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August 9, 2011

Nature's Inspiration

Once again, I am inspired by nature. These beautiful waters are very different from the turquoise water of the Bahamas. I recently visited Jackson Hole and these waters are from Yellowstone National Park's Caldera or Supervolcano, which is an area of lots of geothermal activity. Apparently it is a result of a great cove of magma located below the caldera's surface--these waters are so hot, that some of them are boiling--so they are not for swimming! The vivid colors in the spring here are the result of pimented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. The bacteria produce colors ranging from red to green. Love the contrast of colors...gorgeous right?!So much in nature influences my design decisions and especially stone choices: london blue topaz, chrysacola, dendritic quartz, pearl, abalone, aquamarine, rutilated quartz, and turquoise..the list could go on and on...all stones I see reflected in this one body of water, and at one point or another, I have used in my designs. It is nature that draws me to travel and it is these experiences in nature that inspire a majority of my work. This is another hot spring from a beautiful.
If you can believe it, I am off to Thailand again to finalize my Spring 2012 collection! I am sure I will have much to share from this trip...

Until next time...