Saturday, June 13, 2009
In November of 1967 I returned from a year's tour in Viet-Nam and was assigned to a Post in NYC. I managed to secure a weekend retreat in Manhattan, sharing a one room, cold water studio with an elderly Russian Jewish Sculptor. This photograph was taken from the fire escape outside the one window.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire,a series of volcanic mountains that ring the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Range extends for 700 miles from Mt. Lassen in central Northern California,north through central Oregon and Washington.Viewed here from Pilot Butte, another cinder cone located in the heart of Bend, Oregon, are, from the left, Mt. Bachelor, BrokenTop, and the Three Sisters.
As a child I made a trip across the continent from my rural Oregon home to the fabled city of Boston. Lodged deep in my psyche is the dream image of the swan-crested gondolas that lilted on the rippling lake waters of Boston Commons.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
For the Shasta peoples The Mountain was at the center of their lives. Medicine men sought empowerment,gathering herbs and receiving instruction in dreams; Vision-Questers hiked clockwise around the mountain at treeline, half-a-day at a time, untill the full circumference was completed;baths were taken in the healing waters of the springs. But all human activity was restricted to forest-line or below, for the upper region of the mountain was the realm of the Great Spirits. 15 July 2008 11a.m.
*walk round and round but never on top (Shasta Tribal name for the Mountain)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The orchard trees, having given fruit for another year, golden up, their cherries picked and packed and shipped around the world; the waist-high hillside grasses have browned in the summer sun, and it's morning in The Dalles, Oregon, my homeland, on the banks of the mighty Columbia River.