Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Kiteboarding and Sailboarding

6/28/16 (Tuesday) in White Salmon, WA (Bridge RV Park)

There sure are a lot of fun things to see and do here. We all really enjoyed our ride on the historic Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. I think my photos say it all.

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Indian Platform for fishing.  They  have the rights to the land near the river.

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At the left is the bridge where the captain pilots the boat.  The bridge on the right “Bridge of the Gods” is at Cascade Locks, OR

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It was a very windy day!  This is Gloria, our intrepid host of the Panhandle Gems rally.

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Indians gill fishing.

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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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