Monday, August 11, 2014

Steamboat Creek

"Steamboat Creek", Oil on Canvas Panel, 9x12, price $75
The next morning we drove up the North Umpqua River and then along Steamboat Creek. First we stopped at a place where the Steelhead hold up until the water temperature cools down and the water flow increases, then they move upstream to spawn. Some of the fish spend up to seven months waiting in this pool. This day there were about 240 fish waiting. Then we moved on to this location where the creek cascaded downward in several steps until the rocks we were standing on were about 10 to 15 feet high. Before we finished painting, a group of people showed up and started jumping off of the rocks into the water. As it was approaching 90 degrees, I think THEY had the right idea.

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