Self Portraits in the Rock Garden

tinfoilhatNovember 25, 2010

Early self portrait circa 1972.

From my Salvador Dali phase.

I know someone is going to ask about the cactus in upper right hand corner. I don't know botanical name for it and there are a lot of common names for it. The only non X-rated name I have ever heard for them is "Desert Pinecone". They have clusters of white silver dollar flowers in spring and grow in segments. They are fragile and segments break off easily. Segments then take root and become new plant. With enough water they are the green and in times of drought they turn reddish brown. I have seen them remain that way for years and spring back to life.

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Oh, you mean that twisted looking rebar is actually a plant??I thought it was rusty metal!! I didn't know you where from the stone age either. You must have seen a lot of changes over the years(LOL)Your face has weathered & wrinkled some, since you probably don't use sun screen, someone should roll you over into a nice shady spot!! Don't want you to wither away as we quite like your creations!! Jan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2010 at 1:35AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

I like them a lot! They provide a nice surprise in the garden. How did you carve/make them?
Interesting to know about the "pine cone cactus" too. Cactus are amazing. My mom, here in NH, has had some old dried up ones for years on her unheated closed in porch, and I noticed this week that they are trying to grow. I think I may have to rescue them.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2010 at 7:18AM
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Self portraits, hummm, never thought about that.

I have a question for you, can you email me (see members page)?

    Bookmark   November 26, 2010 at 12:26PM
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Cool idea for the self portraits. How did you carve on the rocks? I'm assuming a dremel tool? Those pinecone cacti are pretty cool too. When you mentioned a non-X-rated name, I looked at them again and laughed because I can imagine some of the X-rated ones. he-he

    Bookmark   November 26, 2010 at 11:32PM
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I use a carbide hammer drill bit in hammer drill for holes and a pistol type air chisel for carving. I used a dremel tool once to carve a porpoise on a black granite rock for a friend. I was at it for days and went thru dozens of carbide gringing disks. Swore I'd never do that again.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 12:17AM
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They're great!

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 7:58AM
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Marlene Kindred

I am happy to see that you're smiling in both of your self portraits! What a hoot!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 1:53PM
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