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Ah, that cloud-forest view but much lower!

Poza Honda/Santa Ana/Portoviejo Ecuador –  A year ago, the pristine early-morning view across Poza Honda equaled the beauty of Mindo’s cloud forest.  “I’m in Manabi Province?” I thought while considering pinching myself to make sure this was not a dream.

The skies tightened their taps months ago, and this year’s dry season has been exceptionally dry.  That dreamlike-view is still stunning, but the trees show signs of acute thirst. The abundance of last-year’s birds is quite low, and many are absent.  The Scrub Blackbirds hog the banana feeders, and it is rare to see any other species drop in for breakfast.   The Brown Wood Rails have been MIA for almost two months!  I worry if I’m witnessing the beginnings of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. 

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Nov 2018

Barbara has been here for a month, and there have been few days of sunshine;   the visibility was low, and grayness tainted each day as if someone cast a light-dimming net over the skies.  We wondered, “Is this some kind of fog, or is there a volcano spewing ash in the Andes, or is this some foreboding sign of the beginning of the apocalypse?”

P2280333 ATMOSPHERE ACROSS LAKE view from house at lake

All-day Gray

P2280334 atmosphere view across poza honda from house

Between painting and varnishing and framing and delivering paintings to the museum – and then attending openings, we veered off the beaten path on three different occasions for a ‘Timeout from Art.”  In all three directions, the end-of-dry season ‘landscape desecration’ was sobering.

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Landowners  through the province continue to clear small and large tracts of land or selective harvest certain species.


Saman trees

P2290646 nov 26 chunks of trees on truck deforestion

Is this the new ivory?

Plantings of teak, balsa and corn are harvested;  with little regard to the parched landscape, many use old-fashioned methods to deal with the debris:  they ignite it.

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One of the paintings in the exposition is titled, “What’s Happening to My Planet?”  It’s fun and whimsical, yet hopefully the Blue-footed Booby will also prompt others to ponder, “Shouldn’t we be more sensitive to those species who have no voice – and are worthy to live in their natural and untainted habitat?”


‘What’s Happening to my Planet?” Acrylic – $750.00 (Painted on Canvas, it can be shipped via tube when the exposition ends in mid January.)

The final image in the exposition is ‘The Muir Tree.’   A friend, whose family also owns large tracts of land, stated that it made her want to cry; “But,” she added, “We need this.  People need to see this, Lisa.”

P2270431 ceibo finale y muir tree

P2270121 THE MUIR TREE W calligrahy

“The Muir Tree”  (Acrylic) with John Muir’s quote in English and Spanish . (Thank you Steve Swartzman for the translation!)

“Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could,they would still be destroyed – chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides, branching horns, or magnificent bole backbones. ”

Cualquier idiota puede destruir árboles. No se pueden escapar; y aun si lo pudieran, todavía serían destruidos— perseguidos y cazados siempre que uno lograra divertirse o extraer un dólar de sus pellejosde corteza,de sus cuernos enramados, o de las magníficas columnas vertebrales que son sus troncos.”      John Muir 1838 – 1914

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P2270435 jane goodall quote

“How come the most intellectual creature to ever walk Earth is destroying its only home?” Jane Goodall

Poza Honda Ecuador

“Let Us Pray”

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