Chief Woapalanee Welcomes Spring by Gene Walls

Chief Woapalanee Welcomes Spring by 

On a beautiful spring evening, Chief Woapalanee greets all visitors to Brandon Park. The striking sculpture of “Woapalanee” was created by artist Peter “Wolf” Toth, as a bold tribute to our native American heritage. Beautiful tulips surround the chief every year to celebrate the passing of winter and the arrival of spring.

*Brandon Park is a beautiful city park, near center city Williamsport, in north central Pennsylvania, USA. This is our largest public park within the city. Many events are held here, like live music performances and night time movies at the band shell & amphitheater. This park represents so much of what Williamsport is all about.

The city was built along the west branch of the Susquehanna River. Logging was the main industry here in the 1800’s, but no longer. The lumber company owners had become extremely wealthy here, so much so that Williamsport became nationally know as the home of the greatest number of millionaires per capita.

In the twentieth century, Little League Baseball was founded in Williamsport. The World Series of Little League Baseball is currently our most notable distinction, world-wide.*

This photo was shot just before sunset on April 26th with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Prime lens, 1/90th sec. @ f/13. The ISO was set to 100 and a Manfrotto tripod was used.

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© 2009 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • clizzio
    clizzioabout 6 years ago

    I never knew about this park. Very interesting.

  • Gene Walls
    Gene Wallsabout 6 years ago

    The volunteer gardeners that take care of this park grow the best variety of tulips you could ever hope to see in a small city park! It is located just up the hill from down town, on Market street.

  • RealPainter
    RealPainteralmost 6 years ago

    i have a photo of one almost just like this , we took in Cherokee, NC looks a like same statue, awesome

  • Thanks!

    The artist, Peter “Wolf” Toth, travels all over the country to do similar works. He also did a smaller statue for Indian Park in the nearby community of Montoursville, too.

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 6 years ago

    It is a beautiful wood carving!

  • Thank you very much, Sharon! I consider this to be one of the true treasures of our small city. I really appreciate the “FAV”!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Garden somewhere ….”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

  • I am very thankful for this wonderful news! Thanks you so much for the feature honor!!!



    – Gene Walls

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful carving, great photo

  • Thank you very kindly!


    – Gene Walls

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, this is amazing. We have the exact sculpture by the same artist in Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba, Canada. You can check it here

  • Yes, Teresa, Peter “Wolf” Toth has done many of these public sculptures. Our “Chief Woapalanee” is truly treasured by every in the city, as I am sure your “Anishinaabe” the Whispering Giant is loved by everyone in Winnipeg Beach.

    He also did another smaller statue just a few miles from this one, in the town of Montoursville, Pennsylvania. It is at the entrance to “Indian Park”. I can’t think of the title on that one, but I will get a picture of it and post it on RedBubble (eventually). The smaller carving is not listed on Toth’s website as one of the Whispering Giants. We love them both!

    Thank you for sharing your Whispering Giant with me, too!

    Best wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    Gene, this is fabulous!!!!!

  • Thank you very much, Mary-Ann!

    Kindest wishes,


    – Gene Walls

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Wonderful totem pole!! The carving is fantastic!! Love the history!

  • Thanks, Ciana! This carving is considered a real treasure in our little city. On April 1st, the local newspaper printed a story that “Chief Woapalanee” had been sold to another community, to help balance our city budget. The angry public cry was deafening! Fortunately, they printed a retraction the next day, saying “April’s Fools”! It caused quite a stir around here. It really did help to show us all just how important art is to our small town, though.

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • Thank you so kindly, Trish! I am highly honored to have this work featured in “The World As We See It…”! Deeply appreciated!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

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