Capers #8: Things I Never Noticed

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 04-21-2017 08:48 AM 953 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: OR- A Piece of Furniture I Came Across Today Part 8 of Capers series no next part

I’ve been exploring the Southland for as long as I can remember. Walking around, driving around. Always observant. I’ve worn out cameras, in my lifetime. Yet, on a fairly regular basis, I come across things that make me scratch my head in wonder.

How, on God’s Green Earth, have I not noticed this?

Here’s one of those things. I came across it, yesterday, about four miles from home, in Uptown Whittier, while cooling my heels. I’m leaning against my car, looking around. I look to my left, at a small park I’ve driven past thousands of times. I’m all,


Here’s what I saw. I have no bloody clue how long it’s been there. I’ve gone past this thing, not thirty feet away from it, literally, thousands of times.

It’s huge. It’s bronze. It’s beautiful. And, until yesterday, it was invisible.

Yet again, my sensibilities are slapped upside the head by the knowledge that I don’t know everything there is to know about everything there is.

-- Mark

10 comments so far

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

18237 posts in 2742 days

#1 posted 04-21-2017 10:58 AM

And it there any sign descibing what it means?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View Ron Aylor's profile

Ron Aylor

1233 posts in 284 days

#2 posted 04-21-2017 11:27 AM

See the “The Garden Gate” at
The following is inscribed on the piece:

People, Place and Meaning

Through time these hills have witnessed people of various cultures. Many have left their impression upon its soil. The Tonga Gabrielano people were perhaps the earliest. They journeyed through this site upon a footpath from the Pacific Ocean extending to the San Gabriel Mountains beyond. The Spanish and Mexican also utilized this ancient trail that became known as North Walk. One of Whittier’s earliest settlers recognized the potential of this garden setting. Harriet Williams Russell Strong (1844-1926) with her husband Charles purchased 220 acres from Pio Pico, California’s last Mexican Governor. Rancho Del Fuerte once thrived upon the harvest of citrus, fruit and walnut trees. These trees provided a vehicle by which individuals were transported and transformed into a community. North Walk eventually became Norwalk Boulevard. Through time footprints became a path and the footpath a boulevard.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

View lew's profile


11569 posts in 3392 days

#3 posted 04-21-2017 11:57 AM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View CharlieM1958's profile


16262 posts in 3855 days

#4 posted 04-21-2017 12:04 PM

Mark, I think should copy it in wood! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View GR8HUNTER's profile


1880 posts in 349 days

#5 posted 04-21-2017 01:37 PM

ditto Charlie ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ LMAO :<))


View bushmaster's profile


1989 posts in 1919 days

#6 posted 04-21-2017 01:40 PM

Your mind was in the clouds thinking creative thoughts of new ideas for lathe projects. That really interesting, a beautiful sculpture and beautiful setting, start looking around and see what else you missed. Guess you are a very focused person.. We drive down the road and my wife says look at that, I say it has been there for years.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

View leafherder's profile


1103 posts in 1589 days

#7 posted 04-21-2017 11:00 PM

Cool sculpture, would love to have something of this quality in my neighborhood park. Always enjoy your “capers” Mark.

-- Leafherder

View htl's profile


2590 posts in 796 days

#8 posted 04-21-2017 11:56 PM

That is just beautiful.
Reminds me of a gate way to a lost garden path for some reason.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

View Mark Wilson's profile

Mark Wilson

1968 posts in 700 days

#9 posted 04-22-2017 07:21 AM

And it there any sign describing what it means?

- Jim Jakosh

I saw no sign or plaque. I did, however, follow the link given above by Ron Aylor. I was surprised by what I read, quite frankly.

-- Mark

View Grumpy's profile


22218 posts in 3488 days

#10 posted 04-22-2017 09:36 PM

Nice find Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics