Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mother nature has given us a last few days to enjoy the snow. Here are some snowy favorites to enjoy.

Original Oil Painting so realistic it feels like you're there.
The Cascade Mountains of Western Canada host some of the world most spectacular mountain lakes. Here bright fall foliage and clear mountain air provide a breath-taking view of the stately peaks that are mirrored across the surface of the blue-cold lake. A place of both scenic and personal reflections.

Giclee prints available. Visit Online Gallery

The Cascade Range (or Cascades) is a major mountain range of western North America, extending from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California. The Cascades are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. All of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. The two most recent were Lassen Peak in 1914 to 1921 and a major eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

Freshly fallen snow weights heavily on the branches of the Larch Pine trees that line the now impassible road. Light streams through trees, drawing geometrical patterns. It's so quiet you can hear the earth awakening to its new blanket. It's a world and moment where you are unprotected by man's innovations; beautiful and worthy of respect.

Holland Lake Lodge is located near Missoula, Montana. It is an entrance into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, where my brother was an outfitter. "The Bob", as it is known by locals and nicknamed by the U.S. Forest Service employees, ranges in altitudes of 4,000 to over 9,000 feet (1,220 to 2750 m). A long escarpment known as the Chinese Wall averages 1,000 feet (300 m) high from its base and extends for 40 miles (64 km). Aside from numerous waterfalls, lakes, and dense forests, the wilderness is also prime Grizzly bear habitat and the U.S. Forest Service claims that the population density of this species is higher than can be found anywhere else in the U.S. outside of Alaska. The Bob is also home to many other large mammals such as moose, elk, black bear, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, wolverine, mountain lion, lynx, and wolf. Bald eagles, osprey, pelican, and trumpeter swan are just a few of the bird species found. The dense old growth forests are dominated by Douglas fir, larch, and spruce. Forest fires have changed large areas in the wilderness complex in recent years.
Wilderness areas do not allow motorized or mechanical equipment including bicycles or hang gliders. Camping and fishing are allowed; fishing requires a state license; no roads are present and there is also no logging or mining in compliance with the Wilderness Act. Some administrative cabins constructed in the early 1920s afford refuge for trail crews and wilderness rangers. Wilderness areas within National Forests and Bureau of Land Management areas also allow hunting in season.

Photography Prints Blue, crisp, and wet cold; it was the sounds of natures melody that originally drew me to this scene. The sounds of the creek from melting snow and the crisp blues emerging after days of gray make this a painting of renewal. It's the freshness after a storm or the first signs of the coming spring. Painted en plein air outside Allenspark, Colorado accounts for the small size of the original, but this breath-taking crisp morning is now a warm and treasured memory.
Mary Ellen Anderson is a contemporary American oil painter residing in Lawrence, Kansas USA. She is known for her oil paintings that blend ultra-realism and impressionism into a unique style that is reminiscent of Renaissance masters. Common themes are mid-west and western landscapes, portraits, and nature.

Gallery: Open Mon - Sat.
(inside the Anderson Rentals Building)
1312 W. 6th. Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044