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A Friend by Definition

A Friend by Definition

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” ~Henry David Thoreau The neighborhood reverberated with the sound of curb ball cheers,...
A Friend of the Trees

A Friend of the Trees

It is my great honor to be a friend of the tree spirits. They are our colleagues here on earth, and we are meant to work together in a conscious manner, for the betterment of all. I have been working with the tree spirits for a number of years now and go out regularly...
A Lament for Friends

A Lament for Friends

We lost some dear friends this holiday season. On the solstice, the devas of my neighborhood had some angelic assistance releasing the spirits of the many ash trees who had slowly been killed by the Emerald Ash Borer.  A quiet stillness seemed to fall after that...
A Video Visit with Bear Spirit

A Video Visit with Bear Spirit

Video – Enjoy this winter video visit with Bear Spirit. He guards a woodland river valley in Illinois. The video starts with one of Atala Toy’s Nature Spirit Photographs of Bear Spirit and then takes you for a winter walk to visit his home.  You...
African Greenman

African Greenman

This African Greenman lives in a poinciana tree in Jamaica, West Indies. This majestic old tree stands at a Y in the road of a private enclave near Montego Bay, and has faces on several sides that are watching and guiding the comings and goings of the residents and...
Battle with the Wood Elves

Battle with the Wood Elves

This is the story of a battle between two warring factions of nature spirits. It is documented in a Live Oak on an estate in Florida. This estate once belonged to a lumber baron and is now a state park. Trees hold, and help establish, the energy of the land around...
California Buddies

California Buddies

My inner team took me to task for taking so many photos of our nature friends…and then not doing anything with them. So they put me on a strict regime of culling through my photos and keeping only those I would do something with. Tough love!!! The result? I...
Council Tree in Mann’s Choice, PA

Council Tree in Mann’s Choice, PA

Here’s a wonderful Council Tree I discovered, in a private residential enclave in Mann’s Choice, Pennsylvania. Thought you would enjoy seeing some images of it.     A Council Tree is a “courthouse” tree where nature spirits bring...
Different Views of the Same Lifeform

Different Views of the Same Lifeform

Here are three different views of the same Greenman. This is a fun project to undertake for yourself, and it is also an exercise in developing your capacity for nature spirit portraiture. Usually, when a tree develops the capacity to manifest a recognizable,...
Each Area Has Its Own Energy

Each Area Has Its Own Energy

Working with nature is a matter of building trust, and an accumulation of adjusting your frequency to others. When this occurs, the nature spirit of the tree, or living in the tree, comes forward to communicate with you. The spirits are very beautiful, very...
Energy of Place: Fabyan Preserve Trees

Energy of Place: Fabyan Preserve Trees

A piece of land interacts with the energies that occur on it. These energies shape it. The energies can come from the local deva, from the humans living on it in recent times, from ancient occurrences lost to human memory, from its position on the earth grid. The land...
Energy of Place: Swarthmore College Trees

Energy of Place: Swarthmore College Trees

The interaction between humans and nature is profound, and each affects the other. Here are a large number of third eye and portal trees located on the campus of Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, PA – my alma mater. The renown Scott Arboretum is housed...
Feminine Images in Trees

Feminine Images in Trees

Here are four different scenarios of what the feminine energy is about, as it has manifested and is being held for exploration and utilization in trees. Trees are excellent place holders in nature – they sometimes serve as anchors for earth energy nodal points....
Fox River Nature Spirits

Fox River Nature Spirits

Each geographical location has its own energy. The nature spirits of the Fox River Valley are committed to working in a spirit of cooperation. They are experimenting with various ways to bring harmony between groups with differing points of view. Here are three trees...
Healing Trees

Healing Trees

KC wrote: I found out yesterday that there are some “healing trees” here at Pottawatomie Park and that you would be able to tell me where they are. I live close to the park. Response from Atala: All trees are healing, it depends upon the person and which...
Holding Space

Holding Space

This bear totem, manifested in an ancient Burr Oak, is a nodal point protecting a peaceful creek valley; the tree is shown far right and a close up of the bear’s face far left. Across the valley, in another nature spirit domain, is a feminine nodal tree. The two trees...
Honoring Lost Forests

Honoring Lost Forests

This memorial Honoring Lost Forests is at the Morton Arboretum, Illinois. It is formed of trunks of trees burned in forest fires. The sculpture was done by a Native American artist who felt the pain suffered by these conscious beings – the trees – and...
Jamming in Central Park

Jamming in Central Park

This intricate scene of nature spirits Jamming in Central Park, NY is an example of the ability of trees to manifest complex stories within themselves. It is one of the many complex stories the very strong, aware and powerful nature spirits of Central Park have...
Lady of the Forest

Lady of the Forest

I have found in my nature photography wanderings many of the nature types we hear of in folk tales and the old Celtic nature tales. There are all sorts of personalities in both trees and rocks – the buffoon, the happy go lucky, the warrior, merchant,...
Love Notes from Nature

Love Notes from Nature

I love it when I go for a walk in nature, pose a question to the universe – and get answered with a cosmic kiss! The universe hears everything, and responds. It is just that we sometimes don’t know how to listen. Here are some nature spirit hearts who...
Micro-Man

Micro-Man

One warm late summer day I decided it would be fun to experiment with what could be seen in the natural world up close. I wanted to experiment with what could be seen from yet another perspective. So I took out my 60m jewelry close-up lens and attached it to my Nikon,...
Nature and the Feminine

Nature and the Feminine

The nurturing nature of the feminine spirit is on occasion embodied by spirit in trees and rocks. Here are a few of my favorites, who I have encountered over the years. This is a collage showing a lady of the forest bringing forth a baby bird. Notice her heart-shaped...
Nature Spirit Collages

Nature Spirit Collages

The stories nature tells us are sometimes too complex for a single image to do the situation justice. Sometimes the story requires a collage that brings together elements over space or time. Very often mature rocks and trees have many faces – that is, when...
Nature Spirits – Grizzly Giant, Yosemite

Nature Spirits – Grizzly Giant, Yosemite

This sequoia stands 209 feet tall, is 96 feet in circumference, and is estimated to be 1800 years old! He is called the Grizzly Giant, and lives in Yosemite National Park, California. The Grizzly Giant asked me to sit with him for awhile, and I happily did so. We had...
Olympic Peninsula Nature Spirits

Olympic Peninsula Nature Spirits

It’s always a treat to take some time out from life and go play in nature. Every once in awhile I’ll join a photo outing with photographer colleagues to some interesting site in America. One such outing took me to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington...
One Is Silver & The Other Is Gold

One Is Silver & The Other Is Gold

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. – There are few things lovelier than a tree to me. Trees bring a sense of peace, contentment, and happiness to my soul, and help to calm my mind. Growing up in a state known for its great forests, being a...
Portraits of Green People

Portraits of Green People

This powerful tree lives on the land of one of the leading citizens of a small town in New Hampshire. This family of people have been benefactors of the town for many generations. Outside the front door of their family home stands this majestic totem tree. This tree...
Redwood Orbs

Redwood Orbs

This series of orb photos was quite a surprise to me. I was out with my sons, walking about a Redwood forest in California, and took a zig while they took a zag. I came upon this marvelous root structure that looked so interesting and alive that I took its photograph,...
Roots

Roots

There is something very peaceful and secure about roots and the way they will make their way around whatever objects are in their environment. They can survive on clay soil, through cracks in rocks, on hard-scrabble earth tread by many passer-bys, and simply spread...
Same Life Form – Different Tree Species

Same Life Form – Different Tree Species

Different areas of the world have different energies and the nature spirits of that area have their own very specific visages. I very often learn about that area’s personality through the photographs I am privileged to take of the spirits. The Council Tree of...