The Eel River in Southern Humboldt is an attracting destination, if you can get to it. Going for it in the winter is for intrepid adventurers as one can become entangled in undergrowth and overgrowth, snags and thickets, muddy sandbars and long waist-high pools. I tried reaching it two weeks ago, on a quest for another challenging river scene painting, but gave up and chose this ‘through the snags’ view instead. The jade colored river rushing by in the distance looked wild, gorgeous, and completely oblivious to me with my easel hidden way back in the brush and trees. Soon the impossible access will change with the onrush of Spring and I’ll find a path to the river’s edge where it did not exist the day before.