Wild Wednesday … SpongeBob SquarePants?

I’ve seen some strange things in the woods. Not long ago it was the Pink Panther up a pine tree. Before that it was Jellystone park, home of Yogi Bear. Now it’s Sponge Bob! I can’t for the life of me, figure out how anyone thought SpongeBob SquarePants was a good idea for a cartoon character. I also can’t figure out how they were right! That’s why I’m just a dirt forester.

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SpongeBob says, “say hello to my little friend!”

What’s next, Bullwinkle, Foghorn Leghorn or Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Lord, I hope it’s not Barney. Oh no, now that song is playing in my head!

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Bliss, “That looks evil!”
Tasha, “I’ll get the big one. You get the little one!”

Wild Wednesday … Pretty Crazy In Pink?

I see a lot of strange things in the woods, but one day this summer I saw a creature out there that I had never seen before. It was a cat, but not a mountain lion or bobcat and it was pink. I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, it was the “Pink Panther.”

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The Pink Panther up a tree. In case you don’t believe me, here is photographic evidence.

Yep, the Pink Panther was spotted by yours truly along Highway 3 on the west side of Trinity Lake. I don’t make these things up folks. There he was up a tall Ponderosa pine tree, way up!

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If you look hard you can see him in the pine on the right side of the road.

He was about forty feet up the tree. I don’t know what he was doing up there. I don’t know how he got up there. He wouldn’t come down and he wouldn’t talk to me. So I took his picture and left him to his business.

I went by a few weeks later and he was gone. Keep and eye out, he may be coming to a tree near you!

Forestry Friday … Steam Donkey WIP

This huge steam engine has waited silently for years. Seasons passed, leaves turned, and its only visitors were the wild creatures paying it no attention.

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The Willamette Steam Donkey. Photo courtesy of Mark Lathrop.

Steam donkeys were the cutting edge technology for powering logging operations a hundred years ago. Serving as yarders, they brought logs to the landing. They were the loaders, too. These huge machines provided any heavy lifting that needed to be done. Steam donkeys replaced horses and oxen for moving logs.

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Steam Donkey work in progress.

I’m doing a mixed media watercolor painting of this steam donkey for a forestry education fund-raising auction. The auction will be held at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference coming up in February. You can follow the progress on this piece in my future blog posts. I’m using a Canson Bright White 90 lb hot press cotton paper. I sketched out my pencil guide and am inking. I’m inking with a brand new Lamy All-Star extra fine point pen.

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Mark at the historic site.

The pictures were taken by my friend, Mark, who has graciously given me permission to use them for this project. He had the awesome duty of leading a team of historians to the donkeys to record the site. Keep following for more on the story behind this steam donkey.

Forestry Friday … Come Along To The Woods

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There is art in the forest no matter where you look.

I had a beautiful day to get out to the woods this week. Here are a few picture to share. No particular theme this time. I haven’t posted a lot of forestry lately, so it’s time to get my groove on. Just click on the gallery to enlarge the pictures

Thank you for coming along.

Help! I Need a Caption

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What can we say about this?

What a funny sight in the middle of the woods, but I couldn’t come up with a good caption.  I need your help people.  Throw some clever captions my way and we will see which one sticks.

This is a Ponderosa pine with a tire about eighteen feet up.  I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t throw it up that high.  I don’t know how it got there.  However, I have my suspicions.  If I were a betting man, I would say it involved a mischievous logger, with too much time on his hands, and a loader.  If it wasn’t that, then there must be an airplane flying around with missing landing gear.

Forestry Friday … The Fall Gold Rush

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Fall has hit its peak in the high country.  We were in the mountains for the weekend.  The leaves have turned and were dropping enthusiastically, but Sunday was the day.  Sunday was the day that Mother Nature performed her striptease … Continue reading

Forestry Friday … Red

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Black oak leaves showing off.

Forestry Friday is a new weekly feature on The Forester Artist.  Features will be whatever I want them to be, but related to forestry and forests. As you may have guessed this week’s theme is “Red”.black oak, forest, naturedogwood, Pacific dogwood, nature, fall colors

Pacific dogwood paint splatter.
Pacific dogwood

Pacific dogwood

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Poison oak. You can look, but don’t touch!

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Red Bud

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Blitz, the red dog!