After the briefest cold period, we have had a glorious week of perfect weather. It’s been good to get back to the river after having the focus of the project shift away from the park and into a gallery. Looking around, you can begin to detect those subtle shifts in color beginning to happen in the tree leaves. Actually, there is quite a bit of color all around when you begin paying attention to it. For instance, check out this morning-glory vine.
This purple flower is practically glowing. And the Viceroy butterfly is all in burnt orange as it mimics the Monarchs that currently are migrating on their way south. That large black vein crossing this butterfly’s hind wing is found only on the Viceroy.
Now blooming at the Falls are several species of the Composite flower family that look so close to one another that you need to have a few on hand for direct comparisons. Many are yellow in color like these twin blossoms.
When I wasn’t noticing the local color, I was poking around for old booze bottles. I found a few more to add to another piece I’m making at home. I also came across the remains of another bowling ball and I added this one to my collection. This is how I found it.
At first I thought I was going to dig this ball out of the dirt, but I didn’t need to. What you see is essentially all there is! It’s just a chip of the ball that happens to include a couple of finger holes, the ball’s brand name, and the name of its former owner…Gladys Coons inscribed on the surface. I dropped the fragment into the water to clean it off and the metallic colors begin to shine.
With the Styrofoam I also found out here I fashioned yet another figure and posed it next to an old tire that I had placed river found coal into. First here’s the tire nearly overgrown with plants since my last visit.
Now for a more eccentric view with my Styro-figure posed above it followed by a shot that places things in better perspective.
It’s been a few years since I worked with coal as intensively as I have this year. Our spring floods did a lot to redeposit this mineral in the form of rounded coal pebbles and gravel.
I reposed this simple figure several times mostly in the area that had the most coal deposits. Much of the time I was filling empty bottles with coal for that other project I mentioned. In places you can find “beaches” of coal gravel several inches deep. Intermixed with the coal are white mussel shell fragments and a bit of brown tree bark. I will post images of my bottle sculpture once it is finished. For now, I will leave with a picture of where I left this particular figure in the park. I found a different arm and placed this piece in the context of these beautiful flowers.