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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Favorite "Place"?

"Bluebonnet Dawn," 5 x 7 140 lb. watercolor
No fair with today's #WorldWatercolorMonth daily prompt, "Favorite Place."
I have favorite places, as should anyone who has traveled even a bit. Where are yours?
Most of them have to do with  some solitude, some dear  memories, some dramatic scenery, some spiritual and emotional strength and calm.
That's especially true in these days of the pandemic chaos  of viruses, racism and political disaster.
To get away from it all, to savor what is important and beautiful, salve for the soul and mental health...that's what we all need.
A favorite place of mine, though it's not just one place, would be on the backroads, especially in spring, wandering through the fields of Texas bluebonnets. I don't get to see them often, but such places fill all my considerations for being favorite, including inspiring my imagination and stories..
Thus today's watercolor.
Other favorite places, in no particular order:

  • Glacier National Park
  • Monument Hill, Jefferson County, Oklahoma
  • Black Mesa, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
  • New Mexico--several, including the Truchas peaks, Pecos ruins, Jacks Creek campground, the Santa Fe Plaza
  • The Great Plains
  • Back roads
  • Gettysburg
  • Cemeteries
  • Florence, Italy
  • Scotland
  • The Lake District, England
  • Iowa--several
  • Burrowing Owl Bookstore, Canyon, Texas
  • The Flint Hills, Kansas
  • In a canoe


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