Woven Willow World

The wondrous & awe-inspiring live willow sculptures on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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28 Responses to Woven Willow World

  1. Wow! beautiful πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, my friend! What an amazing sight to behold…just walking through each live serpentine sculpture gives me such joy. In two of the photos, one of the sculptures (aka the Giant Salix Cyclopes) is peering down at my wife who looks up in awe, rooted to the spot like a tiny willow sprout. While this is Wordless Wednesday, I was still inspired to write this short poem below. I hope you enjoy! Have a wonderful day!

      Woven willow sculptures,
      their walls alive with wildlife,
      birdsong beckons me near,
      at home nestled in Nature.

      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

      • I see that and your description fits perfectly “like a tiny willow spout” —what an unique way to capture the moment πŸ™‚ …and your poetry is beautiful just like the pictures, the last line just sums up what I feel with nature ” at home” πŸ™‚ Kind Wishes to you and your wife ~ Neha πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed them πŸ™‚ I had a fun time exploring these Salix sculptures with my fisheye lens. They are akin to Bowerbird nests…I have to chuckle when I think of Big Bowerbirds roaming around campus. Alas, this is but a dream since they are only endemic to New Guinea and Australia and are much smaller in size. For more information about Bowerbirds, click on the link below:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowerbird

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  2. alifemoment says:

    Wow, amazing!! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I had a fun time exploring these Salix sculptures with my fisheye lens. They are akin to Bowerbird nests…I have to chuckle when I think of Big Bowerbirds roaming around campus. Alas, this is but a dream since they are only endemic to New Guinea and Australia and are much smaller in size. For more information about Bowerbirds, click on the link below:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowerbird

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

      • alifemoment says:

        Thank you very much for the information, I will definitely check on the link to learn more about Bowerbirds.
        Best wishes,
        Alice

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    • Thank you, my friend! I’m glad you enjoyed them πŸ™‚ I had a fun time exploring these Salix sculptures with my fisheye lens. They are akin to Bowerbird nests…I have to chuckle when I think of Big Bowerbirds roaming around campus. Alas, this is but a dream since they are only endemic to New Guinea and Australia and are small in size. For more information about Bowerbirds, click on the link below:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowerbird

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  4. Very impressive photos, thank you for sharing them Tyler.

    • You are most welcome, Dom, and thank you! I had a fun time exploring these Salix sculptures with my fisheye lens. They are akin to Bowerbird nests…I have to chuckle when I think of Big Bowerbirds roaming around campus. Alas, this is but a dream since they are only endemic to New Guinea and Australia and are small in size. For more information about Bowerbirds, click on the link below:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowerbird

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  5. So magical, Tyler. Thank you for sharing! Love your poem πŸ˜‰ Oh, Oregon in the spring. We heard Stephen Bennett play his “Oregon” and “Rose Beach” on his harp guitar Saturday evening. It brought tears. Would so love to be back for a visit to the coast. Best wishes to you both, WG

    • Thank you kindly, Elizabeth! And you’re most welcome, my friend, it’s my pleasure πŸ™‚ The Springtime weather in Oregon is idyllic…the coast had temps in the 90s a week ago! I’ve been staying busy with more job interviews. While I still have that one job offer on the table, I’m hoping I have another offer on its way. It would be nice to have some options, but not matter what happens, I’m ready for wherever life takes me πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler

      • May all be well with you, Tyler, and may you find the position where you’ll be happy for many years to come. Please keep me posted! Best wishes, Elizabeth

  6. poppytump says:

    What wonderful skill – great photos !
    Your words sit perfectly accompanying them πŸ™‚

    • Thank you kindly, my friend! I’m so glad you enjoyed them πŸ™‚ I certainly had a fun time experimenting with my fisheye lens. These Salix sculptures are reminiscent of Bowerbird nests…I have to chuckle when I think of Big Bowerbirds roaming around campus πŸ™‚ Alas, this is but a dream since they are only endemic to New Guinea and Australia and are small in size. For more information about Bowerbirds, click on the link below:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowerbird

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  7. dianaed2013 says:

    This is certainly fun with the fish eye

    • As always, I went overboard with the fisheye lens πŸ˜‰ But I just love the surreal skew and sense of voyeurism with the circular porthole-like frame. Glad you enjoyed my photos, my friend. Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  8. Shards Of DuBois says:

    those are awesome! look like giant bird nests! great shots!

    • Thank you! Yes, it’s as though there are giant Bowerbirds on campus, constructing their ornate nests πŸ™‚ Alas, this is but a dream since they are only endemic to New Guinea and Australia and are small in size. For more information about Bowerbirds, click on the link below:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowerbird

      Living bioengineered art that changes with the seasons…what a fantastic idea. Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

      • Shards Of DuBois says:

        Did you happen to see that movie with Will Smith and his son, After Earth? cracked me up. they had a giant eagle that made a nest that was like a ball, but with a side opening, in the middle of a tree… which is completely retarded… lol made me laugh out loud. some silly animator didn’t bother to do his homework about eagles! still, I liked the movie a lot, since it had an animal that looked like a cougar-hiena and a monster to die for! literally! love me some sci-fi πŸ™‚

  9. lumar1298 says:

    Lovely pictures…

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