Mickelson Trail and Moonshine Gulch Saloon in Rochford, SD

09/13/17 Wednesday in Custer, SD (visiting Cathy and Jim Brickey)

Today we took a walk along the Mickelson Trail which goes for 110 miles, even crossing the highway near Jim and Cathy’s house. We chose the area near a couple tunnels.

Next Jim drove us to Rochford to see the famous “Moonshine Gulch Saloon”. As it happened they had a “closed for now” sign taped to the door, so we ate our picnic lunch at their nearby outside table. Not unusual for very small towns and these photos show you downtown.

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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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