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Friday, November 20, 2009

Life in the Desert - Pastel Painting

Yesterday we hiked Cottonwood Canyon at the opposite end of Joshua Trees National Park. Since we come from Reno, Nevada, we are used to massive cottonwood trees - all golden in the autumn air. So we had to remind ourselves this was out in the middle of the desert, in a canyon with very little water ... so there weren't very many cottonwoods! There were a few palms in there as well, but mostly the hike is a dry wash canyon that was interesting and fun to hike down into.

This painting is from a photo I took of looking up out of the canyon, where the small Joshua trees are struggling to survive and are silouetted by the bright pale sky.

Tomorrow we drive home. I finished knitting two pairs of fingerless mittens, and now will be knitting a neck warmer scarf out of Miss Lucky's yarn (my French Angora Bunny). We are preparing to go back to cold weather...

1 comment:

ti-igra said...

How wonderful not to leave the country and visit the desert! :)
See the place where Indians lived.

Very grateful for the opportunity to see this places of artist's eyes, not cameras! :)

This landscape, your picture - very beautiful, very alive.

I love colors - of the stone, cold-warm sunny sky! And this fragile plants that friends for quite with massive stones.

Very-very beutiful, Carolyne!
Thank you!!!