Friday, January 31, 2014

A Return to Tohono Chul

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."

(This blog is still a problem with all kinds of error messages.  But I took the computer to the library for a few hours and was finally able to load the photos.  Their Wifi is better than my Verizon hotspot.) 

Last week I took another visit to Tohono Chul.  The park is one of the most interesting places I know to walk and it is less than a 10 minute drive from my house.

The sculptures throughout the park are created by an artist from Kenya, named Kioko.

They are all made from 'scrap metals' and every sculpture is a delight.

Some of the parts are very recognizable….

others, not so much. 

The really interesting thing about his creations are that some are made from 'animal traps' that he scavenged in Kenya.  The traps were set out by poachers and Kioko is finding a way to make sure they are not used that way again. 

Knowing that, made me appreciate them even more.

Nature's sculpture.

Ancient artist.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."  John Muir 

This morning, as I was sitting by the kitchen window having breakfast, a very large hawk settled on a branch, not 10 feet from where I sat.  He cocked his head to the side and looked straight at me through the open window before he unfolded his wings and glided away. He was easily as large as Sigh Me and I wondered if I should be worried because I often let her out into the backyard to bask in the sun.  


  1. What a cool place! Thanks for posting about it.

  2. Beautiful {sigh of contentment}

  3. Nice indeed. There are many of these special places in our country these days.