As predicted, our hot dry June has led to an active fire season. Here is our safely removed view of the fire cloud from the Stuart Creek 2 fire that is making life very complicated for residents of Chena Hot Springs road. 80,000 acres, 700 firefighters – luckily two days of cool damp weather may have given them a fighting chance at containment.
Even on smoky day it’s good to get out. These are from an early Sunday morning trip on the Tanana and Chena rivers in the beautiful rowboat Lida Pearl.
Back in the studio, I’m making motions at the big UAF project. It always takes a bit of circling around something of this scale before I can actually dive in. There’s been a lot of walking in and walking out of the studio, moving things around to clear space out upstairs, loads of general displacement activity. After much dithering today I finally put chisel to wood, so I think the game is on. I’ll post photos next week when I’m a bit more dug in.
And on the lower level, some smaller, more certain pieces are underway for Imogen in Astoria. It’s nice to have enough space to keep small sure work on one floor and huge terrifying work on another. More on the latter next week.