20. April 2020
It is funny how reflection shows you hidden precursors in your life. Backpacking with a heavy pack made me look with envy at the kayakers paddling easily with 100lbs of gear and decadent food stuff. One generous kayaker let me paddle her boat. Ten minutes out, and 40 minutes back, rid me of my romantic notion that this would be easy. A stiff headwind elicited prayers to Poseidon and Aquaman, to just let me put my butt back on shore. Today I kayak for exercise, sport and pleasure. Neptune is my...
15. April 2020
Trying to paint this place is like trying to describe a falling star, or an acid trip. You have to be there to truly experience it. There is a clarity, intensity and absence that defies depiction. There is no "story" to accompany this painting. I was repeatedly dumbstruck by the singularity of each moment. Nature claws back the layers, until your reptilian brain reveal memories evoking preverbal cries. Civilization becomes antithetical. Why did Moses lead his people out of the wilderness, only...
11. April 2020
08. April 2020
Yes, there were some daisies and buckets of wild blueberries. You have never really tasted a blueberry until you have put a wild one in your mouth. It is a tiny blue sphere packed with flavor and antioxidants. It is an extraordinary experience to be wilderness camping and finding berries. I was perpetually hungry, living off dehydrated food. This was manna from heaven! I spent two days in my tent, sheltering from rain. The thin soil and granite made travel treacherous. It gave my body a chance...
01. April 2020
I never met a more satisfied and happy collection of individuals, as Park Service employees and volunteers. They are Esthetics with a badge, dedicated to the pursuit and preservation of beauty. When they take those funny hats off, and let their hair down, they know how to throw a party. A Bluegrass jug band forms, beer begins to flow, and the dancing begins. When the dust settled, six of us with two flashlights and half a brain, stumbled 1/2 a mile across root and rock to our campsites. At one...
15. March 2020
Once a week this ship ferries people and goods from the mainland to Isle Royale. She docks overnight, and the crew hauls trash and people home. The Ranger is more than the single largest piece of equipment maintained by the Department of Interior. She is a lifeline in a long line of lifelines, that have enabled humans to survive on a rock in the middle of the largest freshwater lake, by surface area, on Earth. Lake Superior is the third largest lake on Earth by volume, and holds 10% of our...
08. March 2020
06. March 2020
With the sunshine, all is right with the world. Deep in the canopy, even the vampiresque creatures like myself revel. It was time to leave this idyllic corner of the island and seek new motifs. As artists, we are always searching, looking for the grand vista, the colorful underbelly, the ultimate view. I could spend the rest of my life in this niche on Isle Royale. I would freeze and starve that first winter, but I would make some glorious compost beneath the boughs of these magnificent trees.
02. March 2020
On every trip that I have taken, there comes a point where fatigue and depression sets in. This is about twelve days in without a bathroom or shower, constant hunger, sleeping in a damp tent, hauling water and a heavy backpack. Oh yea, and no campfires. This will pass only after a blue painting emerges. Silly artist,...whining in paradise.
25. February 2020

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