Since we went south the first few weeks of November, and I did more sightseeing than I did Artwork, I thought I would share more of the photos I took on some of our explorations. We will be heading south again in a few weeks, this time for three months.
If it was up to my husband, we would have just stayed south but I wasn't quite ready to give up spending the Holidays with family. As our daughter said "let's just take baby steps on this whole idea of you going south!" :) Don't know that I'll get away with that next year though. I've been hearing too many mumblings about how "we could be in 80 degrees but here I am having to plow snow in 10 degree weather!" I can't say that I blame him, especially since I haven't been any help. I chose this time to have 'double' foot surgery (maybe there was a little method to that madness!) :) It was something that needed to be done, and since I was going to be laid up because of one foot, why not get it all over with at once and just do both. And, what better time of year with well over 3' of snow on the ground already and that blanket being added to as I type. Our real problem may be just getting out of Mullan when the time comes!
Death Valley was not at all what I expected. There are so many varied landscapes all within this one National Park. It can go from 280 feet below Sea Level Salt Flats to over 11,000 foot high mountains. I had no idea about the mountains ... I thought it was all predominantly below sea level. Fascinating to see.
Salt Flats to Mountains
This is one of the drives off the main highway through the Park. It's called 'Artist Drive' because of the many beautiful colors in the rock in this area. It's aptly named. :) Iron Salts provide the reds, pinks and yellows while Micas produce the green and magnesium makes the purple. Unfortunately my photos don't do justice to the actual coloring.
You can actually see the difference in colors in this photo.
And for you oldies out there that remember the old ads on TV . . .
And yes, this is where the original '20 Mule Team Borax' came from :)
Easily the most desolate area I've been to. I would not want to be lost out here. Well, I don't want to be lost anywhere . . . but especially here!
As in the last Blog, if there are any photos here that any of the Artists out there would like to use as reference photos, please feel free.
Since there was not a cloud in the sky the day we went to Death Valley I decided to share this cartoon my friend Indy sent to me. Kind of emphasizes how we can all see life (and clouds) so differently.