Original mandala art created using a photograph taken by Linda S. Gribko. ‘Ripeness’ started as a photo of wild black cherries dangling on a slender stems. This piece celebrates the fullness of the natural world and the craftiness of the wild cherry, which fills its seeds with arsenic but surrounds them in fleshy fruit. Birds gobble up the tiny cherries, fly off, and later drop the “processed” pits in new territory where they are mostly unmolested by rodents due to the arsenic. A brilliant strategy that makes the wild black cherry a superior pioneer in disturbed areas.