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This is my daily art blog.
I'm artist Dee Sanchez and I live and work in Alameda, New Mexico - the land of blue skies, red hills, and three unique cultures.
What a beautiful place to paint! Join me on my daily painting quest, my plein air adventures, my video logs, my "getting ready for a show" preparations, my painting tips, and I may even throw in an opinion or two...I also document my struggles with getting healthy and my crazy family life
Saturday, August 04, 2018
looking for sunflowers...and water
LOOKING FOR SUNFLOWERS
I set out on an adventure last Wednesday.
A quest, if you will.
I was looking for sunflowers to paint.
And so were my friends:
Jillian, Barb, Susana, and Susan.
It has been at least 6-7 years since I've been to Bosque del Apache.
I called about a week ago and they said the sunflowers were just
starting to bloom, so I thought, let's take a day trip.
We'll drive down, see a lot of ducks, geese, water, maybe a crane or two.
We left the house about 7:35am.
It took us longer than we thought to get there and
when we arrived, it was already HOT.
But we found sunflowers!
They were not all fully open yet,
but enough so that I got a few good shots.
Jillian enjoying the scenery
Susan looking for that perfect shot.
We also saw a cool old truck!
Peaceful and serene
The only water we saw
I see a painting here
The trees were full of all kinds of variations of green.
And this yellow-rusty plant - we didn't know if it was normally that color or dying.
Taking a close-up
My best shot of the day.
But look how dry it is!
We finally painted at the Coyote Observation Deck.
At least it was shady.
Hmm, I'm goofing off.
This is a beautiful scene
We saw two deer!
Okay, this is confusing to me.
When I went several years ago, there was SO much water everywhere.
I went in the winter when the birds were already there
and maybe still migrating.
A few scenes from that time:
So much water!
So, can someone enlighten me?
Do they keep the fields dry during the summer
and flood them in the winter?
It just looked so different from what I was expecting.
The water above with all of the ducks was a huge dirt field on Wednesday.
Bosque Del Apache was still beautiful.
Just different. I'm going to call the Visitor Center tomorrow. It was closed when we went. I WILL HAVE SOME ANSWERS.