Forest fossilVantage, WA

Ginkgo Gem Shop sign sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Millions of years ago, central Washington was a lush, dense forest (complete with prehistoric sasquatch-park-rangers, maybe?). The only evidence of it now are some petrified logs, a little museum—and this sign, looking a little fossilized itself.

Which, I have to say, is why I love it so much.

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Comments (3)

  1. Marialena

    I love how the colors make me feel I’m in central Washington. And I love the recursiveness of fossilized remnants of a living-fossil tree. Your annotations are wonderful. Gingkos are very bizarre, the trees come in boys and girls.

    I didn’t know petrified wood was WA’s state gem. Is it petrified ginkgo wood?

  2. GrampaCharlie

    I enjoy your artwork, and sense of humor. I have fond memories of time spent with my dad taking the ‘old road’ from Ellensburg to Vantage. This is a fascinating place. Thanks for sharing.

  3. GrampaCharlie

    My wife and me are trying to understand Sasquatch. We know he has a love interest as he calls to her regularly across the heavily forested and steeply sloped canyons of our local mountain. It is when she answers back in her higher pitched voice that the chills really run up your spine. Sasquatches, like Seahawks are never seen unless they want to be. This is why most folks don’t believe. Have you ever drawn or painted Sasquatch from your imaginings? I imagine the male better than his mate. I believe he is about 6’8, his lower body is a bit out of proportion to his upper torso as he has very strong legs, yet his arms are long and muscular. He can travel quickly and quietly through the steepest most dense forest and probably uses arms and legs simultaneously to travel as fast as he does. His mate is very quick too. She is possibly faster on the move. She is always in the lead. She can be a full mile ahead of him yet they can “talk” to each other. She will wait for him near the top of the mountain until he is close then they go over the top together. Very romantic.

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