Solvang, CA

Vintage Cali Beauty


Hidden Splendor

Hidden Splender

A bit of colorful splendor in a dormant iron fountain covered in a veneer of rust.

I find a great of irony in this image.  The first twist is that a water feature is universally its most glorious when it does what it was crafted to do-dance with water-and yet I found that this fountain to be quite at peace with itself, even without its dance partner.  The day will very soon come that this gem of a fountain again is reunited with its partner but today there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of self-loathing.  This oft-overlooked fountain has taken inspiration from the also-solo sun above and makes the best of day, expressing its own personal glory.

The second twist-far more humorous then the first-is that this vision was captured in the front of a well known Seattle-based coffee retailer known for choking out the subtle nuances of its art.  This fountain is almost mocking the Mermaid, displaying in the form of its signature to-go coffee cups, that there is no need to destroy the intrinsic character to improve it, one simply needs to let nature do the work.  If a rusty iron fountain without its soulmate can be vivacious, so can a cup of beloved coffee…