Hello Friends and Family,

Chihuly in the Desert, Part 2

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

We're still inside with visions of swirling green glass snakes rising from the swamp. Pretty cool.

Here we see purple reeds and golden blown glass artistically arranged behind a beautiful mushroom (my description not Chihuly's).

When you get closer to the "mushroom", its colors seem to change — even vibrate as you change positions.

And here is a close-up so you can see some of the detail in the various pieces.

Next up are what I describe as orange and red shells in an orange mushroom. Lovely.

On the wall, we see another set of Chihuly's idea sketches. The man's brain never stops creating beauty.

This painting seems to capture the towers seen outside — except it is upside down. Thus one must conclude that is a chandelier, not a tower.

Finally, back outside is the "Aqua Blue and Amber Chandelier". There were actually two of these some distance apart. I love the way the sun plays within and around the various shapes and colors.

This piece is entitled "Desert Fiori, 2021". Google Translate says that "fiori" is Italian for "clubs. Maybe. Some look like they are dancing.

Next up stands "Sol del Citrón, 2014" — Italian for "Lemon Sun". This piece really captures the sun in an interesting, artistic way. I also tried to capture the image on the sunny side but had difficulty finding a clear shot — and even then the result was not as captivating as the one you see here.

"Red Reeds, 2016" stand in the shade with a bit of mottled light bringing out their color. I can't wait to see them at night when they are lit up.

The last of the Chihuly outdoor pieces is "Neodymium Reeds, 2021". I wondered if Neodymium was a made-up word or something real. Wikipedia informed me that "Neodymium is a chemical element with the symbol Nd and atomic number 60. Neodymium belongs to the lanthanide series and is a rare-earth element. It is a hard, slightly malleable silvery metal that quickly tarnishes in air and moisture. When oxidized, neodymium reacts quickly to produce pink, purple/blue, and yellow compounds." And Chihuly makes an excellent glass version of it.

Having exhausted the Chihuly exhibit, I slowly headed back toward the entrance to the Garden, while thinking about when I would return to capture the Chihuly night vision. Unexpectedly, I looked up and saw a wall of saguaro cactus fronting the reddish-brown hills with caves just to the west of the DBG. Magic!

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com