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! 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.
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!