How exciting I find geologically instable places where the earth´s inner core boils so dangerously close to the thin crust of the soil. Colliding landmasses and potentially catastrophic zones. Places where only rattlesnakes and lizards live.
Many of my embroideries are inspired by the landscape of the American west. There are thousands of rock paintings and petroglyphs here. Some of them are many thousand years old and made in different styles where motifs and symbols has been used at different periods. The petroglyphs often depict humanlike beings with shamanistic and ceremonial dimensions. Maybe they were holy messages of some kind? Even though you can´t really interpretate their true messages it is very touching and intriguing to study them as they appear in the desolated and barren landscape. If you go to Horseshoe Canyon in southern Utah you might see the petroglyphs that have inspired me so much.
At one visit in Utah we once took a riverboat trip to see the petroglyphs that Native Americans created long ago at the cliffs. Close to the cliff where Thelma and Louise, in the movie, drove into eternity from we found many interesting pictures. They were carved into stone and hopefully they will always be there. I like the thought that some things might be forever.
The opposite of petroglyphs might be the sand paintings of the Navajos. They put sand in different colors in various patterns symbolizing many different things. They are then used for ceremonial purposes like curing of the sick. When the ceremony is over and the patient is well or dead the paintings are destroyed. Some things might be forever but other things keep changing all the time.
Peace in the valley, at last
The trees are all black after the big fire. But new green leaves evolve from the ashes. Plants that have been waiting a long time to be born. Creatures observe the wonderful newborn nature. Only a swarm of giant wasps might be disturbing. But they seem to be leaving.
We travelled east from Vancouver and made a rest stop somewhere along the Skagit River.
On a restroom sign sat a beautiful turquoise blue bird. We looked at each other and the bird showed no signs of fear or shyness. He posed, put his head to the side and sometimes he ruffled up his black head feathers. He flew a couple of times very close above our heads and we were so taken by this funny little bird. We had no idea what kind it was. Now I know that it can be found here and there in the western parts of Canada and the United States. He was named after George W Steller who “discovered” it first.
Like its fellow species the Steller´s Jay produces lots of different sounds, rattling sounds and guttural calls. When worried it calls a hoarse and nasal “Wah”. It is also a good imitator. When he imitates the Red tailed hawk other bird get scared and flies away. The Steller´s Jay can imitate car horns too. They might spook some motorist who thought he was alone on the road. Another sound of this bird is described as “skrieka, skrieka” wich happens to be the Swedish word for this kind of bird.
On our way back to Vancouver we stopped at the same rest stop near the Skagit River. And there he was again, the wonderful little turquoise bird.