Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

'Inner Man' sculpture on Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

Near the forest of Inshriach lies a trail of sculptures made from fallen caledonian pine. Frank Bruce was a self-taught artist who wanted his art to be accessible to all. The state of decay is intentional. He wanted his sculptures to naturally return to the earth from which they came.

the wind echoes
inside a walled garden
thoughtful trees

© Xenia Tran

Blue whippet next to 'The Archetype' sculpture on Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

As a child Frank preferred to be outside rather than be stuck at school. He was more interested in the beauty and wisdom of nature. He has left us a gift that leaves a lasting impression, even though the lifespan of his art is temporary. In this peaceful natural setting some of his sculptures ask deep questions which are timeless.

trees of thought
a trail for meditation
above the river

© Xenia Tran

'Two Patriots' sculptures on Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail
Part of the 'Third World' group of sculptures on Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail

The Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail is situated at Feshie Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park, about eight miles from Aviemore.

With love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, setting: iA.

The poems above feature in Sharing Our Horizon under the titles
Evanescence I and Evanescence II.

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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

123 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent”

    1. Thank you for your kind words Cathy, they are amazing sculptures, most of them with a very poignant message too. Frank Bruce always shunned the commercial art world and wanted his work to be available for free :o) Enjoy your evening and much love to you all :o) xxx

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  1. Wow. This is amazing art, Xenia. What a find. 🙂 I really like the fact that these pieces will return to the earth. Talk about full circle and not leaving any trace long-term, yet inspire anyone walking by. I love it!

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  2. SMILes.. whaT a Gift NoW you bRinG heAR
    mY FriEnd.. Xenia.. to preserve Temporary
    Art of Nature Sculpture with Painting
    Further as heART of Words..SpiRit
    LiVeS on as
    Farther now
    wiNds neVer
    hELd even now
    if ‘they’ could be..
    mY friEnd.. also with
    Love.. to You and
    Your Husband
    And yoUr
    Wonderful Canine
    FriEnds you harbor with
    Seas and Ocean Whole Love..:)

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  3. These carvings are so inspiring. We had an elm in our back yard die and within a year the elm next to it died as well. (I always thought of them as siblings.) So instead of just cutting them down, we hired a lovely man, Emile, to carve them into two great blue herons. They stand outside my writing window looking into the future.

    Thank you for this lovely post. I absolutely love the carvings.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words LuAnne and what a lovely idea to have Emile carve these great blue herons that look into the future! 💖 There is a poem in your beautiful story too – have you written one? ☺

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  4. Love the sculptures. They did something similar in Biloxi, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina hit a few years back. Since it is along the Gulf Of Mexico, most of the sculptures there are sea related. They are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Björn, I love ancient trees too and although I have only known these sculptures for seven years I can see them age and weather, and I love that about this art :o)


  5. I guess I am #80..wow, your entourage is impressive. OMG, I love the photos; just dreaming of such a place, where Art finds its true form, as broken trees morph into natural aesthetics. Bravo for sharing two poems in one–though a modern haibun can have multiple haiku & paragraphs (at least mine do)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Glenn. It is an amazing place to visit, especially on a quiet day when you can almost hear the sculptures tell their stories :o)


  6. What a wonderful place to visit and a fantastic concept. Scotland is full of creativity that not many people outside know about. As you know, I love trees and forests, and The Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail really appeals to me. And you’ve done it justice with your gorgeous photographs and haibun, Xenia!
    I love the idea of the sculptures returning to the earth naturally and that they are trees are thoughtful – I know the ones in our garden are 😉

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Kim, this is a wonderful place to visit. There is inspiration for so many poems within each sculpture and I love the thoughtfulness of trees 😉💜🌲 Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!☺💖 xxx

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    1. Thank you Olga, it is wonderful how everyone can see something that speaks to them within these sculptures. These three look so much wiser and more emphatic with age than they did originally ☺💜

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  7. Oh how I love this artist’s work — a wise man in terms of his understanding of the earth.
    PS: I have always wondered when I see your photo up top, how many dogs do you have and how old are they? They are so exhuberant and always make me smile when I open your blog!

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    1. Thank you Lillian, Frank Bruce’s work is amazing. He left school aged 13 and was so natural in everything he did, so very wise too :o) Today we have our rescue whippets Eivor (aged seven) and Pearl (aged six) – our older dogs Seamus and Ruby who featured in earlier blog posts are now on the other side of the rainbow. Whippets are highly energetic – they love to run and enjoy themselves :o) xxx

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  8. Thank you for your amazing informative post.
    I don’t know why, but the second photo made me quite emotional.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Anna 💜 The sculpture in the second photograph is called ‘Archetype’ and has a lovely energy. It is one the dogs always walk up to and stay with for a while ☺


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