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.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Banana slugs are commonly found in the Quinault Rain Forest. They are usually bright yellow, like Scooter, although they may also be green, brown or even white. The Pacific banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) found in the Quinault Rain Forest, is the second largest slug in the world, attaining a length of almost ten inches.

Mrs. Trowbridge wrote many stories for her children and grandchildren. She was careful, never clumsy in her choice of words for her stories, and she taught her offspring the craft of writing as well. Sometimes she would create a first page of the story, as seen above, then allow her children to write their own finish for the story. It was a wonderful way of passing the gift of creativity down to her offspring. How would you finish the story?


Doug said...

Excellent! What a great, luminous picture, Bron!

I think I remember when visiting the rainforest, that I saw some people licking a Banana Slug sucker that you could buy there.

roberta baird said...

Wonderful color and textures!!

Stooryduster said...

Until one day Scooter the Banana Slug in an overly adventurous mood strayed too far from home and was forced to spend the night out in the Quinault wilds. This is where he met Miss Evening Banana Slug. They struck up a wonderful friendship and are now Mr and Mrs Twilight Banana Slug and sons and are living very happily ever after.

Studio Zuga said...

like how the eyes of the frog are watching the eyes of the banana slug watch him.

Dayle's Painted Diary-Dayle Dodwell said...

Wonderful fantasy. Fantastic.

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Violet is a very careful shrew... this is a very magical scene! My love of banana slugs runs deep, they were always one of the highlights of our hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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