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25 Foot Sculpture - Oso Bay Wetlands

Recently, a yet unfinished Learning Center and Trails of the Wetlands along Oso Bay, a new entrance statue was completed and erected. An artist from Houston Texas was commissioned to create "Rusty" to greet the patrons who will eventually use this area to park and walk, or make use of the classroom facility for learning about nature. Bud and I have been following the hiking trail progress for over three years now and have sighted many different species of birds and wildlife. From Roadrunners, to Ospreys and hawks, along with the migratory Sandhill Cranes, snakes, javelina evidence and coyote scat. This area is the first area we spotted the Northern Bobwhite Quail. It not only has part of the Oso Bay waters, there is a huge vast area of desert chaparral. 162 acres. The Preserve is scheduled to be open and complete by January of 2016...a four year project.

The two ton statue, dubbed Rusty, is of a Great Blue Heron with the height of 25 feet [7.62 meters], standing tall on top of a 6 foot wall. Rusty has just grabbed a fish from the bay [a thin metal piece added to the sculpture...which will move with the slightest breeze making it more 'alive']. In order for the completed sculpture to be placed on the wall base at the entrance, it was transported by flatbed semi-truck and pieced together, with the leg scales being the last added section. I tried to get the feet in one photo, tho higher than I am the base is, I sat the camera up on the wall and snapped the shutter button to show the colossal size of nuts and bolts used to keep 'im steady and sturdy. By the way, the sculpture, if you know where to look, can be seen from the Holly Road/Wooldridge streets over two miles away!!!

Here are some photos of Rusty. When we first arrived the morning hour was overcast, but after walking my 10000 steps through the trails and landscape, the clouds broke and blue sky adorned its features:




MORE INFO BELOW:
Statue

Artist  Bio - Art

Sampling of Songbird mosaic:


image courtesy of Dixie Friend Gay at Blogspot

Oso Bay Wetlands on Facebook



While walking the many trails hidden in the chaparral area, you may come across the likes of these:


This area used to be ranch land...an old fence remnant remains....


Sandhill Cranes in Flight - Egrets. Ibis, and Spoonbills in Tidal Pool


Window Art Work - Back side of Learning Center [and playground unfinished as of this posting]


Informative Sign Posts - Estuarine Wetlands Sand Flats Prairie Uplands


Sign Post -Palustrine Estuarine Wetlands Sand Flats - Mockingbird

81 comments :

  1. Rusty is beautiful in all his glory. You and Bud will enjoy this area.

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    1. We have walked these trails many-a-time already and have enjoyed it immensely.

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  2. Impressive sculpture Anni. This sounds like it will be a great place to explore.

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    1. What I like is the diverse wildlife no matter the time of year!!

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  3. Rusty is a huge bird! A great sculpture. Thanks for linking up with "Through My Lens" today.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Yes, he is colossal to be sure.

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  4. WOW, Rusty is impressive. That mosaic is really pretty too. Looks like an awesome place

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    1. It all is quite impressive.

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  5. OH MY WORD RUSTY COULD TAKE CARE OF BIG FOOT WITH ONE PECK OF THE BEAK. Oso Bay Wetlands will be very popular and what a learning experience for all the visitors.
    LOLOL...Mr.Bud forgive mom she has another friend who's hubby is Butch. And the funny thing is she has one of those speak phones that types her emails. When she says Butch it types 'which'.
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. Ironically, my brother's nickname was "Butch". That's funny 'bout the 'speak' typer....changing butch to which. rofl

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  6. Thanks for the cool pictures of Rusty. :-)

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  7. Rusty is truly amazing to me. I like rusty things and he sure fits the bill for rusty. and also for BIG... his feet are awesome... i like the photo of him that looks like he is nesting in the trees... how long does it take to walk that many steps?

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    1. "Fits the Bill"....I like the play on words here.
      And Sandra, it depends on the speed and terrain on how long it would take to achieve the 10 thousand steps.

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  8. Awesome captures as always, Anni, and I do thank you for sharing the beauty! Rusty is amazing!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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    1. I thought he was a bit 'amazing' too. Thanks Sylvia.

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  9. Wow, I love that huge bird Rusty! Looks like a fantastic spot for birding. Wonderful photos. Have a happy week ahead!

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    1. Glad to know you enjoyed our new GBH, Rusty in our midst!! Thanks Eileen. Yes at times it can be a wonderful place for birding.

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  10. I like Mosaic art. It something I would like to try and it on my bucketlist.
    Coffee is on

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    1. This bird mosaic is in the San Antonio area. The bird is in our town....both done by the same artist.

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  11. AWESOME SCULPTURES

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    1. Hope you're feeling better today sweet one.

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  12. Magnificent sculpture! Wonderful nature photography!

    Wishing you the magic and love of the season,
    artmusedog and carol

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    1. Thanks Carol...hope your holiday is magical too!!!

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  13. Rusty is just spectacular Anni. The development is going to be a great asset to your community

    Looks like you and Bud have yet another wonderful birding venue.

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    1. Yes, Rusty is quite an eyeful!! And this area is a favorite for the two of us...especially on the early morning treks! Quiet!!

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  14. Anni, we just may have to take a trip south to the wetlands to see this in person.

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    1. You know to come down south before [or long after] Spring Break. lol

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  15. Yikes! That is quite the statue.

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  16. Nice shots - I love that huge statue.

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    1. That he is....huge!! Thanks for the visit Al.

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  17. Wow - that is an amazing sculpture!

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    1. It's something....but, my first reaction was...will he still be up and guarding his catch through a hurricane?

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  18. Great and nice sculpture. I like it.

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    1. I like your city-scape today too S. C. Thanks for the visit.

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  19. Rusty is beautiful. I love it!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this Klara

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  20. Looks like such an interesting place to explore. Awesome captures as always, Anni.

    Thanks for the link! So sweet of you to think of me!

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    1. I was hoping you'd enjoy what made me think of you!!

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  21. i really like all those sculptures! what a neat place!

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    1. It's a good place for most all kinds of activities for the cardio workout. :-)

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  22. That is a fabulous sculpture. You must be able to see it from quite a distance.

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    1. Yes, from several streets along the front!!

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  23. totally cool, if not huge! like the old fence scene, too. :)

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    1. I thought of you with the fence when I spotted it.

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  24. Glad you're still doing the 10,000 steps, Anni. That is one BIg Bird! Snowing hard here - I don't think I'll be stepping today!

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    1. You can get your exercise by lifting a hot toddy at the ski lodge!!!!

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  25. Looks like a great place when it is all finished.

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    1. Hello Neil...it's good to see you're back blogging! Thanks for the visit.

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  26. Such a stunning statue! I really like it! :-)

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    1. Glad to know you enjoyed the statue photos Laila.

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  27. Rusty is my kind of guy! Now I absolutely believe that everything's bigger in Texas! AND....I love the old fence find.

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    1. ...or so they say about Everything's being Bigger in Texas. Maybe that is what the artist had in mind?!?!!

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  28. Rusty is a handsome fellow indeed and your walking place is wonderful. A million congratulations on doing your 10,000 steps every day. I need to get back to that after our roadtrip.

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    1. Well, I don't do 10000 steps daily....but, at least three days a week as doctor ordered. Then, there is the stationary bike for wet days.

      Welcome back from your road trip.

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  29. I love the sculpture!

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  30. Wow! that's a huge sculpture indeed. How will it withstand the wind, especially if it is a big hurricane/cyclone?

    That mosaic is beautiful and that picture of mockingbird very nicely captured.

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    1. That was one of my first thoughts too....hurricane force winds. But maybe the 'air gaps' in the work will help alleviate the pressure. Time will tell.

      Thanks KL

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  31. such an interesting post Anni. Loved every bit of it :) Thanks for sharing the beautiful art :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this!! Thank YOU for stopping by.

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  32. The artist really have talent. I cant imagine me doing that.

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    1. Me either...if I attempted, the bird would probably look like one big blob of metal with eyes.

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  33. Oh wow! That Rusty is cool!

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  34. That's a colossus of a statue of the heron but I really like it! Lots to see & discover in nature at the park. Awesome place!

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    1. It is a great place....I especially like the peace and quiet of it all. At least when we've been there.

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  35. I'm loving that mosaic. I want one at my place!:) Beautiful. Looks like a fun place to bird. Something different is always good!

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    1. Indeed....and as for the mosaic, I could use it in MY home too...love the blue hues!!!!

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  36. the mockingbird is amazing! love the close-up detail of the feet!

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    1. Glad to know you enjoyed this Jandi.

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  37. Hello Anni, I just wanted to stop back and say thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Thank you for hosting & Happy Christmas to you and your family too, Eileen.

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  38. Para si e sua família desejo um Natal de Luz! Abençoado e repleto de alegrias.
    AG

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    1. Thank you, and may your holiday and family be blessed too.

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  39. Great post Anni! I find those roadside "sculptures" interesting but often a bit of an eyesore. Nice mosaic though!

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    1. Well, it's really not 'roadside'...it's at the entrance to a learning center. I too like the mosaic very much.

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  40. What a great sculpture. I love big public art like this.

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  41. What an amazing sculpture!!! Of course, all of your photos are wonderful!

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  42. Wow! Awesome sculpture! BTW, your holiday header is lovely.

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