Sketching in Redwood Heaven


uni-ball Vision Elite pen and watercolor in watercolor sketchbook

Just back from a few days camping at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, with its ancient forests, a temperate rainforest whose biomass (living and dead organic material) has been measured at seven times that found in a tropical rainforest!  These old growth forests feel so alive that it is easy to see everywhere the eyes of trolls, fairies, gargoyles, lepracauns and all manner of ferocious and tame creatures.  The trees are so gigantic that they lives in three climatic zones at once.  Our stay was in the lowest zone which was cool, green and moist in a way that the area outside the forest and much of California is not.


Many of the larger redwoods have “rooms” inside where you can stand in the bowels of the tree.  The wood is so hard that it many trees survive forest fires and live hundreds of years with dark hollowed out cores.

Inside the ancient forest I stand.  Inside the ancient redwood body, tattooed by forest fire upon its innermost core, it stands proud and so beautiful. I stand here in its sacred heart with a prayer that all victimes of earth will be so redeemed to stand tall again in the heart of such a one as this.


I love to sketch at night around a campfire or picnic table. My friend Katya used the light of her headlamp, while I used the dark of the new moon!


While munching our lunch snacks I caught a park visitor on a redwood bench.



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