Wind Cave NP Prairie Walkabout

09/14/17 Thursday in Custer, SD (visiting Cathy and Jim Brickey)

Another new experience: walking through the prairie among Bison and Prairie Dogs, not on any designated trail. After making our way through the grasses toward a ravine, we came upon this big guy and later a couple other Bison. We gingerly skirted around them, giving them a generous space. At the end of our walk this particular guy came up over the ridge toward us, and stopped when he saw us, so we carefully skirted away from him and we all continued walking to our destinations.

walk 04

At Lower left is Elk scat and above and to the right of it is Coyote scat.

Later we watched some home videos. I just chuckled at how Jim likes to sit. We found lots of butterflies partaking of certain bushes in their yard, so John captured some lovely “portraits.”

butterflies 01

butterflies 02


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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