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Fadeaway Trees

BY LESLIE REGO On a snowy day, the world reduces. Scenery is obscured. Mountains disappear. Peripheral vision narrows. Snowflakes landing on my eyelashes blur my...

Less Is More

BY LESLIE REGO I am hiking through a forest strewn with pine cones. Hundreds surround me. In some places they are inches deep. The forest is...

Sylvan Marks

BY LESLIE REGO A few years ago I had the grand fortune to attend a museum exhibit showcasing works on paper by the French artist...

Aspen Love

BY LESLIE REGO The British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) wrote one of the most famous sonnets in the English language. I am reminded of...

Sweet November

BY LESLIE REGO October is brief and fugitive. November brings the same sky, but the brilliant colors do not linger. Tree branches, with their last...

Autumn Day at the Pond

BY LESLIE REGO On October 22, 1853, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal, “I cannot easily dismiss the subject of the fallen leaves. How...

Bear in the Area

BY LESLIE REGO The Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (c. 1760–1849) noted, “There is a black which is old and a black which is fresh. Lustrous...

Breathe

BY LESLIE REGO As I watch, the Hunter’s Moon hovers over the mountain. The mountain slumbers a deep sleep, mute for the moment, life still...

The Next Curve In The Road

BY LESLIE REGO I cannot count the number of times I have walked along a dirt road and said to myself, I will go just...

Silver Creek Preserve

BY LESLIE REGO It is early morning. I am taking advantage of the cool temperature to paint at Silver Creek Preserve. This high-desert, spring-fed creek is...

A Sliver Of Time

BY LESLIE REGO I was in the mood to paint water and so I decided to take the gentle trek to Baker Lake. I had...

A Perfect Day, A Perfect Creek!

BY LESLIE REGO The sounds of the creek are hypnotic. As I walk along Alpine Creek trail, the sounds come from behind me, from beside...

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A Silver (Creek) Lining

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They’re Baaaaack!