Prince of the Night and Queen of the Night
©Lynne Buchanan, All Rights Reserved
Much has been written about the shadow side of human nature, especially in recent times. We often try to bury our darker side, at least I did. Yet when the shadow side is not acknowledged, we become ruled by it and often behave in ways that are not in accordance with our basic nature. I kept searching outside myself to fill a hole that I didn't even realize existed within me. It was only by delving deep inside and recognizing my shadow and learning to love it too that I finally started to become free. By losing my fear of the dark, I have become more able to celebrate the light.
These flowers exist on different continents, but they mirror each other so beautifully. The top image is the Prince of the Night and it was made on the Isle of Skye. The image on the bottom is the Queen of the Night, and it was made in the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville. To me this also shows that we are never alone and reflect each other's darkness and light no matter how far apart we are geographically or even consciously. It is not us and them. We are one and the same.