My goal was:
- to stop by the Great Western Divide to look at the spot that my current painting is located at.
- to walk the Congress Trail completely and collect more photo resources.
What I actually saw on Sunday 6/11 was pretty much nothing.
Cold and in the clouds. The Great Western Divide had taken the day off, but I did discover that the Dogwoods were in full bloom and lots of little ground cover flowers too.
You wildflower lovers need to take a drive.
Oh yeah…. this requires a second visit.
Sunny and bright. What a glorious day. I made it up the hill by 9:00 am.
I did get some good photos of the area of my painting but not the exact spot. Lots of turnouts along the highway but …
One little side trip: The Hazelwood Nature Trail is a small narrow canyon filled with a little meadow, lots of scarred Giants and lush with Dogwoods. I was not disappointed. Dogwood paintings coming soon.
Back to the Congress Trail. Glorious day. Found several fantastic new painting spots. I’m totally in love with a new giant “Chief Sequoiah”, he’s very lumpy and knurly and rugged.
Discovered that “The House with Wild Ferns” no longer has ferns, the snow must have killed them.
2:30 and exhausted, I was ready to head down to Three Rivers when they closed the road due to an accident. I found a cool parking spot and took a short nap. Highway is still closed, so, what’s a girl to do?
How about a side trip to see my old lover; General Grant. He was in fine form. It’s been awhile since we had a visit and the parks have put new perimeter fencing around the tree allowing many new views. Got some great photos. Guess it’s time for another General or two.
I’m going home the long way on hwy 180, another great surprise, the first Giant Sequoia seen at the northern entrance to the park was lit up with the late afternoon sun and glorious.