From my adventures on the mainland this week…
At the Galway Atlantaquaria, they have a ‘touch tank’ of starfish. Visitors are encouraged to pick them up and my daughters and niece wanted to, so we did. A couple of the ones I approached jerked away from me. I left them alone. Most didn’t seem to mind, but it’s hard not to wonder if they are happy in captivity. They ranged in size from tiny to double my hand. They can live up to 35 years and weigh up to 5 kilos. I’m only familiar with touching them in my childhood, washed up ashore and dried out. These had soft and spongy bellies, but their top surface was as rough as it looks– a great choice for this week’s photo challenge word ‘texture’ from Jamie at Blue Daisy Creates.
vying to be left
alone, in their home from home
they beg to be reached
sand and grass fleas vie
to reach mankind’s best friend first,
both must beat the wind
Like many other busy city shopping streets, Galway has its share of unique buskers. Musicians, balloon artists, caricaturists, illusionists, and some whose talents I’m completely uncertain of. But I wanted to find the sand artist…I have seen him many times before and I went looking for him. Some days I would pass him and his sculpture was not yet complete. Sometimes the dog is stretched out, sometimes there are two dogs. Always a dog though. I think his work speaks for itself, but it’s even more impressive in person. This day he sadly wasn’t to be seen. I might have been there too late in the day. The above is photographed by Martie Swart. So often photos are copyrighted, but she gives permission to use. I took it as a sign to include this in my post, as I really wanted to share the artist’s talent with you. A google search of ‘sand dog Galway’ will show more of his sculptures.
I went a little silly this week with my above Haiku, but as I write and think about the many buskers competing for the pocket change of passers-by, hopeful to be discovered, I am inspired to one more.
street artists vying
for talents to be noticed
must reach the heart first
Click on Ronovan’s and Jamie’s links above to get info about joining in the fun and to see the other participants versions of these two challenges.