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Rusty Distraction

January 3, 2011

Distraction arranged

I have to admit that when I’m working outside I’m easily distracted. This is probably because I have so much junk around, and I have a tendency to want to stack, arrange and set things up in tableaux. In fact, today, it was while breaking down another arrangement that I got distracted by a pair of now-petrified lock cutters (above, center-left) and their rusted surface. See, my original plan was to do some much-needed cleanup outside before a forecasted rain began falling. But, after picking up the cutters I suddenly had the urge to see them in the presence of other rusted artifacts. The result of this impulse is above: displayed against an array of wooden cubbyholes are the cutters, a large rusty circular tray, a very old scoop of some sort, a wire basket, a ceramic vase, an urn-like lamp base and a stylized terra-cotta figure. I also added a complementary-colored echeveria rosette and star-shaped succulent sprigs. Near the figure’s head, very small, is one of my all-time favorite objects …

My favorite type

… a collection of type elements in a box so rusted that they’ve now become one solid piece of red-orange-rusted metal. Although small, this piece is amazingly heavy and I love how it fits in my hand … it’s resting on a collection of rusted barrel bands lashed together by rusted wire. By the time I’d finished this photo, what had been light sprinkles was now falling with wet, noisy plops. I had to hurry if I was going to take a picture of some other rainy day rust I’d noticed in the garden …

Aloes and rust

… the aloes on our back slope that have flowered beautifully — rustily — in the last week. Spears of rusty red in the gray of the afternoon, they stand out like torches. A full-on rain had begun falling, and since I didn’t have time to put anything away, future rusty distraction is a certainty …

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    January 3, 2011 4:29 am

    I have such aloe envy! I have tens of plants and not one flower! Love your photos!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 3, 2011 4:31 am

      Thanks, and happy new year! I know blooms are comin’ soon for you …

  2. January 3, 2011 5:38 am

    very sculptural! i think this is a mighty fine use of your energy and talent. you’ve clearly got an “eye.”

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 3, 2011 5:56 am

      I really appreciate that, thanks!

  3. Sparky permalink
    January 3, 2011 3:23 pm


    We wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and keep up the great work in the yard and on the blog. We totally enjoy both all year long. May this year bring you great happiness in all that you do.

    Sparky, Dr. D, and Jojo

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 3, 2011 3:26 pm

      Hey, Sparky, thanks so much… Best to you and the family, too, in the ’11! See you ’round, Reuben

  4. January 3, 2011 8:51 pm

    Happy new year! I am always surprised at the amount of beautiful stuff you have just lying around your yard. Your place must be a constant source of inspiration to you and Paul. Thanks for sharing it.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 3, 2011 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Shraddha! HNY to you, too … and thanks for reading and commenting!

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