Okay, I guess a blog should (can?) be a warts-and-all proposition, so I'm posting this embarrassing image of my first foray into concrete artistry.
A friend of mine has made some beautiful concrete planters that we've used around the garden. I love them, and decided it was high time that I took a stab at making them. I knew the first one would be a learning experience (and probably the next three will be too), and well, it was...
The general form turned out OK for this water bowl, but the top edge is really uneven and crumbly, the inside to outside ratio is all wrong, and it just wasn't quite the sleek modern look I was hoping for. But, it'll do, and I've learned some lessons. Plus, it was really fun and easy to make.
I decided that it could still do its job: to provide a little water for wildlife. Providing wildlife a water source in the yard is critical. Amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects and mammals all need water to survive, and in the heat of summer, I've even seen birds lapping up the dripping water from our AC unit.
If you place a water bowl in the yard, be sure to include a rock so that frogs, toads and other critters that fall in can have something to grab onto so they don't drown.
In this water bowl, I used a large stone I collected from the Chihuahua Mountains in Mexico. It's hard to see, but there is a small spiral in the stone which I believe to be a fossil of some kind. The bowl is sitting between a native pale-leaf yucca (Yucca pallida) and a young anacua (sandpaper) tree, Ehretia anacua.
I can't wait to get back to work making more of these...hopefully I can learn from my mistakes!