Flowers” below, but first a couple of more screen shots to whet your appetite.
This post is about wonder, and so belongs to the teal part of the singing wilderness spiritual map.