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Two More Hikes! And ink brush painting

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

I enjoyed two more beautiful hikes. The first hike was on the Round Mountain trail in the Ochoco Mountains. I love the Ochocos Mountains. They features huge Ponderosa pine trees, and the terrain is grassy green and lush.

Early wildflowers were blooming along the trail.

Purple and yellow wood violets

Dwarf waterleaf

These bluebells remind me of a butterfly wing



Today I hiked at Riley Ranch, which is a nature preserve here in Bend OR. I have hiked here many times, but today I hiked a new section of the trail .Views of the mountains were great along the top portion of the trail.

Mt Bachelor and Tumalo Mountain

South and Middle Sister

The lower portion of the trail is along the Deschutes River.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot above the river.

These yellow irises along the river are an invasive species. They are so pretty; but they crowd out native reeds and plants.

Finally, I am sharing a couple of paintings from my recent Pen and Ink and Watercolor painting class. The focus of the instructor was on landscapes -- and you can probably tell I love landscapes!!! Here is are a couple of my paintings from the class. (We did several of them with pen and ink and waterbrush). I will never be a professional painter, but I had fun!

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    Nothing like a hike in the woods! Except for the ticks! emoticon Have only hiked in the mountains a couple times in my life. So nice to be able to do all that and see so many places! emoticon
    You did great with your paintings! emoticon
    164 days ago
    You have so many beautiful wildflowers in Oregon. I love going along with you on your hikes.

    I think it's wonderful that you are trying some new activities, such as the art classes. I've signed up for a line dancing class in September when Aria starts school.
    172 days ago
    Your pictures are always so good—- the flowers especially. I’m no expert but I think your art work is very good. As far as professional goes, I have seen pieces for sale not half as good as yours.
    174 days ago
    thank you for the hike .. the pictures along the way as well as your wonderful art work .. awesome .. totally xo
    You inspire me to get moving :)

    176 days ago
    emoticon DO you ever sit down ? emoticon
    176 days ago
    All I can say about the places you hike is WOW!!!

    And...………...I love your paintings. I wish that I had more of an Art background. emoticon
    176 days ago
    So many beautiful photos. I love that you actually know what all the flowers are, I'd be saying, a purple one, another purple one, a purple one with white things...

    176 days ago
    Beautiful! You are like the hiking energizer bunny. Unstoppable!
    176 days ago
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