|Sara shot this. I love it.|
Saturday was a good day.
Tempting fate with a day that was already perfect. I rushed out to the stream after putting David to bed. I haven’t used my new rod yet and I wanted to fish a section of the stream I hadn’t tried. I had a limited window before dark so expectations were low.
On December 9, 2012, I painted the Arctic Char. It was my first painting since college. It was the first painting in the “Painting Through Prosek” series. At the time, I thought I might be able to paint every fish in the book. That didn’t happen. That being said, I think I painted 31 different fish from the book Trout: An Illustrated History by James Prosek. I also painted a speckled trout, a couple brookies and brown trout, two red drum tails, and a quail.
This project ended with the Atlantic Salmon. It is such a powerful and beautiful fish. These amazing sea-run fish, return to home waters to spawn. Some make the trip more than once. Most do not.
Salmon have been an important species to may people for many reasons. Some salmon runs have long since disappeared from interruption of their path by dams. This is just as true for the Atlantic Salmon as it is for their West Coast cousins.
I’m not sure what comes next. I have Prosek’s book, Trout of the World and Ocean Fishes. But I was thinking of something else.
This July, we are moving back to Southeast Minnesota for the year. I’ll be at the edge of the Driftless Area. I might try to find representative flora and fauna and paint those in a Driftless series. Just a thought, for now.
Unfortunately, I lost my copy of this film. Heart of the Driftless is a great flick from Third Year Fly Fisher. He has made his rounds at the Fly Fishing Film Tours. This is a great film dn now available for download digitally.
Oh man. Look at that tall grass along those tiny streams. It’s a jungle out there.
One point the video makes that I think can be extrapolated to many unique resources is that, lots of times, local residents aren’t aware of how special or unique their own back yards really are. As such, it doesn’t occur to them to protect or preserve it.
One gentleman perfectly shows this when asked what the Driftless Area is he he responds,
“Is it a desert?”