Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Keep Close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
This post will be mostly a photo album to share the beauty of the places I visited during my 2 weeks as a National Parks AIR. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is in the Northeast part of Washington State. The lake is 130 miles long and was created by the building of the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in 1941. As I traveled the length of the lake the geology and landscape changes dramatically. In the Northern end, forests abound with Ponderosa pines and Douglas fir.
The southern part is high desert-like called channeled scablands. I found it to be fascinating and beautiful around every corner.
The grass color instantly struck me, almost everywhere (except the photo above) the grass is a brilliant golden color. It radiates warmth under the green trees and up toward the foothills – making every detail pop out.
Lake Roosevelt is a National Recreation Area and is a place where people enjoy the lake by boating, fishing, camping, swimming, paddling, etc. One morning I happened upon a Walleye fishing tournament. It was a community fundraiser for http://www.caseymckernpayitforward.org/ and I had a wonderful time meeting lots of people from the community.
Picture from my Instagram feed of the Catch and Release Walleye Tournament
Casey’s mom is a school principal and asked me if I would be willing to talk with the Kettle Falls High School textiles classes. When Ms. Esvelt called we made a plan for me to visit that week. I had a wonderful time talking with the fabulous, attentive kids in those classes who actively listened, asked me thoughtful questions and completely enriched my experience!
I sent out a boxful of fabric and created a few small pieces that I could show the High School students. I set up my “studio” in the cabin’s living room. (My first day visiting the length of the park with an interpretive ranger took me to Park headquarters where I was given a few old uniforms. I was thrilled to put some park ranger green and beige in each of the pieces!)
I have not had my work photographed yet, below is an Iphone shot of the 3 pieces I created while there. I will work on a few more pieces inspired by my immersion at the Park and then will send one original piece to Lake Roosevelt National Rec. Area as part of my commitment.
I could talk and talk, share loads more pictures, and carry on for the rest of the day but I think you can see that it is beautiful at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. If I could name just one spot that was my favorite – it would be here:
In other news quickly-
The Orange County Studio Tour fast approaches.
I am participating the first weekend only:
November 4th from 10am-5pm and
Nov. 5th from 12-5pm
I would be honored to see you!
Lots of great art and my picked-up studio await you!