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What we leave behind

I love walking in the woods in the spring. No wearing three layers of clothing, no mittens to keep track of, no boots! I can just slip into my regular tennis shoes and a jacket, throw the dogs in the car and off I go.

Unfortunately, when the snow melts the other thing that’s out in the woods besides me is garbage. I don’t mean beer cans, although there are a ton of those out there. I mean garbage like television sets, shingles, plastic containers, tires, diapers… Just crap, really. A whole ton of crap.

I go from euphoria at being outside all the way to absolute fury at the way some people use the woods as their personal dumping ground.

I wish there was a place where people could drop off all their crap. Oh wait! There is! It’s called a dump! But it costs money to take your crap to the dump or to have someone haul it away and it’s so much cheaper to drive down a two track out in the forest somewhere and throw it out there.

I wish I had a superpower that would let me zap all the crap in the woods so that it would disappear from the forest and reappear in whoever’s house it belonged to. Right on their living room floor. Or maybe on their bed. Yeah! Take that, you littering litterer!

Anyway, after walking the dogs I was so depressed at all the fresh garbage out there, I got out my pastels and painted a scene from another walk I’d taken recently with my family. A beautiful day on the Pere Marquette River, sun shining, water flowing, birds twittering. A gorgeous, gorgeous day.

Of course, we also found snarled fishing line, bait containers and cigar wrappers along the banks. Wherever you find beauty I guess you can also expect to find evidence of thoughtless humans. We picked up what we could on the way out.

I guess I’ll start bringing a garbage bag with me on my daily walks. It’s little enough, but it makes me feel a little better to at least clear the areas where I love to wander. Painting also helps. Although having a crap zapper superpower would be nice, too.

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pastel painting of a bend in the river

On the Bank, pastel painting of a bend in the river

On the Bank, 5×7″ pastel painting of a bend in the Pere Marquette Riveer in the Manistee National Forest by Marie Marfia ©2019. This painting is available on eBay. Click the link below.

I love this bend in the river. I stand on the bank and look down on the water flowing by. It’s very peaceful and makes me grateful to live where I do. 

This painting is for sale on ebay. When you bid on this painting you’re helping me contribute to AFFEW, a local environmental organization. Thanks for your support!

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pastel painting of a tree on the bank of the river

Old Guardian-pastel painting of a gnarly old tree on the banks of a river

pastel painting of a tree on the bank of the river in the forest
Old Guardian, 6×9″ pastel painting of a tree on the bank of the Pere Marquette River in the Manistee National Forest. This painting is available on ebay, see link below.

I love this old tree that sits on a the bank of the Pere Marquette River in the Manistee National Forest. I love the way the left branch spirals out into space, a fractal if I ever saw one. I love the holes in the trunk and like to imagine the critters that take refuge there.

This painting is for sale on ebay. When you bid on this painting you’re helping me contribute to AFFEW, a local environmental organization. Thanks for your support!

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pastel painting of a river in the forest

Winter Morning-pastel painting of snowy banks on a river in the forest

pastel painting of snowy banks on the Pere Marquette River in the Manistee National Forest

Walking along the Pere Marquette River one winter morning. The clouds were lit up from the morning sun, pinks and blues reflected in the water. I love living in the Manistee National Forest.

This painting is for sale on ebay. When you bid on this painting you’re helping me contribute to AFFEW, a local environmental organization. Thanks for your support!

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