Recent landscapes: We travelled a bit this past autumn, with various watercolor and oil landscapes below inspired by our journeys.
Cape Elizabeth is home to the Portland Head Lighthouse, located on the rugged Maine coastline at Fort Williams Park. This Lighthouse has a rich history dating back to 1776 when revolutionary American soldiers stood watch for British invaders. Construction of the Lighthouse itself began in 1787 and grew incrementally with time. Currently the Lighthouse is owned by the Town of Cape Elizabeth, with the U.S. Coast Guard maintaining the actual light and fog signal. The watercolor below is:
Portland Head Lighthouse:
Dark Hollow Falls Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in Shenandoah National Park. Much of it traverses along the Hogcamp Branch of the Rose River, and is roughly a six mile roundtrip circuit located in close proximity to Big Meadows Lodge. The falls itself is roughly a seventy foot drop in elevation. The watercolor below is:
Dark Hollow Falls:
Clermont Manor originated in 1728 by Robert Livingston and was later home to seven generations of Livingstons until 1962. Originally it was comprised of 13,000 acres, but the family also owned over a half-million acres in Dutchess County and the Catskill Mountains. The word “Clermont” has French derivatives meaning “clear mountains” inspired by the scenic view of the Catskills from the family estate. It is a New York State Historic Site and also a listed National Historic Landmark. The oil below is:
Located on the Clermont State Historic Site are several gardens. The watercolor below is the gate leading into, and from, on such a space.
Perhaps no exercise is more invigorating, or rewarding, than a purposed stroll on a crisp, autumn day. The watercolor below is: