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Re-connection: from Fiordland back to art by Dr. Mikhail Tis

Mar 26, 2011
This posting is written by Dr. Mikhail Tis, College of American Pathologists excellence in education award winner 2010.

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” -Edgar Degas          

What’s obvious is that nature inspires art.  But recently traveling through rich landscapes of Fiordland National Park (New Zealand), it is the art that impacted my experience of nature.    

When I visited Chasm, one of the Fiordland’s many waterfalls, I managed to see the outlines of Salvador Dali’s painting “Sleep“.  A sleeping head with crutches even resonated with the calmness of rock formations in the midst of crashing water.       


When I was taking a hike off Milford Sound, my attention was drawn to this very perky plant and its leaves reminded me of architectural style of Chicago Marina City buildings designed by Bertrand Goldberg           


All of a sudden the experience of exploring art and looking at nature’s creations have intertwined.                  

Absorbing kiwi beauty by Misha Lyuve

Mar 7, 2011

If one is looking for beauty, nature could be a shortcut. And New Zealand, where I am traveling now, is really one big nature park with few people living there.

Abel Tasman park combines two of my favorite things, mountains and the beaches: as you climb up the hill, there are magnificent views of a bay or two with misty mountains merging with the clouds in the background, and as you go down there are golden sand beaches, sea shells and tidal lakes and rivers.

And there also is sky, very different from my side of the world with big shiny stars and little ones that look like spilled sugar; and then the clouds, and the birds, and the flowers — and I am trying to sink all this beauty in and make an imprint on my consciousness as hard as I can, so that I could hold on to this feeling of beauty and freedom when I am back in New York city, that is still recovering from the winter.