revisiting rocks

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While browsing through my digital photo albums looking for something else, I came across the Hornby Island 2009 folder with hundreds of images of fascinating rocks. Distracted and dreaming, I have been. Over the years a number of photos from that favourite island have been posted here from many visits, though not many from 2009. Here are a couple of images that appealed to me with their subtle details.

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Oh, and if you are new and curious, or would like to revisit some of those past posts and photos about Hornby Island, try this search.

Easter 2014

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a sunny Good Friday today, a sweet break between rainstorms

the garden is full of spring blooms including magnolias and camellias

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Happy Easter to all! Hauskaa Pääsiäistä! Frohe Ostern!

mystery stone

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a curious small stone with what seems to be thin layer of glazed tile on top
with mysterious star-like crackling, like a petroglyph

odd layering beneath with another glazed bit and white stone on the bottom
man-made? nature-made? both?

new Old Main

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As mentioned before, we were visiting Kamloops last month. Besides art exhibition visits, our daughter took us for a tour of part of the lovely campus of Thompson Rivers University, sited on a mountain top overlooking the city. Knowing our interest in innovative, sustainable and energy saving architectural design, she was eager to show us the recently completed renovation and expansion of the Old Main building. Yes, we do love the modern design, the undulating roof, the numerous windows bringing in the light and the views, especially north over the city and the mountains.

This building now houses the new Faculty of Law, the first new one in Canada in thirty years. I became even more intrigued by the story behind the inspiration for the architectural design:

The design firms looked to the splendor of Mt. Peter and Paul to create an expansive design that undulates and curves, and were inspired by Mount Paul, by A. Y. Jackson. The result is a spectacular undulating roofline that mirrors the Kamloops horizon.

You can see Mounts Peter and Paul in the bottom photo. It took much searching to find Jackson’s painting – it is in the collection of the Kamloops Art Gallery, to be found on this page (scroll down and down, it is the fourth from the bottom). For copyright reasons, I hesitate placing it here. A.Y. Jackson was a Canadian artist, part of our noted Group of Seven. He took many painting exhibitions all over Canada, including BC and the North.

seedheads & grass

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The Kamloops area of BC is dry grassland country. When we visited late March, the predominant colour of the land seemed to be the shade of wheat and its many subtle variations. These plantings of silvery beige grasses interspersed with reddish dried stalks of echinacea caught my eye as we walked about the university campus. Such a contrast to the year-round colour of green in our southwest coastal rainforest.

goodbye Joe & Heidi

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Joe Hyam, 20.9.1933 – 10.3.2014 and Heidi Rudloff Bush, 28.6.1938 – 22.12.2013

Saddened by the passing of Heidi just before Christmas, then Joe Hyam of Now’s the Time so soon after his wife, I have been without words. Many others have written about them and their friendship more eloquently than I ever could and I nod to them – please see links below.

I delved into our UK 2009 travel photos and found a precious few of our wonderful but short visit to Tunbridge Wells. Joe is well-known I think for being rather camera shy but Fred sneaked this quick shot in his beloved study just before we headed out for a walk in the town. (I tried to remove my image but it only spoiled the background.) I wrote back then about goodbyes, preferring the less final näkemiin or auf wiedersehn. It truly is now a goodbye while that day is even more precious a memory.

Lucy of Box Elder, a most eloquent and prolific writer, friend and collaborator with Joe on Compasses wrote these:
- a hauntingly beautiful poem on the loss of Heidi
- how she met Joe thanks to onions and about her scheme to go to Joe’s memorial
- about the trip and the memorial, along with links to others

Roderick Robinson of Tone Deaf, who has known Joe for decades, wrote several times:
- the first notice that I saw about Joe’s passing, a tribute to their long friendship, and more
- the day of the memorial
- He and his wife also attended Heidi’s memorial but I was unable to find the link about it. If Robbie reads this, perhaps he’ll send it in a comment below.

The Crow wrote a touching goodbye which reflects so well the amazing connections and friendships that come through this blogging medium and which I also feel deeply.

art exhibits in Kamloops

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Andrea Mantegna: Battle of the Sea Gods (left side)
c.1485-1488
Engraving on laid paper 28 x 42.7 cm.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

On our recent visit to Kamloops, our daughter took us to see several art exhibitions. The major ones were in the Kamloops Art Gallery:

- Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints and Picasso’s Beasts, both on loan from the National Gallery of Canada

- unlimited edition, prints by Indigenous artists in the Kamloops Art Gallery’s permanent collection

- Andrea Kastner’s The Waste Land

All were fascinating and beautiful exhibits. The large selection of Early European engravings, etching and woodcuts by many well-known artists was an impressive collection requiring close study of their dense and highly detailed work. The Picasso etchings were a selection from his Vollard Suite, some familiar and some new to me and all marvellous work, of course. The KAG’s collection of prints by well-known Indigenous artists was wonderful to see all together. Such a variety of periods and styles of printmaking in these three exhibitions – food for a printmaker’s soul, also much enjoyed by our daughter and my husband.

Kastner’s large contemporary paintings are very beautiful, yet horrible in their look at our industrial and household “waste lands”.

Please read more about these exhibits at the Kamloops Art Gallery website. They provided a lovely booklet to take home, from where I captured the above image. No photos were allowed.

Other exhibits we visited were at The Old Courthouse Cultural Centre which houses the Kamloops Courthouse Gallery, The Kamloops Arts Council, a gift shop, and the Arnica Artist Run Center gallery. The latter space had another print exhibition organized by the Kamloops Printmakers, an International Print Exchange (more details here).

One more interesting print exhibition that we saw was at the Thompson Rivers University – work by the first and second year printmaking students and some guests. We were pleased to meet the artist-instructor and share stories about techniques, educational experiences and more. What a weekend of art shows, thanks to our daughter for organizing this tour!

I’ll write a bit about the university in another post as this is too long already.

back home

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Recently we took a pleasant road trip up to visit our eldest daughter and her husband who live east of Kamloops. It is always a stunning drive along the Coquihalla Highway with its high mountain passes, still with lots of snow. It is hard to stop on the highway though I did take photos through the windows which I might show later though you may have seen some before. The first three above were taken at a rest stop where we ate our packed lunch. The last was taken in A & R’s yard the day after the light overnight snow was melting.

I was greatly struck by these as sort of archaeological or geologic images, not merely snow.

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on the windowsill in the solarium
a row of odd shaped driftwood pieces
this embedded with tiny stones in mini-caves
and memories of a favourite seaside retreat

heterocera

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a moth on the floor, no longer alive
scanned with tissue paper on top
learned a new word: moths are heterocera
remembered other moths here and here