Untamed Land

Untamed Land
Untamed Land

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Into the Wild

Scott Christy and Mark Clark took a wilderness journey along the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula. First they flew over to Big Johnstone Lake, (above). They had to wait weeks for the weather to be stable enough to fly.
The next challenge was to find a safe place to land the airplane on the frozen lake.
They survived the landing, put on their skis and set off into the frozen landscape.
It's all pretty to look at, but so cold. They kept warm through the physical exertion of cross country skiing.
They came across these Wolverine tracks. Right now I am painting a 16x20" Wolverine between uploading these photos.
You can't help but wonder about the forces of nature that resulted in an abstract sculpture like this. What a playground.
My guess is that the fierce winds of the Kenai's outer coast had a lot to do with these ice formations. It is stormy most of the time. That is why no one lives there.
So beautiful it kind of feels sacred.
A great day out in the wild. Mark and Scott had to hurry back to the plane ahead of an approaching fog bank. It would not be a good place to be stranded for who knows how long?
In the meantime my friend Gary has been down in Washington State. He went to the Skagit Valley were he saw hundreds of thousands of Snow Geese and other waterfowl. They will be headed up to Alaska in about another month.

1 comment:

Sylwia Grabinska said...

wow!!! amazing place!
Nice adventure :)