Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sketching at Port McNeill, BC, waiting for weather

At the top of the dock at Port McNeill, BC, sits this Steam Donkey (c. 1910). Signs posted all over it warn me not to climb on it, but I am more interested in sketching it than climbing it, as you can see. Logging is a big deal in Canada, particularly in the wet province of British Columbia. It is not uncommon for us to share the water with a tugboat hauling a log boom (a big raft of trimmed tree trunks). If you were to drive around here, you would see logging trucks with trees 4-5' in diameter as their loads.

With all of that tree-loss, is it any wonder that I take a special pleasure looking at the stands of trees near our anchorage? Their tops form a constant edge between sky and land, everywhere I look.

We are approaching the longest day of the year and up here, north of the 50th parallel, the twilight stretches longer and longer. Just last night, I took this photograph at 10:15 pm! Do you have special plans to celebrate the Summer Solstice? It is just days away, June 21, 2010.


David Burbach Photography said...

Hi Katherine,

The steam donkey reminds me of Camp 18.

Do the cool temperatures make it hard to hold pastels? We've been setting records for low highs.

Ralph said...

Marvellous as usual

SamArtDog said...

There's light in the sky here late these days, but nothing like what you've got up there. Look at the color of that sky!