Friday, June 16, 2006


I've been looking for representations of the cross in nature to photograph, but they haven't been readily evident. But nature comes in three-in-one frequently. I can already think of other things to photograph: the leaves of the jack-in-the-pulpit are three-in-one, for example. I'll be posting more pictures on this topic. Posted by Picasa


  1. According to legend, St. PAtrick taught the Irish about the Trinity through using the shamrock. OF course, they already had the trinity in the pagan goddess Brigid, so it wasn't much of a stretch.

  2. Interesting. The more I learn about church history, the more I realize that much was incorporated from the non-Christian world. Or maybe it is really the case that we can know about God through many means, even when we don't know the details of the Bible.

  3. Hi, P. Softly. I LIKE your blog! Thanks also for commenting at mine.

    Trillium is common in the western woods in my home state (Oregon). I was told as a child that it symbolized the Holy Trinity. The iris (do I remember correctly that it's related to the jack-in-the-pulpit?) has symbolized the Trinity for centuries, especially in Europe. Neither of these is strictly cruciform however.

    The uncommon four-leaf clover is. A youth volunteer when I was a teen told us that if we ever found one, we should think of the cross and how it symbolizes what Christ did for us there.

  4. I'm not an expert of flowers, but I'm sure that the Jack in the Pulpit and the iris aren't related. The JiP leaves are in threes, very much like the leaves of the poison ivy. Iris leaves are long and narrow, live very large grass.

    The poison ivy is a fooler. I usually think of it as a small woodland plant, which is the only way I've seen it in my area. But in southern Minnesota and Pennsylvania, we've seen a woody vine, climbing up the trunk of a tree, with three part leaves on the branches of the vines. Lo and behold, POISON IVY. A trickster, like the devil!

  5. You got me thinking and surfing on this one. I've got two photos for you on my blog.


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