Cicada Mandala June 12 2015

Where I live, a special brood of cicadas recently emerged after living 13 years underground. Thirteen! 

Given this hero's journey, it's no wonder that cicadas are symbols of hope, resilience, and new beginnings. You see now why I had to make this wing mandala1.

No cicadas were harmed in the making of this mandala. After meeting their fates at the paws of nature, they leave behind only these wings2 to admire.    

1  Mandala: A kind of meditative art based around the form of a circle, found throughout the world in ancient and modern cultures, most notably in Buddhist art and architecture.
2 Beyond their lacy beauty, cicada wings are incredibly rugged, with sturdy cross beams and high-tech ballistic glass between them.