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One Day…Two Hikes. #1

8 Jun

One Day...Two Hikes. #1

Doing a hiking vacation demands that you prepare by hiking as much as possible most days of the week. I don’t work on Fridays in the summer, and I took advantage of that free time to put in some miles and practice with my new Nikon camera. In the morning I took Burnie to a local park, Laumeier Sculpture Park. It has both paved paths and wooded paths, so you have your choice. We walked both. Various odd sculptures dot the landscape in this park. Honestly, there are some that I don’t like (the giant eyeball). Some are interesting, but my favorite in the park is The Big Red Thing (my title). It is monstrous and sits atop a rise, so that you can see it from many vantage points. It is at this place several years back that there used to be a very elemental New Year’s Eve celebration called Fire and Ice. A two-story edifice of wood was constructed on the top of said hill. It was then filled with bales of hay and huge blocks of ice. At night crowds gathered around waiting for them to set the bales on fire. Then the whole thing went up in flames while the ice melted creating waterfalls and streams into the surrounding field. It felt like a true New Year’s celebration, very connected to the Earth. I was disappointed when they discontinued it, probably due to safety issues. I will never forget the time we experienced it. It is something that stays in your memory. Anyway….Burnie and I had a pleasant walk around the park, and contemplated the sculptures that we passed. Here are a few…

Near the entrance we could see The Big Red Thing in the distance.

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Then we passed the Dancing Blobs (my title).

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Getting closer to The Big Red Thing. Picture something this size at night going up in flames with water cascading down from it.

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The Gordion Knot (my title).

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The Bubble People (my title).

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The Leaf Pagoda (my title).

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The Ocean Salvage Centipede (my title).

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Mini Indian Mounds (my title).

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I did not attempt these steps with a dog on a leash. I actually want to hike in the Dolomites, not stay at home on crutches.

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10 Responses to “One Day…Two Hikes. #1”

  1. hitandrun1964 June 8, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Nice photographs but sweet puppy:)

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 11:56 am #

      Thank you. He is not always sweet.

  2. Heyjude June 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    How interesting. I particularly like the pagoda leaf sculpture – wonderful shapes, and great composition by you!

    • Rosemarie June 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Thank you. The pagoda is lovely. It is one of the areas where groups can gather.There are a lot of art classes that are held in this park. I did a plein air drawing class a few years ago.

  3. Linda Arthur Tejera June 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Call me old-fashioned but I have a different perspective of art. But, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I did love one photo especially — it was of a big red dog! 😉

  4. ostranderbellepoint June 11, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    I love your titles for these sculptures!

    • Rosemarie June 11, 2013 at 12:10 am #

      Just calling it as I see it. 🙂

  5. Reggie July 4, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    These outdoor works of art are great! And you came up with some excellent very descriptive titles!

    • Rosemarie July 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      Thank you, and if you are following my Europe posts, I want you to know that I cannot access wordpress in the mountains. I am active and hiking in the Dolomites, but the Internet connection here is very slow. I doubt that I will be posting anything until I get to Venice.

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