Pinnacles National Park

3/30/16 (Wednesday) in Paicines, CA (San Benito-TT)

This was sort of a preliminary visit, where we hiked part of the Bench Trail (didn’t take the map, so missed a lot of it), then the Bear Gulch Trail (didn’t finish because it was fairly steep and long). We thoroughly enjoyed all the spring wild flowers and running streams. Much more to see, so we’ll be back soon. This park is known for the condors (we didn’t see any) and pinnacle rocks to climb.  The image to the right (click to enlarge) shows how you can tell the difference between condors (rare) and turkey buzzards (common).

 

Peak’s View (where we started our Bench Trail hike). We could have started at the Visitor’s Center, near the campground.

 

Lovely wildflowers plus we saw a few of these sweet lizards.

 

I can’t leave without sharing a small cascade on the Bear Gulch Trail and the High Peaks we saw at Bear Gulch Day Use Area (drove to the end of the trail!)

 

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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