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Our Heaven on Earth A gift to Evie

Russell “Russ” Fowler sits down to paint a thin sheen of light on a snowy mountain landscape. The Sierra Nevadas—where he and his late wife Evelyne “Evie” honeymooned over 65 years ago—was their heaven on earth. Adorning his studio wall are a dozen framed photos of their time together: he and Evie in the garden, in a meadow of wildflowers, on a shivery forest trail, dwarfed by majestic mountains and a pristine lake of clouds. At the collage’s center hangs a poem. Mary Elizabeth Frye’s “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”—as much wedding vow as manifesto for how Evie and Russ loved and lived. “Do not stand at my grave and weep,” the poem begins. “I am not there; I do not sleep. / I am a thousand winds that blow, / I am the diamond glints on snow, / I am the sun on ripened grain, / I am the gentle autumn rain.” After Evie’s passing in August 2016, Russ made a donation to the Conservancy’s Cascade Head Endowment Fund in her name. The couple became members of the Conservancy in the 1970s. “Cascade Head has several things Evie and I loved,” says Russ. “Wandering through it lifts and brightens a person’s spirits, like meeting Evie. Everywhere I look reminds me of Evie: a storm making one feel wild and free; a forest allowing one to be quiet and just appreciate this beautiful world; looking out over the great expanse of ocean and wondering what is out there; seeing and laughing at your reflection in the water. There is no end to the reminders.” The Nature Conservancy is deeply grateful to Russ and Evie for their ongoing support, and we are honored to have Evie’s legacy live on through this gift to Cascade Head.

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Our Heaven on Earth: A gift to Evie

The nature conservancey fall 2017 insert  

Our Heaven on Earth: A gift to Evie