Friday, March 21, 2008

Joshua Tree National Park


A dear friend and fellow artist from Colorado came to visit me last week. I find it interesting how it takes a visitor from out of town to get me to see the sights that I live right next to!! Does anyone else experience this? Poor Sally, who arrived on Wednesday night, when I was so sick. She took good care of me, and I was well enough (or in denial enough) to accompany her into Joshua Tree National Park on Saturday. It is a beautiful park! I decided to group the photos I took Saturday into separate blog posts, because there were many things to see.

This first post will be about rock formations. The rocks in the park are incredibly cool, and I found what fascinated me the most were the negative shapes between the rocks. That blue sky isn't bad, either.

It was a little windy, and fairly cold on Saturday, but we managed to have fun and see quite a lot. We were in the park all day. Stay tuned for the next few installments of photos.

My friend Sally Mather is a talented plein aire painter, and you can see her work here. In case you are unfamiliar with the term "plein aire", it means Sally paints out of doors. I used to sell her art in my gallery in Colorado. So beautiful.

6 comments:

lee said...

the park looks beautiful, one of those rock formations looks like an elephants truck. Thanks for answering my question about the layers....Your friend paintings are awe inspiring.

flyingstars said...

looks a lovely place...the shots are simply beautiful....

I am a bit too busy with my work now, which will continue, so couldn't visit your blog for sometime...anyway, I will check your other posts later whenever I will get the break.

High Desert Diva said...

I agree with Lee....I see an elephant in that first rock formation, also.

It looks like an amazing place. We're really bad about seeing the local sights as well. We rarely get around to seeing them unless we have visitors.

I like Sally's work. My friend Trina (who is from Colorado, btw) owns Havenhill Lavender Farm. I've seen many plein aire artists at her farm, with their easels set up overlooking the lavender field, painting away. Magical.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Karine!
It looks like you had a beautiful day. Your pictures are amazing and I love Sally's work.
I like how you broke the posts up into rock formations and plants. The contrast is cool!
Melissa

priya said...

hmmm. now it this rock formation stuff on the top baked itself in the sun, it would become a giant croissant.

Anke said...

Thanks Karine for those wonderful fotos of the Joshua trees and the rocks. The first rock one reminds me on a sleeping elephant.....I enjoy the fotos and the blue sky a lot, since we have snow coming down again.....
Sounds like you had a great time with your friend....off now to check the link out....smiles, Anke ;)