I once designed a friend’s house concept because the barn they wanted to build into was too far-gone to structurally save. So I designed Walden’s pond (I still laugh at how the house was at the top of a ridge and there was a man made waterfall stream meandering all the way down to the pond at the bottom where all sorts of food and flowers grew) What was odd, is that on the top, you had a flat level alfalfa field that stretched for acres until a tree line gave a sense to the boundary of the vast field. I wrote, “Here is where you build giant artistic carrots and other interesting giant art pieces.”
Yes, giant carrots sticking gound of the ground in the middle of a lush green alfalfa field. What a visual of color and odd creativity indeed!
Yesterday was I guess the creator of the universe saying, “sorry that the summer was so cool, wet and dark. In the USA we had a term for Indian summer – meaning a late warm stretch of great weather beyond the norm. The past three days are the first time since I think May where I can remember 3 straight days of great weather.
TO celebrate and enjoy the day, a long trek into the local mountains and hills was called for. Day packs were loaded with various types of sausages, vegetables and I filled up my water pack with 3 liters of water thinking, “that should be enough?” and off we went, and went, and went.
The back story to the last line was one time going for a hike to a beautiful Swiss lake area, we climbed up a nice hiking trail to get to an idyllic postcard setting (maybe I will post some images of just how beautiful it was) and then there was a part 2 of the hike that no one really knew what it was about. Imaging walking straight up a mountain for hours and hearing, “just a little bit” every 10 minutes for the answer to the question, “do you know how much farther it is?”
When we went around the bend of the mountain that day and I saw a ski lift, I remember thinking “I don’t care what it costs, I am taking that ride down.”
Forgive my digression, as yesterday I came upon on of the more interesting and unusual creations I have ever seen in a wild forest. A genuine artistic labor of love from someone. A woodsman who must be cutting firewood or timber on the land created his own fantasy type land of wood carved characters on one small patch of land.
It was brilliant to be able to walk around, as the wood carvings blended so well into the wood, that they had a natural camouflage that had you miss many of the object that were in plain view. I observed this watching the hiking party see a few of the objects, but walk right by I am guessing 75% of the rest of them.
I am guessing it was a few years work, as what started as almost a 2 dimensional out of squirrels, rabbits and other items, turned into 3 dimensional carvings of bears, a man with binoculars, various critters and mushrooms…and the most intricate where of a little girl walking with a basket meeting a witch in the forest and a young boy. I am guessing this was the artist’s ode to Hansel and Gretel?
I was truly amazed that someone took the time to create this little space…complete with carved crocodiles in a forest floor lake to provide I am guessing pleasure to the random strangers that came upon this enchanted little space one found near the top of a mountain.
I told everyone to run along, I would catch up with them. I am not sure if it was my appreciation to seeing what I imagined doing with art along paths on the lab site in Colorado, or was it seeing that the giant carrot art at my friends building site would really look great?
When I caught up to the group, I was really excited, “That was one of the more amazing little things I have seen in a while. What creativity!”
Then I heard, “It is illegal for him to do that.”
I stopped. “You are kidding me, you need a permit to carve wood art on your own land?”
“Yes. Mark, remember you are in Switzerland!”
I replied, "It is a great country, but my god, you have so many rules.”
No wonder I don’t really feel the Holy Spirit in church much. People are too busy worrying about the rules?
I am going to try to load a gallery of a few images and try to do justice to the mystery wood carvers art. First of all, it was so dark in the forest that i am surprised any of these came out. Secondly, i dind’t post images of the wild boar, deer, mushrooms, and myriad of other animals that played a wonderful optical illusion by hiding in plain site. It was when you stopped for a moment, you said “oh my god, there is a carving right there.”
Enjoy the gallery. It was an unexpected and most delightful find while walking through a forest.
what can i say, when you are walking through a dark forest and come upon a patch with such carvings hidden ever so strategically, almost like an easter egg hunt. you smile and tip your hat to the mind that created it.