Scientist who continues to study the botany of the US. Naturalist by training.
We made the mountains
The mirror showed a reflection that wasn't my own. I glanced over to the mirror between strokes. I had to take a long second look. I was not in the mirror. Emissions from the nearby gas refinery filled the air. There was the mountain range I was painting in the background. There was the turbulent emissions swirling in a steady breeze. Trees in the foreground. No me.
A pole barn
The outside world was unknown to her, but she could see a glimpse of it through the window in his room. It was in a pole barn where she did her work. Since the pole barn did not have windows, he had printed scenes from his backyard and them put into a fake frame that looked like a window. He had put up 6 of these window prints all around the room. He told her that one fell when the internet fellow tipped his ladder and tried to grab it. That window print is no longer.
High Mountain Ranger Cabin
We drove up the snowy, winding road towards the cozy A-frame cabin. It was the first time Missy and I went to the Airbnb ranger cabin on High Mountain. Our schedules aligned in this rare instance, and kiddo was with their grandparents. We thought that we would get some snowshoeing in, so we bought used snowshoes when I was getting the kiddo’s ice skates sharpened. Turns out, I suck at hand sharpening skates. Uncle Buck agreed to my poor craftsmanship and sent me to the sporting goods store. Uncle Buck also told us about this ranger cabin. Uncle Buck went on to claim how he invented how to sharpen hockey skates on Wayne Gretzsky’s skates back when he played minors in town. I laughed at him as I usually do. Could not help but wonder why he was sending me elsewhere to get the kid’s ice skates sharpened when he had personally sharpened the great ones.