Bumming Around with Daisy 2011 travel blog

Garden Beside Wildflower Cafe

Rear of Gift Shop

Spanish Dagger

Damian Priour Sculpture - Sphere in Fish Pond

Damian Priour Sculpture - Fossilform & Sphere

Damian Priour Sculpture - AquaBella (My favorite)

Damian Priour Sculpture - Fossilform

Darvin Jones - Dreamscape V, Acrylic on Canvas

Darvin Jones - Fall and the Surprise, Acrylic on Wood.

Darvin Jones - Ecoart, Mixed Media on Canvas

Ecoart 03, Mixed Media on Canvas

Ecoart 04, Mixed Media on Canvas

Ecoart 06, Mixed Media on Canvas (My favorite; it has a real...

Understanding the Contemporary Cityscape, Acrylic on Canvas

We Think While It Just Knows, Acrylic on Canvas

This morning I went to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to see two special exhibits. First was the sculpture exhibit, "Around the Water" by the late Damian Priour (1949-2011). His signature materials, fossil-laced Texas limestone and green-blue glass, represented his deep attachment to the water and landscape of the Texas Gulf Coast region where he grew up. In 2008, he was named Texas State 3-Dimensional Artist by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

In the McDermott Learning Center I saw Darvin Jones' "Field Notes" exhibit, which he created to demonstrate growth with its change and evolution found in all of life. Most of these works are acrylic on canvas His Ecoart series are mixed media on canvas. He moved to Austin in 2005.

When I first entered the Wildflower Center I saw what I thought was a new building. I asked the cashier in the gift shop about it and she told me was just the back part of the gift shop. She said that the reason it looked so different was that the Austin Fire Department had asked them to clear away trees and bushes that were too close to the buildings so as to minimize the danger of fire damage. Fire prevention is uppermost in their minds due to the extreme drought here.

After my tour, I had lunch in the Wildflower Cafe. Two ladies whom I had met on my walk joined me at my table. They were Nancy of Manvel (south of Houston) and her son's fiancée, Catherine, who arrived from China only two weeks ago. She spoke very good English without a strong accent. Nancy has done quite a bit of RV travel. She would like to go full time but her husband requires a "nest" to return to periodically. They were such delightful ladies.

On the way home I stopped at CVS and then went to Genie Car Wash to have Sweet Pea cleaned up. It had been only a short time ago that I had had her washed but the pecan trees are still sapping. I hope that's about finished! It leaves a sticky mess everywhere.

The weather was perfect for this outing.

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