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Small Landscape Day 6

Claudia McGill says: A rolling stone gathers no moss? Yes, but what if they stop to rest a while? It can’t hurt to make a few new friends, can it?

Landscape Pale sky turquiose hill egg-shaped rocks 7x5 9-15 small

Small landscape, Day 6. 7″ x 5″ on canvas board.

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New Faces

I dropped these ladies off at the grotto in Lorimer Park yesterday afternoon. The previous group had stayed for some time but have now moved on. So…it was time for some new faces.

It was a quiet day there, cloudy and windy, and the leaves are coming down in showers now, though the trees are still mostly green. Very October.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

If it were yesterday, I would be saying “here today, gone tomorrow” about this most recent group of rock ladies. But of course, yesterday I did not know what I know today.

I put them in the grotto at Lorimer Park to replace the ones that left last week. These ladies were smaller than the earlier ones – I pick up stones that wash down from the rock walls in the area of the trail, and I try to match up stones that will stand up securely and are also similar in size. These ladies were short.

Anyway, I put them in their spot yesterday morning. This morning – they’ve already taken someone’s eye and gone on their way!

The three on the left are the ones who have traveled on. I like to place them in groups of three. I still have the other one - I'll find her some companions and until then she can wait here at my house.

The three on the left are the ones who have traveled on. I like to place them in groups of three.
I still have the other one – I’ll find her some companions and until then she can wait here at my house.

Not knowing any of this, I had brought along this lady painted on a wood chip – she’s now in one of the abandoned train control boxes. About a mile or so from the grotto.

I’ll look for her tomorrow…

Kid Stuff? Yes or No?

As you know, I walk or run along a rail trail in a park near me quite often. There is a cut through a hill – high rocky walls on either side – and a little indentation in one of them that all of us regulars refer to as the grotto.

People put items in the grotto, and they come and go. I’ve described my own additions in an earlier post. Most recently I added three painted rocks – fat little women figures.

You may also remember that I set a clay figurine on a pile of rocks in the same park, along another trail, and I also chronicled that addition.

Since then, two of the three rock women and the clay figurine have moved on – people take them, and that’s what I hope for, in fact. So I moved the remaining rock woman to the rock pile and set out three new rock women figurines at the grotto.

Why am I recounting all of this history? So you will understand two recent occurrences. Earlier this week I saw a couple of small boys and their mother exclaiming over the ladies in the grotto (the children and the ladies were at the same level, face to face). I just enjoyed seeing the interest the figurines evoked – I know people notice them, of course, since they take them! but I have never seen it in person.

And then today. I had stopped at the grotto to say hello to the women figures. I then walked on and a woman coming the other way down the trail, who had seen what I was doing, said, “Don’t you just love the grotto? The kids put something new there to look at every week!”

I just said, “Yes, and I always stop and take a look,” and went on my way, enjoying my little secret – I am that kid!

Not Just a Pile of Stones

I walked today in Lorimer Park, a site I’ve mentioned before. Today I walked along the rail trail enjoying the warm, sunny morning – what a beautiful day. I decided to detour along one of the trails on the interior of the park. It’s quite hilly there and I haven’t walked on these paths in a while.

Just as I started along I saw a pile of stones arranged against a big tree. I don’t know why it was there, but they were carefully stacked. The site just cried out for a woman figurine, I thought. I know what I’ll do…

I walked back to the main entrance of the park along this shady trail. I took my time, enjoying the sound of the creek – the path runs along it. And when I got back to the parking lot, I selected a figurine (yes, I’ve been keeping some in my car, just in case the right situation arises for one) and took her back out to the rock pile.

I set her in place. She fit right in. And I think she looks very satisfied.

One thing I noticed – if you look at the tree trunk in the mid-range view, just above the figurine, to the right, do you see a mouth, maybe just about to smile?

A lot of interesting things happen in Lorimer Park…