5/24/2013

Where the river meets the sea...



The story of this piece began few years ago when I visited delta of Volga river where lotus grows, my motherland.
Delta of Volga river is the place where spring water meets with Caspian sea salt water, a really magic place. In summer time it's really hot there and lotus is born in the warm ooze river bed. When the lotus plant has grown up it keeps it's huge leaves rest on the surface of the water exposing them to the bright summer sunlight. It is a very strong plant with rough stalks. Then, buds are open, flowers are pink with yellow heart. When pink petals fall down and slowly travel with the river flow, the heart ripens into a big brown dry pod fillen with seeds - it becomes a kind of percussion, a natural musical instrument! :) Well, so few years ago I've been in this magic place and I picked up some lotus pods and I brought them with me to Mallorca. This time I made a mold using one of the pods and created this piece out of clay and pit-fired it. It is a really unique piece fillen with a lot of feeling, it has it's own story and it's unique coloring and also it is full of my fingerprints! One of a kind piece indeed! :) A faceted carnelian bead keeps lotus honey and concentrated sunlight, believe me...it's deliciously sweet and it warms heart up!


This is how it looks in summer...


Dryed pod and leaves in Spring ...

This piece brought me so much memories...
Here are some pictures from this magic place, where the river meets the sea...



The roads are made of water here...
In winter, rivers are coated in ice, you can walk, even go by car, but it can be dangerous if ice is not strong enough...













Here is Birds Kingdom...






Swans!





My swan :)

We are heading to floating hotel...









Here I found a curious report about travel to Volga delta biosphere reserve, you can find here lots ofs names of birds and other animals who live in this area and also some impressions about travel >>>>>