Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

4/27/16-4/28/16 (Wednesday/Thursday) in Klamath, CA (Golden Bear RV Resort-PPA)

Yesterday it poured rain all day, as predicted. We went on a fun drive along the Coastal Drive, then on the Newton B Drury Parkway to the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park Visitor’s Center. We got maps and bought Redwoods National Park t-shirts.

On that Coastal Drive we saw buildings that housed radar during WWII, but were disguised as farm buildings, even with sheep on the site. Our photo shows how much foliage has grown in the area since then. The next photo gives a clearer view of what the enemy would have seen. Note the road on the upper left. That’s where we were when I took my photo.

 

Next we stopped where the Klamath River meets the ocean. There is a large rock on the north shore (across from us) that is part of a Yurok (native tribe-largest in the country) legend. If you enlarge (click on) the first image you’ll see that rock on the distant shore. While there we met a lovely couple (from the UK and France) who noted the seals out in the ocean, then John spotted several gray whale spouts as well. So exciting! All of these sightings were so brief there was no way I could get pictures of them. While there I saw the largest rhododendrons ever. They truly love all the sun and moisture.

 

Later we saw what was left of a bridge that got wiped out in the 1964 flood.

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (our National Parks Senior Pass gets us into California State Parks)

Highlights from our treks in the woods:

 

Notice the burl (growth) on the left? These are protections the tree grows when it is stressed in that spot. They contain stem cells, so you can also see the new tree above growing out of the burl.

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The Corkscrew Tree

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Some images of other kinds of trees, plants and animals that were fun to photograph. Can you find the Banana Slug? How do you like the expression on that Stellar’s Jay?

 

Wonderful sunny day to enjoy the forest, but my feet were getting sore and John was done with walking, so we headed home.

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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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