Winter in Zion National Park


One of many rainy days in Yosemite this year.

‘Iapetus: The Monolith Waits’ (2016) by Steve Dodd. A brand new painting from Steve Dodd, his first new space/scifi painting in nearly 30 years. It is based on Arthur C Clarke’s book of 2001 rather than the movie.

Steve Dodd is a US artist who was at his most prolific in the 1980s with works featured in Starlog, Omni and Future Life magazines along with European book covers, art exhibitions with the Hildebrandt brothers and a commendation from Arthur C Clarke. For various reasons Steve stepped back from the rough and tumble of the scifi art scene which was hyper-competitive and he eventually stopped painting. Over the last few years he has shared some of his work with me, most never seen outside his studio. With this spectacular painting Steve is most definitely back in business!


Mid-February is the time of year when, if it’s sunny at dusk, the light of the sunset illuminates Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls just right so that the falls seem to glow yellow and orange, making it look like the granite monoliths are on fire. Here’s a clip from 2016s version of the Yosemite Firefall.