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Dale Chihuly The Nature of Glass at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Part II Indigo

Updated on November 17, 2011

So much blue, so much indigo

The color of many desert plants is a blueish green, much like the color of indigo.
The color of many desert plants is a blueish green, much like the color of indigo. | Source

Haiku Indigo

I love the color indigo. The color is from an Indian (as in continent of India) dye that is much prized. It is extracted mostly from a dye that only grows in the tropics. It is the color of blue jeans. There is even an airline named Indigo.

Somewhere in the near and recent past everything indigo became mysterious and other-worldly. To say something is indigo means it is special.

These pictures reflect an indigo mood. A desert is very much indigo to those who do linger long enough to understand the majesty and the beauty. A desert is a paradox. The plants and animals are hardy to the desert and yet fragile to the rest of the world.

That is the indigo mystery of the desert to me. It is other-worldly and the mystery is lost on those who do not linger.

Blue Ice in the Desert

Barely contained blue ice glass exploding from a desert boat.
Barely contained blue ice glass exploding from a desert boat. | Source

In my desert boat

I dream of seas and skies too

Reaching dreams so blue





Blue boat in the desert.

The boat in the desert contains blue ice explosions.
The boat in the desert contains blue ice explosions. | Source

Why dream indigo?

Startling bright indigo?

Is that possible?






Boojum Tree and friend

The strange boojum tree looked like it was an artist's eye invention.
The strange boojum tree looked like it was an artist's eye invention. | Source

Boojum Boojum tree

Above the earth so high too

Below secrets too!






Indigo grows in the desert in glass.

Indigo glass springing from the desert.
Indigo glass springing from the desert. | Source

If the desert burst

Into flames of blue today

What a sight to see






Desert Indigo

The real desert as art
The real desert as art | Source

Desert plant so real

Unreal reality see

Love the desert true






Still Life

Reflections
Reflections | Source

Reflections of blue

Desert dew pond mirrors you

Sit on the shore dream






What the Camera Saw

The shine and gloss were so well received by the camera....the camera saw better than the picture taker!
The shine and gloss were so well received by the camera....the camera saw better than the picture taker! | Source

If monsters there be

Bubbles of glass shine reflect

The mind monster here






Resident of the Desert

Hiding in plain sight.
Hiding in plain sight. | Source

Oh little lizard

How I envy your home here

Among the garden






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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Absolutely loved this! Added your first Dale Chihuly hub as a link to my Desert Botanical Garden hub. Wish I could have seen this exhibit in person...but nice seeing it through your descriptions and photography. Thanks!!!

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks oceansnsunsets..... BTW i am a transplanted Midwesterner myself!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      NMLady, I love Dale Chihuly's glass art! I have been following him for some time, in terms of loving to see exhibits like these. We have some in our area, very different from these, and that is part of what is so cool. The blues, especially the indigo are breathtaking.

      We have family in Arizona, and do you know I missed a lot of that exhibit when we went there to the garden? I could tell it was wonderful though, because they still had some there, and were trying to raise funds to buy to keep it at the botanical garden. I sure hope they were able to! Thank you for sharing his beautiful artwork in photos with us. Truly amazing work by him, and a great gallery to go through. :)

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks stephaniedas...I could look at the pics all day too!

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US

      WOW! This is fantastic! I could look at these pictures all day. Voted up and beautiful, and I love the little lizard you included.

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks Movie Master. Isn't Chihuly amazing!?

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Stunning! it's quite taken my breath away!

      The photos, poetry and the story, wonderful and voting up. Best wishes MM

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Love the story behind the works of art, the colorful photos and the Haiku poetry. A winning and unique combination. Voted up, interesting, beautiful and awesome.

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      NMLady 6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      marcoujor, you are so nice!

      Thanks!

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I LOVE ............ the color of INDIGO, this medium and the passion it has brought out in you, NMLady!

      You can DO HAIKU...! I wish you all the best in the contest and vote this UP & UABI, will be eager to see Part 3 of this fabulous series, mar.

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