The text and paintings on The Trowbridge Chronicles are taken from the illustrated journal of Violet Trowbridge, a shrew that once lived in a village deep in the Olympic Rain Forest. Each new post will represent a portion of Mrs. Trowbridge’s journal.

Monday, October 27, 2008

THE POST MOLE


One of my favorite times of the day in the rain forest is the early morning when the forest is shrouded in mist. The surrounding trees take on an eerie monochromatic hue. All is still and quite. I shot this photograph as we ascended Mount Angeles early one morning before the fog had lifted.

Mrs. Trowbridge captured a magical moment with her brush, just as the sun was breaking through the veil of mist to bathe the forest floor in warm sunlight. The mail mole makes his daily rounds, his breath leaving a vapor trail as he ambles along.

The setting for Mrs. T's painting, between Wolf Bar and Wild Rose Creek, was thankfully spared from the devastation brought on by last December's "storm of the century". You may have seen the photo essay of the storm that I published on this blog last summer. Our son, Brad, and I hiked into Wild Rose Creek, where Mrs. T once lived, to survey the damage. Hundreds of years must pass before the Quinault Rain Forest can repair itself and heal its wounds.

21 comments:

Parrman said...

Thanks for your comment Bron, I love the Trowbridge Chronicles concept, will you publish the book?

Great colors and wicked photographs,
I hope Wolf Bar recovers sooner than later.

Rui Sousa said...

Fantastic work, really great!
Congratulations and regards!
Rui Sousa (O temporário)

aimee said...

thanks for stopping by! i really enjoyed looking at your map blog. very cool.

INDIGENE said...

I love your style and I'm amazed that you have time to maintain so many blogs! Wow...!

www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

Ginger*:)* said...

Truly magical....both the photo and Violet's journal post.

Ria said...

Oh. This is so magical. I enjoy it so much.

Danielle Barlow said...

The Trowbridge Chronicles - what a great idea! Is it going to be a book?

theartofpuro said...

Magical,love it,a book would be great

Josh (musarter) said...

The concept for your blog is really great. This entry turned out really cool. I like how the chronicle is an extension of your experience.

Michael O'Connell said...

wonderful work bron… hopefully it won't take that long to repair the rain forest…

Kris-Tea said...

Thank you for your comment!
And..really beautiful blog! :)

Francesca said...

This is adorable, your work in total is great, good job!

Curious Art said...

Lovely misty trees & frosty breath...

If only we'd learn to preserve instead of having to repair...

sketched out said...

Holy cow, thanks for stopping by, so I could find this wonderful blog! I have to go back and read the all of the chronicles. Very enchanting idea, and amazingly executed.

Roberta said...

It's always a delight to visit your blog!

yoon see said...

Thanks for your kind comment.
Bron Smith, I love this calm and misty look illustration.
So much I can get from it, provided I slowly observe & medidate it carefully:)
Bird chipping, a glimpse of twilight, fresh air....
Thanks:)

Eric Barclay said...

This is amazing. Wonderful concept-- I'm hooked.

träumerei said...

hi, thanks for your comment! i find the trowbridge chronicles a wonderful idea, it would make a fantastic book to read before bedtime.

Chris said...

Really, really great work. Terrifically written and illustrated.

CATI said...

Beautiful blog, lovely narrative form..
I hope the forest will be soon repaired!
Your illustration and letters are so sweet!
greetings

CATI said...

ah! and the photos! I love them!