Friday, August 14, 2015

Mini Hike: More Green Inspiration

The weather has been so fabulous lately - sunny, dry, not too hot - that I've been trying to get outside as much as possible.  Yesterday I took Cassie around to our little beach for another swim, but today, we explored Pelton Pond, a short hike in Fahnstock State Park, just off the Taconic Parkway.  It's a manmade pond with beautiful little views around every bend.

I always get into the little landscapes around the base of some trees, where moss looks like a mini lawn and you could just imagine little critters living in the gaps between and under the roots.

As we were walking along, my daughter pointed out this log that looked as if it had been chewed by a beaver.  We looked for a beaver lodge as we trekked all around the pond, but didn't see one.

Still, we kept finding logs that were obviously gnawed by beavers.

Finally, when we had almost come full circle around the pond, there they were!

No sign of the beavers (they were probably napping during the heat of the day) but it's nice to know they're there!

As you can see, Cassie felt pretty good about spotting the lodges!

Despite all the great weather and time spent outside, I've been managing a little time in the studio creating a bamboo grove.  At first, I thought I would make more of an abstract piece with bamboo stems at various angles and thicknesses cutting from top to bottom of the piece (see the third photo in my previous post).  But then I thought a piece with more of a focal point and a more interesting perspective might work better (see the first photo of my previous post).  So I've been cutting and auditioning and playing around.  Here is a preliminary view of the WIP.

Now that I've started and established a method, it's moving along pretty quickly.  Hopefully I'll be able to buckle down and complete it in the next few weeks...