Rock Owl at Ghost RanchWhere to start?  Last fall I spent a week at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico on an art retreat.  The land was alive with stark contrasts from the unexpectedly green floor where plants and lichen bloomed after too much rainfall to unusual rock formations that sometimes seemed alive.   I was part of a small group learning how to communicate spiritually through art using mandelas to contain our expressions.  We used everything from paper to the desert to create these mandelas.  Below the Rock Owl,  I was able to build a stone mandela around a rock altar that someone had built before we came.  As I worked in the desert gathering stones and materials to incorporate into my mandela, the Rock Owl watched over my movements just as it had watched over the happenings of the desert for many years.  It was a magical moment where I could feel part of the land while I communed quietly with God exalting in the beauty and majesty of the world that had been created for us.