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photoblog image Bird Lovers - sculpted from opal stone
Bird Lovers - sculpted from opal stone|

Bird Lovers - sculpted from opal stone


From the African section of the Buddha Eden Gardens, Bombarral, Portugal.



comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Dec 2017, 00:27
This is quite elegant and easy on the eyes, Louis.
Louis: I agree with your observation, Ray.
i think the Buddha would approve of such competently done birds, Louis.
Louis: Well, they seem to have inner peace and that would make Buddha happy.
Louis: Statue, well executed, Larry.
What wonderful forms!
Louis: Cranes are wonderful birds and it shows in this statue, Elizabeth.
Je trouve cette sculpture très drôle.
Louis: Merci bien, Martine.
Awwww. And by the looks of it, the height of adult humans?
Louis: I would say higher by about a foot, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Dec 2017, 06:31
I love their "egg"
Louis: Fruit of love smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 8 Dec 2017, 06:34
Very agreeable and imaginative Louis
Louis: That is my observation as well, Chris.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Dec 2017, 07:32
So elegant, so in love, so beautiful... I really like this, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Astrid.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Dec 2017, 07:35
They are caring for the egg, the offspring of their love.
Louis: Guarding as a pair - not just leaving for the other one to worry about it.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 8 Dec 2017, 08:40
I have never seen opal stone, knowingly, Louis.
Louis: I know opal, the gemstone, but opal stone? Not really. I also don't know what is the link (if any) between this stone and the gemstone.
I think I'd rather like that in my garden.
Louis: I'll be a hog and say I will like the whole garden, but that will be way too expensive to maintain. So I will also settle for one of the statues.
They are rather splendid Louis
Louis: Thank you Bill.
What a great statue, Louis.
Louis: I agree, Frank.
A clever bit of statuary
Louis: The pair hanging over the egg - yes.
Real opal! Amazing, that is!
Louis: I cannot get good information about opal rock. I only know it is not real opal - but this seems to be the type of stone that is associated with opal gemstones. Like kimberlite is associated with diamonds. How a sculptor in Africa gets hold of such a large stone and why the stone is named opal stone - those things remain a mystery to me. My best guess is this could be a type of stone better known by another name.

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