Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Golden Creek September (oil on canvas 5 x 7 in.)

18 September finds me sitting on a stone at the water's edge in the tiny gorge of Golden Creek, just west of the village of Lyn, Ontario. The creek is only about three metres wide here, and shallow as it chatters over stones a little downstream from the bridge. It has carved its way down through deeply bedded gray limestone, which shelves and benches to the water, gracefully striped by branch shadows and graced with purple flowered New England Asters.

Fred is being filmed and interviewed by our friend John Barclay of Triune Arts for a documentary as he searches for clams in the gravel stream bed just downstream from where I sit. The video can be seen on Youtube .


Past them, my side of the bank becomes a point, jungly with nettles, Joe Pye Weed and Dogwood, as Golden Creek meets Lyn Creek in what Fred calls "the Lyn Creek Naith."

Today Fred has discovered the farthest upstream extent of the rare clam Ligumia nasuta in Golden Creek. We found the first shell of this elegant little mussel in Lyn Creek in 2005 and the first live individual in 2006. This is one of only three spots in Ontario where the "Eastern Pond Mussel" persists. Before the Zebra Mussel invasion it was one of the four most abundant native fresh water mussels in the Great Lakes.



This original painting is available for $275. For information on purchase and shipping, please contact me at karstad@pinicola.ca

3 comments:

  1. Great site!! I'll be back. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. I'll paint the Vermillion River next time we're up there. Keep in touch!

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  3. Actually, i think you have to craak that pre-Zebra abundance of L. nasuta down to "5th or 6th most abundant."

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