Marja-Leena Rathje
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slow road, pt 3

We left the dry grasslands of the south Cariboo region by taking the highway heading southwest through mountains and green forests, eventually to Whistler by the back route. It felt more like home already. It had been more than... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/07/2013 | 10 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Nature, Rocks, Travel

 

slow road, pt 1

Recently we took a few days' trip to visit our eldest daughter and her partner who live in the North Thompson River valley, east of Kamloops, BC. With us was also our eldest granddaughter who was eager to see... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/06/2013 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Rocks, Travel

 

fossil hunting 4



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Marja-Leena | 12/07/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

fossil hunting 3

Pareiasaurs: reptile, herbivore, possibly an early relation to turtles Alligator: Alberta, Canada A few more photos from that most memorable long ago visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. If you missed them, please see Part 1 and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/07/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

fossil hunting 2

More photos from that long ago visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. Unlike most of the photos I'd taken there, two here captured some information - the third photo shows a nothosaur, and the last one a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/07/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

fossil hunting

I came across an envelope of photographs, yes, the print kind, taken in the amazing Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta in 1999. I had written about this exciting trip a few years ago, along with some photos - please... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/06/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Environment, Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

jade

Natural rock with amazing colour variation and pattern in what I used to think was always all green, BC jade. I like this better than the usual jade jewelry or carvings, such a rock lover that I am.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/09/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

sensuous rocks

Still sorting through photos of our little Gabriola vacation, I'm enjoying revisiting the excitement of many discoveries. Each beach we visited had amazing rock formations, with some similarities in their rough weathered hole-y textures, common also on Hornby Island,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/06/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Textures, Travel

 

on Pilot Bay

Too too busy** to write more about Gabriola Island's petroglyphs but I will as soon as able. Instead, here are a few of my favourite photos taken on the beach of Pilot Bay on Gabriola. I do love these... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/06/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

Gabriola's petroglyphs 2

Learning of our interest in petroglyphs, our excellent B&B host on Gabriola Island told us of one accessible trail to one collection of them. We were warned that many are so worn that it is hard to spot them... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/05/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks, Travel

 

Gabriola's petroglyphs

a Gabriola Island petroglyph I have more photos plus notes to share on the petroglyphs we saw on Gabriola Island, along with many more rock photos.... when I have some time. I've been quiet on this blog for we... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks, Travel

 

Malaspina Galleries 4

Still more rocks by the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola Island, these adorned by the many colours of lichen.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/05/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Textures, Travel

 

Malaspina Galleries 3

Some exciting-to-me details of the rocks near the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola. Did I mention that I shot hundreds of photos on this island, mostly of rocks? Such a rich abundance of Nature's amazing creations....... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/05/2011 | 27 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

Malaspina Galleries 2

As we move further out to the point away from the most striking 'wave' rocks of the Malaspina Galleries on Gabriola Island, we continue to see and admire amazing formations and textures and colours. Nature's art work worthy of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/05/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

Gabriola's Malaspina Galleries

(photo by FVR) (photo by FVR) (photo by FVR) As mentioned in my last post, we recently visited Gabriola Island and its noteworthy limestone formations called the Malaspina Galleries. We were told that they have eroded a great deal,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/05/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

rocks, again

As most regular readers here know, unusually patterned and weathered rocks are something of an obsession for me. Here are two from a new series of photos that I am working on and very excited about. Details and more... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/05/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

rocks and water

With thanks for all the delightful and creative responses to my previous post, here are more images to inspire thoughts of tiny fairies hiding amongst rocks and splashing in little waterfalls and pools. I loved doing that when I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/04/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

round and white

another stone from the windowsill smooth, cool and mysterious transformed in this scan to something egg-like, translucent, almost alive... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/02/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

a white stone

two sides of a much-loved stone that resides on a windowsill was it found by one of our children years ago?... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/02/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

rain forest

After a week of sunny frosty weather, followed by a much too short-lived overnight snow, it's been rain, rain and more rain with gloomy dark days calling for lights indoors. I keep my 'daylight' lamp on next to me... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/01/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Nature, Photoworks, Rocks

 

bones, stones & fossils

As so many of us do on seashores everywhere, I like to pick up interesting shells and stones and take some home. This time, on our recent little vacation on the west coast, I discovered small stones that seemed... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/06/2010 | 16 comments
themes: Books, Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

west coast rocks

And, of course, since I love rocks so very much, I had to capture these handsome ones on one of our favourite beaches during our recent west coast holiday.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 31/05/2010 | 11 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

revisiting Hornby's petroglyphs

This year's mini-vacation to Hornby Island was a sort of pilgrimage for me as we revisited some favourite spots from past visits. It must be over 15 years ago when we first saw the petroglyphs made by early First... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/11/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Books, Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

more rock lace

            ...on the very photogenic Hornby Island, naturally!... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/11/2009 | 13 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

all hallow's

A little bit of spookiness created just for you, dear readers, to put you in the mood for Samhain, All Hallow's or Halloween, All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, Kekri or whatever you celebrate this weekend! If this... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/10/2009 | 5 comments
themes: Culture, Photoworks, Rocks

 

Hornby rock lace

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Marja-Leena | 26/10/2009 | 15 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

more Hornby rocks

a few more photos of Hornby Island's rocks a busy week but in a good way, despite continuing insomnia fall gardening, housework and much art making a most heartwarming time with a friend here for dinner and breakfast life... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2009 | 16 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

Hornby Island photos

Still very busy, now preparing for a new schedule for this fall as I head back to the printmaking studio, but wanted to quickly post some photos of the amazing rocks on Hornby Island. More to come...... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/09/2009 | 12 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

Ancient Britain: flint

                Odd title, I know. One of the very interesting tidbits of knowledge passed on by our tour guide was that the Wiltshire region of England, home of the ancient sites we visited on our tour,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/07/2009 | 19 comments
themes: History, Photoworks, Rocks, Travel

 

dinosaur rock

        This cool find on the beach this morning is making me wonder about the geological journeys it has gone through before arriving on our shores.    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/07/2008 | 12 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

lines of age

        The lines on the rock are like the lines on the face of an elder. What events have created them? Where have these rocks come from? What tumultuous journeys have they suffered? How old are they?    ... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/05/2008 | 2 comments
themes: History, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

nature's sculpture

        found sitting in a tidal pool on a beach in Pacific Rim National Park, BC how I wanted to take it home make a meditation pool for it in the garden but 'twas way too big and heavy... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/02/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rocks

 

earthworks #2

        on Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia, February 3, 2008... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/02/2008 | 9 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

rocks bearing fossils

        Eight years ago, when I had an exhibition of my works in a gallery in Edmonton, Alberta, my husband and I decided to deliver my framed works by car and make this journey into a bit of a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/09/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Canada and BC, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

Writing-on-Stone Park

This morning, I was very excited by an article in our newspaper about Writing-on-Stone Park in Alberta, a very important place for me, spiritually and artistically. Unfortunately, the online version does not include the photos of some of the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/08/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

Hornby Island rocks

    From time to time over the life of this blog, I've been posting some of my favourite photos of the uniquely weathered rocks on Hornby Island. They've inspired and become essential portions of many of my works, first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

a muddle


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Marja-Leena | 23/05/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printworks, Rocks

 

beach art


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Marja-Leena | 17/05/2007 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

this earth

Another one from a favourite place... If you are curious about where this photograph was taken, see the comments in the previous post.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/05/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Rocks

 

still


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Marja-Leena | 09/05/2007 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

a photo



a photo taken on a favourite island...

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Marja-Leena | 07/05/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

a rock



an odd-shaped covered in barnacles...

I stop and wonder how ancient it is, how far it has travelled

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Marja-Leena | 28/04/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks

 

stones or bones?

These rocks make me think of weathered old bones of some prehistoric creature.

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Marja-Leena | 12/04/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Photoworks, Rocks

 

fall colours

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Marja-Leena | 16/10/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

stairway

On the trail in Writing-on-Stone Park

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Marja-Leena | 31/07/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

more rock

Another photo of some of the thousands of rocks at Writing-on-Stone Park...

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Marja-Leena | 16/07/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Photoworks, Rocks

 

pensive


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Marja-Leena | 06/07/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Music, Other artists, Photoworks, Rocks

 

Alberta Trip Day 3


This was the big day, the main reason for this trip. We finally made it to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in southern Alberta, a major site of hoodoos, petroglyphs and pictographs.

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Marja-Leena | 22/06/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks

 

fetus rock

Recently I happily leafed through some of my favourite photographs taken over a decade ago on Hornby Island, BC. The ocean weathered rocks and the petroglyphs were of endless fascination to me, and I eagerly captured these on film.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/06/2006 | 6 comments
themes: Meta-morphosis, Photoworks, Printworks, Rocks

 

tidy up

a Hornby Island petroglyph

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Marja-Leena | 05/05/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks, Tools and technology

 

writers and hoodoos

What are hoodoos? Do the hoodoos have native petroglyphs or pictographs? Is "hoodoo" an aboriginal word?

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badlands, hoodoos & petroglyphs


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Marja-Leena | 20/06/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rock Art & Archaeology, Rocks