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... A Chihuly Glass Exhibit
at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Dale Chihuly is known internationally for his sculpture in glass. His exhibits have thrilled people the world over, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend one that's in Phoenix at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Chilhuly has been studying glass-blowing since graduation in 1965 from the University of Wisconsin. Since then, he has won numerous awards, honorary doctorates and fellowships. He studied the art in the States as well as in Venice, Italy, and currently has works in more than 200 museums worldwide.

His current interest is his Garden Cycle which has allowed him to inch toward his fascination with glasshouses, merging his works into botanical settings. Chihuly has a permanent exhibit called Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.

Sapphire Star by Chihuly
Chihuly glass art
Chihuly glass art
Neodymium Reeds by Chihuly
Blue Fioni Sun by Chihuly
Called Neodymium Reeds
Called Blue Fiori Sun
Called Sapphire Star
Erbium Pink Fiori
Called Erbium Pink Fiori
White Tower by Chihuly
Called White Tower
White Tower
White Tower
Called Cattails
chihuly glass scupture in reds and oranges
Called Neodymium Reeds
chihuly art sculpture
Sonoran Boat
Called Sonoran Boat. Below: Sonoran Boat at night
night shot of Chihuly art sculpture
Sonoran Boat by Chihuly
Called Red Reeds
reds, oranges and yellow pieces of glass, night shot
Called Red Reeds
the boojum tree
Chihuly glass art
NOT a Chihuly glass piece, the Boojum tree is one of my favorite desert plants. It's related to the Ocotillo.
Camelback Mountain seen from inside the botanical garden
Camelback Mountain offers an appealing backdrop from the botanical garden. A piece of Chihuly art towers next to the cacti.
closeup of Texas mountain laurel
A closeup of Texas Mountain Laurel

A second trip to the Desert Botanical Garden in the spring can be seen here.

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Called Scarlet and Yellow Icicle Tower
Garden entrance with chilhuly pieces
Called Summer Sun
A beautiful arrangement of spring flowers and Chihuly art greet visitors at the entrance to the gardens.
ocotillo blooms closeup
The Ocotillo plant is not a cactus, but it thrives in the desert right beside the succulent cacti.
a mixture of sage green and purple foliage
closeup of the ocotillo bloom called flaming arrow
spring mix of flowers
spring mix
At every nook and cranny of the garden a beautiful mix of spring flowers could be enjoyed.
scarlet hedgehog in bloom,closeup
a spring mix
Scarlet hedgehog, a needled cactus
palo verde tree wrapped in lgihts, at dusk
As dusk sets in, lights on many of the trees including this palo verde cast a warm glow and shine light on the path.
An occasional jackrabbit would hop into view, bringing cameras to frantic action among the park visitors.
trail of organ pipe cactus
One of the most interesting parts of the botanical garden to me is this trail of organ pipe cactus.
a spring mix
a spring mix