Picton, South Island, New Zealand

4/13/19 – Saturday

We enjoyed Picton without any tours. Such a lovely waterfront park, where a fun band was playing their music for a cause. We walked on to Bob’s Bay Track (they call trails tracks) for a one hour walk. I used my cane because my foot was still sensitive, and happily made the whole trip without any bad happenings. Below are some of the sights we enjoyed.



Because their port was small and a working port, the Holland America drove us in a bus to the little town of Picton. On the way I got a shot of their houses. Very simple and functional.

At the waterfront.


At the waterfront.


Scottish bag pipers near the waterfront also playing their music for a cause.


Along Bob’s Bay Track, a trap for rats, stoats and possums – invasive predators.


Along Bob’s Bay Track


“Give Way” I think that’s such a nicer way to ask drivers to “Yield” which is what we do. Can you tell that the cars are driving on the LEFT side of the street. Their steering wheels are on the RIGHT side of their car.

We made it back to our ship in time for lunch, then card games and Sudoku.

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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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