Yard Art Walk-about

In the beginning there was not coldness and darkness, there was fire, the flame has lit up the whole world from within…”  Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit anthropologist wrote in “The Mass on the World”.  This is what I think about as I enjoy a constitutional walk through my neighborhood, it is a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and connect with my community.  I kind of dig it!  Walking allows for the slowed-down, unfolding of things like being able to observe two squirrels chase each other around the trunk of a tree up into the branches that car rides fail to offer.  On this walk-about I decided to capture the still scenes of both nature and art.  One reflecting the other in a symbiotic relationship, not sure where the reflection began; in the art or in nature or in the observing.

Maple leaf extravaganza!  A sidewalk lined by 10 Maple trees, burgeoning on this side of yellow becoming orange becoming red!  (I see the fire!)  My path to a happy stroll.  The scent in the air lifted me to heights unknown; vanilla mixed with sweet maple resin and a touch of musk- delicious.

What started the walk-about?  It was this delightful creation! yard art walk fest 003 The base of these structures are not visible.  But branches and trunks intertwined and anchored in tree stumps and a remaining post.  It was cleverly designed to beautify and re-use materials.  Hardware was not visible and the lines are simple and clean.  I like the use of leftover tree branches and rocks to make to bird bath and perch look like a native environment.

toppled alien seed pod

This is an all time favorite.  The scale creates a whimsical world where nature is at the top of the hierarchy and individuals are incidental and purely for decoration.

 

 

The walk ended with….

…it just does not get any better than this!

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Backyard Patio

Who loves to sit out on a patio to enjoy the sun?

The yard

The yard

 

Everyone, right?  Yes!  So, I’m making a patio.  It is worth the effort of hauling gravel, sand, cobble stone, and pavers to create a space to sit out enjoy the sun, the gentle breeze, and a nice cup of coffee or tea.

Laying down the pattern

Laying down the pattern

 

Here is an aerial shot showing the completed patio; a criss-cross pattern with pavers and an outline with cobblerocks to create texture and highlight usable space.

stair-steps

stair-steps

 

 

For continuity, I repeated the stair-step of the retaining wall in the rounded corner with the pavers and cobblerock.  This gives the eyes a focus point and creates movement;thereby, increasing interest and the feeling of openness.

 

 

There is a walkway joining the backyard with the front driveway.  The path is shaded on one side by ferns and the tan wall of the house of the other.  A triail of cobblestone borders each side to give balance and added color to the neutral landscape.  The walkway also serves for storage of garbage and recycle bins.

ariel shot

ariel shot

the walkway

the walkway