After coffee and some delicious home-baked apple muffins, we hit the road for a couple of not-too-far-away nature-y places. First, the Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area – where I took a very random assortment of pictures.
Big Old White Pine
This picture was just down the road from the parking area:
Next stop was Chautauqua Gorge.
I take way too many pictures of reflections in the water… or shadows in the water…
…or leaves in the water.
And then there are the rocks…
The forest provides lots of interesting images, too.
Running Strawberry Bush
Also Witch Hazel
We also drove up to Luensman Overview Park – just for a look, not for a hike.
On the way back to Kat’s for dinner, followed by “art crimes” we stopped by a beaver pond on Stebbins Road. I took a lot of pictures, but got stuck in the processing on this one:
It’s upside down.
Then I turned it Black and White, just for fun:
There are many more pictures from that place… but that’s all I’ve processed so far…
Roast Beef dinner followed by collage-making rounded out the evening. (Maybe I should scan/photograph my masterpiece…)
Thanks to Barbara Case who noticed something special in this photo!
I finally managed to get over to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute to see some of Julie Zickefoose’s paintings and sketches. My daughter Emily and I went. Emily is a big fan of Julie’s dog, Chet Baker.
One painting in particular was fun to see because of a series of 4 posts Julie had put up on her blog about the process of painting it.
I wanted to put links to each post here, but I found it hard to do… This link will get you to the first three:
And this is the final of the four posts:
(I don’t want to say anything bad about other blogging platforms, but permit to say that I really like WordPress!)
It was also very fun to see Julie’s first watercolor made at age 12, and her first bird painting made for her grandma at age 16.
The exhibit is at RTPI through January 31, 2009. Don’t miss it. It’s called “Letters from Eden” – same as the title of her new book, which is also on sale at RTPI.
What do you do with a farm that has become unproductive or unprofitable? Larry Griffis had an idea after visiting Italy and seeing the way sculpture was incorporated into landscapes and cityscapes. So he returned home to create the United States’ first sculpture park in Cattaraugus County, Western New York State.
I’ll show you some pictures… But I can tell you right now, pictures simply will not do the place justice. If you will be anywhere near Western New York, give yourself a treat and visit in person.
“You never know what you’ll find next. And once you find it, you’re not always sure what it is.” That’s what my husband said recently during a visit to Griffis Sculpture Park.
There are reportedly over 250 statues by over 100 artists on this property which is split into two sections. The portion off of Rohr Hill Road can be visited free of charge. The Miller Valley Road entrance has signs encouraging you to use the honor system with regard to the suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Even the donation box is a piece of art!
When I visited again this week with a van load of teens, we stuffed some bucks into the yellow box, then entered and took these pictures:
Unfortunately, the official website for the park seems to be in a state of transition and incompleteness. But with persistence, you can find the place:
Mapquest or Google 6902 Mill Valley Rd., East Otto, NY 14729. Then plan a visit. You won’t regret it!