I've never been one who
has wanted to run away to the circus.
But, if ever I was tempted to drop everything
and join a group of artisans
it would be
We were invited by our friends
for a delightful evening
at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix
to view the
Mesmerized is the only word to explain my experience.
Winding paths of Desert Flora
bursts of color
in the most unexpected places.
known for his large scale glass sculptures
is credited with revolutionizing the
Studio Glass movement.
I find his life to be as interesting as his creations.
can be quite massive in size.
A very prolific artist with
permanent collections through out the world.
We arrived at the Botanical Gardens right before the sun went down
and were able to walk the desert paths
while still bathed in natural light.
Citron and Yellow Fiori
Taking pictures of Chihuly's work is somewhat like
trying to capture the Grand Canyon.
The camera just cannot embrace
the scale and scope of this experience.
Absence of color
gives an eerie image of ghosts in the forest.
Some Chihuly creations
are taller than the tallest Saguaros
While others are as simple
as Red Reeds
You can even see interwoven sparks of color
surrounding the Garden Restaurants.
are impressive in and of themselves.
I learned that there are over 2,000 species of cacti
all of which are native to the America's.
As the sun dropped closer to the horizon
the glass began to light
bringing crisper perception
to the hillsides and trails.
Chihuly Reeds in the forefront.
Camelback Mountain in the distance.
Glass gives images of fireballs
Or underwater sea creatures
Chihuly In The Garden
runs through May 18th.
If you live in the area
or will be nearby in the next few weeks
I highly recommend
placing this on your must do list.
You will never be the same.