Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

09/25/17 Monday Grand Junction, CO

It took 1.5 hours to drive from our motel to Black Canyon NP, but it was well worth it. Once there we drove 8 miles along the rim, taking short hikes for lovely views along the way. As you’ll see, this is the deepest of the narrowest canyons. Its black is in its rock. It was considered impenetrable until two persevering individuals, Torrence (a surveyor) and Fellows (a water engineer), conquered the Gunnison River by traveling on it until they located a spot to build a tunnel. Now that water could flow into the nearby valley, giving the people a water source for their farmlands. The images below are from the Visitor Center

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These photos are from our drive and hikes along the rim.

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Canyon Wren

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On our way home:

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We were pretty tired after all that so we treated ourselves to a Red Robin dinner, then later yummy Tillamook Double Dark Chocolate Gelato. Mmm Mmm Good!

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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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