17.250 x 11.750 x 1.000 inches
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From The Foothills Bronze Tray
Sculpture - Bronze
This bronze tray is part of my Wyoming Wildflowers Series. It is available in a variety of patinas (finishes -- Sharles Green over Warm Honey shown) and prices. For more information please click the "Contact" button on this page.
As I climb the steep hillside above my cabin, in a rocky snowmelt ravine I find 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. I smile, 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 me it is one of the many voices that express the rough and wild country where I live. Near the cliffs on the north-facing wall of the draw that I has explored since early childhood, I find 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, I 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 I can smell it on their breath when they scamper near.
July 4th, 2010
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