Today I visited Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge (in Washington). I meant to just walk in for a short bit, but I wound up walking the entire loop. It was hot-hot-hot. (I painted this oil study at the very end of the day).
I really enjoyed doing a whole bunch of compositional sketches in the refuge. Lots of good views. I'll come back here for sure. (It is just a half hour drive from Portland).
One of the highlights of my visit was watching these young guys take their canoe out into the Columbia River. I guess they might have been rowing to Reed Island.
Here was some signage I was happy to see during that long walk in the boiling heat. It reads "Time to come home". It was another mile or so to the parking lot...but it was a welcome sight. The sign above the gate (that gets closed in the winter) reads: The love for all living creatures is the most noble human attribute.
(Top Photo) Oil Study, Celeste Bergin, Evening, oil on 6x6