Silver Falls State Park

4/9/17 Sunday in Keizer, OR (Keizer Elks-$20)

We went to Mass last night so we could get to Silver Falls State Park early this morning, before the predicted afternoon rains limit our enjoyment of this rain forest. As it was, it was very cool and some water was standing in many areas of our trails when we were there, starting at 9:30. The good news is that this place is just SO green and the waterfalls are roaring with water because of all the rains delivered here this Spring.

First we stopped at South Falls:

We followed the Maple Ridge Loop for quite a ways, with steep switchbacks, not seeing the falls we thought we would. By then my knees were sore from all the steep downhill, followed by steep uphill. We did come upon some lovely images, so it was all worth it: (the bird is an Acorn Woodpecker.

Next we tackled Winter Trail, to the Winter Falls:

On to the North Falls (136 feet) Viewpoint trail

North

From another trail to the North Falls, we got a different view and John went into the area behind the falls to get this photo. My knees were hurting and the standing water on that path looked like I’d get wet feet, so I refrained from going behind this falls.

North behind 1North behind 2North behind 3

After our picnic lunch we walked to the Upper North Falls (65 feet)

We took the leisurely route back to Keizer Elks’ campground. When we pulled near our site we were amazed to see that Kathy/Jim were parked just a couple rigs from ours! Wow, we had no idea that they were headed here. So we visited with them, catching up. They had been traveling even farther and faster than we (from Casa Grande, AZ), so they needed to rest the rest of the day. We got to visit a while the next morning, before they took off for Kelso, WA. While visiting with Kathy/Jim I got a phone call – it was Nancy/Roger letting us know that they live in Keizer and had noticed my Facebook message that we were here. So they’ve invited us plus Loyce and Wendle to come enjoy dinner with them and then play some Fast Track. Good times!

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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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