Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...

Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...
Run Free: birthdate unknown - Oct. 17 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Art inspired walk

Much of South Florida sits on Coral Rock, which is as much as 4000 feet thick in some areas, covered with just a few inches of topsoil. Coral Rock quarries provided building material for homes and other construction in the early days of South Florida. Because Florida is perched on Coral Rock, when building here, construction crews must dig into the rock, which is at or below sea level. Keeping water at bay is a particularly Floridian effort. At job-sites, pumps run non-stop until foundations are excavated, set and waterproofed.

Coral Rock is beautiful, traversed by crystalline white patterns accented in grey and black. By our home, there is a public park with an installation of monolithic sculptures constructed of natural Coral Rock. It is titled Accordant Zones, designed by artists Neijna and Smyth. The installation explores the juxtaposition of sculptural elements and landscape, speaking to history, ecology and archeology.

Booker and H-Mom like
to walk along the low Coral Rock wall, all the way to the giant disc at the west end. It looks like it will roll away, perched on its side. Each piece of coral is textural and intriguing, laced with the imprint of creatures that long preceded us.

Which direction looks interesting today?


Sophie Brador said...

Booker! Looks like some pretty cool walking spots.


Maggie and Mitch said...

What an awesome place to walk! It's just beautiful, Booker!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Jake of Florida said...

Booker, We'll have to check that place out. Shame on our folks for not seeing it before!!

As for the dreaded plucking, it's like this: wire fox terriers have two coats -- a wiry top coat, or jacket, and a soft undercoat. If you just clip all around, the wirey coat disappears and, along with it, lots of the distinctive wire fox terrier coloring. Also, some say that, if you don't remove the dead hairs from the undercoat, skin issues can occur. So, our folks have come up with a compromise -- they pluck the wiry jacket just to the edge of where it gets uncomfortable for us, and then they clip the soft underhair that is white anyway. And in between, we get furminated, which gets rid of lots of the dead hair. Since we're not show dogs, this method keeps us looking like WFTS without too much sturm und drang!!!

We're sure that smart-looking treeing walker coonhounds like yourself do not need to worry your handsome heads about it.

Jake and Just Harry