That day in the woods when I was looking up at the otherworldly looking fungi on a tree, I nearly stepped on this feathery mask on the ground not far from it. A child may have dropped it... was it part of a Mardi Gras costume?
Curious thoughts of a west coast forest spirit or a trickster played on my mind... and still do whenever I look at these photos.
At the time I was making ARKEO #4, I was thinking vaguely of our Northwest Coast First Nations' trickster, the raven, but later it dawned on me that it was also the Kalevala owl-woman Louhi. It was wonderful for me that readers saw other cultural mythic figures or tricksters in the work. Fascinating - I just love these kind of connections and exchanges.