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17.250 x 11.750 inches
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From The Foothills Bronze Tray
Sculpture - Bronze
This bronze tray is part of Dawn's Wyoming Wildflowers Series. As Dawn climbs the steep hillside above her cabin, in a rocky snowmelt ravine she finds the large, musky-scented yellow blossoms of the balsamroot, with its broad leaves which taper to a point. At dusk, a loud droning sound emerges from the shadows and makes its way through the cool air of twilight. Dawn smiles, knowing this rather grumpy and intimidating noise emanates from the buzzing wings of the huge ground beetle, harmless despite the curved spikes on its carapace. In late summer, the daylight hours crackle with the courtship flights of the short-horned locust (grasshopper), whose under wings flash bright greenish-yellow or orange-red, depending on the species. This racket is so loud, insistent, and �un-musical� to most human ears that visitors complain, but to Dawn it is one of the many voices that express the rough and wild country where she lives. Near the cliffs on the north-facing wall of the draw that Dawn has explored since early childhood, she finds the rare, bowing blossoms of the leopard lily, spotted yellow and brown, while down in the draw�s depths, along the creek, the wild iris splash their brilliant blue. In the creek, Dawn finds tiny snails, and wherever the creek slows, spreads and seeps into the cattail roots, a larger, whorled snail resides. Above a waterfall, lavender harebells wave on delicate stems, and the colorful orange-spotted fritillary butterfly forages. Twisted junipers lend an air of ancient wisdom to the hillsides, livening the skyline with the dance-like poses they attained through countless years of Wyoming gales. In sandy areas between the trees, wild onions provide popular food for the ground squirrels, who dig them up with such relish that Dawn can smell it on their breath when they scamper near.
July 4th, 2010
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