Saturday, September 9, 2017

BUFFALO GAL

Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park
8" X 8" 
oil
 After the total eclipse we decided to camp at Teton National Park 
and Yellowstone. Fortunately for us there wasn't much smoke in either place.
We saw buffalo swim across the Yellowstone River, huge bull elk, lots of cute squirrels,
cranes, cute birds, lots and lots of loons but no Grizzlies - which is a relief! 
Yellowstone canyon was spectacular. Even though it was late August the falls were raging
which was was a pleasant surprise. We met the nicest people from all over the world. 
There was no internet which can be a curse and a blessing at the same time. 
Teton and Yellowstone are only 40 miles from each other in theory you could drive from one to the other
but the road construction in Yellowstone made that an ugly option. 
Jackson lake and Yellowstone lake are beautiful beyond words. I doubt I'll try to paint that stupendous scenery you'll 
just have to take my word about the beauty. Turn out Teton and Yellowstone are not that
far from my house in Colorado. We plan to spend more time exploring those parks in the future.
 Thanks for waiting - MB 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

MY FRONT DOOR

I was in my house and I heard a sad grunting sound. This is the baby moose
looking for her mom. Her mom was stuck on the other side of the road
because curious tourists didn't know her baby was at my house - they had their cameras
out which prevented her from crossing the road for quite some time. 
Here's the baby on the side of my house. It was such a mournful call from this wonderful animal.
I finally heard the mom on the other side of my house and told her to hurry that her baby was on the side
of my house. They were united and are safe behind my house for now. 
We have so much smoke and ash in the air from fires near our neighborhood the 
baby moose's eyes are red and irritated. 
 
Here's a view of mount Werner in Steamboat Springs,CO.
I can't imagine what it's like in Oregon, California or Washington. And
then there's Montana - YIKES! 
It's been hard to concentrate. I hope to get something accomplished soon.
Thanks for understanding. MB

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE

Waiting for totality while Sven serenades us on his guitar
Night starting to fall
Darkness falls - the temperature drops and the stars are visible
Return to light - eclipse reflecting through the tree. 
We couldn't believe how fast the 2 min 30 sec of darkness went by
Our small group cheered and howled as did the entire neighborhood 
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect experience. 
We made new friends, had the evening together and then the eclipse brought us even closer.
If you get a chance in 2024 to travel to the path of totality I highly recommend the 
experience. I can't explain the emotion and feelings but it was other worldly. 
Thanks a bunch MB



Friday, August 18, 2017

MR. TOTALITY

My painting time has been gobbled up by the new/old camper we bought in May.
When we purchased the used Sprinter it appeared to be in tip top shape.
WELL!!??? We got the Mighty Beast home and all the imperfections started to appear 
one then another one and on and on. I've been sewing, reupholstering , cleaning, really
all the things I didn't see myself doing. If you ever buy an older camper drop me a line
I can tell you what to look for before you take the leap. 
For our first trip we're going to drive 300 miles one-way for 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality!!
Sounds a bit crazy when you say it. We are heading to Riverton,WY to camp
in The United Presbyterian Church parking lot with a small contingency of totality
seekers. I'll let you know how that pans out. 
If you're outside for the event it doesn't matter where you are grab a colander or straw
hat or stand under a tree and shoot the eclipse on the sidewalk through your chosen
device. No need to look upward the colander or tree will be your pinhole camera. 
You should get hundreds of eclipse images reflected on the ground. It could be fun.
Thanks a bunch if I have internet I'll let you know what full on totality feels like. 
That is if the skies are clear. Happy eclipse hunting.
Later MB