The interaction of humans with their environment creates an inspirational muse that can mirror cycles of life – birth, death and rebirth.
I found one of these creations near my neighborhood at the Pueblo Montaño
Here the ancient river flow of the Rio Grande whispers the ingredients (time and change) for creation.
The land next to the river is a woody place called The Bosque.
In 2003 a human ignited fire caused the cottonwood trees to smoke and burn.
What remained was a charred, dark reminder of a tragic interface between
man and nature.
Open Space, a community mandate “to preserve the unique natural features of the metropolitan area” changed this tragedy into a unique, artistic expression of human love for the Bosque.
Signs were placed for humans to encourage the Nature Spirits to return.
Local artist and firefighter Joseph Mark Chavez carved representative pieces from the cottonwood tree stumps left intact.
Mother Nature in Tree
Firefighter with Dragon
Coyotes guarding Bosque with their voices.
Thank you for giving your attention to the human-nature connection.