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:
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