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October on the Opabin Plateau
Watercolour and crayon
Unlike the polar bears on the Isle of Man that I painted last week, these Mountain Goats really belong in this location… much more so than the photographer, according to the looks on their little white faces. I wish I had been that photographer, but in fact this painting is based on the October picture in the 2012 British Columbia Magazine calendar, credited to Maru Photography.
When my daughters and I climbed to the Opabin Plateau in 2009, I sketched the surrounding mountains and plotted the locations on an interactive Google map of the area, but the only wildlife we saw was one tiny pika.