This image came about based on a real sighting I had of a mother bear and her two cubs climbing a juniper in the Sierras near my home.
High up on Bear Hill, amongst the talus and scree,
Mom, brother, and sister climb the great juniper tree.
The berries are delicious.
The climbing becomes a game.
Here in the mountains, life is far from tame.
Show and Tell
Haven's show-and-tell came with an unexpected surprise...
Deep in the rainforests of Brazil...
"...The goat snorted and butted them with his horns and Tatterhood smacked the trolls with her magic wooden spoon until they gave up and let her escape."
"Tatterhood" is a norse fairy tale that was a favorite of mine growing up. Its heroine is a scrappy rebel who rides a goat, wears a tattered cloak, and rescues her bewitched sister's head from the clutches of a pack of trolls.
For me, dragons are linked with the landscape of Southern China, near where I grew up, and where the undulating mountains are often often compared to their scaly shapes.
"It tasted so sweet that she promptly ate the other one as well, saying to herself, "I don't think it can help or hurt either way!"
An illustration based the Norse fairy tale "Tatterhood," where a wise woman tells the queen that if she eats one of two magical flowers—one fair, one rare—she will be able to have children. The queen, however, decides to gamble on eating them both...