09 - After the Flood, St John River (5x7 in. Oil on canvas, framed)
14 June finds me standing by the broad St John River west of Jemseg, painting a Silver Maple with its evening reflection as the flood levels of a rainy week begin to recede. Fred is searching the skim of filtered drift over packed grass for the places where there are the most snail shells. Robert Forsyth is searching the ground above the flood line for living snails, and Owen is botanizing, taking special note of Winterberry Holly, invasive Angelica sylvestris, and a young Basswood resprouting after the brush cutting of road maintenance. This is at the eastern limit of the range of the Basswood.