My Native Country

The German region Rheinhessen (Rhine Hesse, or Rhinehessen) is where I was born and spent my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Its name is as confusing as its tumultuous history, which I can only paint in very broad brushstrokes. The triangular area west of the Rhine river, today bordered by the cities Bingen, Mainz, and … Continue reading My Native Country

Take Back The Power

Since 1999, the annual Art on the Streets program in Colorado Springs “celebrates the power of art in public places while turning the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong art gallery.” One of the entries in 2020 was this stark and shocking mural, an illustration that art does not always leave one feeling … Continue reading Take Back The Power

South Park Again

Colorado’s aforementioned South Park can be accessed from a number of directions. Journeying from Colorado Springs, it is reached by following US Highway 24 about 50 miles due west. This basin, with an elevation of 9,000 to 10,000 feet and a footprint of nearly 1,000 square miles, is the southernmost of three high-altitude valleys in … Continue reading South Park Again

Real-life Bison

Colorado’s South Park, a high-elevation basin (and namesake of the eponymous animated television series), accessible some 50 miles west of Colorado Springs, is known to harbor several private herds of American Bison. As a follow-up to last week’s post, which anticipated National Bison Day, I want to share some of the impressions captured during an … Continue reading Real-life Bison