Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Standing Relations inspiration continued... 4

One day Donna, Lesley and Ingrid did a side trip to Shutz Falls, just west of Duncan.

where we sat in the forest, amidst the greenery, and sketched...

And another day was a trip to see the old-growth Douglas Fir forest in "Cathedral Grove" in the MacMillan Provincial Park along the Pacific Rim Highway heading west towards Tofino with Donna, Lesley and ReBecca... where we discovered fungi of many different types.

But first we drove further north and pulled in off the highway and again wandered deep into the forest to sit and sketch.

And then back to wander through the posted informational signs in Cathedral Grove.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Standing Relations inspiration continued... 3

It wasn't all study, sketch, photograph... we also made sure we were kept lubricated and rested.

At this cute little English pub in the country, I found this plant the likes of which I have never seen before. This is no stunted Prairie growth! It is taller than the building beside it!

this is me inside it, looking up

the above ground root system

what is this plant??!!??

And true to Vancouver Island's mild climate and rainy roots, flowers were still blooming profusely.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Standing Relations inspiration continued... 2

My favourite tree, the Arbutus. Love the layers of bark and how the bright green is hidden underneath, gradually revealed.

And because the Arbutus grows on windswept barren rock expanses, a tidal pool was right next door.

Piper's Lagoon Park... We found Garry Oak trees...

And, outside of Nanaimo, we found a Petroglyph Park...