Diane MacDonald


(posted on 20 Sep 2018)

After venturing into Wells Gray Provincial Park, we headed from Clearwater to Mt. Robson,
the highest peak in Canada - only about a third of its stately beauty was visible. The changing
colours emphasized its angular grandeur and cloud formations made the changing views

The aim of this trip was to meet Mel's sister and her husband at Mt. Robson and from there
travel to Jasper, Banff, and Fairmont.  The photo above was taken at the Mt. Robson Visitor's
Centre where we picked up directions and maps.  We eagerly returned to the "rig" to begin
exploring only to find that it stubbornly refused to start.  We have BCAA to thank for the
45 minute tow back to Valemount.


Followed the tow truck to the boonies outside Valemount - can't say we were reassured when
we arrived at Monashee Motors.

But our reticence was groundless and after an overnight stay in the garage the rig was up
and running again.  Unfortunately the weather then threw havoc into our plans and, with 
snow in the forecast and dire Environment Canada warnings about conditions on the Columbia
River Parkway, we diverted to Edmonton.  We passed some sheep just bumming around as we
drove through Jasper. A blast of winter and the promised snow materialized when we arrived at
Mel's sister's home.


The four of us decided to head further east trying to outrun the snow.  Our revised route took
us to Drumheller, home of the internationally renowned Tyrell Museum.  The dinosaur displays
are remarkable (an understatement), and the stop educational, fun and worthwhile.

Finally we dared to turn west toward the Rocky Mountains and, once there, were rewarded
with multiple glimpses of their wonder as we drove from Banff to Lake Louise.



Mighty, majestic, magnificent - abundant, beautiful views around each bend. Exhilarating
and humbling.  I'm running out of superlatives!  We're in Fairmont now, already eager to
return to Banff and Jasper.



(posted on 10 Sep 2018)

Several weeks ago a friend alerted me to a call for images for "Splash", a juried photography exhibition at Gallery 1650 in Los Angeles.  The theme: water.  Four of my images (shown below) were among the sixty selected for the month-long show.  If you happen to be in LA, the opening night reception will take place on Saturday, September 15th.


Umbrella Spokes Reflected in Raindrops




Ocean Abstraction


Sea Script

(posted on 9 Sep 2018)

It's me again - hope you're happy to accompany us on our Fall 2018 RV trip in BC and (soon) Alberta.

We headed off early last Friday on a BC ferry, the Salish Eagle, heading from Pender to Tsawwassen
with Mt. Baker looking almost Fuji-like in the clouds.

First a ride on the tram over the drama of the Fraser Canyon at Hell's Gate.


Then through Cache Creek to Hat Creek Ranch, situated on a section of the original Cariboo Wagon Road;
a regular stop for early gold rush miners in BC.  Meticulous restoration of original wallpaper, flooring
and furnishings make a stop at Hat Creek House especially interesting.


A view through lace curtains; this of the horse stables across the lane:

On to Clearwater, gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park - pristine, untrammelled, peaceful, beautiful. 


Finally after a summer of heat and fire, the weather has turned and it looks as though we're in for rain - 
stay tuned!  Update - whoops I mean snow.  Just heard there's snow forecast for Jasper.  Not sure
where we'll head now, but not Jasper.  A course correction is required.



(posted on 31 Jul 2018)

Summer - art exhibitions abound indoors and out.  For the 22nd year Art off the Fence showcased amazing
art on South Pender Island at the Church of the Good Shepherd.  Along with good food and great music, 
beautiful artwork drew several hundred visitors to the two day show.  
Below: the crowd at the show alongside one of my sold works:



In its 32nd year, The Sooke Fine Arts Show is taking place NOW - the SFAS opened Friday July 27th
and closes Monday August 6th.  The show offers a breathtaking collection of marvellous artwork. 
Below, the display greeting show visitors; beside it my Leaf Filigree.
(For the first time this year visitors were welcome to take pictures).




The art show in Sooke became an excuse for a short motorhome get-away. Eons ago we were resident
in Victoria for many years but had not visited the Sooke potholes. Luckily we arrived early Friday before
the hordes descended.  It's easy to see why this natural attraction draws both camera buffs and thrill-seekers.  



Saturday we drove north from Sooke to China Beach - from there we hiked to Mystic Beach enjoying
what the Japanese call "forest bathing".  Much of the time our eyes were glued to the ground - no trees were chopped in the building of the Juan de Fuca Trail and there are thousands of trip-able roots - roots that keep
the trees standing and are determined to leave hikers prone!  The middle photo depicts a
representative portion of the trail. 




Two challenging kilometres later we arrived at Mystic Beach, fog bank in the background -
worth the hike.  After a lovely lunch respite we traversed the roots back to our car.  Friends had 
recommended a stop at nearby Foggy Mountain Forge - a fascinating experience worth repeating.



Sunday we travelled across island to Crofton.  That afternoon we watched a self-propelled motorized
hang glider, launching himself airborne from the beach.  Yesterday we drove to nearby Cowichan Bay for
lunch - there is a wonderful historical boat museum situated on the wharf (free).  Fun, too, 
to see the colourful float homes at the marina.



We returned home with happy memories and a new idea for containing potted plants!


(posted on 20 Jul 2018)

Setting up for Art off the Fence today - the show runs tomorrow and Sunday, 11 to 4.  

And the Sooke Fine Arts Show opens Thursday - I'm pleased to have had two pieces accepted into the show.  A feast for the eyes, the show runs for 11 days - more info at http://sookefinearts.com

(posted on 6 Jul 2018)

Counting down!  Two weeks to go until Art off the Fence on beautiful South Pender Island!  Music, food, and an art extravaganza all under the trees at the Church of the Good Shepherd.  Mark your calendars!

(posted on 29 Jun 2018)

We hope you will add a visit to Sea Star Vineyards to your long weekend agenda.  You will find an art extravaganza to enjoy along with Sea Star's exquisite wines - a celebratory combination on this Canada Day Weekend.    Show opens tonight and continues Saturday and Sunday. 

(posted on 12 Jun 2018)

Red Tree Artists will be featured at Sea Star Vineyards over the Canada Day Weekend - we're excited to be showing as a group for the first time since our beloved gallery at Hope Bay closed.  The show opens Friday, June 29th at 4; details on poster below.

I will be showing three Sea Script images that I think reflect the beauty and texture
of the ocean that surrounds and sustains us.


We hope that our loyal gallery followers along with friends and family 
will find their way to Sea Star for wonderful artwork,
exquisite wines, gourmet hors d'ouvres, and melodious bass and guitar music by Cole Dine.








(posted on 30 Apr 2018)

Wendy came to Pender Island about the same time I did, and came to glass art about the time I started taking photography seriously.  We enjoyed working together and collaborated on multiple projects.  It is a year since she passed away too suddenly, too young. Both her person and her talent are worth celebrating and remembering.  With that in mind, I put together a book of photographs of her glass - to view the book, go to 



(posted on 2 Apr 2018)

The maps led us out of the snow and back home - we completed the circle today and were greeted
by (chilly) sunshine on Pender.


Enroute we passed through Shanika, an Oregon ghost town where the only peopled place in the
flat desert landscape was the electrically coloured general store.


Our final travel highlight - the narrow, tunnelled Washington-side road along the Columbia
River Gorge.  The grandeur of sheer cliffs cascading into white-capped water was paralleled by
the man-made roadside attractions including a full-size replica of Stonehenge, completed in 1930,
built as a memorial to those who died in WW1.

A challenge to see in the small image below, but I was intrigued by framed glimpses of modern 
windmills on the adjacent hillside.

Nearby is the Maryhill Museum of Art, beautifully situated on the high bluffs overlooking the river
and filled with an eclectic collection of art including more than 80 sculptures by Auguste Rodin,
objects from the palace of the queen of Romania (!), European and American paintings, a
stunning collection of chess sets from around the world, and rotating special exhibitions.


Outdoors there are intriguing sculptures - here two views of a metal runner.


After rewarding visits with family over Easter week - the mandatory ferry ride that necessarily
bookends any Pender arrival/departure.

We knew our circle was complete when we found ourselves amid the moss-covered trees of
(almost) home!

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