Slip Slidin’ Away

"...Cry. Swear. Laugh. Cry more. We are making a river with our tears and rivers quench the thirsty..." I had a massive headache for the past two days -- the sort that makes you not even want your morning coffee and leaves you feeling nauseous. I worked through it the first day and made it [...]

The Sparkling Salish Sea

I didn't want to talk about this until I could show you, and short of standing with you on the shore and demonstrating, this is the next best thing. Apparently the waters surrounding the San Juan islands (which we visited recently) are filled with noctiluca scintillans (also known as sea sparkle!) a microscopic organism. (Not a plankton itself for [...]

On or about the San Juan Islands

I drew this picture as a bit of wishful thinking last year, long before we'd ever actually done anything like look for orcas of a rocky coast north of Seattle. Last weekend we finally did just that, and many other classic summer vacation things up in the San Juan islands. We met up with a group [...]

Sketches from Mt. Hood

Spent the weekend out in the Mt. Hood National Forest. I was long overdue for a weekend like this.

Oaks Bottom: Amusement Park or Wildlife Refuge?

It's both, really. Or at least, both use the name Oaks Bottom. (It's also a Lompoc pub not far from here.) I'm not sure how many of the amusement park patrons partake in the wildlife refuge -- I know that when I come down here I'm usually much more interested in the nature scene than I [...]

Magic at Sauvie Island

So in an impeccable act of anti-climax, our eagerly awaited expedition to Sauvie Island with the Oregon Mycological Society was cancelled at the last minute, owing to another expedition taking place the day before. In fact, when we called the Office of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to secure our REMOVAL OF VEGETATION [...]

In which we consider Kelley Point

During our third mushroom class we were given vague tips on spring mushrooms sites. I say "vague" because mushroom hunters are extremely reticent to disclose information that could lead to the pillaging of cherished hot spots, particularly those containing morels. Kelley Point Park was among the places mentioned, so as I had some time on [...]

Bagby Hot Springs

Sketches from an outing a few weekends back. I'd never been to Bagby Hot Springs before, I hope to go back many times. The hike out alone is worth it.

OCF: Scaffolding

Fair. What can I say? It’s magic. And everybody says that. So what can I say that other people haven’t? Well, as a picture maker I can say this: it was a sweet, blessed relief to be in a world that understands the need for whimsy. From the admission gates made to look like the [...]