Category Archives: Artsy

Roadside Art

I saw the mailbox first. And then the chair. Ted was driving and we passed by at a steady clip on a main road. “We have to turn around!” After making two U-turns to get back in front of the property there was a wide enough berm to just get the car off the road. I took these out the window as Ted focused on us not getting rear-ended.

Iron Horse Mail Box, and Chair
Metal Horse Mail Box, and Chair

There was an awful lot going on across this lawn, with art works created from a wide variety of materials. The Bike-a-mowers were especially imaginative and I wondered if they were ever pressed into service to keep the grass neat.

Bike-a-mowers
Bike-a-mowers

Metal cutouts of Longhorn and Bison dotted the lawn. I wouldn’t be surprised to know there were more animals that I didn’t even see.

Bike-a-mowers, Tractor and Bison
Bike-a-mowers, Tractor and Bison

Some of the items, like the tractor behind the bikes, seemed more like abandoned junk than art. But who knows?

Bike-a-mowers and Tractor
Bike-a-mowers and Tractor

The last scene before the end of the property is the stage coach and six horse team at full tilt. Some of the finer details, including the load on top and the harness, have been weather worn, but you can imagine yourself in the scene of an old western movie looking for John Wayne.

Metal Stage Coach with Six Horse Team
Metal Stage Coach with Six Horse Team – zoom in to see some more details

Great Blue Heron Presenting the Stick

I had wandered away from the heron rookery when not much was going on. When I returned about an hour later this Great Blue Heron nest building action was unfolding. It was much darker in the shade than I anticipated but I didn’t want to risk loosing the stick presentation so didn’t change camera settings, ending up with underexposed images.

I liked the artsy silhouette look and look forward to another opportunity to get brighter images.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick RitualGreat Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

After the female gave the stick her approval the male lined it up for the pass off.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The female turned the stick…

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

…nearly wacking her mate in the head.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The female placed the stick in the nest while the male got a closer look and gave her a gentle nudge.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

The male stood back as the female poked the stick into its proper place.

Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual
Great Blue Heron Pair Stick Ritual

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01/14/2018