The Old Man of Storr

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Rainbows are everywhere on Skye!  Still, a rainbow appearing just beside The Old Man of Storr seemed exceptional to Carolyn and JK after a few days of rainbow spotting.  This is the view of the famous stones from the highway, and one of the clearest views we had of them. As our bus moved around the hills, the rainbow passed in front of the Old Man and then shifted to the left side.  Imagine the awesome beauty of those green hills, enormous stones, and the freshness of the rainbow light through the rain changing through 150 degrees of beauty.

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Waterfall Inukshuk

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When I saw piled stone way markers in Scotland I wondered if they are part of an ancient custom or something that migrated over from the Canadian North.  Are they called Inuksuit (plural of Inuksuk) in Scotland?  Certainly I have seen them wherever there are rocks and people, these days, so it makes sense that ancient people would have a little rest and pile some rocks as well.  If anyone knows more about the little stone men of Scotland, I’d be pleased to hear from you.

This painting is of a Canadian Inuksuk, I just can’t remember exactly where it was.  The rock at the bottom looked like a bird with outstretched wings, making the little fellow look like he was surfing the breeze.  A lovely idea!  Anyway, this was just a little sketch, the first I did with my travel kit from Scotland.  The colours are excellent!

Near the Old Man

The Old Man of Storr, that is.  Carolyn and JK climbed up to this famous monolith.  It was rainy and blowing a gale, but that only made the mysterious stones eerier.  The Old Man isn’t in this view; it’s down the trail a little somewhere in that mist.Near the Old Man.JPG

Pilkey Point

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Long long ago my friend asked me to be a second driver on a trip to the coast to deliver another friend to school.  It was September on an island just off Vancouver Island, and it was more beautiful than usual because time was so short.  One evening we had a few moments to enjoy the sunset light on an isolated point at the end of a hilly, winding road.  It was a highlight of the trip, right next to swimming with a friendly sea lion off the dock at the school.

I didn’t paint this on site, but the memory was strong enough 🙂

Shelter Bay B.C.

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Time to wait for the Upper Arrow Lakes Ferry? Best build an inukshuk. The ferry runs between Shelter Bay and Galena Bay in Southern B.C.

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Inukshuks are meant to be markers indicating a trail or to show that a person has passed that way. It’s a nice idea for modern travellers – to say “I was here” without graffiti; to show that “you’re on the right track, fellow traveller, you are not alone”.

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Or they can be a test of artistic skill. Working character into stone takes a good eye.

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Here’s someone with a talent for balance. Clearly an expert inukshuk creator made this piece.

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They are quite a powerful sight on a bleak landscape.