3/23/12

Atchafalaya Swamp


Bald Cypress Trees. Pigment ink on Bristol Board


Bald Cypress Trees At The Atchafalaya Swamp Along U.S. Interstate 10


The Atchafalaya Basin or Atchafalaya Swamp is the largest swamp in the United States. It is very eerie driving through the 18.2-mile (nearly 30 kilometers) Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway, especially in the evening. It is the longest elevated bridge in the US. The first time we drove through it was several years ago, at dusk and my heart was catapulted. We all fell silent. I really felt we were passing through a sacred place. My friends have also reported similar experiences.



Ink Forest. Ballpoint pen in my Moleskine Notebook Journal.

14 comments:

Steve E said...

Ah! Cajun Country! (More memories.) The more I see your work, the more I realize that we who are here on your blog are witnessing an artist who will be remembered--revered--for centuries.

I mean that, your work is simply AWESOME.

Remember? I compared once your notebooks to those cherished ones of Beethoven. More and more, I KNOW what I though several years ago about you, is truer than true.

I can say no more, Ces, except...
Tsup

Colleen said...

Wow! I LOVE Ink Forest! It must have taken forever!

brandi said...

~good morning my friend...once more you have captured the essence and beauty that lies within the forest beautifully...the swamp...something i have never seen...though it reminds me of our mountain we go to in the summer...by may the snow has melted so quickly leaving pools of water and bare trees standing admist the grounds...i could only imagine what it was like driving through there at dusk...kind of gives me the chills...wishing you a wonderful day ahead...much love light and blessings~

Gerry Snape said...

stunning!...we listened to a concert of cajun music over here in Manchester this week...loved it!
I am also in agreement with Steve E that your work is simply awesome!

Bilja said...

Amazingly good. It just draws you in. I just started following you - I want to see more of your work.

martinealison said...

J'aime me perdre dans ta forêt ma chère Ces... Je voudrais être une petite bête et me mêler à cette cérémonie que Dame Nature nous offre... Toutefois je ferais attention à ce beau serpent enroulé autour d'un tronc et aux ibis qui aimeraient peut-être bien me croquer...
Je te fais de gros bisous

Bella Sinclair said...

I generally do not think of swamps as beautiful places, but you have elevated it to the supreme. Something so deliciously mysterious about your dark waters. BeYOOtiful!

Shirley said...

It's gorgeous..though from your words, I can only imagine it's a bit eerie too. Wow, both of your illustrations are beautiful..though the ink forest is something I can get lost in! Happy weekend my friend. Tsup!

Rick Forrestal said...

Beautiful work.
You know, I've never seen a swamp up close.
Adding that to my list . . .

Rod MacGregor said...

Hey Ces that's a good creepy swamp!!!

Ces said...

Hi Colleen! Thank you for your visit. I tried to visit you and commented on your frog post but wordpress would not let me in. :( I will try again later.

illustration poetry said...

thank you Grandewitch.
Your kind words warm my heart.

i like your dark forest.
It's so beautiful and loved by the universe that made it.
And if you're alone in that forest, i hope you know that I'm alone too.
So I believe we will be friends.

bye Grandewitch.

k.h.whitaker said...

Beautimous Ces, I love them both.

Creations By Mit said...

The detail in your ink forest is truly breathtaking!