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Short trips in BC during COVID

2020-2021
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Michael Kluckner


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Artwork & text © Michael Kluckner, 2021

With wings clipped by COVID it was hard to do our usual international travelling, such as a trip to Holland and Denmark that we cancelled, or a return visit to Australia to see family. Accordingly, we stuck close to home and ...



Stayed in a cabin in Boston Bar one night, and rented the little Johnny Ward House in Yale on another occasion ...



This very picturesque rock, which looks like it could have been part of the Japan trip, is just downstream of the Alexandra Bridge in the Fraser Canyon. The second picture, done afterwards from the watercolour, is on Japanese washi paper. The other suiboku wash drawing on the right is from the scary, noisy bridge deck of the current Alexandra Bridge.



Painting on the roadside in "suiboku" style – that is, an ink stick ground into a little water in an ink stone.

(Below) A piece of the Cariboo Road that was the TransCanada Highway from the 1920s – '60s.






Lady Franklin's Rock in the Fraser River above Yale. Compare this with the watercolour of it on this page.




A watercolour from the Botanie Valley north of Lytton in 2020, the year before that little town was destroyed by a wildfire.



The warm summer light in the dry Interior of BC between Lytton and Lillooet.

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Dock on Garden Bay Lake on the Sunshine Coast. The idyllic off-grid summer place of friends, 2021

And, below, a few days on Mayne Island in September, 2021. Friends loaned us their cabin.

Three sketches near Georgina Point ...







and becoming interested in the old arbutus trees clinging defiantly to the rocky shoreline...





(The Arbutus trees are losing the battle with a fungus, and with climate change, and are dying out;
they are Canada's only broad-leafed evergreen.)

...and above on the left, and below, my favourite Mayne Island building near Miners Bay. Truly waterfront property!






Campbell Point and Georgeson Island at the south end of Mayne near Bennett's Bay.



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