I slipped this in between the leaves of my notebook for the walk home. To be protected by quick thoughts and scattered words written in bleed-proof ink. I write down what I see and read and think, hoping to apply it to an image down the road. This painting got a note about how the wind pushing across the lake surface was the same wind I loved when I worked at a lighthouse this time of year. "The kind that says "enjoy this, it is fleeting." This painting is the result of the last post. Plein air watercolor and gouache.
On the morning of September 23, 1957, the nine Black high school students faced an angry mob of over 1,000 Whites in front of Central High School who were protesting the integration project. As the students were escorted inside by the Little Rock police, violence escalated, and they were removed from the school. The next day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 1,200-man 327th Airborne Battle Group of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to escort the nine students into the school. By the same order, he federalized the entire 10,000-man Arkansas National Guard, in order to remove them from the control of Governor Faubus. At nearby Camp Robinson, a hastily organized Task Force 153rd Infantry drew guardsmen from units all over the state. Most of the Arkansas Guard was quickly demobilized, but the ad hoc TF153Inf assumed control at Thanksgiving when the 327th withdrew, and patrolled inside and outside the school for the remainder of the school year. As Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the nine students, wrote in her diary, "After three full days inside Central [High School], I know that integration is a much bigger word than I thought." (wikipedia)⠀
📍: LIttle Rock Central High School National Historic Site, AR⠀
📅 : April 2016⠀
I love how this shot turned out- I was trying out different angles and was going to use a tripod and a timer but this girl comes running up out of no where and perfectly poses without any direction. I think it's safe to say she nailed it!
When I first visited @northcascadesnps last year, I knew I wanted to find a way to make it to this spot someday. This trail, while in the US, is only accessible via Canada. It's the only spot in the country where a road leads directly from Canada into the US without any border patrol. Admittedly, it was a weird feeling to just drive between the two countries without any customs.
This obelisk marks the 49th parallel according to the Treaty of 1846 - which established the northern border of the US with Canada. It's quite possibly the easiest spot to simply walk freely back and forth between the border. If you look closely across the Skagit River in the background, you'll see a cutout in the forest that perfectly follows the border. It was an incredibly interesting site, to say the least - and I'm glad I checked it off my bucket list.
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The spectacular Highline Trail, 11.2 mile point to point hike following along the Garden Wall (Continental Divide). Great views of Mt. Canon, Mt. Oberlin and Heavens Peak, up and over Haystack Pass. Lucked out on a very rare smoke free day 💨