The Red Reef Trail

Plenty of climate change news today: John Kerry (who has run for President) and Newt Gingrich (who likely will) debated the issue live for two hours in D.C. Planet Gore-ites on the far right aren’t happy with Newt’s performance, so it must have gone well for Kerry, who for all his flaws as a candidate, has shown he’s a pretty decent debater.

But let’s spend a moment with the land. Specifically, with the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California, as seen in a painting by Robert Wassell. This painting, called "Red Reef 4/06," was painted on the trail long before the huge Day Fire. The land looks little like this now, I bet. But it’s worth remembering how it was for this artist…and I love the way he painted those clouds. It’s as if you can see the spin of the earth in the sky above.

Red_reef_trail_406_by_robert_wassel

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