I had a psychic moment on Friday, hours before this week’s photo challenge was announced. I was visiting Meijer Gardens, a gorgeous sculpture park in Grand Rapids, and decided to focus on textures. Really! My first stop was an exhibit by sculptor David Nash, who uses trees as his primary medium and source of inspiration. You can see in this close-up of his work, Crack and Warp, how he burnishes and etches deeply into the wood. In the background, you can glimpse some of his drawings.
My next stop was the botanical gardens, which replicate several natural environments–including tropical and desert. This cluster of cactii caught my eye.
And these intriguing blooms.
When I stood quietly and patiently in the tropical gardens, I was rewarded.
Then, I stepped outside and wandered through the gardens, filled with over one hundred sculptures, including works by Rodin, Chihuly, and Degas set in stunning natural environments.
And finally, this red beauty in the children’s garden caught my eye.
Thanks for joining my trip through Meijer Gardens! If you’re ever in the area, I hope you stop for a visit.
Have a great week. But before you go, take a look at some other interpretations of this week’s challenge: