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A Quick Hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park

Last Friday, husband’s planned hike to a 14-er didn’t work out, so instead, he and I went to Castlewood Canyon to do a simple hike, something I could handle. It was beautiful with the changing colors of the leaves. Where I’m looking toward in the photo was once a damn built in 1890. The dam broke in 1933 causing a disastrous flood. Now it’s land for homes and pasture for cows. Last time we visited we saw the broken dam, but this time we took a different route, a more scenic route, to appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of the land.

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Hiking

This was my first hike this year. This was a really easy hike. The landscape was mainly flat so I did’t get much workout in, which is fine for now since it’s been awhile. The views were beautiful and very green.

We laid down a couple of rocks for Kat, the girl who passed away in May from suicide, who was the dance friend of my daughter.  We also scattered some wild flowers that was given at her memorial at the top of the hill we climbed to.  Maybe we’ll visit this place again in a couple of years and see if the flowers survived.

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Watercolor Leaves

Some watercolors I did through a course on Skillshare.  I used the Kuretake watercolor set I posted a photo of in a previous post.  I am getting a lot more comfortable with watercolor but I am still far from my own style and confidence.  I’ve also learned that paper quality is very important.  In the first two paintings, I used 90 lb Strathmore papers, and in the second two, I used 140 lb Strathmore papers.  The difference is extreme.  The 140 didn’t buckle and held on to water much better.

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October Colors

Took these earlier this month and just really love the colors.  It had rained during the night, and as always, the rain makes everything more vibrant.

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Our Keeshond, Teddy, will be turning 4 years old on the 31st of this month.  Each year, I love her more and more.  She is great company and so sweet and kind.

April Magnolias and Snow

This was yesterday.
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Blizzard

Schools and some businesses are closed today.  It’s terrible out there.

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The Growing Maple

Earlier this week I was standing next to my oldest daughter and found myself really tilting my head up to look at her.  Suddenly it occurred to me that she had grown a few more inches!  She’s 4 inches taller than me now.

Speaking of growth, the maple has also grown, a  lot.  It’s still a baby but it’s looking better each year.

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