Form and Function

This isn’t a tree; it’s actually a striking metal sculpture called “Split,” by Roxy Paine (2003). But for this bird at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, it resembles a tree, has altitude and view and general perchability … so why not?

Sculpture “Split” with bird, 2003 Roxy Paine. Seen at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park, June 2017.


To Get to the Other Side

The resident Canada geese were prolific this spring at Stow Lake, in Golden Gate Park. I counted at least five dozen in a morning stroll around the lake; perhaps half of those were new offspring who are already as big as their parents. Here, one group returns from a brief forage on the other side of the road that circles the lake. Urban birds know to use the crosswalk!