Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Art in the Park and Posts of the Week

A few weeks back, I was walking along the creek near Frank's place with my friend, Carol Anne. We arrived at the dam where the path exits to an opening before continuing a bit further ahead.

Ordinarily there's not too much to see here, unless it happens to be early spring when the trout are jumping. Or autumn when the salmon take their turn at making their way upstream. Or you might spot a Great Blue Heron resting between his fishing excursions.

On this day in early summer, there was none of that. We did however happen upon someone's very clever artwork made from sticks, stones, leaves and flowers. Some were completely obvious upon sight but others took a bit of neck-craning to figure them out. A couple of them were too large to get the perspective properly with the lens I had on the camera, that day (100 Macro). But I did snap a few of the smaller ones. Here they are below.

butterfly
I think this was going to be a Monarch butterfly but they either ran out of dried leaves with which to colour its wings or the wind had a hand in the paint job.




fish
This was a little harder to discern, at first but we concluded that it must be a fish.




turtle
Who framed Tommy Turtle? This just had to be a terrapin inside a octagon frame.



heart
Last but not least, a heart - proving that this impromptu art in the park was a gift of love to all those who saw it. I hope the artist comes upon this blog post, one day. I'd like to let her or him know that their work brightened our day.


And now, without further delay, here are the Posts of the Week. The icon below is yours for the taking if if your blog post is named as a POTW.



 


FUNNY
Six-Inch Boner
by Cricket
at Cricket and Porcupine




SO TOUCHING

In An Instant
by Hilary
at Crazy as a Loom




PHINE PHOTOGRAPHY

Teton Mountain Range of Yesteryear
by Scott
at Just Used Pixels

Parallel Space
by Barb
at One Good Thing

Swan Sunset
by Lady Fi
at Lady Fi

Sharecropper
by Steve
at Take a Look Around

Visual Taps
by Karen
at Spokalulu

Pictures That Make Me Smile
by Ruth
at Ruth's Photo Blog

Barred Owl
by TexWisGirl
at The Run*A*Round Ranch Report










A GOOD READ
 
Would You Do It All Again?
by Jo
at Art Must Die

Mayberry, My Hometown
by EthelMaePotter
at The Adventures of Fred and Ethel






Please drop by their blogs for a visit and leave a kind comment if you have the time. Also, please feel free to add your own choices (for any blog except this one) for a specific blog post in the comments section below, where others can see them.

Thank you.

48 comments:

cloudia charters said...

What a sweet serendip for you, a blogger, to find those secret works and share them. Nothing, even that done in secret, is ever really lost- Great lesson


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Fragrant Liar said...

Excellent! Will check out these blog posts.

Love the shots. Inspires me to go make twig pics in the dirt and rocks below my balcony. Or maybe that's just me wondering about getting stoned . . .

ellen abbott said...

What a fun find.

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm off to check out these blogs. Thanks as always.

Lydia La La said...

Thank you dropping by and leaving a comment. I like that! Isn't it great to find that some one has had a happy time making some little monuments for others to enjoy too? Love it....

Lydia

ladyfi said...

What wonderfully creative art!

Thanks for all the fine tips this week - and an extra big thanks for choosing one of my photos.

Cloudy said...

Wow, beautiful shots and very inspiring...

Kind regards and have a nice day
CL

Brian Miller said...

how cool on the found art....love the butterfly...

and great to see ethel back...smiles...

Nancy Claeys said...

What an amazing find Hilary. They are all so sweet, but the heart is perfect. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

Linda said...

Someone spent some time and energy on this little project. I'm glad you and CA came along to notice it. And that you shared it with us.

missing moments said...

What an unexpected surprise. Such a sweet gift! Love that last heart photo.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH! it is so pretty, little natural artistic bits!

Daryl Edelstein said...

of course i love the heart .. and what a nice roster of reads

Dianne said...

brava to all POTWs

I love the art your found
Imagine if the critters are the ones doing it!!

DJan said...

How sweet of someone to play with nature like that, and so great that you captured it all! I'll go check out some of those posts. Thanks, Hilary! :-)

Mental P Mama said...

What wonderful treats...love the heart. Congrats to all on POTW!

TexWisGirl said...

i love the butterfly. :)

and THANK YOU for choosing my barred owls for a POTW! really, really appreciate it!

now, off to view all the blogs...

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

You're the kind of person who is meant to stumble upon treasures like that. You appreciate those surprises in life. :)

Bossy Betty said...

What a wonderful gift left in the park and how wonderful for you to pass them on to us. Thanks for the POTWs! Looking forward to reading them!

Kat said...

I love those pics! I wonder if the person who created the artwork would have ever guessed that so many people would be viewing it and enjoying it. :)

TexWisGirl said...

psst. the ladyfi link goes to an indirect page, but you can still get to the post if you click on one of the links in the comments. and i couldn't get the last link to work.

:)

Suldog said...

Nice to have Cricket back, eh? Funny guy. And thanks for pointing me to Ethel Mae. I didn't know she was back to writing her blog. I'll definitely stop by.

Suldog said...

You'll want to check on the link to Ethel Mae, Hilary.

Maggie May said...

Loved that butterfly artwork and the heart.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Scott said...

Looks like somebody spent some quality time in the park and it's nice that others got to enjoy it too. I agree with you on the fish. I'm glad you liked my Tetons' shot and of course I enjoyed many of the other POTWs as well.

Linda Wildenstein said...

lovely finds, great photos. found art like that is so touching....a secret no more.Thanks for the sharing. Love it.
I'm off to read the others. Oma Linda

Mage said...

Just delightful. They are all wonderful, but I will take that little magic heart with me today.

Mom of A and a said...

Hi! coming over from Pearl's blog! Lovely finds and great photography! I'm adding my post here, as you suggested:
http://momofbigalittlea.blogspot.com/2012/07/compressed.html

She Writes Here Now said...

I need to do that kind of art with Jane :)!!

Out on the prairie said...

I make a lot of hearts when in the mood.I too hope it appeals to others coming across them.

Birdie said...

How lovely! They brightened my day too.

Jo said...

I love the treasures you find on your walks. It's sweet that someone took the time to make these, and sweeter still that you caught them for all of us.

And wowie, thanks for including me on POTW! I'll be around to visit the others, you seem to know the nicest peeps.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for adding my blog to the POTW. The random artwork shows a lot of creativity.

Jo said...

I've been blog-hopping...you do indeed know the nicest people!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You seem to luck upon the coolest and most delightful things on your walks!

Thankfully my reader is not overwhelming today so I'll have time to check out the POTW. Congrats to each and every one!

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Wonderful artwork! I'm so glad you were there to capture it with your camera and share it with the rest of us.
And I am very honored to be included in this week's POTW. Thank you, Hilary.♥

Bob Bushell said...

Those are truly artform. Lovely.

Rita said...

What a sweet, delightful thing for somebody to do and share like that. :)

Barb said...

Hilary, This reminds me of a secluded spot along the bike path near the river going to Copper Mt CO where a couple have constructed rock sculptures every year for many, many years in honor of their anniversary. My Grandchildren love to visit this whimsical spot of hearts and turtles and snakes and lizards - all made of sticks and stones. I appreciate being named a POTW - thank you so much!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Why Hilary, thank you so much for this delightful mid-day surprise! I will certainly spend some time tonight reading your suggestions, visiting old friends and making new ones.

You little leaf-and-pebble finds are so sweet, and I agree that the second one must be a fish, or perhaps a whale. My sisters and I did these when we were children; butterflies and hearts were our favorites, but I well remember once when my brother joined in: he simply tossed his pebbles here and there and, when reprimanded for not creating a picture, defended his talents - he had made "a dead snake with its guts scattered."

We didn't allow him to play again.

Lovely visit here, and thank you again!

Jenny Woolf said...

Artwork made from found objects is so nice. Have you ever seen the work of Andy Goldsworthy? He does huge constructions. I once saw some beautiful art by this woman who gathered up fallen leaves in red and gold and used those to create art works you could only see from a helicopter...

Barbara said...

What a great find - and such a special gift! And how the heck did I get so behind on your blog? Life is moving too fast these days... love the baby raccoons and that sock monkey Whitman is precious!!

Steve Gravano said...

That's some great art work you happened across. Especially the heart on the stone, magnificent! Thanks again for selecting one of my post for a POTW.

Lisa Gordon said...

This heart is simply perfect!

SandyCarlson said...

I hope the artist finds this post, too. these are really something.

Roan said...

What a fun find! I hope the artist sees your post. I'm sure it would make his/her day.

Christine said...

what a beautiful find :) have you seen rivers & tides by andrew goldsworthy?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT3lveJmjY8&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL3018A51FE9554063

makes me want to watch it again!

CiCi said...

What fun to happen upon the art in the park like this. I am so glad you had a camera with you. Big applause to the unknown artist.