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Kesler Woodward
November 30, 2010, 8:41 pm
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I first came across the artwork of Kesler Woodward when I saw his illustrations for the fly fishing book Bamboo Fly Rod Suite by Frank Soos. A resident of Alaska since 1971, his work both reflects on themes and scenes found in the “Far North” along with the landscape of the “Deep South.”

Along with his paintings Kesler has written about and helped author several books about other great Alaskan landscape painters include Eustace Paul Ziegler. Check out Kesler’s work here.

 



Coming into the Country
June 3, 2010, 10:54 am
Filed under: The Great Outdoors, Wilderness Heroes | Tags: , ,

I began reading Coming into the County by John McPhee after reading this article by in in the New Yorker back a few months ago. I had never really read anything of his until then and was subsequently recommended the book by Lou Ureneck.

In the book Mcphee recalls the characters and characteristics which comprise the Alaskan landscape at the time. He examines the territory in three parts, first the total wilderness, urban Alaska, and then the people and place of the bush. “In the course of this volume we are made acquainted with the lore and techniques of placer mining, the habits and legends of the barren-ground grizzly, the outlook of a young Athapaskan chief, and tales of the fortitude of settlers–ordinary people compelled by extraordinary dreams,” via Mcphee’s site here.

There are some amazing quotes in the book but this is one of my favorite.