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St. Rita and The Fig Tree by zoequixote

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(Patron Saint of abused women, impossible dreams, and lost causes.)

There are many details that make the fig tree a good companion for a saint. First of all, that it will grow out of rock, like an orchid, only gigantic; that it could even grow out of the “ruins” of our civilization.

It is now believed that fig trees were the first plant species to be bred for food, some 11,000 years ago in the Middle East—several hundred years before wheat cultivation began. Because its wood is terribly difficult to chop down and provides nothing of interest to our markets, its existence in places like Queensland’s national and state parks has saved those areas, and their other trees, from logging. The roses shown here are Alain Blanchard, from the species “Rosa gallica,” which, according to Wikipedia, is one of the earliest cultivated species of roses.

One of Rita’s miraculous aspects was her ability to acquire a fig and a rose from a favorite garden in the dead of winter simply by wishing it so. Here, her presence has caused both to bloom from the same fig tree. After all, many things come from a fig tree: according to legend, underneath it, Buddha found enlightenment, and from between its roots sprung the Sarasvati river, very important to the Hindis; according to a NASA clean air study, the weeping fig also produces clean air, processing out our nasty pollutants—bringing us back full circle in this post and in the world, with new life forming from our ruins—by way of the fig tree.


  • Vesna *
    Vesna *over 4 years ago

    Looks beautiful!
    I love her eyes, and the bird and the tree….

  • thank you, moja mila :)

    – zoequixote

  • eleveneleven
    elevenelevenover 4 years ago

    The colours are AMAZING. really, really beautiful work

  • thank you!

    – zoequixote

  • mazanda
    mazandaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

  • thanks, mazanda!

    – zoequixote

  • Skye O'Shea
    Skye O'Sheaover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous images

  • thank you, that’s very kind!

    – zoequixote

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoover 4 years ago

    awesome and creative work, you certainly have a wonderful imagination!

  • thank you so much, hiroko, you are always so generous :)

    – zoequixote

  • margotmythmaker
    margotmythmakerover 4 years ago

    an incredible work on many levels. Thanks for the informative write up too! -Margot

  • thank you! i need her, for my big bag of impossible dreams ;) who doesn’t? :)

    – zoequixote

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    what a great illustration, a great gallery of work

  • thank you for coming by!

    – zoequixote

  • Dan Elbourne
    Dan Elbourneover 4 years ago

    this is dreamy and mysterious. it has a definite chinese / japanese feel to it and the black and white version reminds me of trees in the angkor temples.

  • thank you! i was inspired by those trees—the way they grew out of ruins…

    – zoequixote

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 4 years ago

    Your St Rita is gorgeous. And the detail of the writing just brings the viewer back again and again.

  • thank you so much for such a kind comment!

    – zoequixote

  • Vesna *
    Vesna *over 4 years ago

    In this dream
    we both dream the same dream at the same time.

    In this dream
    we are the trees and our roots touch.

    In this dream
    when we are the trees and our roots touch
    the leaves on our branches start making the music.

    In this dream
    when we are the trees and our roots touch
    and when the leaves on our branches start making the music
    the silence is broken.

    In this dream
    when we are the trees and our roots touch
    and when the leaves on our branches start making the music
    and when the silence is broken
    a new world is born.

    connected, we are, always:)

  • and for that, i am so glad :D

    – zoequixote

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