It was not planned, but this post follows my last post, about artist Anne Siems, kind of perfectly! Local Grand Rapids arts group SiTE: LAB put together another show at Blandford Nature Center, and because Andy and I have to check out anything SiTE: LAB related, we went on Friday evening. (We went last year, too.) Just like last year, it was sultry, but beers from Brewery Vivant kept us cool and our thirst slaked.
Blandford has beautiful wooded trails, and the artists make great use of the setting. I love this macrame tree cozy.
Blandford also does great work, taking in injured wild animals for rescue and rehabilitation. Andy once brought a turtle in who had a cracked shell after it was hit by a car. We stopped by and visited the large outdoor cages of rescued owls, hawks, turkey vultures, and even a merlin! You can see some of the rescued residents on Blandford's website, but be forewarned: if you're like me, you'll end up spending hours listening to the linked audio files of various owl and hawk calls.
These sea creatures were mounted in the small stream that runs through Blandford.