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...
About The Greenman

About The Greenman

Atala photographed this handsome Greenman in a local park in Geneva, Illinois. She has had a long and beneficial relationship with these nature spirits, who are the philosophers, teachers, and warriors of the nature realm. They have taught her much about themselves...
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 issues to be...
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,...
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...

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