My husband and I hiked an hour and a half and waded a rushing creek to arrive at this beautiful spot. I found an out cropping of rock to perch on and paint next to this cascade.
Wildlife encounters always spice up my day when I’m out painting. Here, I looked up from painting to see a handsome gopher snake, soaking wet, drying off about three feet from my foot, having apparently come down the falls. Once he warmed up enough he slid back into the river and ran the rest of the cascade! A Whitewater snake! Happily, I have never been uncomfortable around snakes.
A flash of white through the forest seen on a drive led me to this waterfall. After some bushwhacking and rock climbing into a narrow gorge, I perched on the rock below to paint.
A merganser cavorted below the falls I was painting, then rode the rapids down stream, shot off the lower falls and hit the pool running, on water!
This waterfall I found by ear. I heard rushing water in an unexpected place and followed the sound. Thanks to the record snow and rainfall we had this year, this gorge had a boisterous waterfall instead of its usual trickle!
These paintings and 17 more of my new watercolors which feature the bountiful snow and water we were blessed with this year, are on display for November. Join us for the opening reception of my show, A Well-Watered Year, this Friday, Nov 3, 5-7pm!