Arches National Park

09/27/17 Wednesday traveling from Grand Junction, CO to Moab, UT

Since our trip to Moab only took about 2 hours, we used our pre check in time to see Arches NP. It was a cloudy, rainy day, so not the best lighting to work with. John did a super job, though. Because I’m experiencing a “trigger” thumb, where it won’t bend without pain, I’ve asked him to be our photographer to give my thumb a break. Right after the Visitor’s Center, the rock formations that greet you are just amazing. By the way, this place reminds me of Banff in the many international visitors. This park gets 1 million visitors a year in total.

The arches are formed when softer rock at the bottom of a formation is loosened by rain (with carbonic acid) and water freezing/thawing.  As time goes by more of that area falls away creating a hole and eventually an arch.  They say they have a lifespan, death happening when the final rocks fall at the top, leaving such a space that there is no arch.

ARch 04

“Balanced Rock”

ARch 05

“Double Arch”

Arch 06

“North Window” and “South Window”

Arch 07

“Turrets Arch”

ARch 08

“Delicate Arch” The one many people associate with Arches NP

On to grocery shopping and our motel in Moab.  Note:  Moab is a small town crowded with tourists from all over the world.  We made our reservations 5 months ahead but that was on the late side.  I think a year may be better.  Very expensive place.  La Hacienda (Mexican restaurant) was quite reasonably priced with good food and service, at the north side of town.   Great area for hikers, bikers (bicycles and motorcycles), ATV’s and Jeeps.

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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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