Rancho La Puerta - Part III
A profusion of drought-tolerant rosemary - shrubbery and swathes of the prostrate form,
blooms endlessly during the winter months.
At times, as I explored the grounds in silent meditation,
I would stop abruptly, enveloped by the fragrance of sweet alyssum!
Rounding a bend along a walkway, or gazing out at a serene landscape,
one finds life-size bronzes by acclaimed Mexican artist, Víctor Hugo Castañeda,
which appear as eye-catching focal points
throughout the property.
Conjoined eyebrows are key to revealing a work as a depiction of the artist, Frida Kahlo.
Perhaps the sculpture pictured below is associated with Kahlo more often.
A scrambling cape honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)
weaves through the lively ironwork design
of the entryway gate.
Stained glass casts glowing patterns,
encountered as one approaches the reception area at check-in.
Mosaics embellish a spot where I stopped to read this quote from H. G. Bohr:
"The soul is not where it lives, But where it loves."
Among a grouping of sculptures of Frida Kahlo displayed in the main building;
this piece stands as a powerful reminder of the artist's self-portraits.
Aficionados of Kahlo's paintings will be intrigued by the collection on-view.
(Madonna and I apparently share this fascination!)
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