We arrived in Colorado a little over a week ago and were greeted by the smiling, friendly faces of our dear friends Diane and Bob Mason at the Denver airport. We enjoyed staying a couple of days with them, including a day trip into beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. Although the vistas were spectacular, the highlights for me are always watching the little critters. The time passed all too quickly as several of us sat along a stone wall while being entertained by the Picas, Golden Mantled Squirrels and the little Chipmunks. The Pica was the busiest, as it darted quickly back and forth with bits of grass in its mouth which it was storing under various rocks to be used for food this winter. All of this took place with a most beautiful backdrop of the mountains behind.
We left Colorado Wednesday and headed for Salina, Kansas and the Rolling Hills Wildlife Museum and Zoo, where the Annual Society of Animal Artists exhibition was being held. Thursday was spent entirely at the zoo enjoying watching and photographing the various animals. We were treated to a tour given by a nice and very informative volunteer, Debbie. The best part was getting to pet a gorgeous little Bearded Dragon, and getting up close and personal with an amazing Hissing Cockroach.
It was great having full run of the zoo for three wonderful days! So many photos were taken which now have been added to our future miniature paintings list! While Wes was in a meeting and I was enjoying the zoo by myself, I enjoyed the pleasurable company of a resident Canada Goose named “Alfred” that decided I would make a good companion for a while. So he stayed by me the entire time I was photographing the Swans, talking and chatting and waiting for a hand out. About thirty minutes later we said our goodbyes and parted ways.
As always, meals filled with wonderful conversation and laughter were scattered throughout our visit. We were treated to a nice brunch one morning and a lovely and delicious dinner one evening by the staff at Rolling Hills. The opening of the show was well attended and resulted in a wonderful evening. Sunday we headed back to Colorado and returned home late Monday night. Now it’s time to get caught up and back to painting!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂