Totem poles in Victoria, B.C.

Thunderbird Park near the Victoria, B.C. wharf includes a good many totem poles created by the indigenous people (mostly Gitxsan, Haida, andKwakwaka'wakw, says wikipedia). In Robin's photo you see two previous eras: totems of the original First Nations people, and the … [Read more...]

Stunning Views from Mount Gardner

On Thanksgiving day we hiked to the summit of Mount Gardner, the largest peak on Bowen Island, British Columbia. Our host Dave Pollard joined us in the 1500 foot elevation climb through the rocky, densely wooded rainforest. On the right side of Robyn's photo you'll see West … [Read more...]

Among Friends in Oregon and Northern California

Back in the late 1970s I dreamed of traveling around the country in my trusty VW camper bus. I imagined parking safely at the home of friends. Or friends of friends. Long before I learned that very few degrees of separation exist between any two people in the world, I … [Read more...]

A Forest View – and Smoky Wildfires

July 30,2013. As I painted this view from Dunsmuir in northern California, layers of smoky haze filled the air. Smoke from multiple wildfires in southern Oregon reduced visibility like thick fog. I found it difficult to get a good deep breath as we traveled north. The … [Read more...]

“We LIVE Here?” – my painting in an international show

July 22, 2013. Carolyn Baker published my art in her Daily Digest along with the following poem by Don Hynes of Portland, Oregon. A rather beautiful and synchronistic matching:  little did she know that Don and I are acquainted through the internet, soon to meet in … [Read more...]

An Artist’s View from Coyote Overlook

This is where we live. What inspires us. Just a short walk around Round Mountain, Coyote Overlook boasts a vista extending across the Rock Creek watershed to the South Yuba River canyon. Beyond is the Sacramento Valley and on clear days, we can see the coastal range.  … [Read more...]

Gnarly Ancestral Oak Going Strong after Three Centuries

Like a guardian spirit (do you see her watchful eye?), this Ancestral Black Oak welcomes us as we enter Bearhaven Meadow at Lone Bobcat Woods near Round Mountain in the South Yuba River watershed. She is nearly hollow, perhaps from a long-ago wildfire. If you look up from … [Read more...]

Thirty-Seven Views from Lone Bobcat Woods

An artistic prologue to How We Live at Lone Bobcat Woods (episode 176). Ever wonder how an artist sees the world? In 1998 Janaia created an image from each window in her Sierra Nevada home. Her paintings in many styles emerge from a photographic backdrop in a music video … [Read more...]