Nothing is more important to us than what happens inside leaves. Without the vital process of photosynthesis occurring within leaves, we would not exist and there would be no life on our planet. Leaf cells, using sunlight and chlorophyll, take water flowing up into leaves from roots in the earth and carbon dioxide blowing into leaves from the surrounding air and transform them into food and oxygen.
Three decades later, I mounted an exhibition at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens when I was head of Emunah College School of the Arts in Israel. These shaped encaustic paintings of cellular patterns within leaves alongside the actual living plants invited visitors to the exhibition to embark on an aesthetic journey from the whole plant into the beautiful world hidden within it. Although the exhibition was scheduled for two months, it met with such enthusiastic response that it remained for two years.
During each of the 52 weeks of our 52nd year, we posted photographs reflecting our life together with a digital poetry text that relates the weekly Torah reading to our lives. Our project linking smartphones, social media and spirituality grew into my book that teaches people of all faiths how to Bible blog their lives, Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life http://photographgod.com. Below is our blog post on how our everyday life became an expression of the fifth portion of the book of Deuteronomy.
“A righteous person flourishes like a palm tree and grows tall like a cedar.” (Psalm 92).
We photographed new leaf growth sprouting from an old pine tree in the park near our house and date palms in Ein Gedi.