These watercolor images were painted to highlight just a few of the precious wetlands in the Penokee Hills. Ecologically crucial to the water quality of Lake Superior and the wild rice beds of the Kakagon Sloughs, which are of enormous cultural importance to the Ojibwe people, this area has faced threats from mining and other economic interests. The "ridge" you see in the far distance of the Beaver Pond and Sedge Meadow would have been reduced to crushed rock, burying the images you see here forever. The final image, of a waterfall in Copper Falls State Park, shows this tanin-colored water rushing over rocks, turning to gold on its journey down to the Lake. Precious and pure, and so necessary for life, pure water truly is "gold".
The originals of these pieces were donated as a fundraiser for the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, an organization whose work in mapping and documenting these wetlands was instrumental in saving them for future generations.
Penokee Wetlands - Beaver Pond
This is an enormous beaver pond at Bull Gus Creek, way up in the Penokee Hills. Amazingly built and engineered by creatures who can chew down trees and stack logs, branches, mud, and even rocks to form a 12 foot high watertight wall. The many dead trees are evidence of the flooding that occurred in its creation.
7.5 x 18 inches, Original Watercolor, 2015
Penokee Wetlands-Sedge Meadow
6 x 10 inches, Original Watercolor, 2015
Copper Falls, Solstice
5 x 5.5 inches, Original Watercolor, 2015