Tuesday, June 15, 2010

river vignette 3 – the Pecos





I’m stretching out and laying back, leisurely paddling along during the lake portions of the river. The rapids are getting more frequent and every day more complex. The Pecos is a very bony river. Lots of rocks and boulders. It is also incredibly beautiful. Clear aqua blue water winding through a desert wilderness and cutting a deep path through the limestone. The canyon wrens laugh along with us...ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. We see deer drinking downstream, nutria swim across the river in front of us. Lots of fish, and sheep, and goats. Birds of prey...osprey, red-tailed hawks, an owl. Turkey vultures, ahningas, ducks. Blue and white herons, red-winged blackbirds in abundance. Kingfishers, kildee, cardinals and many, many more.


13 comments:

  1. Lovely description, makes me want to be there.

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  2. Really like the sketch...and the river sounds delightful...

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  3. What a nice way to get ideas for your work, sketching nature like this. Beautiful!

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  4. Beautiful. I like the notion of a bony river.

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  5. Hi Ellen

    this is just a lovely little taste of the river experience...your sketch too is perfect...

    Happy days

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  6. wonderful all round. Being a wordy person, I love your description, sheer music.

    Your sketch is an exercise in delicacy.

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  7. Sounds fabulous!! Love your sketch!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  8. Sounds beautiful. So relaxing . . .

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  9. Oh it sounds lovely. Deer drinking, nice.

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  10. I love this! A bony river, eh? I know just what you're talking about. At Great Falls, the Potomac is real bony.

    What a beautiful portrait and word portrait. I love your drawings.

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  11. Nice work on the sketch. I so wish I had more talent like that. Your writing sounds like a peaceful place.

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  12. Sounds lovely there and what a lovely sketch too.

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  13. Ellen, I love that you have done this! It is so special. I haven't seen the Pecos full enough to raft/kayak. Guess I'm there in non-rainy seasons.

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