Getting Ready For The Waterfowl Festival and A Hike in the Smokies

Wow . . . it’s been a busy week, and we’re almost ready for the upcoming 43rd Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD, this coming weekend. Wes and I will have 45 miniature paintings brand new to this beautiful venue, which will be available for purchase. The show opens this Thursday the 8th for the collector preview, and then is open to the public Friday the 8th through Sunday the 10th. We’re greatly looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Even though we’ve been quite busy painting, with Wes doing lots of framing and paperwork for the show, we managed to enjoy a delightful couple-hour break while we hiked to my beloved Spruce Flats Falls. We had planned a hike to Chimney Tops with friend Kit Gentry, but they changed the weather forecast on us, and since it was lightly raining the morning we were to hike, we changed our plans and went to the nearby waterfall instead. Unfortunately Kit couldn’t make it, so just Wes and I enjoyed a leisurely hike up to the beautiful falls, stopping numerous times to simply admire the beautiful fall setting displayed before us!

Rachelle Siegrist at spruce flats in october
Taking a break to enjoy the beautiful fall color!

The leaves, which had turned to “flames” caused the trees to look like hundreds of crayons lined up, in bright shades of orange, yellow and red hues, filling the mountainsides! It was a spectacular sight to say the least, and I must admit I stumbled more than once, while walking along, not being able to take my eyes off of the stunning autumn view! Before long we were at the falls, and were both amazed and excited to enjoy having it completely to ourselves. We had only to share it with a beautiful Black Snake, who had been enjoying a warm patch of sun on the dirt. He stayed nearby as we ate most of our lunch, before slowly and quietly disappearing into a small black hole beneath a large rock. I looked over that direction every so often, just to see if he had perhaps peeked back out at us, and one such time he had. I looked his way just in time to see him yawn, as if in slow motion, and it was quite funny to watch! He obviously felt very relaxed and comfortable around us!  It was a most pleasant lunch, sitting there listening to the symphony of the falling water and watching it “rain” leaves, when wind gusts of wind would come.  Just as we were wrapping up our happy little lunch break and starting back along the path, several people came down the path leading to the falls, and we decided that we had perfect timing indeed! Here are a few photos of the beautiful fall color we enjoyed seeing along the hike . . .

Spruce flats falls in octoboer

photo of spruce flats falls in the smoky mountains

spruce flats falls with fall foilage

We enjoyed having our friend, Kit, over for dinner that evening, and spent the remainder of the evening at his place afterwards, while eating his yummy homemade apple pie and vanilla ice cream, and seeing his beautiful paintings which he is currently working on or had just finished. Saturday afternoon we enjoyed a visit from our friends Andrew and Joanne Gott, and their adorable little girl, Charlotte. She enjoyed playing in the floor with “Uncle” Wes, and drawing on her little etch-a-sketch. It was quite a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.

Wes and Charlotte Gott
Charlotte shows Wes how to draw it correctly. Thanks Andrew for the photo!

~ Fresh off and on the easel ~

I finished my painting this week of a male and female Bobwhite Quail and Wes finished his painting of three of his antique fishing lures called “Jitterbugs”.  Both paintings will be on display and available for purchase at the upcoming Waterfowl Festival this weekend.

Quail painting image
“Mr. and Mrs. Bobwhite” by Rachelle
jitterbugs fishing lures painting
“The Jitterbugs “

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Until next time ~ Rachelle

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2 thoughts on “Getting Ready For The Waterfowl Festival and A Hike in the Smokies

  1. Nancy Vehrs

    Beautiful scenery! Thanks for sharing.

    BTW, your link to the show doesn’t work. It has an extra “http” in it.

    We would have loved to see you in Easton, but are over-scheduled. Good luck there! You can see so many kinds of ducks on the Eastern Shore.

    Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Thank you so very much for catching “the missing link” 🙂 I certainly appreciate all the help I can get!
      That’s too bad, as we would’ve loved to have seen you there! Yes there is a lot of ducks and geese, unfortunately, we never have extra time to really go see and enjoy them. Thanks for the well wishes, and I hope you are enjoying a delightful fall!
      Rachelle 🙂

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