Stone Fish Icicle Shrine

amazing snow scene from Taos, NM

Birdbath on the right, chimenea on the left »Buy This Photo!«

Now see, it wouldn’t have worked without a lot of snow. How else would I have stood them on their ends? This scene from last week shows what I built with the giant icicles I broke off the canales (roof drains)—one over seven feet long—to let the meltwater run off faster. A little less of it ran down the kitchen wall, at any rate. My wife isn’t a camera person, otherwise I’d have shown you a shot of me holding the big one like an elephant’s tusk. If you’re curious, you can read about the stone fish from Michoacán here. It’s worth it.

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  • Rita March 6, 2015, 2:55 PM

    Extra-nice fish (and fish story). I had a similar thing I lugged around, but it was a Mexican clay plant pot – not as sturdy as the fish and now cracked and gone. That fish will outlast all of us.

    My Mexican plant pot was from one of those cross-border day-trips with my Austin best friend to buy her pills she needed for sleeping, which I don’t remember the name of. She died exactly a year ago. We had been friends since 1968. Your fish sparked a wonderful memory for me. Thank you.

    • JHF March 6, 2015, 7:09 PM

      Excellent! De nada.

      The fish is carved from some kind of fairly soft stone, but it’s quite heavy. One of the “legs” (fins) is broken off—disconnected but whole—and if I position it just so, no one can tell.

  • M.J. March 8, 2015, 8:50 AM


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