What I Saw Today

What an outrageously perfect early summer day!We left the Chetco River Inn and drove up to Prairie Lookout where we could see over to burned over Vulcan Peak and Biscuit Fire area of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

This particular video really is like a visual journal. I see I repeated myself once or twice, but just as I don’t polish my journal entries unless I’m going to turn them into something I want to publish, these videos put together on my lap on my iPad Pro in the evening or morning after the adventure have to stand as a way of informally speaking to my world about what I see that is beautiful or important to me in that moment.

Because the moment rushes by, and eventually the video is all the memory I really have left of a unique time spent with friends one summer afternoon way back in June of 2016.

 

Peter Poet in Packer's Field on the road to Prairie Lookout high over the Chetco River.
Peter Poet in Packer’s Field on the road to Prairie Lookout high over the Chetco River.
The bright flash of wild columbine is always welcome. Notice that this one has no yellow or white, which many do. In the Rockies, blue columbine grown in the alpine area.
The bright flash of wild columbine is always welcome. Notice that this one has no yellow or white, which many do. In the Rockies, blue columbine grown in the alpine area.
We found the Fire Monster at Packer's Cabin on the Prairie Lookout Road. He is the most obvious candidate for having drawn down that first lightning strike!
We found the Fire Monster at Packer’s Cabin on the Prairie Lookout Road. He is the most obvious candidate for having drawn down that first lightning strike! 

(NOTE: In mid-June 2016, my husband Peter and I along with an artist friend, Charlie Johnston, spent a week at the Chetco River Inn. It is about twenty miles up the Chetco River outside Brookings, Oregon, which is on the border with California. As I often do, I decided to make a series of daily journal videoitos aka digital stories.

This is the last in the series of five.)

3 Replies to “What I Saw Today”

  1. A few shots hit deep archetypal places in me: 1:53-4, 2:07, 2:24 (same grotto, slightly different shots)

    But all lovely!

  2. I particularly liked the bright reflections in the water. Maybe your digital work is so internalized after all these years, it is an extension of your memory? Familiar tools can do that.I’m not making a judgement call on this, though it got me to thinking I wouldn’t personally want human made tools to completely replace my facility of memory. (Although this is the case with the technology of writing: very few moderns have retained the ability to memorize a landscape or an intricate pre-scientific cosmology,as pre-literate peoples are able to do. But, with the prevalence of Alzheimers/dementia, perhaps these digital tools will come in handy?!

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