I’ve returned

What a wonderful get-away the weekend turned out to be!  The weather was more than cooperative, the scenery was beautiful, great conversations, lots of laughter and adventure, very nice indeed!  We were able to do lots of hiking, slept well and often, ate some delicious food – just a restorative, refreshing time. 

Wild Flowers

One of the smaller creeks

Up through the branches

I took my tiny little camera so I could just tuck it in my pocket, I had so much fun I had to charge the batteries three times!  There were still wildflowers blooming in the woods and all the recent rains had the streams running at a fast pace.  One of the hiking paths crossed the creek three times.  I think in slightly drier weather that would have just involved hopping from one stone to the next but this time it was wading in the cool water that was deep enough to run over the tops of my hiking boots and fill them up with water.  But after that I was free to walk anywhere I wanted, what could it hurt?!  The mud was prevelent as well, I still have shoes & boots waiting to dry so I can scrape them clean. 

Fire Pit

Our campfire the first evening was a challenge, the wood was so wet it sizzled when we were lucky enough to get it to burn at all.  Saturday, after a successful trip to town to buy some better wood, the fire blazed quite nicely into the night.  There is something so peaceful, almost trance-like about sitting watching a fire burn.  Even after a shower I am still smelling traces of it occasionally.  I sat and snapped photos of the flames and sparks for quite a while Saturday evening.  Of course once I was home I couldn’t resist throwing some in Photoshop and playing with them:

Playing with FIRE!

Although we had packed a few art supplies we really spent the first two days just enjoying our surroundings, getting out into nature a bit, taking monster naps and relaxing by the fire.  Sunday morning we finally brought them out and spent a few hours being creative.  I brought some watercolor supplies to play with, I hadn’t done anything with watercolor for a while and I wanted to experiment with it again.  Plus it’s not a medium that requires you pack & carry very much to use.  Bonus!   I also packed up some “spray webbing” to play with, it ended up being incorporated in all the pieces I made!  A few of them have gold or silver leaf on them (although much of it ended up underneath the webbing). Here are a 3 of the 7 pieces I did, they are all small scale – either 5×6 or 6×6 inches:




I hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend and that your week goes well.  I will try to write again soon!



One thought on “I’ve returned

  1. Amazing stream photo’s, I really connect in with water… glad to read of your nice break.


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