Three Views of Third Lake

So, the lakes out of Big Pine don’t have the most creative names.  (First Lake, Second Lake, Third… through Seventh.)  This has nothing to do with their beauty, though.  Don’t judge a lake by its title.  My daughters took the liberty of renaming them all and swimming in most on a recent backpack adventure.  I snuck away three times to paint Third Lake, our base camp.   (all are 10×20″ acrylics)  

 

 

Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens

18×36″ oil on canvas– The clouds were cooperating nicely and the California Poppies are still in bloom in parts of the meadow at the Botanic Gardens.  You can see the redwood trees from the grove popping up before the foothills– it is a great place to spend a day exploring the trails and learning about plants.

Pockets of Light and Water

16×20″ oil on canvas– The pools up Cold Springs Canyon still have some flow and are teeming with tadpoles, frogs, water striders and those big flat underwater beetles that paddle around… you don’t need an ocean to go tide pooling.  When I came up the creek the tree windows were just right that it was like a spotlight was on the mossy waterfall.

Trout Creek at Sundown

16×20″ Oil on Canvas– This bend in the creek was down the hill in my backyard growing up.  I have known it for  thirty-three years now.  This winter the meadow flooded and I got to see first hand how oxbows form and a creek finds a new path.  It could be seen as distress to the landscape or it could just be seen as change.  I think of many of my favorite places over the years that have been subject to avalanches, forest fires and other setbacks and have realized that in most cases this is a way of setting the clock back and allowing those areas to spring back and regenerate.  Nature is patient and distress simply provides a blank canvas.

Hamilton Lake

10×20″ acrylic–  So nice to watch the sun rise over the large snowmelt mirror of Hamilton Lake.  I wished that I could freeze time as the light and shadows creeped far too quickly across the granite faces.   Thanks to photographer Cameron Wolfe who I met backpacking up there for the pictures he took! 

Silliman Pass

10×20″ acrylic– This is the first pass you come to heading east from Sequoia.  The meadows, creeks and rivers down the back side are well worth the trek.  To the west, smog and haze from the many wildfires in California right now have settled in the central valley…  the visibility is only a mile or two.  On the flip side, it makes for some incredible sunsets.