Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creative Comfort Zone

My creative comfort zone lately has been working with the bird drawings 
I did at the beginning of the year. 

I have been enjoying using these drawings together with bits of 
ink, paper, paint and pencil
to create original collages. 

When I don't have too much time to create
It is so nice to have a  creative comfort zone to come back to.

Creating makes me happy
And this piece was no exception,
even if it was within the comfort zone.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Grand Adventure

My daughter has been talking about doing this hike the past week or so.
So even though I knew it would be a long one, I asked if I could join her. 
And off we went for a grand adventure. 

First of all I should tell you this trip follows a bit of a beaten path in places,
 and a well marked trail for a few kilometers, 
but the toughest sections you are really on your own for. 
We started by spending about 3 hours climbing straight up from the highway you can see far below.
And with my fear of heights this had some challenging and difficult moments for me. 

When we reached the top the view was spectacular 
in all directions.

And we rested for a bit.
This image looks very still - but in real life the wind was howling all around us. 

There were numerous alpine flowers

the colours in the lake were spectacular

and beautiful patterns filled our camera frame.

The mountains go in all directions for mile after mile,

and are home to many Dall Sheep.

Some of which got a little too close. 

We followed the little beaten trail 
along the mountain top

many feet up above the valley floor. 

for mile after mile, until we eventually made it down again. 

Time - 8 hours 
Distance - 16 kms/10 miles
Elevation Gain -  1312metres/4300 ft
Aching Muscles - Many
Adventure - A Grand One!