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Patagonia

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I watched a documentary about Chile but more specifically about a people who arrived in Patagonia (an area in Chile) in canoes hundreds of years ago and settled there. They had a close relationship to the sea. This was one who was interviewed and asked about comparable words they had in their language to ours. When asked, they had no words for police and God. They’re animistic.

Happy Father’s Day weekend all you dads.



Out There
June 1, 2016, 1:31 pm
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Went to my favorite place to walk on Memorial Day.

It’s out there enough to at least feel as though your away from things. Saw lots of rabbits…it’s the time of year. I’ve also seen bobcats, dolphins, and turkey there as well.



Sea Foam
May 13, 2016, 2:51 pm
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Pier
April 1, 2016, 2:25 pm
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Moments before I took this during a morning walk, I saw an otter floating on it’s back not 25 yards from me. It turned, looked right at me and took a dive below the surface…too fast for me and my camera.



Undertow
September 28, 2015, 1:45 pm
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I took this photo during a rare moment walking when the sun had risen.
I saw yet another shooting star about a week ago just before the sun rose. It was over the ocean more westerly than the previous two. This time I was facing it directly and could trace the streak across the sky. It was a long streak of light, it’s origin was a slightly thicker light tapering towards the end. Like the others it was just a brief moment…which I guess makes these moments all that more magical.



Moonlight Adventures

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Gouache studies done during my moonlight excursions.

During my moonlight walks there’s a beauty beyond compare to anything I’ve seen during the day. There’s a kind of magic in it. Some sights are really breathtaking…I saw a shooting star just upon starting my walk about a week ago. It was over the ocean, towards my south. This is the second I’ve seen. In fact the first time I saw one it was in that same place. This shooting star was different from the first as it wasn’t merely a streak of light…I saw a shape with a long tail of light. Then it appeared to slow for a moment as it entered the atmosphere and seemed to then disappear, assumably disintegrating. Maybe it was space junk. In any case it was very cool to see— and in fact, I said just that right after seeing it.



Dawn of the Raccoon 

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I painted this during my usual crazy early hour of the morning walk. You can see that it was pretty dark. After sitting there awhile, I heard a kind of purring sound. It reminded me of the sound that dinosaur made in Jurassic Park before it attacked Newman. I didn’t move at first, then I turned and clearly saw a raccoon standing up looking at me not three yards away, and another scampering away. I said softly, “It’s okay.” I said it not only to calm the raccoon… but also to calm myself. Then I turned and deliberately walked away.




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