Canyonlands National Park

09/28/17 Thursday in Moab, UT

We connected with Pam and Randy (RV friends from long ago) last night resulting in our getting together to travel Canyonlands NP. They’d seen the Canyonlands road down in the canyon, close to the Colorado River from Dead Horse Point yesterday and wanted to travel that “Jeep” road, Schafer Trail. We thought that sounded like a fun idea, because we wanted to see all of Canyonlands today ourselves. Best of all, they took us in their Jeep. I’ll have to say, that was some adventurous road all right, over rocks and ledges with steep switchbacks as we ascended to the end of our “road”, to the Visitor’s center at “Island In the Sky”. We even got to experience Pam and Randy locate a geocache! Amazing how accurate the coordinates are to direct them to the right spot.

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“Mesa Arch”, at Island in the Sky

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Looking into Buck Canyon

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Looking into Buck Canyon

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At Grandview Point Overlook

Note:  Canyonlands/View from Dead Horse Point State Park are about 1/2 the width and 1/2 the depth of the Grand Canyon.


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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