“The granite ridge rises…

“The granite ridge rises very abruptly from the valley, its crest worn into the most fantastic forms—pinnacles, minarets, battlements, domes, and peaks. Some of these rise perhaps three thousand feet above the valley.”

p.306

2013

27 x 35 inches

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“Above the timber…

“Above the timber the mountain is naked, and all above nine thousand or ten thousand feet is a scene of unmixed and unrelieved desolation—rock, snow, and dry soil, that is all. No plant cheers the eye, no insect or bird appears…. In Switzerland, or the Tyrol… above the timber there would still be vegetation… The Alps are grand in their beauty, Mount Shasta is sublime in its desolation.”

p. 318

2013

92 x 36 inches

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“The valley ran nearly straight toward Mount Shasta…

The valley ran nearly straight toward Mount Shasta, and at times we got most glorious views of that peak. Its snow-covered head rose magnificently far above everything else—with that wonder and awe we regarded it…

P. 305

archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper

36 x 60 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“Around us was the sea of mountains…

“Around us was the sea of mountains, every billow a mountain; deep dark canyons thread them, the form and topography very complicated, the geological structure very broken.”

P. 155

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36 x 60 inches

2012

“… fire was in the tules…

 

“… fire was in the tules and in the stubble grounds at several places every night, and in the night air the sight was most grand—great sheets of flame, extending over acres, now a broad lurid sheet, then a line of fire sweeping across the stubble fields. The glare of the fire, reflected from the pillar of smoke which rose from each spot—a pillar of fire it seemed—was magnificent.”

P. 220

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52 x 36 inches

2012

“Hills rose on each side…

“Hills rose on each side, often high and steep, and in places the valley widened, showing that much more water once existed there. High terraces indicated the shores of an ancient lake. These terraces were most beautiful and made a remarkable contrast with the rugged rocky hills behind.”

P. 135

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36 x 48 inches

2012

“…the green hills…

“…the green hills were scarcely half a mile wide, the barren, rugged sandstone hills rising immediately back of these slaty green hills. The sandstone ridge is a continuous one, and has but one break… a rent or fissure divides the ridge, but a few feet wide at the narrowest part and several hundred feet high.”

p. 75

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36 x 48 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“The land was very dry…

“The land was very dry, the rains had hardly begun, so the vegetation looked very scanty and the land desolate…. The sea had worn the rocks into fantastic shapes; there are several arches, one of great size.”

p. 12

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48 x 36 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“…Hills covered with wild oats…

“…Hills covered with wild oats, with here and there bold outcroppings of coarse red sandstone, often worn into fantastic and grotesque forms by the weather.”

p.117

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36 x 75 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“…and worse than all the rest, over big bowlders…

“…and worse than all the rest, over big bowlders for a mile or two—bowlders piled thick together as only the sea can pile them.” (sic)

p. 51

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36 x 48 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“The springs…

“The springs cover an extent of a number of acres, but the principal ones are in a very narrow canyon with very steep sides. They break out on the bottom… There are hundreds of springs—of boiling water—boiling, hissing, roaring. The whole ground is scorched and seared, strewn with slag and cinders, or with sulphur and various salts that have either come up in the steam or have been crystallized from the waters. “

p. 231

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48 x 36 inches

2012

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“A deep rocky canyon…

“A deep rocky canyon, with rugged, almost perpendicular sides, but green, grassy bottom, opens into the main canyon, where there is a swift stream of water of crystal clearness, grass and oats abundant for our mules, fine trees scattered around for effect and all around rise high, rugged rocky mountains.”

p.112

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36 x 48 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“The sun on the hot waste…

“The sun on the hot waste produced precisely the effect of water in the distance; we would see a clear lake ahead, in which would be reflected the objects on the plain… …we could see the trees at the Mission mirrored in the clear surface—but it kept retreating as we advanced. The illusion was perfect. “

p. 101

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30 x 50 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“The stream, fed by melting snows back…

“The stream, fed by melting snows back, is a large sized millstream, it comes over the wall on the north side of the valley, and it drops 1,542 feet the first leap, then falls 1,100 more in two or three more cascades, the entire height being over 2,600 feet! We measured it yesterday. I question if the world furnishes a parallel—certainly there is none known.”

p.405

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36 x 27 inches

2012

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“…a peculiar looking sharp peak…

“…a peculiar looking sharp peak that rises like a spire on the edge of the regular mountain chain. It is a little over 2,000 feet high above the camp, quite steep, and to our surprise we found it a great mass of lava, very perfect and very marked. It had a few large granite veins in it.”

p. 31

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36 x 27 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute

“The mountains back of Santa Cruz…

“The mountains back of Santa Cruz are partially covered with magnificent forests of redwood, pine, and fir– tall straight, and beautiful. Many of the redwoods are from ten to twelve feet in diameter; one is nineteen or twenty feet in diameter. You cannot appreciate how tall and straight these Californian evergreen trees are.”

p153

archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper

36 x 60 inches

2012

printed while in residence at Kala Art Institute