Nimpkish River panorama

Nimpkish River worth pulling over for

Gordon Henschel highlights the possibilities for artists on the Nimpkish River.

The Nimpkish River is Vancouver Island’s longest river. For an artist, thousands of views and resultant paintings are possible; therefore, the accompanying photo represents merely one of thousands of possibilities. It’s a view that anyone who has driven the Island Highway has appreciated.

Every autumn I am on the lookout for fall colours that seem to be a bit of an enigma on North Island; just not as ostentatious as they are down Island or on the mainland. Scarcities of three larger trees make all the difference: poplars and birches provide yellows and oranges while several varieties of maples offer a number of reds. Although we are beginning to see isolated splotches of these trees on North Island, particularly along the highway, the colours really begin to appear near Woss Camp.

Several weeks ago I mortgaged our house to fill the gas tank in our car and headed down to look for some hot colours to add to my palette. Just down from Nimpkish Camp, they begin to play a game of peek-a-boo, benevolently relieving the eye from the monotony of the hundreds of greens to indulge in the unusual. Wow! How do you plan your painting’s colours from a half dozen tubes of yellows and reds in your paint-box when there are hundreds of different shades in front of you? The learning curve is huge every time you do it!

About five or six kilometres up from Woss Camp the highway skirts the Nimpkish River as the river makes a sharp bend. This is where a panoramic view up the river presents itself in all its glory. You’ve all seen it but usually just short glimpses of it as you’re scooting by, keeping your eyes on the road ahead. I have wanted to paint this view forever but the road is usually too busy to stop alongside the highway, in case you are blocking traffic.

On this day I took my time and parked a long way away from the desired view, walking to it only to discover that there was a small, indistinct access road to the river at that point. Repositioning my vehicle I was soon parked very near the river, sketching my heart out! After the recent rains, the river was flowing fast and furiously but to my surprise, what had been a small dot on the river in the distance, materialized into a rubber raft with a chap hanging a fishing rod from it! As this master of the environment passed by and spotted me, he queried, “Are you catching any fish?”

I answered him with a weak, “No”, but felt I should be apologizing that I was painting!

 

Just Posted

Town of Port McNeill’s financial statements are in, and the numbers might surprise you

One resident asked why CIBC bank charges (Fiscal Expense) were $15,000 higher than the previous year

OPINION: A Kayaker’s Paradise with no Kayaks

A kayak rental would greatly bolster tourism in Port Alice.

Bradshaw’s Photo Highlight: A bird and some otters

Here’s two pictures I took while out in my skiff just cruising around the inlet enjoying the weather.

B.C. salmon farm inspection deal reached with Indigenous people

Monitoring to determine if any Broughton region farms stay open

Union says mediated negotiation with WFP has been ‘disappointing’

Striking forestry workers have been on picket lines since Canada Day

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Most Read