As the first pre-ordered prints of North America start to arrive at their destinations, it's a good time for another tour of the map. Like with the last tour, there is no specific theme. From the mountains of Greenland to the Mexican desert, the Rockies to the Honduran jungle... this is a completely random journey across the map.
Here are the 12 locations this time:
1. Whisper of a grizzly - San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Almost all grizzlies in the Lower 48 are in Montana or Wyoming. They once roamed much of the American West but have mostly been driven to extinction - including in states with plenty of habitat. It was declared extinct in Colorado in 1953 but, in the rugged San Juan Mountains, rumours of grizzlies go back for decades.
Dominating the southwest quadrant of the state, the San Juan Wilderness is vast. And many sightings throughout the years have been credible. I’m not weighing in of course - I wouldn’t have a clue! But grizzly rumors are as much a part of San Juan lore as the Durango-Silverton railroad.
I didn’t want to commit by drawing an actual griz, so I went with a pawprint. Rather than a confirmation, this is more... the whisper of a grizzly.
2. Pingualuit Crater - Nord-du-Québec
3. Big Sur, California
4. Mapimí Silent Zone – Durango, Mexico
5. Greenland's forest - Qinngua Valley, Greenland
6. Georgia on my Mind - Albany, Georgia
In downtown Albany, Georgia, overlooking the gentle waters of the Flint River, is a life-size statue of Ray Charles. The musical genius himself was born here, and the statue finds him at a grand piano, leaning back in his distinctive pose.
I chose to include the statue for several reasons. First, it’s an Albany landmark, and Ray Charles is the most famous person from the city. Secondly, I’m a huge Ray Charles fan. And finally, Ray has an especially powerful connection to the Peach State, thanks in part to his classic track Georgia on my Mind. Placing him on the piano down there in Albany conjures up his soulful voice singing… “Georgia…”
7. Rain of fish - Yoro, Honduras
8. Polar bear truck - Churchill, Manitoba
10. Palouse Falls - Eastern Washington state
11. Volcán de Colima - Mexico
12. Crown of the Continent - Montana
Where would you like to explore next?