Here on the south coast of Vancouver Island, Mount Tolmie
represents a significant endangered ecosystem. An upland
Garry oak area that provides important habitat for
many threatened forms of flora and fauna. It is also
a beloved hill top viewing site for residents and
tourists alike. It acts as a migratory beacon to dozens of
bird species, many that are seen only there.
This summer while painting this piece on location, the
smell and the irritation in my eyes from the many
distant forest fires highlighted for me once more that
the stewardship of our forests is my job and your job
and his and her job not some distant government
bureaucracy far removed from the reality of our
day to day life. It is also those of us who's lives
depend on clean air, clean water and the joy of
nature responsibility to enlighten those who
haven't 'got it' yet.
Oil on wood panel 11 x 14.
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