First up are a few cool things I saw in the art show at the Puyallup Fair, now called the Washington State Fair, the largest single event held annually in the state of Washington. Here are a couple of way cool pieces by Dennis (Denny) King, a friend of Judi Hook. You can see more of their work here and here.
In love with this one!
Great copper wire tree! (Don't know the artist)
Elaborate spoon art.
Something's fishy here.
this side is even prettier.
Dig those great scales!
Wonder if they'd hold up outside?
Who's this? Could it be Glimmer Dragon from Judi Hook's Garden? Sure is and (drum roll please.)
She won first place! Congratulations, Judi!
Another of Judi's pieces. And we can say we knew her when...! The fair is a great place to see and purchase a great variety of art even though the setting/lighting isn't the best.
Also admired the wood work of Larry Miller. This bowl glows beautifully when illuminated. The wood is from a favorite tree.
Twelfth Man fever has taken over the state, even here at Furney's Nursery in Des Moines. Difficult to see in this picture is the blue used in the pots which is provided by those spray-painted
Ornamental kale looking quite ravishing as it will all through the winter here. So lucky we are!
There were a lot of really cool plants at the nursery but I got so involved in shopping and talking with a very nice designer who was putting together combinations of winter interest plants to fill a client's pots that I forgot to take more pictures. This wall of magnolias, golden evergreens, and Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide' was impressive.
Walking out to the parking lot from work the other day, the leaves of this maple, glowing in the low autumn sun against a moody sky, caught my eye. Notice the strange fruit on the top.