First Splash of Spring

Sculpture Garden Tour

Springtime Bursts Upon The Scene

Springtime in Woody Creek,

Friday the 13th March 2015, 12:02 pm

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This past weekend the temperature soared and remained lodged in the sixties. Sandals, Hawaiian shirts, shorts, even straw hats were in evidence all along the valley. It was a summery scene indeed.

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Girl in the Moon,

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By the onset of early March most people are chomping at the bit to trade winter gear, winter sports, winter anything… for mountain bikes, golf clubs, tennis rackets, fishing poles, you name it. But this year everything seems weirdly out of whack.

This “winter” came and went like a little lost lamb – as mild as mild can be. Consequently when spring burst upon the scene to put it out of it’s prolonged misery the end came as something of a relief – no need to drag the whole thing out.

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Aspen Highlands, Girl in the Moon Marble Mask,

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At last its time to throw open doors, flings open windows, and spill our daily lives back out of doors.

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Fountain

New Fountain

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Already little odds-and-sods are beginning to take shape – and I haven’t yet opened up the studio workshop. The longer days and warmer nights simply invite projects to spring up, practically everywhere.

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Cat Walk, Maypole, Reversed Equation, ,Standing Stone Circle, Woody Creek, CO

Standing Stone Circle

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So, come along and have a little stroll around the garden. It really is such a lovely time of the year.

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The Arbor

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Stark contrasts abound.

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The Arbor

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The warm weather has sent the sap rising. Buds are huge this year – everything points to a very lively, robust and energetic spring this time around.

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Springtime in Woody Creek,

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Bird Mountain Fountain, Mouse Snow Tunnel,

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This year, with all the warm weather, everything seems to be growing to huge proportions – including the mice; what whoppers they are!

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Mouse Snow Tunnels

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As the snow rolls back exposing more and more ground the extensive network of mouse snow tunnels reveal a complex and seemingly sophisticated network of secret rodent roads linking the entire garden like some massive planned street system.

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Mouse Snow Tunnels

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Mouse Snow Tunnels

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Even their snow tunnels seem huge… in order to accommodate their huge girth I imagine. And this year there are just so many of the blighters.

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Mouse Snow Tunnels

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They even seem to employ amazingly deceptive detours in order to decoy the foxes, whose primary tactic seems to be in caving in the tunnels from above and then digging out the unfortunate half-frozen mouse.

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Ships in the Night, Mouse Snow Tunnels

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Once you know where to look you can spot their trails leading everywhere. Apparently where there is snow no place remains out of their reach.

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They do however need to exercise a little caution….

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Miss Kitty

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…as Miss Kitty is quite wise to their ways.

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Miss Kitty

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Miss Kitty

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Very little escapes the attention of those piercing eyes.

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Leaning Tower, Plaster Troll, Cavern in the Sky (Carrot Top)

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Leaning Tower, Plaster Troll,

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Leaning Tower, Plaster Troll,

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Obelisk, The Colony

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Obelisk, The Colony

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Ships in the Night

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and now

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Thanks for visiting martincooney.com

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 “Cheerio”

Author, Standing Stones, Woody Creek, Colorado

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