Colorado National Monument

09/24/17 Sunday traveling from Vernal, UT to Grand Junction, CO

After we left Vernal, we took a very small side trip to the other Visitor Center for the Dinosaur NM which is in Dinosaur City, CO. No fee and just a very long road with some overlooks to enjoy, so we didn’t stay but traveled on to see the Colorado National Monument before checking into our motel.

First a view from the pass we went through before dropping down into Grand Junction.

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Then the Colorado NM, which is located on the Colorado Plateau were all these other great National Parks exist: Arches, Black Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon. This is one magnificent area. All the pictures below are from our walk near the rim at the Visitor’s Center.

On our way down from the rim/Visitor’s Center:

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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