These are three views of a sculpture at the Cabot Pueblo Museum, which I posted yesterday. It was sculpted by Peter "Wolf" Toth as the 27th installation of the Trail of Whispering Giants. It was completed in 1978. The face is 22 feet tall, and was carved from a single 45 ton Sequoia Redwood log. The feather is15 feet tall, and was carved from an Incense Cedar from Idyllwild, California.
Peter "Wolf" Toth was a Hungarian refugee who, when he escaped to America, related to the history and experiences of Native Americans. He began the Trail of Whispering Giants project, which eventually resulted in his large sculptures being placed in all 50 states and in Ontario and Manitoba in Canada. At the dedication of Waokiye, he said: "The American Indian is a proud and often misunderstood people. They have suffered atrocities ever since the first white man landed on the shore...perhaps this monument, as do the others,will bring awareness of a proud and great people."
This image shows a small portion of Cabot Pueblo, Desert Hot Springs, CA. This Hopi-style pueblo was hand-built by Cabot Yerxa, of used materials from his original homestead, from abandoned cabins, and hand made adobe bricks he made himself. He began building it in 1941 when he was 60, and continued working on it until his death 23 years later. It is 4 stories high, about 5,000 square feet, has 35 rooms, 150 windows, and 65 doors.
Cabot was one of the three original pioneer homesteaders who settled and began the town of Desert Hot Springs. He was the one who discovered the natural hot mineral springs from which it got its name. He was an adventurer, artist, architect, collector, idealist and visionary. He had developed a strong relationship with Native American tribes in the southwest, and built the pueblo and developed the museum in celebration of these cultures. 1883 - 1965.
In San Timoteo Canyon where I go birding sometimes, there is a small pond which attracts various ducks and other water birds. You never know what will be there. Two days before this shot was taken there was a pair of Hooded Mergansers. When I went back to photograph them, they were gone, but several of these female Ring-necked Ducks were swimming with the coots and Mallards. There are just two of them in this shot, but I especially liked the reflections of the cattails and the one quacking duck.