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

North Island Seniors Housing Foundation takes the next step towards getting Trustee Road land

Seniors rejoice, Port Hardy council is very much in favour of helping… Continue reading

Should aquaculture programs be offered at North Island College in Port Hardy?

“I think it would be very timely to have an aquaculture program”

Island Health issues press release regarding Port Alice Health Centre service changes

Island Health will be hosting a community meeting in Port Alice Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in the rec centre.

Vancouver Island Regional Library wants to team up with the Town of Port McNeill to build a new multi-use facility

“A new library for the town, as you know, will quickly become an exciting hub of literacy”

And the snowiest community on Vancouver Island is…

Black Press reporters break out their tape measures to determine winter warrior bragging rights

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Concern over student vaping grows in Vancouver Island schools

Island Health officer says parents and educators have ample reason to be concerned

Most Read