“Lunar Rainbow at Yosemite Falls” and “Turnings”

April 7, 2021

The Connect with Mercy Blog is celebrating National Poetry Month in April and continuing through the spring by running original poems written by members of the Mercy family. Many will be accompanied by images of paintings, photos and sculptures also sent in by Mercy creatives. Join us in this celebration of Mercy talent!

By Sister Celeste Marie Nuttman

Lunar Rainbow at Yosemite Falls

even in the dark night
Spring falls
amid the granite cliffs
the moon rises
and in the deafening
a rainbow


Turnings can make
me dizzy
loose my footing
churn my stomach
feel link fear

then I recall
the dervish
and its End
and my heart

in the spin

*Sister Celeste on her process:

I thought these images might speak to our COVID experience.

The O Abyss is colored pencil on paper. (“O fertile Abyss … come and deliver us of our fear of chaos and emptiness. O black hole of dieing borning universe pull us into yourself.”)

The Dark Night is wax crayon resist with transparent watercolor on paper.

Lunar Rainbow at Yosemite Falls is watercolor (Falls), photo (Rainbow) and photoshop (making the rainbow overlay and the dark night using a gradient) so “mixed media.”

The Lunar Rainbow happens only once a year, if that often, and depends on an unclouded sky in May and a full moon and full flow of Yosemite falls (so a non-drought year!). It is a mystical experience to be there with the huge roar of the falls, the mist, the darkness and then the appearance of the silver-toned rainbow!!!  WOW!

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  1. Victoria Incrivaglia RSM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful the words and images. They touch your heart.

  2. Ann welch

    Thought-filled, beautiful, inspiring. Thank you!

  3. sandy prucha

    Celeste, your drawings are keenly integrating… and your capture of the wonder of Yosemite Falls—-beautiful! Thank you.

  4. Natalie Rossi

    Thanks for your beautiful poetry and art. They are mystical.

  5. Renee Yann, RSM

    Your generous gifts took me to a holy place. Thank you, Celeste.

  6. Wanda Smith

    Beautiful, Celeste! Thank You for sharing your gift!

  7. Fran Repka

    How very beautiful!…and wonderfully provocative!

  8. Mary Daly

    Thank you, Celeste. This is truly beautiful.

  9. Ann C

    Mystery,movement, light! Dancing is always a good move. Freedom to be and become.

    Thank you for memory, Celeste. Thank you for your beauty.

  10. Sister Joan Marie ODonnell

    Thanks Celeste, for the lovely and “mystical” images!

  11. Zack Deboi

    Wonderful Auntie ~ your nephew What a demonstration that:

    ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.’

  12. Eloise Rosenblatt RSM

    I liked the Lunar Rainbow piece, plus the explanation–which itself adds to the mix of media in this unusual event, richly reported–as an annual cosmic event, located in time and place, but then memorialized in photograph, watercolor, and shaped further by photoshop–a multi-layered creative process.=

  13. Janet Rozzano

    It’s good to see more of your creative, reflective art. It always nourishes the spirit!

  14. Sr. Carolyn Snegoski

    What awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Micaela Baker

    Sister Celeste,
    You always raise my spirit. What a wonderful gift you have.

  16. Deborah E. Watson

    Celeste, these are so beautiful! And how I remember the night we shared that mystical experience in Yosemite so many years ago. Thank you

  17. Pauline Borghello

    How Beautiful! Makes me want to be there.

  18. rachelle Harper

    Celeste, your images are magical and provoking…. Thank you for continuing to incarnate mystical powers… We need your creations these days….

  19. Louise Simon. Mercy Associate

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful poems and artwork. They speak to my soul.

  20. Leslie Porreca

    Beauty in nature speaks heals.
    Thank you