Journey to the Center of the Sunflower

Come with me

Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

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Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

on a journey

Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

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Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

to the center

Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

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Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

of the sunflower

Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

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Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

Welcome to this late summer sculpture garden tour. With my favorite season now reverting to past tense a sense of nostalgia begins to exert itself across the garden. Personifying this effect: a lone magnificent sunflower – regal and aloof from afar, on closer inspection our star attraction is actually comprised of the most whirling swirling motion, a seething wreathing mass of seeds intent on what?

Whatever can it be at the heart of the hubbub? What could stir such horticultural raw passion?

Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

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Sunny Sunflower, Woody Creek, Colorado

Gorgeous yellow sunflower beware! Competition looms in every corner of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Sculpture Garden, or “Birdhaven” as it has now affectionately come to be known.

Orange Fountain Poppy

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Green Island Poppy

Green Island Poppy

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Constellation, Birdhaven Mountain, Pilgrim and The Belle

Three Faces Standing Stone, Gemsbok Drift, Constellation, Birdhaven Mountain, Pilgrim, The Belle, a pink cloud, Birdhaven Mountain and Eastern Portal in the background.

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Constellation, Birdhaven Mountain, The Belle. Pilgrim, Noah's Ark, with Eastern Portal in the background.

Summer has seen the momentary release of several sculptures previously constrained to the indoors.

Constellation, Birdhaven Mountain, Pilgrim and The Belle

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Birdhaven Mountain, Pilgrim and The Belle

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'They Do' or 'They Did', limestone bas relief by Martin Cooney

‘They do’. Or at least “They Did”.

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Acanthus Leaf, Portland Limestone by Martin Cooney

At this time of the year, tucked away here and there around the garden, relics from the past may be spotted quietly airing out.

Acanthus Leaf, Portland Limestone by Martin Cooney

A few of these treasured artifacts trace their origins all the way back to the birth of my own sculptural journey. This piece for instance, an acanthus leaf I carved entirely with hand tools at Bath College, is far too precious to withstand the withering storms of a Woody Creek winter, but right now the dappled rays of a late winter sun are just what his Portland limestone heart desires.

Acanthus Leaf, Portland Limestone by Martin Cooney

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and now

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Acanthus Leaf, Portland Limestone by Martin Cooney

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Woody Creek Deer Family

Oh, and on a final note: remember the dear little dear family? Well, guess who just popped by? And there was me thinking that he had copped it one chilly night along the frozen Rio Grande trail.

Woody Creek Deer Family

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Author, Roaring Fork River, Headwaters, Lost Man Trail.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.

Cheers!

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